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. Wynell Jenkins

    There have been so many comments bashing the "America's Team" label, and it really isn't fair. Several have posted the origin of the name, and still many continue to bash it. While it's true that Jerry Jones is much better business man than he is a football man, you still can't deny what he's done for the business of the NFL. No other franchise in NFL history, has been marketed as successfully as the Dallas Cowboys. This extends far beyond just NFL licensed merchandise. The 1994 deal with Pepsi becoming the official drink of Texas Stadium, and the $35M deal with American Express the same year. Were it not for the revenue that the Cowboys pull in teams such as the Lions, Bills, Rams, and other small market teams couldn't afford to operate. It's true they haven't won a SB in years, but how long did it take the Saints to win their first one in the history of the franchise. When is the last time that Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Seattle, Minnesota, Atlanta, Green Bay, Jacksonville, San Diego, Oakland, Washington or Houston (Texans or Oilers) played in a Super Bowl?

    Despite the previous playoff drought, and losing seasons, they've still sold out all season tickets. The Cowboys have not been blacked out due to an inability to sell out a home game ever. It's taken the Raiders 8 years to become relevant again, and they're still not a playoff contender. A season like this one may be just what the Cowboys need to develop some character as a team.

    Finally, you don't have to yell and cuss to be an effective coach. Look at the record the Colts compiled under Tony Dungy, and he never cursed or raised his voice. Coaches have to keep their team motivated and focused, but the payers have to want to win. Jerry Jones should make every member of that team and staff watch the Super Bowl from the standing room only section as punishment for this season. Bill Cowher is not the answer to this team's coaching problem, the desire to win is what's missing.

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

      Cool. Nice book there. As a lifelong Eagle fan, I am EATING THIS MELTDOWN UP! I know it's wrong to take pleasure in another's misfortune.... but... YYYYEEEEEEHHHHAAWWWWW!!!!!

      November 8, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |

      I've been a Cowboy fan for the past 34 years. I've seen good times and I've seen bad. I can say I've seen the Cowboys woop every team in the NFL at one time or another and can say I've seen them get wooped by every team in the NFL at one time or another. But, we're in an age of overpaid athletes that can quit on a coach like a high school team and still get paid millions! I agree with most of what you said. It's still disappointing for a fan of 34 years to see multi-millionaire babies quit and look pathetic while the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers still look like they're fighting in the fourth quarter.

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

      first i will comment with STEELERS.... in response to "No other franchise in NFL history, has been marketed as successfully as the Dallas Cowboys" the Steelers have the highest rate selling merchandise hands down... secondly as for America's team again that was a monkier that was forst offered to the, you guessed it, Steelers and they turned it down as they felt that no one team represented America. jeez and I'm not even a Steelers fan... just hate the Boys....

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

      In case you didn't notice, one of the reasons the 'Boys were so hated was that that they went around the salary cap using bonuses and such. The salary cap was designed to eliminate dynasties and level the playing field, and Jerry Jones thumbed his nose at the NFL and kept doing it...

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

      As a shareholder, I'd like to think the Pack is America's team. But when the term was coined it was because the 'Boys were the most popular team in the US. That's just marketing. I wonder where they are at now...

      November 8, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. scribler

    Wade Phillips may not be a good coach. But as long Jerry Jones owns that team, there will not be a good coach last long in Dallas. They will not be able to deal with Jerry Jones as General Manager. He wants to control every aspect of the team. He'd probably hire himself as the coach if he could. Firing Wade Phillips is not going to make a major difference as long Jerry Jones controls the reigns.

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

      Amen. I like the idea of Nolan Ryan buying the Cowboys and making winners out of them like he did the Rangers !

      November 8, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spider

      Spot on! Think of the coaches during Jerry Jones' ownership. Bill Parcells, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer, and the list goes on. Jones, along with Dean Spanos, and Dan Snyder are the worst owners in the NFL. Who would want to work for a guy who thinks he knows more than the coach? My guess is that Wade Phillips is celebrating tonight.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    I love they got the Americas Team tag. It kinda fits right now. they are lazy sloppy, ill prepared and unmotivated. Sounds alot like Obamas America.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdid

      stupid...u r stupid

      November 8, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnnyCanuck

      Haha you forgot fat hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      November 8, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DOC

    Attention All Non_ Cowboys fans : When other NFL teams start having ONE fan out of their own cities , we stop calling ourselves America's team ..As simple as this !

