Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys Have Fired Wade Phillips, Named Jason Garrett Head Coach

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Reaction To The Firing Of Wade Phillips

Here are a variety of reactions to the firing today of Wade Phillips as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

SI.com’s Jerome Bettis:

Firing Phillips was the correct and necessary course of action. The Cowboys’ struggles go far beyond their head coach, but he was no doubt part of the overall problem. When you’ve got a team with loads of talent that’s not playing close to potential, the head coach is going to pay the ultimate price. The situation turned so dire in Dallas that Jones, who doesn’t like to make in-season changes, was forced to make that move.

But don’t pin all the blame on Phillips. The underperforming players are equally accountable, and Jones’ “consequences” could extend their way.

From the New York Times:

The question now is what happens next. Jones, who is highly unlikely to cede general manager control, will be conducting a coaching search — and perhaps a roster overhaul — while the Super Bowl swirls around him. There are several big-name candidates available — Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden are two who have won Super Bowls — but they and Jones will have to decide if all of those powerful personalities can exist together.

Blogging The Boys on the promotion of Jason Garrett:

This will likely spark a furor among the Cowboys faithful. Some, like me, welcome the move and want to see once and for all what Garrett can do. Some others, equally valid in reason, think that Garrett is just part of the problem. We’ll finally know.

Garrett was once the wunderkind, the red-haired genius, the brains behind a very potent Cowboys offense; but as the offense has struggled with redzone woes, a failing running game and a failure to keep Tony Romo healthy, some of the luster has come off. Garrett is embattled like Phillips was, and will have to return this team to a semblance of competitiveness among the NFL landscape or he’s just passing time until the season ends.

Can Jason Garrett get the players respect? Can he get them to play hard? What’s your gut tell you about the Jason Garrett Era?


Paul Pasqualoni To Be Dallas Defensive Coordinator

Former Syracuse University head coach Paul Pasqualoni has been named defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys in the wake of Wade Phillips’ firing. Phillips was also the team’s defensive coordinator.

Pasqualoni, 61, was the head coach at Syracuse from 1987-2004. He was the Dolphins defensive coordinator from 2008-09 before being fired. He returned to the Cowboys a few days later after then defensive line coach Todd Grantham took a job as defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia.

Pasqualoni coached the Cowboys tight ends in 2005 and the linebackers in 2006-07 before leaving for Miami with Tony Sparano.

“Paul’s disposition, his approach, his skill — you know his background and have your own thoughts about it — but I think he brings something to the table to institute for us this week, next week and during this next eight weeks, if you a will a change in the culture,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.

Some in Dallas thought Pasqualoni would be a better interim choice than Jason Garrett, promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach by Jerry Jones.

The best option is defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni.

According to a source, Pasqualoni is the least controversial of the current staffers because he has been a head coach before and because he is tough on the players.

Jones, obviously, disagreed. In Dallas, Jones’ opinion is all that matters.


Wade Phillips Fired, Jason Garrett To Coach Cowboys Vs. Giants

Wade Phillips will not coach the 1-7 Dallas Cowboys when they come to New Meadowlands Stadium this weekend to face the New York Giants. Jason Garrett will. Phillips has reportedly been fired by the Cowboys.

The Cowboys are off to their worst start since 1989, with a 1-7 record. That record includes five straight losses.

This is the first time, in Dallas Cowboys history, that a head coach has been fired mid-season.

Phillips was the seventh coach in Cowboys history (take a look at the Cowboys coaches through the years) and came to the team with more than 30 years of NFL coaching experience. In his three+ seasons with the Cowboys, Phillips complied a 34-22 record.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin should have no trouble selling the Giants on the fact that the Cowboys will be out to show that all their troubles were Phillips fault when they meet this weekend.

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