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The Cowboys can't even fire a coach the right way

When news of Wade Phillips’ firing started to spread, the official website of the Dallas Cowboys was down, like is has been for most of Monday.  (It still is.)

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.

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63 Responses to “The Cowboys can't even fire a coach the right way”
  1. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Nov 8, 2010 3:52 PM

    oh man, this is a gem of a season for the Cowbums. I havent been this excited since I found out that strippers take 2 dollar bills!!

  2. Hauschild says: Nov 8, 2010 3:53 PM

    If this dude is offered another NFL head coaching job in the future, it means the Good Old Boy Network continues to thrive.

  3. Little Tommy says: Nov 8, 2010 3:55 PM

    We know there will be consequences for the players and coaches but will there be any consequences for ownership. Jones can’t seem to get out of his own way!

  4. PackerRube13 says: Nov 8, 2010 3:55 PM

    Sad. And they had high hopes for a home superbowl.
    Almost as pathetic as the Vikings.

  5. koch23jk says: Nov 8, 2010 3:55 PM

    Which organization is the biggest soap opera?…The Minnesota Viqueens or the Dallas Cowgirls?

  6. Paul says: Nov 8, 2010 3:56 PM

    Jerry Jones business acumen masks an otherwise incompetent approach to professional personnel and player management. With each misstep, he becomes that which he fears most: a total laughstock and joke. It’s an ego unchecked, an unconsciousness raging out of control, spilling out to the public, without a hint of any self-reflection and understanding. He’s a fool.

  7. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Nov 8, 2010 3:56 PM

    Ever hear Jerry try to put a sentence together?
    Wade’s response must have been “Huh?”
    Which is a normal expression for Wade.

  8. CowboysFansAreAllBandwagonFans says: Nov 8, 2010 3:56 PM

    The reason he doesn’t know.. is because Jerry hasn’t made a decision yet.. the MEDIA has..
    How about the media idiots just wait until Jerry announces something to make any proclamations?

  9. Texan says: Nov 8, 2010 3:57 PM

    Jerry Jones can’t even get the limelight in the Cowboys worst season in history. The Brett Favre, Randy Moss, Brad Childress saga continually steal the spotlight no matter how bad the Cowboys muck up the games.

  10. PackerRube13 says: Nov 8, 2010 3:58 PM

    Dennis Green would be a hilarious fit.
    But more realistically Cowher and Gruden have to be the prime candidates, right? Big name coaches that have the personality to handle the big player personalities. Wade Phillips clearly lacks that…
    How a team this talented has yet to make it to a superbowl is beyond me. Felix/Barber/Romo/Witten/Austin/Williams/DEZ is a great offense going forward. Just have to solidify that O-line. And have an actual NFL caliber coach/playcaller.

  11. kristoff says: Nov 8, 2010 3:58 PM

    sorry cowboy fans, cowher will not be comming to dallas,he wld end up punchn jerry jones in his face for lookin over his shoulder evrey game and practice. john fox seems about right

  12. Daboyz36 says: Nov 8, 2010 3:59 PM

    Jerry Jones has done this before in the firing of Tom Landry I believe. He didnt tell he was going to get fired until the media informed him. I am a huge cowboys fan Rosenthal and this is just dissapointing that they can never do anything the classy way. If im wrong about the Landry thing Rosenthal please inform me but im pretty sure it went down the same way

  13. andyprough says: Nov 8, 2010 4:01 PM

    Jerry Jones – you just fired the only guy to win a playoff for your team in the last 14 years. What are you going to do now?
    “I’m going to Disney World!!”

  14. kiera620 says: Nov 8, 2010 4:01 PM

    That’s awful that the local media knows something like this before anyone in the organization knows it. Whether or not you think Phillips it the problem this definitely is not the way to go about this. I mean this was the guys job after all. What an awful organization.