    November 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howie

      Thats because there are atleast 1 mexican in every town that there is a football team. It should be renamed Mexico's team.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • SHI-Warlock

      The Chiefs have season ticket holders located in 48 of the 50 states...

      November 8, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tywone#1

    I'm so glad they fired him! Now we may start winning,about time!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anonymous - you know why

    Did anybody else notice that whenever they showed Wade Phillips on the sideline this season he always had this look on his face like he just bit down on a Habanero pepper.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kell

    Can we PLEASE stop calling the Cowboys "America's Team"? I know I don't think of them as my team and I am an American. I also know 55+ million other people in the Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, New York, and Boston region that will join me in that exact same statement. I would bet there are plenty of people in other regions and states that believe the same thing. The only reason I will even watch a Cowboys game is to watch them lose, which has made this a great past 10 years.

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

      'Americas team' has to do with popularity, and how much crap they sell. Nothing more. We have what 2 times 16 teams so the market share of the most popular team if it is Dallas is about diddly?

      November 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Aldo1968

    I agree with what Deion Sanders said last night, that it is the players who should be held accountable not the coaches.
    This is the same coaching staff that took them to the playoffs the last couple of years.
    It's the players not performing that is the problem.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anonymous - you know why

    Jerry Jones is really the problem. He will only hire weak "pliable" coaches like Wade Phillips. The only good coach he ever had was his friend (now ex-friend) Jimmy Johnson. All of the others were either week, (like Barry Spitzer, who won a superbowl with Jimmy Johnson's team). Or couldn't stand Jones' meddling so they quit (Bill Parcells). The cowboys will never be a winner again under Jerry Jones, because no good coach will go work for him.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kell


    Doc, last time I looked the 5 teams in Pennsylvania, New York, and Mass have plenty of fans around the country.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JackieInDallas

    Unfortunately, they will never fire the one(s) actually responsible - the players all have contracts and good lawyers, and you can't fire the owner, only buy them out. Since Jerry Jones bought the team, the whole franchise has been more about making money for the players and the owners, and very much less about playing the game. I'm not a big fan of professional sports at any time, but as a resident of the Dallas area, there hasn't been a true" America's Team" since Roger Staubach and the late Tom Landry. In fact, Jerry Jones first act as owner was to FIRE Landry, the most respected coach in professional football at the time. We have too many players playing just for the money (not to mention the scandals off the field), and how much Jerry Jones can charge for tickets in the new, overpriced stadium in Arlington. There hasn't been any respect for the game and other players in years. Yes, Jerry is a good businessman and has merchandized the franchise well...but there is more to a team than the bottom line. And because you have a businessman with no respect or love for the game in charge, you have a team that thinks only of the money. Cause and effect...

    November 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bensky

    Heard at our business breakfast Mon, Nov 8th: A girl was asking the judge to be placed in a foster home. She claimed that both her mother and father beat her pretty regularly. The judge asked if she had a family in mind. "Yes," she declared, "The Dallas Cowboys." "Why on earth would you want to live with them?" asked the judge. "Because they haven't beaten anyone."

    November 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • precure

      Now that's funny.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. helen

    If you ask me you all sound like a bunch of yankees. rude rude rude

    November 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve in St. Louis

    The Cowboys are to football what the Yankees are to baseball. Both are ruining their respective sports, and I can't stand either one.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark

    I am an American and I do like to think of them as my team. Isnt it great, Americas Team is allowing us to be American and dis agree!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howie

      Actually its our military that has given us that right. not a football team. plus this is CNN not a dallas website.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • MattyCombs

      Disagreeing has been around for quite some time, Mark, we've just made it more popular (and in the case of who your favorite NFL team is, necessary ;0)

      November 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • precure

      Howie, you got that right.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Actually our military protects our rights. The military doesn't give us our rights. wonder this country is in the crapper.

      Oh, and the Cowboys suck. They have for years.

      November 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
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