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. Drmac

    Dallas has a football team????

    I just watch the cheerleaders!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • TW

      The only way Jerry will sell tickets now is if the Cowboy Cheerleaders cheer in the nude!

      November 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • HighKickLipSlip

      Enthusiatically concur!

      November 8, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TK

    @jb1960: You are one POS!!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chris

    Ok Dallas, sell all the gear you want, Steelers just win Super Bowls. Look at away games with the Steelers, best travling fans in the country, bar none. Have fun watching the playoffs on TV Cowgirls while the Steelers go for #7. We will see you in JJ's billion dollar house on Super Bowl Sunday.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • CS

      The Steelers better watch out! The BROWNS! are looking better every week! We beat the Saints in NO. We beat the Pats! Next, we'll beat the Jets! The Steelers better watch out!

      November 8, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cali4evr

    wow how dare any one put Dallas cowboys an Oakland Raiders together! Dallas has a 1-5 record Oakland is on a 3 Win running streak...dallas haz superstars coming out their @ss and still cant win lol pretty bad when a raider fan has more to be proud of than a dallas for americas team....mayb 30 yrs ago...its RAIDER NATION now

    November 8, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mark

    Simple fact is the Wade is not a head coach. He doesnt have the skill set. I dont believe Garrett is either. JJ can be a serious pain and interfere (ala bringing TO in) but you also have some coaches that managed very well. Jimmy Johnson and Bill Percells both did really good things for Dallas. This team was Percells and wade destroyed it. Even his players say he was too easy going. JJ knows that he'll lose money if the 'Boys are bad and will do what ever he can to fix it, to turn a profit for sure. Thats starts with a good head coach, and Wade wasnt it.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. K&S

    Stop your bit_h_n.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rich Bond

    I love Texas and Texans! I never have liked Jerry Jones and the Dallas cowboys. Hope they go 1-15

    November 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Duude

    Coaches are often held accountable for their players not playing to their potential. Its kind of strange this is called professional football. How many examples can we find of players who played to their utmost potential even while the rest of the team was utter crap? This is dated, but what about Barry Sanders' ten years with the Detroit Lions? There are plenty of good examples but plenty of crappy examples like the Dallas Cowboys. I really don't understand why they would retain the offensive coordinator since offensive production has been their most consistent underperforming aspect.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joni Espinoza

      I have been preaching "Get rid of the Garrett brothers" for years now and no one would listen. We've replaced almost everyone position but their's – that should tell us something. They play football by ego just like Jerry. Or is it they have something on Jerry? Why else would he keep Jason Garrett, I kept asking myself. So I'm not stunned that Wade is gone and Jason elevated cause now he and Jerry have to s- or get off the pot. Run this team for the fans. Not for your egos. We want to see good plays, good points, and talent worth paying big bucks for. Get us these 3 things and we might come to see your Gladiators in your Arena. We certainly aren't coming now to see all the chefs trying to make tomato soup without any water.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AllofUS

    Tis the season to fire coaches falalalalalalala
    next to go is Childress the Vikings coach falalalalalala

    November 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. legallyinsane

    one of the biggest complaints about wade when he coached here in buffalo was that he never carried a clipboard on the sidelines and seemed to be more of a spectator than a head coach. his post-game press conference last night was pitiful - it's clear he had no answers so JJ had no choice.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Texassuks

    Typical twang speakin poor excuse of a redneck thinks everyone is replaceable I would live under a bridge before I would work for a Texan they'll stab you in the back and steal your money

    November 8, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AM

    we should fire jerry jones!!! WHO IN!?

    November 8, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bob Swersky

    Those yokels down in Texas don't know what America means. After all, aren't they called The Lone Star state? Haven't they tried many times to secede from this great union? Da Bears are America's real team anyway.

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

      Hey Bob, you're a genius!

      November 8, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • precure

      Who's the only team owned by the fans?

      November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff need to read up on your history.

      November 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ummm

      Yeah right yokels... you obviously know nothing about Texas. Try getting out of your tiny stereotypes and experience actual reality. There are 24 million people here including several of the largest and most prosperous cities in the United States. Your position would require all 24 million people to be naive or gullible inhabitants of small towns. Look at a map.

      November 9, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Oz

    Jerry, you may be the owner, but you are the main problem, control your ego and let the coaches do their job and your team may soar again. You screwed up years ago letting Jimmy Johnson go. Hell you screwed up they way you got rid of Landry. But the fans quickly forgot once the team started winning again with Jimmy. Take a chill pill before each game so you can relax and enjoy your team. Coach Phillips never really was going to have a good chance with you anyway, I don't think he has ever been regarded as a disciplinarian and with your group of superstars you need to have the reigns tightened all the time. All the coaches you have brought in after Jimmy seem to have the Yes Man prerequiisite. Whether you admit it or or not there are many of us Covboy fans who strongly believe this. If the next bunch are Yes Men, I will probably go to my grave without ever seeing the team I supported ever go back to the Superbowl. I am waiting for the Leopard to change his spots.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Duude

    It must be hard constructing a billion dollar stadium only to field a pop warner team.

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