Aug 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips (left) talks with Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett before the game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Former Cowboys Claim Jason Garrett Sabotaged Wade Phillips; Tricked Everyone


Former Dallas Cowboys wide receivers Patrick Crayton and Jesse Holley revealed possible treachery done by current Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett in a recent radio interview. The two former players shared their insights about the dysfunctional relationship between Garrett and his predecessor, Wade Phillips on 105.3 The Fan’s Ben and Skin Show. And they claimed Garrett manipulated his way into coaching America’s Team four years ago.

In the interview, Holley described a situation where it appears that Garrett, then offensive coordinator for Dallas. allegedly tanked part of the 2010 NFL season in order to get Phillips fired as head coach of the Cowboys:

“When we came out of the preseason and we began the season…we looked around the room. We’re saying: ‘why are we still running the stuff that we were running in preseason in week one?’ And it continued throughout the season. And you can look at the offensive production. There were times I’d be standing on the sidelines and the defenders would be literally calling out our routes. And it wasn’t like they were guessing. There were times when the DB’s would literally back-off and go to where we would be going.”

That season, the Cowboys started the year 1-7. In that same span, the offense averaged 20.1 points per game. After Garrett took over as head coach in Week 10, the Dallas offense averaged 29.1 points per game and finished the season going 5-3. Holley went on to explain that Garrett handed out new offensive playbooks in a team meeting right after it was announced Phillips was fired.

“Literally, we looked around the room asking: ‘What is this?…we had whole new plays. We were going downfield. We were taking more chances…we were like ‘whoa’, where was this?..It was different, it was more explosive. The things that we wanted to do all year, we got a chance to do…The next game we scored like 40 points.”

The interview and discussion was sparked by a tweet sent out by Phillips late last  week:

“Jason Garrett is tied with Wade Phillips for 56 games as the @dallascowboys head coach. Phillips: 34 – 22; Garrett: 29 -27. #suprisesMe”

Phillips followed that tweet up three hours later with a quick explanation:

“My surprise was that Jason and I had coached the same number of games. Not the record – time passes quickly -I wish Jason & Cowboys well”

Both players were actually happy that Phillips had finally taken a jab at Garrett, after the former Cowboys head coach had to endure the humiliation of being fired in front of his own son. Crayton believed the tweet was also a shot at Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones. And that Phillips’ firing was a mistake on Jones’ part.

Both players also described an awkward separation between the Cowboys offense, led by Garrett, and a defense led by Phillips. They stressed how utterly divided they were in what they did for the team. Even so far to say Garrett reported directly to Jerry Jones, and not Phillips, at times. Crayton also described an incident where Phillips ordered the players to be released from practice and Garrett override him. He said the incident made Garrett visibly upset and he turned as ‘red as the hair on his head’. Crayton went on to claim Garrett purposely divided the team while he was offensive coordinator under Phillips.

When asked if he believed Garrett held back his offense that season, Crayton replied:

“He tricked the hell out of everybody.”

Listen to the entire provocative interview here. Special thanks goes out to our friend DCFanatic for posting this.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys Featured Jason Garrett Jesse Holley Patrick Crayton Popular Wade Phillips

  • Pridenpoise

    And they say the Raiders are dysfunctional.

    • Chesney Blair

      Yes Raiders are heading the right way, but in comparison Raiders should be compared to the likes of the Browns. Team is 4-12 every other year.

      • Pridenpoise

        Yes and every year Cowboy fans think their team is going to the Super Bowl, only to finish 8-8. Impressive, who should we compare them to, the underachievers of the world.

        • Chesney Blair

          Yes I agree Cowboys have been mediocre, but the Raiders have been turds. Big difference.

          • Pridenpoise

            Ya the difference is we haven’t been expected to do anything as of late, like I said every year Cowboys are going to the Super Bowl with their roster, that my friend is the difference. So if we are comparing rosters the Cowboys are just as big TURDS if not bigger.

