Dallas Cowboys: Wade Phillips Isn't the Only Change that Needs to Be Made

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer ISeptember 25, 2010

LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 12:  Head coach Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys coaches during the NFL season opener against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Cowboys 13-7. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys are in trouble. The players know it, the coaching staff knows it, and Jerry Jones knows it.

Unfortunately for the fans of the Dallas Cowboys, it seems that Jones has decided to ride out the storm just to see what happens...Or has he?

If you heard the Cowboys owner on with 105.3 FM The Fan's Newy Scruggs this morning, it sounded as if Jones had complete confidence in not only Wade Phillips but the entire Cowboys coaching staff. Really?

I don't want to call Mr. Jones a liar because he could very well be telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth. But let's be honest, Jerry can't like what he's seeing from this team right now. Regardless of the fact that this team has plenty of talent up and down the roster, the 100 percent truth is, talent alone won't get you to the Super Bowl.

Speaking of the Super Bowl, that's where this argument begins to take a new turn. For you Cowboys fans, you'll know exactly the point I'm making as soon as I make it.

Where is the Super Bowl come February? Cowboys Stadium a.k.a. "Jerry World." What would Jerry love more than anything on the planet? For his team to be in his stadium for the biggest game in the industry, that's what.

With those two questions being answered, do you really think that Wade Phillips can get them there? I don't, and I think Jerry knows that as well. At least I hope he does for the fan's sake.

Let's talk about something else for a minute before I get to where I think this is headed, especially since we're just under 24 hours from it possibly happening: Jason Garrett.

The offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys seems to be the guy getting the brunt of the anger from fans. Everything from calling the wrong plays to calling more passing plays than running plays to completely botching the end of the first half against the Redskins. A play that ultimately cost the Cowboys the game.

So why is Garrett still there? Why wasn't he fired years ago? The answer to that may be as simple as, he is to Wade what Don Mattingly is, or was, to Joe Torre: the head man in waiting.

I'm not saying that Jerry Jones has his sights set on Jason Garrett as the next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, but from what I've heard over the last year or so, that's why Garrett was hired in the first place, to become the next head guy.

All of the sudden I can feel a Cowboy fan lighting his torch and pulling his old pitchfork out of the garage, just in case I happen to be right about that. But before you fans start marching towards Cowboys Stadium and protest that exact idea, let's slow down here a little bit.

From my perspective, and you can disagree with me all you want, I get the feeling that Jerry Jones really has no confidence in their running game, and has a love for Tony Romo. The Cowboys have all but ditched their running backs for a four-quarter helping of the passing game.

This is not a team that can be one-dimensional and get to the Super Bowl. This is not a team that can ride Tony Romo's not-so-golden arm to the biggest stage in their home stadium. It's just not going to happen that way.

I'm not going to get into what the Cowboys need to do to get back on the winning track since there are so many opinions out there that it's not really worth going into at this point.

The story right now is whether Wade Phillips, and possibly the rest of his staff, will survive the chopping block if in fact the Cowboys lose to Houston on Sunday.

From all the rumors that surround the Cowboys, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if it did end up happening. In fact, I'm one of those that think it's something this team needs to do if they're going to salvage their season.

On Sunday, the Cowboys will be in Houston to face the Texans for what most are calling the "Battle of Texas." Make no mistake, the Texans want to win this game. Not only that, but they'd love to run up the score to prove a point.

Whether Wade Phillips' job is on the line can be debated in every angle you could think of. Most believe that he will be gone if in fact the Texans beat the Cowboys 24 hours from now.

It's a change the Cowboys need to make, but I don't think it stops with Wade Phillips. If they make the changes necessary, the Cowboys can turn their season around and be the contenders that most thought they were going to be.

If they don't, and if Jerry Jones sticks to Phillips and the rest of the coaching staff for the remainder of the season, he can forget about seeing his team in his stadium on the day of the Super Bowl.

Or in the playoffs for that matter.