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Wade had to go

Posted on: November 8, 2010 3:14 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 3:15 pm

There are a lot of things Jerry Jones can tolerate. Getting embarrassed in front of a national-television audience isn't one of them.

Jones had to fire coach Wade Phillips Monday. He had no choice. What message does he send to his players, his staff, his city and, most importantly, his luxury-seat buyers if he allows Phillips to stay?

That gross, disgusting football, which included players quitting and shying away from plays like Randy Moss does, can be tolerated?

Jones isn't known to fire coaches in the middle of a season. And truth be known, this firing won't save the Cowboys' season. Not when they are 1-7.

What it does is show that, unlike some of his players, Jones cares.

In fact, I think he cares too much sometimes.

Jones is an owner who also happens to make football decisions. Some will say he's in over his head and that he should just stick to business. I beg to differ.

His roster has talent.

His coach just didn't put it to use.

Phillips is one of the nicest men in football. But that doesn't mean he is the right man to lead the Cowboys.

More than ever, I think players in the NFL need a stern hand to guide them. Given a chance, some will always take the easy way out.

The inmates take over the prison when the warden doesn't yield a strong hand. If they fear him, they usually do what they're told.

In Dallas, the inmates were running things. That leads to a lack of discipline. That leads to mistakes.

Did anyone see corner Mike Jenkins pull off a tackle Sunday night in the loss to the Green Bay Packers? You do that and the message is clear: My body is more important than the team.

That's the coaching.

It's one thing to have a season go rotten, but to quit on plays and pull off of tackles is an indictment of the staff.

I've seen some really bad football teams play hard to the end. The Cowboys weren't doing that the past couple of weeks.

They quit.

If there is anything an owner won't tolerate, it's seeing a team tanking it.

It's hard to believe this is the same group that I saw in San Antonio this summer. But I remember thinking that even with the talent they had, the one thing that could undo the Cowboys was the coaching.

An iron fist was needed and all Phillips gave them hand softer than you'd get from was baby's touch.

Once it started going bad, there was nothing he could do. It's like a parent who lets his kids run wild in the restaurant, annoying every diner in site, and then one day that parent decides to change things.

Good luck.

Phillips was that parent.

Jason Garrett, the offensive coordinator who hasn't exactly done a bang-up job either, now takes over.

It's almost certainly a temporary thing. Expect Jones to look for a stricter hand from the next coach he hires, especially getting embarrassed the way he did Sunday night.

Jones is a smart man. But it's tough to look that way after you've basically had your pants pulled down in front of millions of people.


Category: NFL

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2010 12:32 am

Wade had to go and Kurt Warner to meet with Jones

I have heard from 3 seperate sources that the Cowboys talked to Kurt Warner today via phone and is to fly into meet with Jerry Jones tomorrow and could be in the Cowboys camp signed and ready to play by next week. Anyone else heard this? He did get voted off dancing with the stars. He should be in pretty good shape. As a Cowboys fan, what could it hurt?

Since: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2010 3:45 pm

Wade had to go

Same thing needs to happen to Pete Prisco

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2010 12:35 pm

Wade had to go

Yes, Wade had to go.

Makes no sense to do this now. Considering the WHOLE coaching staff HAS TO GO.

As well as half the roster needs to be gone.

Blow it all up and start over if there is a next season.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 11:08 am

Wade had to go

Time to blow it up trade Romo for a package of picks along with the high pick they will get in 2011.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:41 am

Wade had to go

My personal experience, coaching three different high school sports, is that you don't succeed without motivated players. We're taught at coaching clinics and job leadership workshops that motivation ALWAYS comes from within. But while you can never directly motivate others, you must be able to provide an atmosphere in which players/workers/students can motivate themselves. Wade Phillips was the poster boy, Sunday, for how NOT to do that. He stood on the sideline with a scowl on his face, pouting on the sidelines instead of trying to create an atmosphere where his players could feel anything positive. I imagine it was the same throughout the week.

You don't have to be a rah-rah coach to provide the right atmosphere.  The Ravens posted the Dolphin's Crowder's disparaging quotes all over their locker room walls last week and he virtually had a nervous breakdown in the locker room after the game.

When I came out of high school coaching retirement to take over our county's worst country program [12th out of 12 the year before], I immediately scheduled a regular season meet, using up 1/3 of my bus budget, at the site of the state championships to set a tone. While there, I conjured up those "breathe rite" nasal strips Jerry Rice had made famous and told the kids it would take 30 seconds off their best time.  I didn't tell them it was the easiest course we'd run so far. So when many set personal best times they thought I was a genius. It's little things like that, which don't make the press reports, that sell a coach's program to his players and which often make the difference between a team that thumps its chest and a team that glorifies itself on being "the bums."

The next season, my runners were astonished to hear, through the grapevine, that one of county's better teams goals was to beat us. They didn't. The following year we won a major meet 23-61 over the 2nd place team.

As and old coach of mine told me when I was struggling in my first year as a varsity coach: "50% of the art of coaching is realizing there is more than one way to play the game, but to convince your players that your way is the one that works."  Wade Phillips forgot and didn't realize he needed to do that somewhere along the line.

Since: May 16, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:04 am

Wade had to go

This whole thing has gone down hill since JJ left. How may championships or even playoff games have we won, while the Steelers now have 6. The answer is one win and no Championships


Homsfan , the answer is ONE championship with Barry Switzer as the coach and 3 playoff wins

Since: May 16, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:01 am

Wade had to go

Garrett is not the answwer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:15 am

Wade had to go

The bottom line here is this article is wrong. Yes the head coach needs to change, but if you think that Jerry Jones running things completely is not part of the problem, you are sadly mistaken. This whole thing has gone down hill since JJ left. How may championships or even playoff games have we won, while the Steelers now have 6. The answer is one win and no Championships. Why did he leave? Answer: Jerry didnt like Jimmy getting the credit for the titles. His ego has made this franchise mediocre. Yeah he drafted some talent but he had many more busts in personnel moves and drafts. We havent drafted a decent lineman in years and we cant run the ball and we cant protect Romo. If Romo wasnt mobile he would stay on IR. I have been a fan since I could understand football, but I am about at the end of it. At least other teams that suck have hope. We dont even have that because we have the one variable that will never change. JERRY. I will wait until next season, but if he hires yet another yes man or keeps the one he just promoted after firing the last one then I am done.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:45 am

Wade had to go

He has to use short paragraphs - so simple people like you can understand it.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2010 2:46 am

Wade had to go

Well, with Parcells you have the "big name" and disciplinarian title combined.  By the end of Parcells' tenure in Dallas, the team was said to need a light hand as Parcells was too strict and they hired the easy going Wade Phillips.  These are basically the same traits you are going to get with Cowher or a Gruden.  You can go the economy route like Dallas has done so many times in the recent past (Campo, Phillips and Gailey) or get a bigger name like he did with Switzer, Johnson and Parcells.  This would have come about sooner, but Parcells help give the Cowboys Tony Romo.  If they were still trying to win anything with Quincy Carter, Wade wouldnt have gotten through year 2...and Romo isnt that good.  He is just a heck of a lot better than what they had to choose from after Aikman retired.  Their success in the last few decades has taken place with a disciplinarian at the helm.  That is a pretty small list of notables as there doesnt seem to be many top teir college coaches itching to step up to the NFL. 

A Herschel Walker trade can make anyone look good for quite a while...

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