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Update at 4:50pm EST Thurs. – Rumour – Cowboys on the verge of firing Wade Phillips

UPDATE – 5pm EST – All things point to Jerry Jones replacing Wade Phillips after the game in Houston on Sunday.   I have had a few other people come forward to me within NFL circles and they are more than ever of the same belief that Jerry knows how bad he would look if his team didn’t make the playoffs because he waited to pull the plug on Phillips.  He is preparing for it as we speak.   His belief is a new coach and not just any coach would make the difference in winning what you deem a game that you should win, rather than losing like they did on Sunday against Chicago.  The belief is that Phillips is good for another screw up and he already has one too many under his watch.  In a tight division you can’t give away games and Jerry seems to finally see that Phillips isn’t the man to lead them to the promised land.  If you keep Phillips on until the end of the year, you risk losing what could have been a great season.  What it boils down to now is that Jerry wants a long term solution and will do whatever it takes to make his team be a favourite once again in the NFC.   When you look at the rest of the Cowboys’ schedule there are about 4 games in which Dallas should definitely get the win.  Then come the games in which talent and coaching should prevail, which is what Jerry is really struggling over, knowing full well what has already happened this season.  If you subtract Phillips from the picture and bring in a proven winner as head coach, Dallas wins at least 10 games and gets into the playoffs.  If you stay status quo, this team struggles to make the playoffs or even plays .500 ball.  Take a look at the next 14 games and you will see what I am speaking about when breaking down the schedule.  I encourage all readers to do that in the comment section.  I will be back tomorrow to post any other pertinent info to the story.  But here is quote from Jimmy Johnson today to make you all wonder a little more about the coaching staff.

This is what Jimmy Johnson had to say.

“I’ve been talking to Troy [Aikman] about this,” Johnson said by phone, “and when I see the penalties, the assignment mistakes and just the undisciplined nature of the Cowboys, it’s hard not to yell. That stuff goes back to the coaching, whether it was once me, or someone else.

There is one thing about football. If a team is sloppy on Sunday, it almost without exception means the team was sloppy all week in practice. And there is no excuse for that. I know Wade agrees with me on this, but there’s just too much sloppiness with this football team.”

UPDATE – 7pm EST – One of my original two sources on this story has stated that Jerry Jones wants a long term solution for his HC and is really working the phones about getting this done.  Believe it or not, the name of Jimmy Johnson has been mentioned to me before but not until getting confirmation at dinner tonight.   I now believe Johnson could actually be among one of the three former head coaches that Jones seriously wants roaming the Dallas sidelines.  Who would you take – Johnson, Billick or Cowher?

UPDATE – 2pm EST – Jon Gruden has a clause in his MNF contract that won’t allow him to leave his analyst position to take the Cowboys HC position if Phillips was fired.  As well, Tony Dungy has gone on record as saying he won’t coach this year.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who follows the NFL that Dallas Cowboys’ head coach Wade Phillips is on a short leash.  Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has gone on the record saying that the 0-2 start is “quite a setback” for the organization.

Word now comes from two great sources close to the organization that Jones is guaging interest from a few former NFL head coaches currently working on TV networks.  CBS in-studio analyst Bill Cowher is Jones’ number one choice to replace Phillips.  His second choice is NFL Network/Fox analyst Brian Billick.  Both Cowher and Billick have Super Bowl rings, something Jones really wants to have when it comes to who will be leading his struggling team.

Many feel the players have tuned out Phillips and last Friday was a clear example of how this situation continues to snowball.  Phillips got into details on Monday about Friday’s practice.  “Do I think it could be better? Sure,” Phillips said.  “Do I think we had a bad practice Friday? Yes, we told them that in the meeting. We went back over it and said, ‘Hey, we didn’t practice well enough.’”  How does the same thing occur that has happened over the past two years under Phillips’ watch?  Enough is enough and now is the time for Jones to pull the plug on him.  It’s plain to see that the team has no identity and have tuned out Phillips.

I am told that if the Cowboys lose to the Houston Texans on Sunday that Jones won’t hesitate in firing Phillips.  Two other possible candidates that have surfaced are Marty Schottenheimer and Steve Mariucci.  Schottenheimer who last patrolled the sidelines for San Diego back in 2006-07, was fired by the Chargers in February of 2007.  His 5-13 playoff record is definitely not appealing.  While Mariucci has a 3-4 playoff record, he hasn’t coached since the 2005 season after a three year stint in Detroit.

