Jones wants it known: Cowboys coaches ‘in place’
Jones wants it known: Cowboys coaches ‘in place’
By JAIME ARON, AP Sports Writer
Dec 26, 4:37 pm EST
IRVING, Texas (AP)—Wade Phillips will be back as coach of the Dallas Cowboys next season, and Jason Garrett will remain in charge of the offense, regardless of whether the team makes the playoffs, club owner Jerry Jones said Friday.
And he said it vehemently.
“The coaches are in place. I’ve said that. How can I be any clearer?” Jones said. “Look, I’ve said that our coaching staff, as far as I’m concerned, is in place. I just want to make the statement rather than answer questions, because your questions imply certain things that I don’t want to imply.
“I’m saying that when I look at where we are coaching staff-wise and when I look at where we are personnelwise, I see a team that is in place to compete for several years.”
Still, the questions continued because this team that went 13-3 last season and owned the No. 1 seed in the NFC is now 9-6 and trying to grab the last available wild-card into this season’s playoffs. The Cowboys will get it with a win Sunday in Philadelphia. If they lose, there’s been speculation that Jones would fire Phillips. There’s long been speculation that Phillips might be pushed aside, and Garrett promoted from offensive coordinator, next season anyway as Dallas moves into a new $1.1 billion, 100,000-seat stadium.
“And I’d like to go in that new stadium with a Super Bowl win,” Jones said.
But what if they don’t make the playoffs? Could things change then?
“Look, can y’all not understand statements?” Jones said. “What the (expletive) is going on here? Really. I really don’t understand what is going on. The coaching staff is in place. The coaching staff is in place. The building is here. You want to ask the question, what if it blows down?”
When it was mentioned that Jones has made a bold statement before, then changed his mind, the owner shot back, “I don’t know when. Point it out.”
Jones has been consistent in his staunch support of his coaches. Following a loss to Baltimore last Saturday night, he challenged reporters to see how many first-year coaches win Super Bowls and questioned the logic of spending millions on bringing in someone with a good reputation in the pros or in college.
And when Jones spoke after the Ravens loss, he already feared that the Cowboys were out of the playoffs.
“Absolutely,” he said Friday. “I saw the Grim Reaper coming out the door. … Yes, I thought when we left the stadium late at night, I was pretty down and out.”
Phillips has said all week that he’s concerned only about the Eagles, not what might happen to his status if Dallas loses.
Still, he’s aware of the stakes.
“I told the players I don’t know if it’s pressure. Pressure is getting to this point,” Phillips said Friday, before Jones spoke. “Now we need to let it go and play, play our best. We’ll try to coach our best, too.”
When Phillips was hired, he touted a winning career record as a head coach, but also acknowledged the downer of never having won a playoff game. He talked then of creating a new legacy for himself.
Last season’s playoff disappointment—becoming the first No. 1 seed in the NFC to lose its first playoff game since the current format began in 1990— isn’t exactly the kind of legacy-adder he wanted. A roll this January “obviously would help,” Phillips said.
“But this year isn’t over,” Phillips said. “So we’ll see.”
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thats not a good sign, I guess the FA coaches weren't looking seriously at Dallas...
then again what coach wants to inherit TO?
wow maybe tony romo needs to start wearing glasses or at least contacts. terrible.
I don't know but the cowgirls are getting their ass kicked..OMG...Man I don't know what coach wouldn't get fired after a half like that..what a beat down.
You know it must suck to be a sports fan right now in Dallas....You got two teams who just choke in the playoffs (Mavs/Cowgirls)...all the time! Well at least you still got hot blonds to make it fun to visit.
As a long time and consistent cowboy hater, I must admit I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them get their heads handed to them today by Philly. Wonder how secure the coaching staff feels now....
Jones oughtta go sign Chad Ocho Cinco to pair with TO
And a few more criminals to help build character
As a Cowboy fan, this is the most undisciplined, poorly coached, unprepared, unmotivated, team I've ever seen. That rests soley on the coach. I've said it for years, the Cowboys will NEVER win as long as Jerry Jones has his hands in the football decisions. Period.
I give Jerry credit for hiring Jimmy Johnson and for making the most of the draft picks that Tex Schramm had secured. Since then, he's been one stupid decision after another.
JJ needs to remove himself from the equation. But he won't, too much ego, too much false pride, there's no way he can admit that he's just not the great GM - football brain that he wants to be...
It should be really funny on local sports talk shows on Monday....760 has the ultimate home in Taylor, 1250 hosts think the suns rises and sets on the boys...someone really should call out a suicide watch, after all, without the cowboys, those guys will have nothing to talk about....
Taylor knows nothing about the Spurs, Duel should go back to the joke circuit, and he knows less about basketball than Taylor does...should be interesting, I can hear radio buttons being pushed all over the area now....
HAR HAR! Boys need a major overhaul to win in this League.
At least the Cowboys have been put out of our misery.
Speaking of Jerry Jones....
I just heard a guy on the radio say "Jerry Jones cannot continue to run this team like a fantasy football team."
Bingo!! Big names only get you so far.
ESPN-TV announced Tony Romo collapsed in the shower. They think it's his ribs.
Wow just go away quietly Romo.
I'm driving to Dallas this morning; just can't wait to listen to their morning sports talk shows! Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket
in 2008, the Cowboys lead the league in penalties and had a total of 33 turnovers!!
The biggest choke job (from their preseason expectations) in all of 2008.
Cowboys pose for one final end-of-season photo
How 'bout dem Cowboys!!!
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