  15. kravon says: Nov 8, 2010 4:01 PM

    Does it matter?
    There are a percentage of Cowboys fans that dont care about winning, but rather enjoy being a side show.
    Hey Dallas. America called, they said you can keep your team.
    Kravon

  16. Heinekenfun says: Nov 8, 2010 4:02 PM

    Now I feel bad for the guy…, standing on the corner.., sobbing.., waiting for his wife to come pick him up.
    Of all the days to get dropped off…., man that sucks.

  17. Pokey Allen's Ghost says: Nov 8, 2010 4:02 PM

    sorry wade. getting fired sucks, but it is a blessing in disguise. take your dad’s words to heart and enjoy the upcoming holiday season. this time next year, you’ll be working for a better club.

  18. AngryJ says: Nov 8, 2010 4:02 PM

    I was pretty happy when Jones kept backing Wade because I knew that would keep the Cowgirls dwelling in mediocrity. Maybe he’ll hire Dick Jauron now(wishful thinking).

  19. Scott P says: Nov 8, 2010 4:03 PM

    Yes, it is a joke in Valley Ranch. We make the Raiders look functional. The Cowboys and Jerry are the laughing stock of the league right now – and there is no end in site.

  20. bspurloc says: Nov 8, 2010 4:04 PM

    get rid of phillips jason garrent and JJ……
    get someone with leadership in there like Michael Strahan!!!!!!
    course he forfeit all games against the giants but still have a better record than these idiots

  21. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Nov 8, 2010 4:05 PM

    “ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Phillips didn’t know he was getting fired until after the local television reports leaked out. ”
    And after the way Jones treated Landry, why would anyone expect a classy firing from him?

  22. churchston winsthill says: Nov 8, 2010 4:06 PM

    Jerry is a total buffoon and just like Steinbrenner his team won’t win anything until he retires to his luxury suite and lets someone who has a clue run the football side of the business.

  23. olskool711 says: Nov 8, 2010 4:07 PM

    Jerry had Jimmy Johnson as a coach.
    Bill Parcells as a coach.
    And, he fired them?
    And to think people have raked modell the rat over the coals for 50 years for firing Paul Brown.
    I think Jerry is a knucklehead. Its a really bad thing when people feel sorry for a football team, like many did last night. Funny thing is, many of them are probably Cowboy haters. When a hater can’t relish in the hated’s humiliation, that’s probably as bad as it gets.

  24. NJBoysFan says: Nov 8, 2010 4:09 PM

    Wade Phillips, should’ve known he was toast after they loss to the Redskins. Jason Garrett as the interim is a joke too. They need to get someone with some stones in that job. Some Texas sized stones, I say.
    One thing that worries me, is we will have top 5 pick. But will we have cap space for a top 5 pick. Considering top tier teams usually operate fiscally in such a manner, thus, they don’t anticipate paying thru the nose for a draft pick. Hopefully the new CBA will limit draft choice contracts to more reasonable levels. But its something to look at.

  25. Kevin C says: Nov 8, 2010 4:09 PM

    I knew by the title that this was a Rosenthal article. Writing with emotion instead of an unbiased professional opinion once again. I can’t believe this ass clown has a job as a writer. How does he go from being the NY Giants fluffer to writing on this site?

  26. steeltiger34 says: Nov 8, 2010 4:09 PM

    Jones is a bum! The guy has no class. he will run the next coach out as well. No decent coach will comply to his dictatorship mentallity.

  27. BackToJail4Vick says: Nov 8, 2010 4:12 PM

    Couldn’t happen to a better franchise. I hope that stadium burns to the ground.

  28. Rick says: Nov 8, 2010 4:12 PM

    Did the media actually know or were they just speculating when the approached Phillips. I doubt Jones would tell the media before he actually did the firing. Phillips should not have been surprised. The Cowboys have been an embarrassment this year.

  29. HarrisonHits says: Nov 8, 2010 4:17 PM

    “reports that Phillips was visibly upset because he thought he was safe as recently as this morning”
    Proving how much of an inept idiot he is. How could anyone who held any position with a 1-7 team in this day and age, be it coaching staff, management or player, think they were “safe” ?