Regardless, of what happens in Houston this Sunday, Jones needs to fire Phillips if he hopes to have his team in the playoffs come January.  I for one truly believe one of the 4 names I have mentioned will be wearing that Star on their hat come early next week.

More to come as the week unfolds.  I can be contacted at kevinlee@prosportsblogging.com anytime.


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In response to “Update at 4:50pm EST Thurs. – Rumour – Cowboys on the verge of firing Wade Phillips”

  1. Dan Rakusan Nov 8 20102:56 pm


    I’m surprised that none of the nay-sayers have had the balls to come back to this post and retract their disenchantment with Mr. Lee for writing it. Looks like Phillips is indeed on the outs, and while the timing wasn’t exactly what was written, it does break the trend of Dallas not firing coaches mid-season. Eat crow people! Eat crow!

    1. LEE Hater Nov 8 20103:15 pm


      Ummm Wade would still be here if the Cowboys were 3-4…

      He’s breaking story was solely to gain publicity…

      1. Dan Rakusan Nov 8 20103:22 pm


        Still got it right though, no? You can hate all you want, but Kevin called it. Sure, got the timing wrong, but rumours are a fickle thing… Be a man and give credit where credit is due!

        1. LEE Hater Nov 8 20103:27 pm


          Not gonna give credit… He also said Cowher had a handshake deal… where is Cowher today? Garrett is interim…

          I’m gonna go ahead and say Andy Reid is gonna be fired in Philladelphia tomorrow… It’s gonna happen some day… Just make sure and come back and give me credit… Just because my timing is wrong!

          1. Dan Rakusan Nov 8 20103:30 pm

            I’ll be happy to give you credit. However, start your own site and I’ll post my comment there. This is not your site, although of course you’re welcome to peruse the offerings… Realistically, you and others said there IS NO WAY JONES FIRES A COACH MID-SEASON. Well, we’re exactly at mid-season, and Jones is firing his coach.

            I’m not asking you to like Kevin Lee’s writing, nor to agree with him on everything he says, but he pretty much called his shot here and got it right other than the timing. Face facts, don’t just stroke your ego.

        2. Christopher Rowe Nov 8 20103:28 pm


          Agreed Kevin got the action right and was just a little quick to jump the gun… Question is… if Jones does cut Wade Phillips loose… who do you replace him with? Can’t take a guy under contract like Cowher or Gruden… Can’t take anyone on another team’s staff and don’t want to promote anyone on current Cowboys staff… Leaving… Mike Ditka? Dick Vermeil? Joe Paterno?


      2. bebe bebe Nov 8 20103:27 pm


        Whatever fool. All you people said Jones would never fire a coach mid-season and he did, something Kevin had 6 weeks ago. Read his other story posted an hour ago jerk off!

        1. Dan Rakusan Nov 8 20103:31 pm


          In fairness, 6 weeks ago you could just throw a bunch of crap against a wall and see what sticks, but in this case, Kevin got it right, albeit a little too early on…lol

      3. bob Nov 8 20103:28 pm


        Lee hater, your right on. Lee’s fellow writers, such as Dan, are always trying to defend the nonsense Lee spewed out earlier this year. Eat crow, i don’t think so. Dan, quit cheerleading for you fellow writers. Should have know this website is bogus the first time I visited it and saw “where the fans are the writers” as a tag line.

        1. Dan Rakusan Nov 8 20103:32 pm


          then why are you still here Bob? Just askin’…

          1. bob Nov 8 20103:36 pm

            you guys make me laugh. the way you guys blindly stand up for each other and ignore all reality is funny. Its almost like you actually believe, which I know you don’t, lee was right. What a joke.

          2. Christopher Rowe Nov 8 20103:39 pm

            Hey Bob… you want to talk about ignoring all reality? Jones is firing Phillips at midseason. Wasn’t your beef that what Mr. Lee wrote was “never going to fire Phillips mideseason”? What part of that is untrue or inaccurate?

          3. bob Nov 8 20103:58 pm

            Christopher, thanks for proving my point. Another one of you guys trying to stick up for lee while ignoring everything he said. My beef with lee has nothing to do with wade being fired mid season, its that lee reported he would be fired weeks ago. he didn’t report that wade would be fired sometime, he said the deal is in the works and will happen immediately. But you guys go on and keep cheering for each other and keep ignoring reality.

