Last week, Jerry Jones proclaimed that Wade Phillips job was safe as Dallas Cowboys head coach. After an embarrassing loss yesterday to the Green Bay Packers, Jones' attitude was slightly different.
Jones stated "there are a lot of people here who are certainly going to suffer and suffer consequences. I'm talking about within the team -- players, coaches who have got careers."
Phillips did not return with the team to Dallas, but flew home with Jerry Jones on his private plane. As of 11 this morning, Phillips was not at the Cowboys's team facility. All of these signs suggested a reversal of strategy for Jones and the Cowboys.
And this afternoon, in a move that was surprising to no one, Phillips was fired as head coach of the Cowboys. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was named his replacement.
While the Cowboys are already essentially eliminated from playoffs at 1-7, Jones is tired of the embarrassment. The Cowboys have lost five straight and appear to be headed for one of their worst seasons of all time.
Tony Romo is out for at least another month and the Dallas running game is non-existent. The defense has been made to look silly giving up 35 or more points over the last three weeks.
Any coach who takes over will obviously be given tremendous leeway. After all, you can't do much worse than what Wade Phillips has done this season.
That being said, here are five possible candidates to take over for Wade Phillips: