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. Art

    Cowboys? Who? What? HOO-DAT! GEAUX SAINTS!

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

    Welcome to the world of unemployement Wade. Man the economy sucks almost as bad as the cowboys right now. Any guesses on who will go next?

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

    Come on by my crib and smoke some crack with me to make you feel better.

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

    Absolutely the worst move ever. Wade was doing just fine.


    An Eagles Season Ticket Holder

    November 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • E-A-G-L-E-S!!

      WIN!!! (And I am jealous of your season tickets!)

      November 8, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Maurice Reeves

    Please stop calling them "America's Team." They have never been America's Team and will never be. It's just shoddy journalism to call them that.

    As for their record? Maybe they should play arena ball. They can chalk up some wins there.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      will always be America's Team!!!!

      November 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Ya just because they have a star for their logo and our flag has 50 does not meen they have the right to become our team. Everyone I know hates this team for being monopolistic and they still suck.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eliott C. McLaughlin

      Hi Maurice, I posted this earlier but am copying and pasting it for you and others... Just FYI: Hi all, I didn't mean to offend anyone with the "America's Team" reference. It's more an informal nickname than a moniker connoting that everyone in America loves them. I certainly know that's not the case. Check this short video at the NFL Network to learn how they got the nickname:

      November 8, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. FordF250

    GO PACKGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. guest2010

    ITS ABOUT TIME! NOW GET RID OF ALL THE QB's AS WELL. The cheerleaders can play better football!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steve jones

    Man needed a bra....

    November 8, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Deej

    Uncle "Sam" isn't too hip on the

    November 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mane

    How the hell is it Wade's fault if the General Mgr selects which players to play on any given Sunday?

    November 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cowboys

    It it wasn't for a Socialist/Communist agenda set by OBAMA, there'd be no problems with the Dallas Cowboys. Capitalism surely is what Jerry Jones wants but unfortunately the liberal/commie media gave him a coach that couldn't water eggs in a hamburger basket.

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

      Give us a break!

      November 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Em

    Being Bum's son never guaranteed Wade would be a great coach, too. And that was proven this season, and particularly yesterday. So embarrassing. I'm glad Jerry went ahead and got rid of him. Now he needs to put someone else in for Romo because Kitna is also a big problem. (I mean, do you really want a qb playing whose big stat is that he has a 1:1 ratio of td passes to interceptions. WTH.)

    November 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jennifer

    Not really sure Garrett is the answer-what about Coach Cowher?

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

      Bill Cowher, or any good coach for that matter, wouldn't come and coach the Cowboys. Not as long as Jerry is running the team. Good coaches like to run their own teams. The problem isn't Wade, it's Jerry.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • WoodyB

      I agree with Michael. Until JJ lets a coach run the team as he is supposed to do, no good coaches are going to come to Dallas.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. COWBOY

    Jason Garret is part of the problem as well we need to put him on skates also

    November 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cdhane~ big spring tx

    Jerry needs to fire romo to

    November 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
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