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.

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  1. Derek Jennings

    I had two front row, 50 yard line Cowboys tickets sitting in my truck. I stopped by a store to get a drink. While I was in the store, some absolute jerk broke out my windows and placed two more tickets in my seat!

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

    Ok!! Ok!! So we had a meltdown in Dallas..Lets just call the rest of the season Traing Camp & let all the rookies playand get some facetime on Tv and some Hi Moms to there baby mommas.Its not like they can do any wrose.. Also Sell T-Shirts that say "Please Forgive Us" & just start getting ready for next season..Please Everybody dont forget to Watch Conan tonight...

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

    JJ didn't win crap. Jimmy, Troy, Emmitt and Michael won 3 superbowls. Not the owner. IT's when the owner got involved that this team started a terrific 16 years of sucking.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim

    Fire the Head Coach, Gee how many snaps did he take during any game? I have been a Cowboy fan since the 60's. Jerry NEEDS to STAY in his OFFICE. A lot of the fault of this horrible 1 – 7 start is due to the PLAYERS not the Head Coach. This year is History and they best recruit a really good Q B and alternate.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. trixen

    How about an abysmal season? God we suck this year. Anyone who loses to Dallas this year ought to hang their heads in shame.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derek Jennings

      At least we'll get a good draft pick!

      November 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lonewolf7858

    Jerry Jones is a ridiculous excuse of an owner! He puts his fat face in there where it should not be! Wade Phillips can only do so much. What kind of team is so arrogant that they do not regularly have a back up QB? What team owner is so arrogant that he says that they WILL be in the superbowl because it is in his house? Jerry Jones needs to be fired here, not all the coaches he has canned. Jerry is the soul reason I can not STAND the Cowboys. "GREAT" job Jerry..."GREAT job...

    November 8, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • cc007

      Can't fire the owner

      November 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • EJ

      Unfortunately, you can't fire Jerry – he's the owner. But he needs to step down as general manager. I live the DFW area and was a fan of the Cowboys for years – back in the day we had a team to be proud of. Jerry has brought in so many overpaid, under-productive players, I don't even watch them any more.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cliff

      If Jerry "ego" Jones really wants to find the problem with the cowboys he simply needs to look in the mirror.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vezalo

      A good coach would have reigned in the money hungry, ego driven players weeks ago. Not sure Garrett is the right choice. Tony Dungy would be a wise target for Jerry Jones. He'd come back, for the right price.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vanilla Gorilla

      Even the new stadium is not big for Jerry's ego – he is the one that should go. Being a coach there is like having a 180 tumor on your back – but it's Jerry Jones.
      We have the same problem here in MN with the clueless Wilf Brothers and their clown college minding the store – Childress should be the next one to go and ASAP. He finally let Favre do his thing and looked what happened!! Bye-byr Chili.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • mendrys

      I do blame Jerry for not hiring the right personnel for the job. However, that being said I believe that they are in a much better state than a lot of teams out there now.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      After watching the ABC Sunday Game and listening to both Chris Collingsworth & Al Michaels, they should be fired for speaking out of turn about Wade Phillips, his upcoming firing and who their best guess was to replace him. They spent half the game discussing this on national TV, I was embarrassed for Wade Phillips and his family. Once again, proof that our media rules the world.

      November 8, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erisian

      Jason Garrett has a great strategy that will make him look good...if the starting quarterback is injured, throw jump balls to Alvin Harper. The receivers will make him look like a hall of famer.

      November 8, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • henry

      From 49ers fans nationwide, We salute you Jerry for a job well done, may you continue to follow in Al Davis's footsteps.

      November 9, 2010 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jessica Simpson

    Tony, why won't you call me? I made you chicken soup with lard on top.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Mayer

      Who dis? I got chicken of the sea!

      November 8, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seal

      Yo, whatcha talkin' 'bout Willis?

      November 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Dy No Mite!

      November 9, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. HowBoutDemBoys

    I think it's funny how everyone gets so twisted up when someone mentions the phrase "Americas Team" It's just a slogan that has been attached to the team and it's a very good slogan in my opinion

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike O'Kitches

      It's a crap slogan IMO. They are no means "America's" team. They stink!

      November 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • PJD

      Self proclaimed by the owner to further his ego. Love to see a team with no heart and self absorbed lose.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • MattyCombs

      Yeah, if they're 'America's Team,' then what does that make the rest of the NFL, Pango Pango's Team?

