Dallas Cowboys: The Wrong Man Got Fired Monday

Josh McCainSenior Writer INovember 9, 2010

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 8: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks with Tony Romo #9 on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium on August 8, 2010 in Canton, Ohio. The Cowboys defeated the Bengals 16-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Now, I'm not going to sit here and try and defend Wade Phillips. As the son of a Buffalo Bills fan, I have already witnessed on numerous occasions his ineptitude at winning a postseason game, but yes, he was the wrong man fired yesterday.

Mainly because he should have been fired weeks ago, but still, one man should have been fired yesterday.

That man is the general manager Jerry Jones.

Yes I know he's the owner and sadly you can't fire the owner, but Jerry needs to realize he's the problem and not the solution.

"There was a lot of me in denial... But at this time, what's in the best interest of the organization and the fans is a coaching change," said Jones yesterday at his press conference.

He was in denial about the whole thing?

That's exactly why he needs a real general manager, someone who can objectively look at the team and say, "You're out of here," whether that's to a coach or a player.

Jerry is too close with the players. You'll see pregame that he's yucking it up with the likes of Tony Romo and such—which is fine, an owner can do that—but a GM can't.

If you look at a proper GM, if he's on the field at all before the game, he'll be either talking to one of the coaches, the owner or staff for the other franchise.

You don't see guys like Bill Polian, Bruce Allen, Buddy Nix or Alex Smith on the field chatting it up with players. For the most part, if you see them at all, they're in a luxury box watching the game.

Jerry said he was in denial. No sir, you still are if you think you are the one who can fix the Cowboys.