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. Buffalo

    GO BILLS!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bill2wash

    redskins are americas team.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ray

    the packers win one superbowl in the last 44 years and they are americas team?? hahaha – good one – typical green bay drivel – you are as bad as the morons who think dallas is americas team –

    November 8, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    The firing had to do with JJ tying Wade hands. UNTIL THE CITY of DALLAS fires JJ the team will never be coachable or win another super bowl...

    November 8, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike H

    Go Eagles!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. supersarge53

    Grow up CNN, the Cowboys are NOT america's team.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |

    Cowboys, I still love you, but now it's time to let Romo go as well. He was not doing to good before his injury either. Sorry Romo, but your season is up in Dallas.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BW

    I love it! The only thing nearly as entertaining as a Steelers win is a string of embarrassing Dallas losses. They were never America's team, and any suggestion that they ever were- particularly that collection of felons that won them a Super Bowl in the 90s- is BS. I hope they suck for another 10 years.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rx


    November 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dallas Cowboys Rock!

    Some of us believe in the Cowboys and stick with them in thick and thin. We roll with it and then when they come back and beat the snot out of the non-fans...we will rub their noses in it like we always do. No biggie. We stick with our team and don't flip flop like the others. How many Superbowl rings does your team have? ;0) We can handle it.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul B

      They Suck....past is in present....

      November 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mort

      You are so right!!! Went through the 1-15 season and I'm still a fan.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    JJ is the worse owner that I can think of in the history of football or the NFL.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Meoff

      The worst owner has a team that won three Super Bowls?? You make no sense.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Meoff

      Won three Super Bowls while he has owned them I mean.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • tj

      Agreed JJ is was to involved in the team, and should not have more say then the coaches...

      November 8, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      I have to agree somewhat with Chris on this. I do agree that JJ has won several superbowls but he needs to figure out who will coach this team, himself or someone he hires. I think this owner is way to involved in the day to day coaching. he needs to stay up in his plush office and make pizza commercials and let the coaches do what they were hired to do - COACH..... Seems to me like there are two many cooks in the kitchen there at Dallas.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • LEEVAN

      I do not understand the firing of the coach . He was not on the field playing the game , i think players should be held accountable since they do make the big bucks , cut there pay until they improve and if there is no improvment the should be cut ,bottom line .

      November 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously?

      Al Davis won superbowls once. JJ's era is over, hes now in 2002-2009 Al Davis mode.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      This should have happened a month ago.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      Really? I didn't know every other owner in the entirre history of the NFL had three championships under their belt. Talk all the nonsense you want, but the fact is without Jerry the Cowboys would have two Superbowl wins, not five.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tsimbi

      I love it. Just two weeks ago Jones was on ESPN saying how Phillips' job was safe. He is such a snake oil salesman. One of the worst things that has happened to the NFL in the last 40 years.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Now all they have to do is put the Cowboys back in the hands of a TEXAS owner...not some oil man from Arkansas who has no business in football. Texas is BIG because it's built on integrity...NOT EGO ! Jerry Jones is next to the word EGO in the dictionary. Jerry, ride away in the sunset with Wade Phillips....

      November 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • sully

      I dont like him or the cowgirls but saying he is a bad owner is just pain ignorant.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      When are the players going to be held responsible for the 1-7 record.
      It seems Coachs always have to take it in the neck when the team does not win.
      Let's start fining players 250G a game for non-performance of their contract.That may wake some of them up as an incective to win.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • israel

      wow you people are complete retards, lets fine the players!, jj is the worst owner ever! guys are morons

      November 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • a slozomby

      if i remember correctly they won those superbowls while jimmy johnson was in charge. and didnt he get fired because jerry wanted more control of the team. look whats happened since.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • chante

      u must have forgotten about AL Davis.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • TonyGa

      JJ is good for the NFL. Wade is a good guy, but not a good head coach. Better luck next time. Saints fan!!!

      November 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Yeah, that's an intelligent comment!!!

      November 8, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Wait WHAT?

    I laugh at BW calling the Dallas Cowboys superbowl teams felons when his team has Ben Rapistburger as their starting QB.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Wait WHAT?

    Also, I bet this article will get more comments than other articles about NFL teams, simply because it's about the Cowboys 😀

    November 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4ever fan

      U know it. Cowboys fans are always gone speak up along with the haters.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      no comment because it is the cowboys

      November 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously?

      "Also, I bet this article will get more comments than other articles about NFL teams, simply because it's about the Cowboys"

      Same would be true for the Raiders, what does that say about your team?