  30. Doc21361 says: Nov 8, 2010 4:22 PM

    Let’s hope for you Cowboy fans’ sake, that Jason Garrett is a better head coach than an offensive coordinator–because he’s one of the worst in the NFL at that job!

  31. Terrell Blowens says: Nov 8, 2010 4:23 PM

    None of the high profile coaches will coach for Dallas. Jerry Jones fears a coach with the balls to stand up to him and make him stop meddling. I don’t see that changing unless he changes his strategy and hires a real GM with complete control of the roster

  32. melikefootball says: Nov 8, 2010 4:24 PM

    Maybe Jones should consider firing himself, after all he has his hands on every aspect of his team. I guess he feels he has done a great job.

  33. marcduke says: Nov 8, 2010 4:32 PM

    Who would have thought Al Davis’s Raiders would look like a well run organization when compared to this years version of the Cowboys?

  34. isonic1 says: Nov 8, 2010 4:35 PM

    NJBoysFan says: November 8, 2010 4:09 PM
    Wade Phillips, should’ve known he was toast after they loss to the Redskins.
    Because they lost to the Redskins??? Redskins have also beat Philly, Chicago and Green Bay. Way better teams than you guys. Not sure your point there.

  35. MrHumble says: Nov 8, 2010 4:40 PM

    When is the national media, the cowboy beat writers or ….even Florio (who admits to being a cowboy fan) going to quit ignoring the elephant in the room and put the blame where it belongs????? Jerrah Jones is not a football guru and it is his meddling as a imposter GM that has ruined the cowboys and will keep them as pretenders at best. The results couldn’t happen to a nicer guy than Jerrah. The national media and florio have had a hay day with Ziggy and the vikings situation but yet have refused to acknowledge Jerrah’s role in what’s all wrong in Big D. Have some marbles Florio……address the elephant in the room in dallas.

  36. buckup says: Nov 8, 2010 4:51 PM

    “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.”
    read this aloud to yourself. You say “either” but you only list one thing…they have no clue.

  37. Scoob766 says: Nov 8, 2010 4:53 PM

    Damn Cowboys how do you allow the GB D 40+ fantasy points and cost me the season. I hate you more then ever now, getting rid of Wade Phillips should give me 20 points back!

  38. S G says: Nov 8, 2010 4:56 PM

    Amusing, you fellow division Cowboy haters. As much as I don’t like Jones myself, I’ll say this for him: He’s got three rings since he took over in ’89 as owner. How many does the current Deadskins owner have again? How about the Feeble Eagle’s owner again? Oops, they’ve both NEVER has a ring, right?
    The only team’s fans in the NFC East that’ll have a right to snicker at this are the Giants to me, since they unbelievably defeated the then-undefeated Pats in the SB a few years back. I’ll give them that much, but that’s all I’ll give them.
    Garrett’s just warming the seat, unless by some incredible amount of luck, they put together wins for the rest of the season. I have no idea who’ll take over then.

  39. Rodrigo says: Nov 8, 2010 5:00 PM

    If this is true it is very sad. I hope it is not true. I hope Jerry had the decency to tell Wade before leaking it. Losses are one thing but treating people this way is inexcusable.

  40. LadyMac says: Nov 8, 2010 5:02 PM

    I never thought I’d say this:
    Come on JJ…. do what Daniel Snyder did this year and leave the football coaching to those who know football!

  41. Scheer1852 says: Nov 8, 2010 5:04 PM

    I wanna see Rob Ryan as Cowboys new head coach next year. That’d be perfect.

  42. jayy says: Nov 8, 2010 5:17 PM

    is there any way jerry jones can send a pinkslip to himself? lol while im a giants fan n love nothin more than a giants win but to see jerry jones, wade phillips and romo frowning (and crying) i have no more respect for jerry jones. how do u not tell ur ex-HC in person your firing him? ive said it for years problems with the cowboys are 70% bec of jerry jones. each week he goes around talkin about expectations and his team. no other owner talks the way he does. he puts so him expectations on his team when they dont perform they probably get nervous about what the owner will say since he has no problem speakin to media..
    jerry jones some advice.. fire urself, shut up and do what owner do own the team hire right personal and SHUT UPPPP! take a note from al davis. finally let someone else draft(had a damn good 2010 draft) shut up and raiders are good this year.

