November 8th, 2010
03:25 PM ET

Wade Phillips out as Dallas Cowboys' coach

[Updated at 5:57 p.m. ET] Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed in a news conference Monday afternoon that Wade Phillips was out as the team's head coach, and that assistant head coach Jason Garrett will lead the team on an interim basis.

Jones also said he is elevating defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni to defensive coordinator.

"An in-season coaching change is something that I've not done before. It's something that I was reluctant to even consider as late as this this past week. But at this time I believe … what’s in the best interest of the organization and the fans is a coaching change," Jones said.

Jones previously had said that Phillips would finish the season as coach. But Sunday night's 45-7 loss to Green Bay - moving the Cowboys' record this season to 1-7 - helped Jones change his mind.

"I don't like the way [changing my mind] looks stability-wise as far as our organization is concerned – not my own self, but the organization – but I think [the situation] called for it, and I recognized that after the game that we just weren't playing winning football, and our best chance was to make this change," Jones said. "Now with that, I don't apologize to anybody about changing my mind."

Jones said Garrett would have a chance to secure the job long-term - especially if the team has success over the next eight games - and that Garrett has "the temperament [and] the disposition to affect a culture change."

[Original post] Wade Phillips is out as the Dallas Cowboys' head coach following an abysmal performance by the team against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, a CNN affiliate and ESPN are reporting.

Many people were expecting the move (some were demanding it), and the search "wade phillips fired" was trending No. 1 on Google on Monday afternoon.

America's Team is off to a 1-7 start, their worst since 1989, after a preseason full of Super Bowl hype. Fans and observers have placed the blame squarely on the team's coaches.

CNN affiliate KTXA in Dallas said offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, an assistant head coach and one-time Cowboys backup quarterback, will take the team's reins.

Phillips, the Cowboy's seventh coach, compiled a 35-24 record in three seasons with Dallas. Only one of those wins came in the playoffs, a 34-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. Phillips' ouster marks the first time the Cowboys have canned a coach mid-season.

Players told CBS 11 that a team meeting was held at 3 p.m. The Cowboys are scheduled to hold a news conference at 4 p.m.

Owner Jerry Jones has repeatedly said that Phillips would finish the season, but after Sunday's 45-7 shellacking in Green Bay, he said there would be "consequences" for players and coaches.

soundoff (571 Responses)
  1. Richard C

    You can be America's team. I'd rather have a good football team that has won more than 1 lousy playoff games in 14 years!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cindy

    Yup, we are America's team and always will be and we will be back!! Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to get you working together again and we have hit rock bottom!!!
    We have the talent!


    November 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. @Wade

    For all the bashing of Wade to come, I just want to say to him: Thank You for what you gave us while you could. One player doesn't make a team and I don't believe for a second that one individual is to blame. You are a scholar and a gentleman and deserve to be congratulated on what you have accomplished over the years, regardless of the misfortune of this season. Hold your head high.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Patrick

    I'm surprised Wade was ever the Cowboys coach to begin with. JJ should hire Bill Cower or Jon Gruden.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Quincy

    The Cowboys? Get a day job....errr.....get in line and get a day job Romo!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. anie

    I think the cowboys threw that game the way the practically fell over there own feet was ridiculious you can't possibly believe that they tryed and you don't blame the coach for the players making complete fools of them selfs on purposse

    November 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      kind of like your spelling......

      November 8, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. A Football Fan

    I think the story here is that Jason Garrett is to be named interim head coach. The offense is what is getting the Cowboys in trouble. They cannot establish the run which makes them one dimensional. That leads to quick offensive series or turnovers. This leads to the defense being on the field for long periods of time, a recipe for the opposing team to score (because for some strange anomaly offenses never get tired.) The real problem is until Dallas gets the offense going, the defense is a sitting duck. Fire Jason and get an offense that works.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    The wrong man got fired. The owner should be fired by the state of Texas for dereliction of duty. The man has Napoleonic mentality and we know what happened to that short emperor. He was captured and send to exile.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. byob

    It's just a game. They should be paying our military men and women what these pro sports players and coachs get. They do what counts.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HowBoutDemBoys

    Jerry Jones should just put on the headset, get on the sideline and coach the team his damn self that way EVERYONE would see what the real problem in Dallas is. We will never get a coach worth a crap until JJ is gone, cause none of the good coaches will put up with his crap.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. brian

    At least they still have that beautful billion dollar stadium! LMAO! Bring on the tractor pulls!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob Tickle

    Why does this article and other insist on calling the Cowboys "America's Team". They are not now nor were they every "Americas Team". Calling themselves that just make more people hate them. Most of American is glad to see them knocked off their pompous pedestal. If American football was an olympic sport then we would have an America's team. The Cowboys are just the team from Dallas.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JetsFan

    The only reason they sell a ton of merchandise is because girls love Tony Romo. And it's not because he is good.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ben


    November 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Semper Fi

    Two new Super Bowl seats just showed up on Ebay

    November 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
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