Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips was fired by team owner Jerry Jones Monday after the Cowboys were beat 45-7 by the Green Bay Packers Sunday. It was the latest in a disappointing string of losses for the 1-7 Cowboys, who were expected to contend for the Super Bowl this year.
"I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the fans of the Cowboys and to the entire Jones family for all of the support that we received here in Dallas," Phillips said. "I would also like to thank our coaches and players for their loyalty and dedication."
Phillips finishes his 3 1/2 year career with the Cowboys with a 34-22 record. Jason Garrett, the former back-up quarterback to Troy Aikman, steps in as interim coach. Garrett has been widely known as a back-up in waiting to Phillips and has called offensive plays since 2007.
Jones, an Arkansas native and former player on the Arkansas Razorbacks' 1964 national championship team, explained his decision to fire Phillips to the Dallas Morning News. "Obviously this is a difficult decision for me. Our team and our organization, we're grateful to Wade and his contributions to the Cowboys in leading us to two division titles in his first three seasons with the club. We also clearly understand we're not where we want to be at this time and that's understatement. We also share the responsibility in that, all of us."
"An in-season coaching change is something I've not done before," Jones said. "It's something I've been reluctant to even consider as late as this past week. But at this time I believe it's what's in the best interest of the organization and fans is a coaching change."