      November 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 4ever fan

    The Cowboys will ALWAYS be America's team despite any past or future bad role models.The other 31 teams are perfect examples, gimme a break and get over the fact that some of u haters don't like the attention the Cowboys get.There's a reason they sell out every season and have so many fans that care how they are coached.WE have 5 SUPERBOWL RINGS and tie that with 2 other teams with only the Steelers having 6 rings.So when your team has 5 rings,come back and tell us how bad we are.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr.CommonSense

      My team has 6 and there is no "America's team". Claiming such is why you have haters. It's ridiculous and typical of idiot Texans. Your team is terrible; Get over it.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Your teams sucks. 🙂

      November 8, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous - you know why

      The cowboys definitely need to get over the "america's team" thing. They need to focus on being Dallas's team. I don't think I've ever seen a team's season go so wrong. For a team that was picked to go to the superbowl, they've fallen about as far as a team can. And it has been obvious over at least the last three weeks, that the cowboys had already quit on the season. Last night was complete humiliation.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously?

      More like america's team to hate, cowboys are the most hated team in the NFL.

      Just because one Texas sports writer in the 70s called the team americas team doesn't make it true. Most everyone in the US hates the Cowboys and their smug fanbase.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • you momma

      Sux big time!

      November 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benz550

      Cowboys were always an overrated team and 90% of all cowboys fans are retards. They dont know anything about the game but only jumped on the band wagon to be part of a self claimed"America's Team".

      November 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • DieNeverCowboyFan

      THE Dallas Cowboys will always be America's Team no matter what all you "wanna-be-as-great-as-the-cowboys" fans say. The fact of the matter is, if ya'll didn't think they were America's Team, why have they had that name before most of you were born? I can tell ya, because of me and the rest of the DC fans, we are loyal to our team no matter what. Even through no wins, broken collar bones, fired coaches, and stupid rumors the media posts.

      Loyalty.. THAT'S what football is about.
      GO COWBOYS!!

      November 8, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • goo6er

      Read my lips... NO NEW TEXANS!

      November 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • usaisawsome

      4ever fan

      My team has 6 rings, I can talk and your team infact does suck. No body besides people living in Dallas has ever considered them America's team, ever. Loser 🙂

      November 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      REF: Mr Common Sense – you mean DALLAS TEXANS, not Texas as a whole. THe Cowboys are resented by a great
      majority of Texans because of their arrogance and stupidity. They deserve where they are

      November 8, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam99999

      Funny – 'WE have 5 SUPERBOWL RINGS and tie that with 2 other teams with only the Steelers having 6 rings"

      In other words "We're the greatest. Except the two other teams that have as many rings as us. And oh yeah that other team that has more."

      Overhyped underperformers, year in, year out.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      The Giants are America's team. The Cowboys have a few super bowl rings? Big deal, so they're Dallas' team, nobody else in this country gives a rat's ass about the Cowboys.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Open Sesame

      Ben you hit it on the nose...GoGiants!

      November 8, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnF

      Fanatics of all flavors should take note. The "America's Team" moniker is not about which team is the best team but which team is seen by the rest of the world as representing America.

      Like it or not, when you say basketball, baseball and American football to a foreigner, the teams they will name will be the Chicago Bulls, the New York Yankees, and the Dallas Cowboys.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • whiteguy602

      well you are 1-7 .... thats pretty bad

      November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • DM

      Giants?!!! lol Not even close. Where ever the COWBOYS play the stands are full of Cowboy fans. You CANNOT say that about any other team. You don't have to live in Dallas, many of us live in LA and in NEW YORK city.
      Now back on topic, what a waste of time, Coach Cupcake should have been fired 3 years ago. If you don't have discipline you don't have a way to keep their egos in check. More accountability is what we need. Jason is just a cream puff like Wade and needs to be just a quaterback coach! Need to bring Jimmy Johnson in to consult and show Jason how to run a team and earn respect!! Love Them Cowboys!!

      November 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayM

      Oh please, the Cowboys are Dallas' team, that's it. In all likelihood the only reason people outside of Texas read this article are because they're in my situation. They hate the Cowboys, and enjoy seeing them suffer. Much like the Yankees. Whenever bad things happen to them, the rest of the country smiles. Calling the Cowboys "America's Team" at this point is like saying "DUI vehicular homicide" is America's crime. Just because it happens in this country doesn't mean people like it.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Thats funny, I was raised in Hawaii, and Dallas has been my favorite team for 34yrs. Loyalty. Now on the other hand, you have the Steelers and their 6 rings. Well, not of the guys that got those rings are dead now due to steriod abuse. Woot Steelers. The won their last two SB's under bad officiating, Woot! Steelers! How bout them Pats and their cheating ways. Or the undeserved MVP award for Manning last year. you wanna talk, go ahead, but look in the mirror first, k?

      November 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • whiteguy602

      mark your lame, if your state doesnt even have a football team you would jump on a bandwagon. Your too lame.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sxycindy

    Who gives a s**t?! Not me, Go Browns!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
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