The walls are starting to collapse around Wade Phillips and the Cowboys. Sunday’s loss at Jacksonville proved that the Cowboys don’t even deserve to be labeled as underachievers. They’re just flat out awful, as lousy as the Carolinas of the world, if not more so. And the desultory loss to the Jaguars was proof enough that every player on the team knows Wade is history and lazed about the field accordingly.
Jerry Jones has preached patience with Wade all season long. He has said the team is improving, you just don’t see it. But he can’t hide behind that kind of whitewashing anymore. The Cowboys’ incompetence was stripped naked for all to see Sunday, and now the firing squad has assembled.
Everyone can see your Cowboys are not playing hard. We saw it in the NBC viewing room Sunday, and Garrard saw it, too. He told me: "It just looked like they weren't into the game like an NFL team should be.'' Said he noticed a "woe-is-me'' attitude among some of your players... You've got to put Wade Phillips out of his misery, and you've got to do it now.
That quote from Garrard… Oof.
Whatever chips Phillips earned by getting the defense to play hard and winning a few games in December...those have been cashed in.
This team is poorly prepared and poorly coached, and those facts are obvious to everyone. The only one that can really take the fall for that in midseason is the head coach.
And that’s almost certainly just the beginning of the deluge.
Jones has said, repeatedly, that he will not fire Wade during the course of the season. But there comes a time when you have to acknowledge reality, when you have to admit that you are failing, and that you are failing miserably, for all to see.
After the game, Jerry said, “We've got to do something that changes this on the field.”
Well, there isn’t much you can do about changing the roster, or the starting QB, or anything else drastic. There’s only one major change the Cowboys can make in the middle of a season that really matters, and that’s at the head coach slot. Jerry is just delaying the inevitable at this point. He needs to act before the world kidnaps Wade and throws him in an unmarked van.
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