Local and national beat reporters didn’t know what the deal was either because the folks inside the Cowboys building had no clue what was going on. Including Phillips himself.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Phillips didn’t know he was getting fired until after the local television reports leaked out. (He should get on Twitter.) Players were in the dark, still waiting for a meeting that may never happen. Cowboys assistant coaches and Phillips’ agent told reporters they didn’t know anything.
Jay Glazer of FOX reports that Phillips was visibly upset because he thought he was safe as recently as this morning. Phillips rode in Jerry Jones’ private jet on the way home from Green Bay last night. So did Jones change his mind in between?
“Reports of utter confusion in Dallas don’t surprise this former Cowboys beat guy,” Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post wrote on Twitter, to nods of approval to many others that have worked around the team.
Phillips won 33 games in his first three seasons as Cowboys head coach, but it only included one playoff win. His run shared the same problems that have characterized the last 15 years in Cowboys history: drama, confusion, and unrealized expectations.
Jerry Jones is the common denominator to it all.