      November 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nitrous

      So are you saying America "SUCKS!"? Jus' wunderin'…

      November 8, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beau

      "America's Team" is just a JJ delusion. If you were to actually use that moniker with an NFL team it would have to be applied to either the Packers or Steelers. Both of their fanbases have large numbers in many different locations across the U.S. Evenso, it's a dumb moniker for any team.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      The Cowboys branded themselves "America's Team" in the 1970s when they won a couple Super Bowls and Tom Landry was the coach, long before Jerry Jones arrived on the scene, which was 1989. It was brand marketing, and pretty clever marketing too. Tom Landry was the epitome of class, as was the quarterback of that era, Roger Staubach.

      As for the person who says "Dallas murdered the President", you're an idiot! It happened in Dallas because the hit man happened to live in Dallas and Kennedy was riding in an open car parade there; could have happened anywhere. A previous President was shot in Buffalo over 100 years ago, but nobody walk around saying "Buffalo murdered McKinley" or "Washington DC murdered Lincoln." Get a brain.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard L Smith

      Wrong! I don't know who penned "America's Team", but whoever penned "South America's Team" was spot on.

      November 8, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • BEARFAN73

      Im an American..they have NEVER been my team..1 playoff appearance in 13 years..what country would want that to be their TEAM?...DA BEARS!!!

      November 8, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • gw

      The moniker "America's Team" was not self made. It was first uttered by a member of the media, and like any smart marketing team, they went with it.

      True, they don't play like it now. They suck.

      November 8, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. eric

    gosh i like da packers!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. OldGuy

    You Go, Jerry!

    As long as he continues to screw with his team they will continue to be a non-issue. That's the way I like it!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cheryl buchanan

    can't say I didn't see this coming, but the players SUCK! They get paid too much da**ed money, to not bother showing up. & someone needs to inform Romo that his decision making days are over. I don't blame Jerry Jones for much of this, but dang, he's got to do something. Last night, I asked my husband if the cowboys were gonna play, & even I could hear the dread in my voice.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cowboys fan 4 life

      YOU SUCK

      November 8, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vanilla Gorilla

      geez those prima donnas known as the Cowboys really showed what a great team they are in Green Bay.......
      can't argue with what they did on national TV – or what they didn't do
      just like most things in Texas it can be summed up with "Big hat – no cattle"
      best thing to come out of Dallas lately is I-35

      November 8, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • dvdmc16

      long time DFW resident, very long time Cowboy fan. I think you have something when you mention salaries. I believe Sports Illustrated listed Dallas as having the highest operating costs and payroll in the league. They are also supposedly the highest valued team (about $1.8 billion) followed I believe by the Washington Redskins franchise. Jones has a history of quirky head coach hirings and firings. Ten years ago he let Chan Gailey go after only 2 seasons neither one of which was a losing season. Jerry then replaced him with Dave Campo who had 3 straight seasons at 5-11. go figure. So consulting his tarot cards to see who should be head coach won't change anything.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John in Mpls

    You're a nice guy, Wade. They finish last.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jay


    Skeletor Suxs..

    November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike O'Kitches

    America's team? Bwahahahahaha! This team is like a turd sinking to the bottem of the toilet bowl. FLUSH THEM DOWN!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • AustinHobo

      How big of a toilet do you need in order to flush an entire NFL team?

      November 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beau

      It's a shame they got rid of their old stadiuml because it looked exactly like a toilet

      November 8, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    This idea that the Cowboys are "America's Team" or "God's Team" is typical Texas braggadocio - and BS.

    Americans pick winners over losers - and the Cowboys recently have been LOSERS.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wynell Jenkins

      If what you said about America picking winners is true, then that explains a lot of the issues in this country. No one likes it when one person or one team wins every time, which is part of the reason the Yankees are so hated outside of the Bronx. Picking the "winner" doesn't say much about character either. If you can only support something when it's doing well, does this mean that you'll bail when things go south?

      November 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • precure

      Mr. Jenkins, I first liked football in the suburbs of Chicago about 1970. Everyone hated the Packers, and I had no idea why. After all they weren't much good... So I became a fan, and it was a long dry 20 years until the mid 90s (and then it became easy to beat the Pack, stop the run and then intercept the heck out of Favre when he tried to do it all himself).

      For about 6 years the 'Boys kept the Pack out of the playoffs because they kept playing them in Dallas on astroturf in an indoor stadium where Fave sucked. Random? Hardly... not year after year.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • davetharave

      Just as the Yankees are hated outside NY, the Cowboys are hated everywhere outside Texas, the difference is the Yankees know it but the Cowboys and their fans do not. That's why every time we hear them called 'America's team' we both laugh hysterically and scream in pain.

      November 8, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
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