Wade Phillips is out as the Dallas Cowboys’ head coach following an abysmal performance by the team against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, ESPN is reporting.
Many people were expecting the move (some were demanding it), and the search “wade phillips fired” was trending No. 1 on Google on Monday afternoon.
America’s Team is off to a 1-7 start, their worst since 1989, after a preseason full of Super Bowl hype. Fans and observers have placed the blame squarely on the team’s coaches.
Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, an assistant head coach and one-time Cowboys backup quarterback, will take the team’s reins.
Phillips, the Cowboy’s seventh coach, compiled a 35-24 record in three seasons with Dallas. Only one of those wins came in the playoffs, a 34-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. Phillips’ ouster marks the first time the Cowboys have canned a coach mid-season.
Owner Jerry Jones has repeatedly said that Phillips would finish the season, but after Sunday’s 45-7 shellacking in Green Bay, he said there would be “consequences” for players and coaches.