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. stellirama

    Do I hear Bill Cowher anyone?????

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

    So much for "America's Team". ROFLMAO!!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ronald Raygun

    should have fired the team they suck..... they are the ones not executing, everyone there knows they are playing football.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Adrian Zupp

    Jerry Jones: He's had more face-lifts than Barbara Walters.

    Check out my blog post on pro sports:

    http://adrianzupp.blogspot.com/2010/09/pro-sports-kinda-suck.html

    November 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. conlib1980

    It's not the cioach's fault – it's just that the "America's Team" just plain sucks!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DieNeverCowboyFan

    Jealously is a terrible thing, isn't it? Hahaha 😀

    November 8, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tha jerm

    "I don't like the way [changing my mind] looks stability-wise as far as our organization is concerned "

    Really!!! I am sooo sick of these sports figures who can't speak English! Appending "-wise" to the end of a word is NOT A WORD! How about this... I don't like the way changing my mine effects the public perception of the stability of this organization. THERE, it wasn't that hard.

    Sadly if you turn on ESPN you will not make it 10 minutes before some ignoramus spouts it off.... Defense-wise, RBI-wise, Perception-wise... on and on! The thing is, these people actually get paid as COMMUNICATORS. It is one thing if you are just some idiot jock who can't speak, I don't expect anything in the way of oratory eloquence, but these people get paid to speak. Jerry may not get paid to speak, but his oratory skills do actually have an impact on his team...you know perception-wise.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ken

    My favorite team (anybody playing against Dallas) will be SOOOO happy to hear that a natural winner has been tossed out on his rear. I look forward to Dallas stinking up the field as usual. Carry on.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Elsa

    I've been a Cowboy fan since 1970; the changes that have been made to this team are ridiculous. All comments about over paid and over rated players are correct. Mr. Jones should start over again by getting players that really want to play to win~not to get all the glory. That's what many Americans are accustomed to watching. Today, many players want to get paid for shooting their mouths off or for making huge scenes in public...Come on now Mr. Jones, let's get down to the fundamentals of football and let's become the star team again.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Instant gratification from a Napoleonic owner

    From playoffs to 1-7 doesn't merit a pink slip, especially when your overly involved in the day to day......Some of that blame should be thrust onto the man in the mirror.......Who is his next scapegoat gonna be?

    November 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. justme

    I just think Wade is greatly relieved and probably wished Jones does this sooner and saved him some grief. :o))

    November 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Matt

    Americas Team!! All you haters can stomp your feet and cry all you want, but in twenty or even fifty years the Boys are still gonna be known as Americas team. We may lose now but we'll be back. Go Cowboys!!!! HAHAHA

    November 8, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Eddie

    Rehire Jimmy Johnson and let him coach Jerry!

    November 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lean6

    Dallas is only as good as their record, just like every other team in the NFL. Their talent pool just sucks, and it has sucked for a while. Every time they look for talent, they look for instant Super Bowl expectations on the strength of one high profile individual. They are primadonnas that could benefit from a few unambigously bad seasons to teach the front office some humility. Jerry Jones will make his money on Texas Stadium with boxing events and other stuff.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      I agree, except it would take about a DECADE to teach these people humility...

      November 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. River

    Dallas, TX (AP) – A seven year old boy was at the center of a Dallas County courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten
    by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his grandparents, in keeping with child custody law and regulation requiring that family unity be maintained to the highest degree reasonably possible.

    The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his grandparents beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with them. After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.

    After checking legal references and conferring with the child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Dallas Cowboys football team, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
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