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Wade Phillips fired by Cowboys after 3 1/2 seasons as coach

By Cindy Boren

Wade Phillips leaves the field after the Cowboys' loss. (Ron Jenkins / Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Wade Phillips has been fired as coach of the Dallas Cowboys by Jerry Jones.

Jason Garrett, the offensive coordinator and occasional heir apparent, will be the interim coach. He's long been a hot commodity as a head-coaching candidate and has been paid like a head coach by Jones in order to keep him on staff. Now he gets his chance to try to turn around the Cowboys with half the season remaining. The regime chance was first reported by Bill Jones of Dallas' CBS affiliate.

Phillips, 63, was 34-22 in his fourth season as the team's coach; more significantly, he was 1-2 in the playoffs. Momentum for his firing had been picking up speed and comes on the heels of the Cowboy's 45-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

"There are a lot of people here who are certainly going to suffer and suffer consequences," Jones said after the game. "I'm talking about within the team, players, coaches, who have got careers. This is certainly a setback. I know firsthand what it is to have high expectations."

With Tony Romo out with a broken collarbone, firing Phillips seemed like the humane thing to do, Jennifer Floyd Engel writes.

The Cowboys were crushed in Green Bay, marking one of the worst three-game stretches in team history, and, afterward, Phillips flew back to Dallas with Jones on his private jet rather than joining the team on its charter.

"They whipped us about every way you can whip somebody,'' Phillips said after the game. "It looked like we were fighting hard early, but once it caved in it caved in on us. We looked like a bad team, with bad coaching. That's the way we played.''

The change, for 2010, seems to be one of those cosmetic, deck-chairs-on-the-Titanic-promenade things; bigger, more significant changes -- like Jones hiring a general manager -- may lie ahead in 2011, Tim Cowlishaw writes.

Of late, high-profile celebrity boosters have been growing increasingly disgruntled...and increasingly vocal about their displeasure.

LeBron James tweeted Sunday:

Something has to change around Cowboy land. Some furniture moving asap. This is just ridiculous man!!!!!! C'Mon Son

Never thought I'd say this about my Cowboys but they are officially the worst team in the NFL right now even though the Bills are winless!

Terrell Owens, who formerly, famously played for the Cowboys, was vocal as well on Twitter:

There is a masacre goin on n Lambeau rite. Geez Louise!!!! Lol!

By Cindy Boren  | November 8, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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Dallas definitely beat Philly last year in the first round of the playoffs.

Posted by: agl132 | November 8, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Wade's record is 1-2 in the playoffs

Posted by: jprudenc | November 8, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, just wow. The Cowboys need to count this season as lost. Who knew they were going to stink this badly this year. Just wow.

Posted by: forgetthis | November 8, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

And every Redskins fan says: AMEN!

Posted by: mbrumble | November 8, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

How does that song go?
Wade's in the water. Wade's in the water children. You're 1 and 7 in the water.

Posted by: Weave160 | November 8, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

What took you soo long???

Posted by: cymp65 | November 8, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Headline: Nice Guy Finished Last

Next Jerry should fire the GM and then get some REAL football people to run this show

Started watching the 'boys in 1961; am a fan for life--but. We need the new Tom L., Jimmy J. or Bill P. & the next Tex Schramm -- NO MORE PUPPETS- No More Jones boys.

Posted by: bluesilverblood | November 8, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The problem is they spend so much time preening and strutting and yammering about being America's team and they don't show. Can't back it up. Need to all go humble and realize they are just another team till they show otherwize.

Posted by: WmLaney | November 8, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

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