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. alex

    NEXT....Childress Pleaseee!

    November 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fernando

    change the name to COWGIRLS and the record doesn't look that bad now

    November 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      yeah because they are the only team doing badly right now, right?? Give me a break and quit fixating on one team that is having problems.

      November 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Wow Julie – give it a break. Your team sucks and your post are annoying. They're not Americas TEAM!

      November 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyrone Shoelace

      Say what's on your mind Julie. I bet that Tony is a girly man who was cut from the little league Cowboys as a kid and can't get over it! Go Boy's

      November 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BigAZ Steele

    A change needed to be made. As a die hard Cowboys fan. I hope that Jason Garrett is let go at the end of the season. It's his offense that's sputtering. How many WR screens can you call in one game? Last year teams were calling our offense basic and predictable nothing has changed

    November 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • WoodyB

      I agree, even the other teams are saying that they know the defensive call when they come to the line. We need a change all around. They will be strong again!

      November 8, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. da coach


    November 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jerry jones

    Give me back my millions

    November 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Buckwheat19

    No surprise here. Surpise is that he lasted this long. I also put the responsibility on ownership and management for allowing the distractions: cushy new stadium, training camp all over the place, TV coverage of training camp, poor drafting and trades, a quarterback that is more worried about the spotlight than the end zone. The owner needs to step back and let the football people run the show for a while.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BigAZ Steele

    Dallas will always be AMERICA's TEAM!!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ex.Fan

    Is the new coach not the one that has been calling the plays all along ??? Give me a break ! What do they expect to gain by this move ?

    November 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cowboys fan 4 life

    Jerry is getting stupider by the day, now the stupid red head is in control. One bad move after another, this team will be a joke for years to come.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Leif Garrett

    my cousin will do well there. I would be happy to do any halftime show for him and mr jones

    November 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Glenn Newton

    Bring on Nick Saban!

    November 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David Bolsterli

    How can they have held a team meeting at 3 pm when right now it is only 2:42pm central time.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Giants Rock

    Romo's no better... Fire him too!

    November 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Romo is not the problem

      November 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessivel

      Romo actually has pretty good stats, look it up.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Locomendez

    I'm tired of all the haters not giving respect to Americas Team. If it wasn't Americas Team then why will we be making headlines for the rest of the week on this matter.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Totally agree!!!!!

      November 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deej

      Yessir. LIKE

      November 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maurice Reeves

      This is making news because they have an over-the-top owner who continually tries to force the spotlight on his team, and if he can't do it with winning games, then he'll do it with management churn. Jerry Jones is a fool and a clown.

      And as for being "America's Team?" That's ridiculous. The only thing people like about the Cowboys are their cheerleaders. The team themselves are a joke and other teams have a much larger national following, like the Pats, the Packers, the Saints, the Steelers. They're all more popular around the country and the world than the Cowboys.

      November 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • RL

      America's Team should be a team with a name that symbolizes America. Only a few rednecks were "Cowboys". The Redskins (which I hate) are more justified being call Americas team.

      November 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dashabq

    Need to fire the GM too!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
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