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. Anne

    JackieInDallias is right: I loved the Cowboys when Tex Schramm and Tom Landry were in charge–they were so classy as an organization and good as a team. That's when they earned the tag "America's Team." Then Jerry Jones took over and installed thugs on the team, and I've hated him and the Cowboys ever since. I have a silver business-sized card with the Cowboy star on it that says, "Death to Dallas and All Who Follow" that sits in front of my TV during each and every season.

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

      Really hated how they fired Landry. He was a class act.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MattK

    If he would only leave the team alone, sit in his suite like a good owner and leave the coaching of the Team to the actuall coaches, the Cowboys might actually be a better team. But just like he has done in the past with Johnson and so many other coaches, he cannot just be an owner. But he might want to start by taking away some of that money he is paying some of those overpaid players and then MAYBE, they will start playing better. The coach is ultimately responsible for the team, but its the players who are responsible for playing out on the field. Start handing out pink slips in that area and see how the team starts to recover...

    November 8, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sandra

    Dallas is Not America's Team. We had a President murdered in that City. Dallas is a joke.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tanon

      Way to pin the blame of a tragic event on an entire populace. You're the joke, idiot.

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

      Wow, way to apply broad brushstrokes to life. You must be extremely boring.

      November 9, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. rick nissen

    i think jerry needs to look at his players. it wasn't wade out there dropping passes and was'nt the one out there missing tackles. i agree that jerry needs to step down as the general manager and just be an owner and let someone else do the recruiting and hiring, firng of players.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. zunedog

    the sad thing is what are we going to watch on thanksgiving? because the cowboys suck!!!! i guess i ll route for the Cleavland browns.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ray

    Old prune face JJ isn't from Texas he's from why is he so Texan proud...just a wannabe.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Irony

    All of you tools arguing with each other over a stupid game. Lots of money involved, and Jerry has made himself a very rich man, you can't deny that. I think that puts him on par to be smarter than all of you, when measured by monetary success. Of which, I bet nobody on this board has a higher net worth than him. You all let your emotions take over how you perceive every aspect of your lives. Logic is dead in America and the brain dead populous sits here and argues over the firing of a head coach who looks confused 99% of the time and gripes about the team being dubbed "America's Team." If any of you thought about the scenario logically you'd say whoa, people were going to quit watching the team after this loss. No publicity is bad publicity. Who's in the headlines today? Not the Packers. It's still the cowboys. And it will always be the cowboys. Because Jerry does one thing well-Marketing. Unintelligible neanderthals.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sam1633

    Texas is on a losing streak!
    The "HORNS" lost
    The "RANGERS" lost
    And now the Cowboys coach is fired!!!
    Do you think that the reelection of Rick Perry and G.W. Bush throwing the first ball in the Series had an effect?????

    November 8, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dewlapski

      Well, the economy in Texas is better than any other state.
      We aren't starving like the rest of y'all.

      November 8, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ummm

      TCU is in Texas. Your argument completely fails.

      November 9, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. EaglesFan

    Coaching has not been a problem for the Cowboys in the last 21 years. It's the OWNER who needs to be replaced.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. zunedog

    iam from Texas and the cowboys suck this year,iam not ashamed to say it.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jiffy

    Jerry: "I'll take those – you take these!"
    Wade: Did you cjust all me a bum? Hmmm, I've heard that word before

    November 8, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GetRealAmericans

    The NFL is nothing but a marketing program for all of the products you see advertised during the games or in association with the league. Pinning our hopes and emotions on the results of a game played by people we don't know and could care less about us is pathetic. Sure, it gives us something to talk about as we go about our day, buried in debt with our head in the sand because we have no real significance in our own lives. Turn off the TV, do something productive to truly improve your life and the lives of the people around you. Giving your "hard-earned" income and making these emotional investments to the NFL, if you're really being honest with yourself, will make absolutely no difference to your legacy or that of your family.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. secret88

    i won't debate the America's Team moniker, but here are some facts:

    1. the cowboys are the most searched organization on the internet; the second-placed team is nowhere near
    2. they are the most valued sports franchise in the nfl; again, the second-placed team is nowhere near
    3. people buy their merchandise more than any other team; again, the second-placed team is nowhere near
    4. they are tv ratings bonaza; over the past 2 years, 6 of their games make top 10 as most watched
    5. they have the most famous cheerleaders, "America's Sweethearts"
    6. the only team in the league that invokes emotion of "love em or hate em"

    November 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. o trey22

    what is sad is u dont know football, dallas cowboys have 5 bowls, stee only team since they luckd ou ,name how many ur teams have ,o and jj won three of rthem as owner , 2 most prof nfl team google i ,b most expensive stadium but were not the most profitable lol retard and lasr year we lead nfc easr with three loses andbeat the saints dez austin witten ratlifware newman jenkins felix all pro bowlers and no team has more talent we have gave every game except one thats facr espn alll have said and pen and bad calling so they r amer team why 5 rings biggest fan base look it up and22 all time rusher

    November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jjpdx

    friends don't let friends be cowboy fans

    November 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
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