  43. Maryland Raiderfan says: Nov 8, 2010 5:20 PM

    As a die hard raiderfan and fan of football, i feel for dallas fans–Jerry Jones is a younger Al Davis by 15 or 20 years–How about a real GM instead of firing the HC–Phillips is a nice guy-defensive guy– pin the d on him the offense is garrett’s isn’t it??? and he is interim coach–I guess Jerry Jones will hire a Real GM just about when AL davis does

  44. Elroy JETson says: Nov 8, 2010 5:20 PM

    Marty Schottenheimer and he can take his son with him!

  45. Tdk24 says: Nov 8, 2010 5:24 PM

    “If this dude is offered another NFL head coaching job in the future, it means the Good Old Boy Network continues to thrive.”
    Now that’s just plain dumb. He makes a good band-aid HC until a team can get the guy they really want. He’s a known commodity. He just needs to be coaching on a real team, with a real owner and a real front office.
    People say “why would anyone ever want to coach for the Raiders”. They should really be saying that about the Cowboys.

  46. louisianafootballfan says: Nov 8, 2010 5:30 PM

    @ Mr Humble
    You should go back and read most of Florio’s posts on the Cowboys. They ALL say that, until the issue of Jerry Jones being a crappy GM is addressed, the cowboys are going nowhere fast. Do your homework before you start spouting off.

  47. stubabe says: Nov 8, 2010 5:39 PM

    Jerry said in his press conference that he spoke with Wade privately before the leaks so this is just BS from Jerry haters. You guys must have miserable lives.

  48. Opie says: Nov 8, 2010 5:39 PM

    I said it at the beginning of the year: SCHISM in big D. It was obvious before the season started & the boy’s fans were blind to it. Their OLine was very weak and an injury away from abysmal. They got a couple of injuries & they paid top dollar for the wrong parts.
    Now, they are giving up on the season by evidence of their play the past two weeks. Pitiful. You’d think “some” of the players would have more pride, and probably do, but that what happens when bad apples poison a team. It only takes one and they’ve got a few.
    Vox, Chapnasty, where art thou? Come take your lumps…

  49. tatum32 says: Nov 8, 2010 5:40 PM

    # marcduke says: November 8, 2010 4:32 PM
    Who would have thought Al Davis’s Raiders would look like a well run organization when compared to this years version of the Cowboys?
    That team plays for it coach. Dallas’ doesnt. They went to hell and back for their coach….does their record lie? Of course Al Davis’ Raiders look functional. They always come back from the dead, because their the Raiders. J.Jones ran out Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells…what’d you expect?

  50. GoBears! says: Nov 8, 2010 5:52 PM

    Olskool711,
    What you said is so true. I can’t stand the Cowboys, and typically love to see them lose, but I actually found myself feeling sorry for them last night. Pretty sad.

  51. 706Vet says: Nov 8, 2010 5:53 PM

    Let’s review. Jason Witten “blows up” his Olineman and gets a “mandatory” unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Wade whines about and can’t believe it’s a penalty. NEXT WEEK IN MINNESOTA……..Miles Austin plays leapfrog….whoops…..a planned celebration penalty. Nuff said, get control or get fired. He actually lasted a few weeks too long.

  52. Bucforever says: Nov 8, 2010 6:03 PM

    “Coach” Jones has done it again. I lost any real interest in the Cowboys when Mr. Jones dumped Tom Landry. As an owner, Jones ranks as one of the worst in the NFL. I don’t have much respect for the Glazer’s way of firing of Tony Dungy or even John Gruden[ they both landed on their feet], but so far the results have been positive for the Bucs. Jerry Jones dose not respect anything but results and the almighty dollar.

