Dallas Cowboys: Plenty of Blame To Go Around in a 1-7 Season

Josh McCainSenior Writer INovember 8, 2010

SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 21:  Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during preseason game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 21, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Even though Jerry Jones has said head coach Wade Phillips job is safe, after last night's loss on Sunday Night Football on NBC, speculation has run wild in the media.

Honestly though how hot (for this season) is Wade Phillips seat?

Well depending on how you analyze this quote I'd say that it's on fire.

"A lot of people here will suffer consequences... players, coaches... I've got lot of work to do, a lot of decisions to make."

This quote from Jerry Jones comes via Chris Mortenson of ESPN, and it would allude to the guillotine coming down and heads rolling.

But honestly, the part of his quote I have a problem with is where he says, "I've got a lot of work to do, and lot do decisions to make..."

Jerry Jones has publicly apologized to the fans for this dreadful season, but does he feel he shares part of the blame?

To be honest with you, I don't think he does.

In Jerry's mind, he as general manager has put together a Super Bowl caliber team, but that isn't what we've seen on the field.

Everything that is wrong with this team on the field is a direct result of Jerry's in ability to put together a winning football team.

I'm sure there will be homers yelling that the Cowboys won three Super Bowls in four years with Jerry as the owner, and yes, this is true, but those teams weren't built by Jerry, they were built by Jimmy Johnson and a completely foolish trade made by the Minnesota Vikings.

Johnson had almost total control over player personnel and he built a winner in Big D.

And Jerry being Jerry wanted that control that he had given away back.  This lead to Jimmy and Jerry parting ways after the 1993 season.

Jerry then hired Barry Switzer, and luckily for Cowboys' fans, there was enough of Jimmy's guys left on the roster to pull off one more Super Bowl win in 1995. 

Also that win would be their last postseason victory until last season's win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round.

Since Johnson's departure, the Cowboys have had five coaches, with Bill Parcels being the only coach with personnel control.

But even then, Jerry circumvented his coach by bringing in Terrell Owens, a player it was reported that Parcels didn't want anywhere near his team. 

After that season (and another playoff loss) Parcels retired.

This time, Jerry didn't just hire a coach and allow him to bring in his own staff.  Nope, Jerry hired everyone and promoted quarterback coach Jason Garrett to offensive coordinator.

This arrangement started out well for the Cowboys, but this season, one filled with Super Bowl aspirations, has turned south very quickly.

So where do the Cowboys go from here?

Do they fire Wade Phillips before the end of the season?

If so, who takes his place has the head man and defensive coordinator?

However, Wade isn't the first person who needs to be fired. Jerry needs to fire himself as general manager.

Jones is a good businessman, there is no doubt about that, but he does way too much for the Cowboys organization to be an affective GM. 

When the Cowboys had their most success under his ownership, he was, for the most part, hands-off, a role he might want to try yet again.

However, I'd caution Jerry not to turn over GM powers to a coach.  That situation doesn't always work out. 

The top three candidates for the future vacancy in Dallas are Bill Cowher, John Fox and Jeff Fisher.  All three are good coaches but have zero GM experience, and where they might be able to coach up players, we do not know how well they'd pick them.

Jones needs to go out and hire a GM.  I know he thinks he can do the job, but the last 15 years have proven that he can't, and until he admits that to himself, the Cowboys at best are simply going to be a good team and not a Super Bowl team.