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Jones not ready to ax Phillips yet

Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:47 pm
Dallas coach Wade Phillips will have some work to do in order to keep his job after this season (Getty) Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Once again, the Cowboys lost a game. Once again, Dallas owner Jerry Jones was asked about coach Wade Phillips’ job security. Once again, Jones refused to offer up Phillips to the sacrificial gods.

The latest give-and-take occurred about an hour after the Cowboys finished up their 41-35 home loss to the Giants on Monday, and Jones was asked about his confidence level that Phillips could turn around a 1-5 Dallas squad.

"I don't think about doing anything differently having only played six ball games, period. I don't," Jones said, via ESPN Dallas. "I just don't want to answer the question, and any way I answer the question can be termed negative and it shouldn't be."

As for a coaching change?

"We've got a big challenge here and I don't need to be mixing and matching at this stage, I just don't," Jones said. "We got a long way to go."

It’s difficult to see, though, how this ends well for Phillips. The Cowboys were thought to be a Super Bowl contender – stated very publically by Jones – and so far, they’ve been nothing short of brutal.

Besides, if Jones were to fire Phillips mid-season, who would he hire to fill that spot? Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett? Don’t think so. Secondary coach Dave Campo? We’ve seen how that play ends before.

So, what to do? Well, Jones probably won’t say anything bad about Phillips until he fires him after the season is complete. Unless the Cowboys are, say, 1-12 in a few weeks. Then, all bets are off, and maybe, taking a page from Ted Turner, Jones could coach the team himself.

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Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 2:39 pm

Jones not ready to ax Phillips yet

yeah, lets run the ball like we did Monday night. Our RB's are not that good.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 2:37 pm

Jones not ready to ax Phillips yet

Phillips has looked dazed and confused on the sidelines

And how!!  His open mouth, "oh my gosh" look is a lame, tired gag.  Plus, the camera shows this Jacko looking up at the
video board with that same dazed look.  Oooohhhhh Wade you are sooooooo great!

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:57 am

Jones not ready to ax Phillips yet

Cowher would be great, Gruden would be a huge mistake!

Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:41 am

Jones not ready to ax Phillips yet

As a long standing Cowboy fan I agree about Jones wanting someone he can control but with the talent, egos, lack of discipline, and the huge letdown this season he may have to pocket HIS EGO and let a Cowher or Gruden come in take control and bring their choice of staff in as well. Since Romo is locked in with the team for a while we have to get a solid X's and O's coach that can teach Romo to read a defense and blitz package the way a vetran QB should! The defense needs the same thing by mixing up the blitz packages and instill some discipline!

I know Cowboy fans like myself are distraught and this is a pipe dream but how great would it be to see Jimmie come back and bring the 90's with him! Troy as an O cordinator, Moose with the RB's, Irvin w/ WR's, Billy Bates on Special Teams, and get Ken Norton Jr. out of USC and run the D! Pipe dream i know but it would put fans back in the seats in Big D!

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:39 am

Jones not ready to ax Phillips yet

Message to all talking heads and the working press---STOP TALKING ABOUT THE COWBOYS! They deserve as much attention as Carolina or Jacksonville gets, no more than that. Stop talking about them and stop airing their games. We want to see games with interesting teams and we want to hear about teams and players that are actually performing and have a shot at the playoffs.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:35 am

Jones not ready to ax Phillips yet

Jerry Jones has gotten better at bringing in talented football players, but he does not know when to bow out and let the rest of the organization do their jobs. He mettles too much and until he learns not to, Dallas is doomed. He needs to stop with the hiring op puppets and hire a good, strong-willed coach, then step out of the way. When Jimmie Johnson was there, Jerry didn't know squat so he let Jimmie work. Then he wanted to get more involved, which drove Jimmy out. It has been a downward spriral ever since. The current team is full or talent, but like the writer said, you cannot win on talent alone. Dallas needs a good coach, someone like Brian Billick, John Gruden or Bill Cowher (although he is clearly waiting for the Carolina job). Then Jerry needs to just step aside until draft day. Even then, he needs to listen to what his coach(es) have to say. I'll say it again, Jerry has gotten better as a GM, but he didn't do it alone. Once he realizes that and stops being an egotistical half-wit, Dallas will be a disappointing mess who will always find a way to shoot themselves in the foot. Then again, they will probably miss and hit themselves in the knee instead.

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2010 10:34 am

Jones not ready to ax Phillips yet

Hearing rumors about John Fox, John Gruden, and Bill Cowher, who hasn't heard them?  But be realistic here, Jerry Jones will put someone in there that he can control.  He couldn't control Tom Landry, after a few seasons, his controlling characteristics strained his longtime friendship with Jimmie Johnson. 

Clearly John Fox is the only one of the three mentioned about with any chance of getting this gig.  Fox is still head coach in Carolina. 

Though it's clear Phillips must go, he might make it thru the end of the season.

As if indeed Fox is on this list, you obviously will have to wait to interview him.

And we all know that Leslie Frazier is given an interview for every job automatically. 

So Cowboys fans just sit there and suffer.

My prediction, Phillips stays thru the year ... if indeed he is replaced, it only temporary with Jason Garrett.

Next year, Jerry Jones will try to bring in numerous candidates ... including John Fox, John Gruden, Bill Cowher, Leslie Frazier, Brian Schottenheimer, Kyle Shanahan, and Butch Davis.

My money is on Butch Davis getting the gig.  UNC will most definitely being trying to push Butch out with all the controversy this season, Butch has history with the Cowboys franchise, and Davis seems to fit the mold of who Jerry wants ... a less decorated coach less likely to refute or contest any redonkulous opinions from the owner.

Good luck with Kitna ... time to development your young talent for next year.

Let's get Dez involved, and my Tashard Choice to #2 RB ... and see how he handles the blitz packages.

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