Ah, the vote of confidence. Nothing sends shivers down an embattled coach’s spine more than being told he totally isn’t gonna be fired right now. Because you know what happens when your boss says he isn’t gonna fire you? HE TOTALLY FIRES YOU. It’s a fact. So when Stephen Jones comes out and says that Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips has the full support of the organization, you know that Jon Gruden is already faxing his resume over to Valley Ranch.
"I think in our organization everybody is taking responsibility, not just Wade," Stephen Jones said. "He does. He takes responsibility. The coaching staff takes responsibility. The players take it. We all take it.
"We're a team, we're an organization, and when we fall short, we accept it as a team."
Jones' father, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones, echoed his comments, saying that "with Wade ... I'm very comfortable that we can do better."
“Better” needs to happen quickly, because four out of the next five games are against teams with winning records. And Sunday’s game with 1-3 Minnesota won’t exactly be easy either, given that the Vikings are in an equally desperate position.
Jerry Jones has defended Wade Phillips numerous times throughout the years, and has shown more patience with Wade than virtually anyone else in the Dallas metropolitan area. But the above statement from the Double J suggests that he fully EXPECTS this team to turn things around. He also expects this team to build on last year’s playoff victory and reach the NFC Title game. At the very least. Yes, there’s still time to turn things around. But look at how this team is coached. Do YOU have much faith that somehow the Cowboys will suddenly turn into the smartest team in football? Look at Jerry’s followup comments:
"We are obviously making mistakes. But those are things that are correctable."
The owner said he was "certainly disappointed for everyone concerned, surprised, and I feel like we're losing time here. We're running out of time, even though it's early in the season. If we're gonna go, we've got to go now, and go hard.”
Again, the message is implicit. Jerry expects the team to stop beating itself, and it needs to start winning games now. He doesn’t say what will happen if that doesn’t come to pass, but I think you and I both know it won’t be a second vote of confidence.
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