The reign of futility is over in Dallas, as Jerry Jones pulled the plug on Wade Phillips earlier this afternoon. Jones stated as recently as last week, that Phillips would remain coach through the rest of the season, however an uninspiring 45-7 loss on Sunday Night Football was the writing on the wall.
Phillips amassed a 34-22 record in 3 1/2 seasons in Dallas, including a 1-2 record in the playoffs. The Cowboys had Super Bowl aspirations at the start of the season, but a lack of a running game, and a defense playing below expectations ultimately derailed that dream.
In the interim former Cowboys quarterback, and current offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will coach the team for the remainder of the season. The Cowboys are one of the worst rushing teams in the NFL, and without starting quarterback Tony Romo.
Wade Phillips in his ten years as a head coach has a winning percentage of over .600, but has only won one playoff game, last year in the Wild Card round. Garrett, who has no head coaching experience, is simply a transition until Jerry Jones looks for a big name. Early candidates include: John Gruden, Bill Cowher, and perhaps Marty Schottinheimer. The Cowboys sit at a pathetic 1-7.