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?