After having a few sources tell me not only last week but as well as the week prior, that Jerry Jones was trying to replace Wade Phillips as HC, I still believe he will at some point, but now I am told the chances of it happening this season have decreased significantly. Why? The first reason is now that Dallas is in its bye week, 48 hours after the Cowboys win in Houston it’s pretty clear that Jerry had his window of opportunity to remove anyone from his coaching staff the last two days. Secondly, if a new head coach had any hope of implementing even part of their system, now was the time with two weeks to prepare for Tennessee. Thirdly, the candidates that Jerry had on a short list rebuffed him otherwise we would be talking about a new HC in Dallas.
Many people close to the situation will tell you as long as Jerry feels the need to control the coaching staff that no proven winner at the head coaching level in the NFL will touch the Cowboys position. A few sources did tell me that they thought this was Jerry’s chance to prove the naysayers wrong this past Sunday night or Monday morning on that exact issue, but ultimately his failure to remove Phillips and possibly Jason Garrett will be the difference between winning and losing in the postseason if this team reaches the playoffs. I have had other sources from different media outlets personally e-mail me to say I was clearly on the right track with my rumours and that its something Jerry has explored on other occasions when it comes to Phillips. Memo to Jerry, controlling a coaching staff isn’t working in Oakland and has yet to in Dallas. One playoff win since your last Super Bowl title equals failure on your part.
Had Dallas lost on Sunday, everything I had written about last week would have gained even more steam but a win has calmed Jerry somewhat, although he is still not sold on this staff leading him to his 4th Super Bowl title, which has to be of concern for any fan in Texas. There are few people close to the Dallas organization that feel Phillips staff isn’t capable of winning a Super Bowl title but are willing to stay the course. Now a 4-4 record at the midway point of this season would have fans and media in a frenzy over this team.
It is more clear than ever that Bill Cowher did receive a phone call from Jerry to gauge his interest in possibly becoming the Cowboys next head coach. Cowher has now gone on record as saying he doesn’t like speaking with anyone about a teams HC position unless the job is vacant. That alone tells you he was approached because otherwise why would he make such a statement, prior to the NY Giants losing on Sunday. Some people are tying Cowher to the Giants job but he stated clearly on Sunday morning the quote I mentioned above.
Fan and media pressure did get back to the coaching staff as they finally turned to running the ball more than it did the two previous weeks. But when you listen to ex-Cowboy players both in TV and the radio business, you can hear it in their voice that they too believe Phillips will not lead this team to do the type of things they should be able to accomplish in the post season.
Sure there are Cowboys fans out there that think Phillips can lead them to the promise land, but they need to take off their rose coloured glasses! Phillips has yet to do so and hasn’t shown the ability to lead a team to even a Conference Championship. Until Jerry Jones loosens the reigns on what his coaching staff is allowed to do, we won’t be talking about a Championship in Dallas anytime soon.
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Written by Kevin Lee
Kevin has had an extensive career as a sports writer and radio show host for almost 10 years. Kevin has covered the NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA College Football and Basketball. From covering the BCS Championship Game to the Final Four and the Stanley Cup Finals, he has done it all. He has been featured on numerous sports radio stations in Canada and the United States and often a weekly guest on numerous XM and Sirius Satellite radio shows. He has also had his work featured on FoxSports.com.