Twice already this week the press has hounded Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones about if he had ever considered firing head coach Wade Phillips, especially after the 4 losses out of 6 games this season.
In this article, Jones goes as far as to say Phillips will remain the coach for the rest of the season no matter what.
“There is just absolutely no – I can tell tell you without any hesitation – thought in my mind about him not coaching the Dallas Cowboys in the future,” Jerry said. “Past this year. There’s no thought. I haven’t given that one ounce of consideration.”
That’s probably the right idea, Jerry. I cannot think of a time when a head coach was fired midseason and the team still made the playoffs. Can you? Has it ever happened? Maybe it has. But firing Phillips now would almost certainly result in the Cowboys missing the playoffs. Teams go through adversity.
What bothers me a little bit is how some, even I have, think that the Cowboys could compare to the New York Giants of last year, who had a shaky beginning of the season and ended strong. The issues I have with that are that the Giants did not come into that season with a bunch of people in awe of their overall talent. Sure, they were a good team, but if my memory serves me correctly, most people had the Giants finishing last in the NFC East that year. Why? Because they did not have the super stars.
The Cowboys came into this season with the super stars, the super contracts, and for the most part, the team has looked really, really bad. Losing Tony Romo for four weeks did not help, but the team with Romo was looking sloppy anyway.