Dallas Cowboy Igor Olshansky Provides Opportunity for Wade Phillips, Jerry Jones

Gene StrotherCorrespondent IIINovember 6, 2010

SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 21: Igor Olshansky #99 of the Dallas Cowboys on the sidelines during the pre-season NFL football game against San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 21, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

One sure sign that a struggling team is beginning to implode: Players start criticizing other players and/or coaches. Defensive players blame offensive players. Offensive players blame the defense. Players blame coaches.

Usually, when a player  tosses a coach under the bus, he does so to a coach to whom he answers. Igor Olshansky, however, has elected to call out offensive coordinator Jason Garrett instead.

Olshansky was a guest this week on the Bradie James show on 105.3 the Fan. During his interview on the show, the big Russian offered this critique of Garrett's offense:

"Don't give the ball away. I mean, there's a lot of things that can go wrong when you pass the ball. You can get sacked, the ball can get tipped, you can get an interception. If you run the ball, you can get tackled and get a forced fumble. See, there's a lot more things [that can go wrong on pass plays]...You've got to run the ball."

Apparently, Olshansky doesn't see any problem with the way the porous Dallas defense has played. Allowing the Giants to fly up and down the field at will and then yielding 35 points to a pedestrian team like the Jacksonville Jaguars is just OK with the big oaf.

In fact, during the course of an embarrassing loss to the New York Giants, Olshansky could actually be seen celebrating the only two plays he made the entire game.

Here is what Cowboys' management should do right now. Wade Phillips should call a press conference today to announce that he has cut Igor Olshansky. He should take the opportunity to talk about "teamwork" and being a "team player." Then, when the media inevitably runs to Jerry Jones for comment, Jones should make it perfectly clear that this was Wade's call, not his.

Three things would be accomplished

1. Rid the team of an overpaid, under-producing knucklehead

2. Send a clear message to the rest of the team.

3. Restore a modicum of credibility to Wade Phillips as the team's coach.

Will they do it? No. And that is why they are a listless, uninspired, embarrassing 1-6. The inmates are running the asylum.

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