Wade Phillips Fired, Jason Garrett Will Become Dallas Cowboys Head Coach

Nicholas GossCorrespondent INovember 8, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  (L-R) Head coach Wade Phillips and assistant head coach/offensive coordinator Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys have fired head coach Wade Phillips after last night's embarrassing loss to the Green Bay Packers, according to CBS 11 in Dallas.

Jason Garrett will take over for Phillips on an interim basis. This is interesting because Garrett has been viewed as an elite NFL assistant coach and was given one of the richest assistant contracts a few seasons ago in an attempt to make him stay.

Garrett will now have the time to prove he can be a worthy head coach, as well as try to get the maximum effort from his players, something Phillips wasn't able to do.

The Cowboys had one of the best teams on paper going into the 2010 NFL season, but they have severely underachieved, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones felt he had to do something.

Jones had ultimately seen enough bad performances and felt it was time for a coaching change.

The Cowboys started off the season miserably and were then doomed for the season when Tony Romo was injured vs. the New York Giants, with the injury forcing him to miss over a month and possibly the entire rest of the season.

Last night, in front of a national television audience, Phillips' Cowboys were embarrassed mightily, 45-7, by the Green Bay Packers.

The lifeless, effortless performance was the final straw for Phillips, who had been on the hot seat since he arrived in Dallas.

Jones might try to get a more popular and more experienced head coach in the offseason, but the impending labor dispute may make the process more difficult.

Many fans believed Phillips would be given the rest of the season and then would be fired. But maybe a coaching change will give the Cowboys the change of direction and enthusiasm they need going forward.