It has been reported by Kevin Lee, of prosportsblogging .com, that Wade Phillips’ job may be on the line this Sunday. Tension has been mounting since the Cowboys’ skid to 0-2 and with all the talk over the past 2 seasons Phillips’ slow start leading to his firing is not all that far fetched. Jones may be at his wits end with Phillips and the Houston game may be his last chance to salvage his position.
It’s unfortunate timing for Wade as Dallas is going into Houston to face the 2-0 Texans who after 2 weeks are the league’s number 1 offense in total yards and one of the hottest teams in the NFL. If the Cowboys-Texans preseason game is any indication of what’s to come then the Cowboys and Phillips are going to be in for a long day.
It looks like Bill Cowher, Brian Billick, and even Jimmy Johnson have been brought up in talks of who would replace Phillips. If Jerry does fire Wade then Jason Garret will likely take over as head coach. While Garret was at one point rumored to be in line to inherit the job from Wade little has been said after these past few seasons, where the offense has been something of a roller coaster ride. There may be a small chance that Garret could be given the rest of the season as a sort of interview to see if he could be a good fit as the head coach.
The odds are going to be stacked against the Cowboys this Sunday. For everything going wrong for the Cowboys, it’s going right for the Texans. The Cowboys have failed to mount a comeback twice already and the Texans are coming off a comeback from 17 points down in a game in which they had blocked field goal, that kept them in the game, and a 4 and 10 touchdown pass to send them into overtime. They’ve shown the ability to win both passing and running the ball. The Cowboys have had little success trying to move the ball on the ground averaging 69.5 yards a game. Houston has found their every down back in Arian Foster, while the Cowboys still are spreading the ball out between the different style backs. The Cowboys have struggled to get pressure on the quarterback with only 2 sacks on the season, while Houston got pressure to both Peyton Manning and Donovan McNabb in each of their games. DeMarcus Ware has be unable to generate constant pressure, while Houston’s Mario Williams has been everywhere with 4 sacks on the season already.
The good news for Wade and the Cowboys is that they have been able to generate yards in the passing game and Houston has been exploited against the pass over the last 2 games. If the Cowboys can keep up with the Texans offensively, then the defense as a core is still good enough to keep the team in the game. Reliant Stadium will likely be electric and the stadium will be working against the Cowboys. Hopefully the Cowboys came away with something good after their preseason debacle in Houston and the game wasn’t a precursor to an unimaginable letdown for a team that once had Superbowl aspirations and is now looking like a team that may end up fighting for just a wild card spot.
Phillips will likely pull out all the stops in his attempt to maintain his job, but will it be enough in the end to keep his job? Only a win will tell.
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Written by David Willow
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