  53. Pervy *Harvin* says: Nov 8, 2010 6:06 PM

    I can tell you from years of being a football fan….
    Cowboys are the most hated team in the NFL. They had their good times and I am loving every minute of them being a totally insignificant team right now. Deal with it Cowboy fans..haha

  54. snarkygurl68 says: Nov 8, 2010 6:11 PM

    Heinekenfun says:
    November 8, 2010 4:02 PM
    Now I feel bad for the guy…, standing on the corner.., sobbing.., waiting for his wife to come pick him up.
    Of all the days to get dropped off…., man that sucks.
    ==============
    Put that way, I feel bad for the little fella now too….

  55. granadafan says: Nov 8, 2010 6:12 PM

    The lesson is that overbearing sports owners ruin franchises. See the Dallas Mavericks/ Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, etc.

  56. smokehouse says: Nov 8, 2010 6:14 PM

    S G, hey the Brown played in 7 NFL championship games in 8 years in the early 1950’s, winning 3. Just what the hell does the three rings Jones won mean? About as much as a bucket of warm spit.

  57. Dave says: Nov 8, 2010 6:19 PM

    At least my Broncos are demonstrating drama-free suckage…they just suck. No soap opera.

  58. dave says: Nov 8, 2010 6:29 PM

    come back to san diego wade!, i’m not sold on rivera!

  59. ehatem says: Nov 8, 2010 6:51 PM

    He rode on the plane with Jones last night from the game. They were on a private plane so not many people and I’m sure Jones and Phillips probably sat down and talked a bit. To me, not telling Wade on that plane that he’s fired was a gutless, BS move by Jones. And it will affect whoever he can find to be the next head coach. Welcome to Raider world Jerry where nobody in their right mind will take the head coaching job.

  60. S G says: Nov 8, 2010 10:41 PM

    # smokehouse says: November 8, 2010 6:14 PM
    S G, hey the Brown played in 7 NFL championship games in 8 years in the early 1950’s, winning 3. Just what the hell does the three rings Jones won mean? About as much as a bucket of warm spit.
    ——————————————-
    Just what team are YOU for, smokehouse? I’m merely pointing out what is a fact. The Browns haven’t even been to a Super Bowl. What exactly is your point, anyway?

  61. Deb says: Nov 8, 2010 11:14 PM

    Kevin C says:
    November 8, 2010 4:09 PM
    I knew by the title that this was a Rosenthal article. Writing with emotion instead of an unbiased professional opinion once again. I can’t believe this ass clown has a job as a writer. How does he go from being the NY Giants fluffer to writing on this site?
    ————————————————–
    Seriously? By definition an opinion is a personal belief. And personal beliefs are rarely unbiased. Take your post, for instance–over the top in emotionalism.
    Apparently you have some Giants bias against Rosenthal. But he simply passed along the circumstances of Wade’s firing; he didn’t create them. The situation was mishandled–as was Tom Landry’s firing. Mr. Jones has the right to fire any employee he chooses, but a man with his corporate background and communication resources could certainly handle it better. Don’t blame the messenger.

  62. pathman56 says: Nov 9, 2010 5:26 AM

    Look at JJ’s record as a GM. He FIRED Tom Landry, he FIRED Jimmy Johnson, he FIRED Bill Parcells. Is there really any need to say anything else about this mans GM abilities? Dallas is the laughingstock of the NFL, I cant think of a better punishment for a fool like Jones. I do feel bad for the players tho (for the record I am a life long Giants fan) but in the toxic environment they play in at Dallas because of Jones noone could expect much better…..

  63. pathman56 says: Nov 9, 2010 5:27 AM

    Look at JJ’s record as a GM. He FIRED Tom Landry, he FIRED Jimmy Johnson, he FIRED Bill Parcells. Is there really any need to say anything else about this mans GM abilities? Dallas is the laughingstock of the NFL, I cant think of a better punishment for a fool like Jones. I do feel bad for the players tho (for the record I am a life long Giants fan) but in the toxic environment they play in at Dallas because of Jones noone could expect much better…..

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