Despite saying on Friday that Wade Phillips would remain head coach of the Cowboys until the end of the season, owner Jerry Jones has decided to give Phillips the heave-ho in Big D.
I guess that's what happens when you get humiliated by the Packers, 45-7, on national television.
Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, a former backup with Dallas and the Giants, has been named interim head coach. He will lead the 1-7 Cowboys, losers of five straight, into the New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday to face the first-place Giants (6-2).
Phillips went 35-23 in his three-plus year tenure in Dallas with two NFC East titles, and last year led the franchise to its first playoff win since 1996. He is 83-65 overall as a head coach.
Jones had never fired a head coach during the season, but was fed up with his team's horribly inconsistent play — especially because he had visions of his Cowboys hosting Super Bowl XLV in their home stadium before the season began.
"There are a lot of people here who are certainly going to suffer and suffer consequences," Jones said after last night's game. "I'm talking about within the team — players, coaches who have got careers. This is certainly a setback. I know firsthand what it is to have high expectations."
Phillips had been given a two-year contract worth a little more than $3.5 million per season after last year's postseason.
Garrett was the highest paid assistant coach in the league at nearly $3 million per season.