          • Chesney Blair

            No if you look at the pre-season rankings last two years most writers didn’t expect the Cowboys to go to the Super Bowl and many Cowboys fans if you had any clue didn’t expect the Cowboys to go to the Super Bowl. It is just a bunch of bollocks conjured up by loud and brash fans from other teams like such as yourself. However the Raiders are the turds of the NFL like the other lowly franchises and they normally don’t play for anything important by end of the first half of the season. I can safely say your horrible team won’t play for anything important again this year and stand to finish last in your division once again. If you were to say the Cowboy fans think their team is going to make it to playoffs then that would’ve been a truer comment though. However I rather have hope than a turd of a team. Go spew your non-sense elsewhere. Everyone knows the Raiders are a joke and no one really even gives a care about them. At least people care about the Cowboys one way or the other like you. :)

          • Pridenpoise

            Lmao, wow Chesney what is that a fags name, the Cowboys suck their QB sucks, and up until last year that was all you would hear every year this is the year the Cowboys are going to the Super Bowl. Remind me again the last time the Girls win a playoff game or any game of significance, it hasn’t happened in the last ten years, so let’s not pretend like the Cowboys are any better off than anyone they are terrible, and you are an idiot that’s in denial. Bu bye loser.

          • http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/author/cowgirlcas/ Cowgirlcas22

            the raiders fall from grace began when they traded Gruden

      • californy

        Raider just cut 110 Million off of the payroll the last 2 years and still won the same amount of games the year prior. The other 2 former GB GM, the one in GB added 32 new player when the club was 7.5 Million under the budget in KC, the other GM won the Super Bowl in 3 years in Seattle.

        • Chesney Blair

          I don’t understand your point. They won four games last year, and are run poorly and have been for a long time now. Having the best cap space doesn’t mean that you will win automatically. On the contrary it means because you sucked for a long time, you will reach for players and overpay them. I already know we have a horrible GM. What I have an issue with is for fans from teams that have been woeful, coming around commenting on the Cowboys how bad they are. Don’t you find that rich? Raiders were a joke last year, and finished last in their division.

  • Chesney Blair

    Well they took chances downfield because they had nothing to play for. That can be explained. I seem to remember defense playing horrendously and the players giving up on Phillips, can that be blamed on JG? I don’t think JG is a good coach but I am just trying to look at things in an unbiased way. However it is an interesting revelation by the people who were in that locker room. I personally think Jerry should’ve fired Wade earlier, as in after the fourth or the fifth game. The team was a joke. GB game was an embarrassment to the Cowboy history. They took a pity on us and stopped scoring. Wade deserved the boot to the arse, but JG certainly has certainly outstayed his welcome too.

  • Old Frog

    Anything for a story.

  • Chesney Blair

    “when the DB’s would literally back-off and go to where we would be going.”
    This happened last year as well, I believe the Packer defenders said the same thing and might’ve been mentioned by other team’s defenders as well. JG doesn’t believe in changing the game plan when things go Pete Tong. He is ultra-conservative and predictable as they come. That’s why that happens. Seems nothing has changing in the last 4-5 years.

    • masafuji

      The 90′s Cowboys were the same. Everyone knew they were going to run the lead draw and everyone knew Irvin was going to run that slant and comeback route. However… when you execute properly it doesnt matter what the defense knows if tjey cant stop it. Ask the Cowboys of the 90′S and their 3 super bowl titles about that

      • Chesney Blair

        Only thing is 90′s Cowboys were a better team, so they can beat you inside and out. They can run the ball or pass the ball deep well. This team is nowhere near as good as those teams hence inability to ‘execute’ plays. I watched those 90′s teams and there’s no way those teams were as predictable as this team. Plus the football fundamentals are completely wrong with the present team. We pass too much and don’t run enough. Those 90′s teams were a lot more balanced, some of it was due to personnel but some was due to the fact the system was in its place and the team had an identity. This team is still looking for its.

  • mike

    This is the very reason why Garrett & JJ will never be successful because it’s karma baby!!

  • californy

    I always knew that about JG. he too was the guy who had TO fired when he called out his offense for being to Vanilla. TO was right.

    • http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/author/cowgirlcas/ Cowgirlcas22

      Good point!

    • Btmoore70

      TO was just being racist when he said vanilla. He was actually saying that the white offensive play caller was telling his white QB to throw to his white TE

  • http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/author/cowgirlcas/ Cowgirlcas22

    Great story! I said that all along! It’s nice to see some players finally revealing what many of us already knew. I hated JG from day one and this just adds to my ire.

    • http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/author/cowgirlcas/ Cowgirlcas22

      He did the same thing to Rob Ryan. He was the fall guy