          4. Dan Rakusan Nov 8 20104:35 pm

            To be perfectly honest Bob, I didn’t agree with Kevin about Phillips being fired after the Houston game. In fact (I’m too lazy to re-read the whole thread), I believe I posted something to the contrary earlier.

            I simply believe that putting a time-frame on a rumour is pure idiocy one way or the other, especially considering the limited number of coaching options Dallas has/had.

            But to spend so much time trying to simply put someone down for writing what they heard is stupid.

            Keep posting. Glad you enjoy our banter!

  2. LEE Hater Nov 8 20103:38 pm


    “All things point to Jerry Jones replacing Wade Phillips after the game in Houston on Sunday. I have had a few other people come forward to me within NFL circles and they are more than ever of the same belief that Jerry knows how bad he would look if his team didn’t make the playoffs because he waited to pull the plug on Phillips. He is preparing for it as we speak.”

    In fairness… Lee got it 100% WRONG! Or was he right??? Technically today falls after the Houston game on the calendar, just not the day after… Whatever… He was dead wrong, just admit it!

    1. Dan Rakusan Nov 8 20104:37 pm


      So we’re faced with arguing semantics? Really? Dude, get a life and stop hating for no reason. The writing has been on the wall for quite some time now (perhaps since the day after the Houston game). Dallas just needed to know where they would turn after they trashed Phillips. Bum’s son was done a long time ago, otherwise we’d have seen a Dallas team playing to their talent-level.

      1. LEE Hater Nov 8 20104:56 pm


        Had Phillips been fired after the Houston game, I’d give him all the props in the world! He would have earned them, but just because you say something is going to happen doesn’t mean you get credit for it when it happens long after you said it would happen…

        I’ll refer back to my Andy Reid comment…

        Also, if the writing was on the wall, it wasn’t much of a rumor (notice the correct spelling)

        1. Dan Rakusan Nov 8 20105:03 pm


          Correct spelling? Are you unaware that we Canadian folk use British English (you know, the original version)? Technically, you Yankee Doodle morons bastardized the language because you couldn’t write things that were more than 5 letters long, so suck it d-bag!

          As for the post itself, the point I was making is that I agree, the timing was off. However, many detractors posted that Jones would NEVER fire a coach mid-season. Well, guess what Jones just did?

          1. mp mp Nov 8 20106:18 pm

            You gotta be the biggest goof off to tell us that we don’t spell things correctly. Go check out http://www.tsn.ca and see how they spell colour or rumour. The rest of the world is metric while your country is in the dark ages. I have some great American friends and your ignorance would even make them shake their heads. Pathetic!

            Good job Dan on calling that idiot out!

          2. Dan Rakusan Nov 8 20106:33 pm

            @mp mp – I’m editing this site, so when someone calls out my spelling I take it personally…lol… But someone like this douche should just crawl back to under the rock from whence he came. The reality is, people don’t realize this site is built on fandom, not professional journalism. People are free to express their own analysis of what they perceive in the sports world. Until people realize that this is essentially a grand forum for the “armchair QB”, “couch coach” or whatever else, they’ll never get it and we’ll see this kind of unfounded criticism.

            Oh well, give me 40 millileters of scotch and I’ll be fine.

  3. Trent Kondo Nov 8 20109:36 pm


    Just for the heck of it, I tweeted it at 330 EST and was a RT from Steve Goldstein, but who cares lol. How are things going Dan!

  4. Trent Kondo Nov 8 20109:38 pm


    I forgot to mention Kevin did a great job getting this.

  5. Greg Sep 26 201011:16 pm


    Cowher has it written in his contract with CBS (as does Gruden with ESPN) that they CAN’T leave to take a coaching job until their deals expire! Besides, no one is replacing a coach during the season. Jones has never done it and has actually SAID he wouldn’t do it. You’re stuck with the current regime until the end of the season. This isn’t baseball or hocky where you can do that! Bow things up in Dallas then!

  6. bebe bebe Nov 8 20103:28 pm


    Gruden does, Cowher doesn’t fool! Dan Marino was in Ottawa 2 weeks ago and we are at the dinner, he clearly stated that Cowher can take a job anytime during the season while on TV and leave his TV job. Get your facts right. Kevin had the Gruden contract thing in his blog 6 weeks ago.

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