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November 9th, 2010
When You Just Dropped a Billion Dollars on a Stadium

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager, Jerry Jones, announced Monday that head coach Wade Phillips would be replaced by Jason Garrett effective immediately.

Wade Phillips fired by Cowboys, according to reports; Jason Garrett to replace Phillips as head coach .

Wade Phillips was fired after a 1-7 start for the Cowboys this season. Phillips led the Cowboys to a 12-6 record in 2009, and was in his fourth year with the Cowboys. The head coach's regular season record was 34-22. Some were talking about the Cowboys making a run for the Super Bowl at the start of the season, but after allowing 1,299 yards and 121 points over the last three games they have become one of the league's worst-performing teams.

When star quarterback Tony Romo got injured in a losing game against the New York Giants on Oct. 25, the chances of a comeback became grim.

Jones had been saying he would not make a mid-season coaching change, but on Sunday, Phillips led the Cowboys to another loss. After Sunday's 45-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers Jones made the decision to make the change.

David Buehler was reported by McClatchy-Tribune to have said, "I'm just kind of in shock right now. It's tough. A guy you respect so much and rally around is gone."

Jones named Cowboys offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett, as the interim head coach while defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni replaced Phillips as interim defensive coordinator.

Though currently in an interim position, if Garette satisfies management he will be eligible to continue as head coach next season.

In a statement released by the Dallas Cowboys, Phillips said he was "very proud of what our team and our players accomplished in the previous three years."

Garrett's first game as head coach will be against the Giants, Sunday.


Maybe Garrett could try something like the Driscoll Middle School trick play on his first day on the job:


middle school football team in Corpus Christi  ran a trick play in their championship game on Saturday, and the video has become an instant hit on YouTube.  Here's what they did:
After a penalty was called, the referee moved the ball five yards, and both teams lined up for the next play.  But then the quarterback pretended the referee was stopping play again to mark off ANOTHER five yards, and he told his center to hand him the ball.
The center handed the quarterback the ball over his shoulder instead of hiking it through his legs . . . which technically started the play.  Then the quarterback calmly walked past the other team's defensive line before making a mad dash to the end zone.
The game ended in a 6-6 tie.



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