Jerry Jones confirmed what I've been saying for months: There will not be many coaching changes in the NFL in the coming off-season. Not unless the collective bargaining agreement gets done quicker than expected. That includes in Dallas, no matter how bad the Cowboys finish. Owners are not going to be willing to pay off a coaching staff and hire a new coaching staff with no certainty when or if the 2011 season will kickoff. In addition, when would a new coach implement his system? There aren't likely to be OTAs or mini-camps and maybe not even training camp, or a full training camp.
Ultimately, this might be what saves Wade Phillips' job. Phillips signed a two-year extension after last season. He will be paid through the 2011 season even if he is fired.
"I haven’t changed head coaches during the season," Jones said Thursday. "I wouldn’t try to or weighhow that [the uncertain CBA] impacts decisions, but certainly you aren’t going to see a lot of coaching changes as we go into next year."
Asked what exactly he meant, Jones said: "I mean just what I said. As we go into next year, I don’t see a lot of coaching changes. Period. As we go into next year, the league year of next year. That’s about it. I’m not going to go into why. I’m just saying that I don’t see that you’re going to see a lot of that."
-- Charean Williams