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. guitarharry

    It's so satisfying to see the Cowboys grovel! The Cowpokes must face the fact that they are at the bottom of their division and they will NOT be in the playoffs. All they have to do now is unload Jerry, their ego-maniacal owner, trade Romo, and hire an entire new coaching staff; while they're at it, they should stop calling themselves "America's Team" America hates losers and the Cowboys are a bunch of losers!

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

      Where is the lke button?

      November 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. KennyEee

    What they probably really need is a new owner!!

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

    GO BEARS-Dallas fans can come cheer on CHICAGO!

    November 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ikantraed

    oh thank goodness... They need to hire more cheerleaders too.

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

    No one doubts that Jerry Jones wants to win...his ego demands it....but Jerry is the consummate snake-oil salesman / marketeer. He fancies himself an 'X's and O's" football mind / judge of talent and he just AIN'T. If Jerry would get his head out of his butt and check his ego at the door, he would fire the GM (himself) and stick to what he knows best...promoting the team and Jerry's World...this is the first step if Jerry truly loves this team / town and fans. I'm sure that Wade is a great man to drink beer with, go hunting with, but he was Jerry's puppet and I feel sorry for Wade.
    Jason Garrett, brain dead red, as he's referred to by the local media, is another one of Jerry's boys and was in fact hired as assistant head-coach before Wade. I don't foresee it getting any better over the next 8 weeks.

    WAKE UP JERRY!!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rudedog

    Hey Carlos, your mom sucks.....hard!

    November 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raymond

    Jerry Jones needs to step back and allow his coaches to do their job, the coaches can't discipline the players without Jones stepping in,

    November 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jon Nell

    Why don't they let their wonder boy "TROYBOY" take over as head coach? He always seemed to be in charge when he played?

    November 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. vjp

    JJ is the real problem and i guess we're stuck with him until he gets bored with it and sells the team, (wishful thinking). Meanwhile can we also change the name of the team to the Arlington Cowboys? They don't practice, hold training camps or play games in dallas so there's really no association with the city at all. Valley Ranch Cowboys or Arlington Cowboys will due just fine.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gail

    Can we fire Chan Galey of the Buffalo Bills and that cheapskate, Ralph Wilson, too ?

    November 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Al

    Who Dey!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sybil

    I feel bad for him being that he his not the sole person to blame. He is the coach true enough however he calls the plays and the PLAYERS have to execute those playes. So when are we going to see some of the players fired. I only saw three people play with some passion these guys can't carry the whole team on their backs. People let's get real and place blame on those who deserve it as well not just a lone coach.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. marsarjo

    America's team are our Armed forces. No sports franchise has the right to that term.

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

      Amen! The best post for the day!

      November 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    As a Bill's fan, I wish we had even one win. Wade was a bust in Buffalo too. Nice guy, though.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rudedog

    awwww :'( Maurice and Harry are sad cause their teams will never be known as Americas Team...which is why they failed to say who their teams were......losers.

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