In the wake of the Cowboys' 1-3 start, executive vice president Stephen Jones, the son of team owner Jerry Jones, said yesterday at the NFL owners meetings in Chicago that Wade Phillips was not in danger of being fired.
"I think in our organization, everybody is taking responsibility, not just Wade," Stephen Jones told the NFL Network. "He does. He takes responsibility. The coaching staff takes responsibility. The players take it. We all take it. We're a team, we're an organization, and when we fall short, we accept it as a team."
Phillips, whose signed a two-year contract in January, also has the backing of Jerry Jones. He was not in the team's post-game locker room for the first time. But Jones expressed the need to make sure things improve in a hurry.
"We're running out of time, even though it's early in the season," Jones told the NFL Network. "If we're gonna go [to the playoffs], we've got to go now and go hard."
Despite Jones' reputation for impatience, he has never fired a coach before the end of a season. If he did make a coaching change this season, he would likely appoint offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to replace Phillips.