When Jerry Jones is the owner of the team, the head coach is always on the hot seat. Even when the Dallas Cowboys signed Wade Phillips to a two-year extension this past winter, Jones would not guarantee his commitment to Phillips.
After the Cowboys first loss, the volatile owner commented that he was shocked, but also stated mitigating factors for the poor play. However, 0-3 is a lot different than 0-1. What if Dallas, a team that most picked to at least win their division, does not recover from the bad start?
What would it take for Jerry Jones to make a coaching change mid-season?
In an interview with KRLD-FM Dallas today, Jerry Jones said, "I can just give you a very affirmative no," in response to a question asking the owner whether or not he had lost confidence in Wade Phillips. Jones also stated that Phillips will not be fired if the Cowboys were to lose Sunday and attempted to reaffirm his commitment.
Maybe Jones is trying to change his ways, but I doubt it. If Phillips makes it through the next two years he would be the longest tenured coach of the Jerry Jones era.
Despite the owner's statements, there is little doubt that Phillips' job is in serious trouble if the Cowboys fall to the Texans. Here are a few scenarios that might lead to the end of the Wade Phillips’ era in Dallas.