Wade Phillips has taken a team that was supposed to compete for the Super Bowl and led it to a 1-6 record.
Harsh? Perhaps. But the team has performed so poorly that it seems only logical that the head coach should be dismissed.
Jerry Jones says he’s not doing it. And the players say such demands are pointless.
“It wouldn’t do us any good at all,” cornerback Terrence Newman said. “Not even a little bit. Think about it, you bring different coaches, people don’t know these guys, you’ve got different schemes.”
What about dismissing Phillips and promoting someone on the staff?
“If they are coaching right now,” Newman said, and then went silent to let the point sink in.
And it was a good point. If a current coach is on the staff and hasn’t done anything to help the Cowboys out of their slide, what difference would that coach make?
“I think everybody definitely respects Wade,” Newman said. “He gets his point across with us. We understand we have in the head coach we have. So I don’t think that trying to change coaches would do us any good, especially when he’s not on the field. We are and we’re just not getting it done. I can’t put that on him I have to put that on us.”
Phillips was asked if he thought he had lost the team. “I hope not,” he said.
Defensive end Marcus Spears was more outspoken.
“Not me personally,” he said when asked if Phillips had lost the team. “I cant speak on behalf of everybody else. But Wade has had success here. To say you’re tuning him out -- you’re really giving up. I still believe in him. I don’t know how that sits with [the media] or anybody else. But me personally, I deal with him on a daily basis. So he wants to win as bad as anybody else. That’s pretty much it. That’s all I got to say about it. If guys are tuning him out, they may need to find another job.”
-- Jan Hubbard