Posts Tagged 'Wade Phillips'

More DFW Media Want Wade Fired

Tim Cowlishaw of the Morning News said Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips needed to be fired.

Today, Jen Engel of the Star-Telegram writes Wade must go.

Jen says Jerry needs to give the job to Jason Garrett. WRONG. 

 Right now Jason Garrett can’t run the offense.  So, I don’t think he is qualified to run the team right now.

Wade Phillips Is On The Hot Seat Now

The Cowboys 20 point loss in St. Louis means one thing: head coach Wade Phillips is on the hot seat now.

Coach Cupcake has to stop giving the Boys milk and cookies for losing to bad teams.

Wade knew coming into the season he had to win.  He had to make the playoffs and win at least two games or Jerry Jones was going to look for another man to lead his team.

The seat is hot because if the Cowboys don’t start playing with some purpose and with fire they may not make the playoffs.  Forget winning the NFC East, just getting wild card sounds nice right now.

Phillips said he was known as Mr. Fix It, well the Cowboys are broken and he has 9 games to get the team right or he will be find a pink slip under his door.

Jones has to fill a new stadium next year.  He will not be able to sell the PSL’s he wants if Phillips can’t get this team to the playoffs and win.  This mess is Jerry’s creation, but he won’t fire himself.

Wade better start on Sunday by beating Tampa at Texas Stadium.

Tim Cowlishaw of the Morning News wants Wade fired NOW.

T.O.

I wrote in my Star-Telegram column on why the Cowboys need to feed T.O. this Sunday in the season opener.

The Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiving corps is down to just two proven players: Terrell Owens and Patrick Crayton.

The club will not have the services of Miles Austin (sprained knee) or Sam Hurd (high ankle sprain) for the season opener in Cleveland on Sept. 7. They were penciled in as the third and fourth receiving options for quarterback Tony Romo.

His fifth wide receiver option, Isaiah Stanback, has a dislocated shoulder. I wouldn’t exactly be counting on Stanback for realistic production if I were offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.

Here’s what the game plan should be when it comes to putting the ball in the air against the Browns: Trust in T.O.

Put it on No. 81’s shoulders. I bet he will shine.

Read the rest.

Cowboys-Chargers Thoughts

Here’s my quick take on the Cowboys 31-17 loss to San Diego to open the preseason.

*Bruce Read’s special teams coverage is trash.  I wonder how he kept his job after last year’s suspect performance. 

Wade Phillips and Jerry Jones are blasting him.

This stat comes from the Star-T: Last year, the punt coverage unit ranked 29th in the NFL as it allowed 11.6 yards per return and one touchdown. The kickoff coverage unit allowed one touchdown and an average of 23 yards per return, the highest by a Cowboys’ team since 1983.

*The 1st team offense looks darn good.  Tony Romo is going to have another big year if he can stay healthy.

*The offensive line is dominant again.  Tony Sparano has left the Cowboys for the Dolphins, but Hudson Houck is just fine as the new/old offensive line coach.

*Great call by Jason Garrett to give Deon Anderson a goal line carry for a score.  Teams have to know they better be ready for everything when they face the Cowboys offense in the red zone.

*Jason Witten, don’t laugh, has Hall of Fame potential.  He is entering his prime and if he can stay healthy, he will have another All Pro season.  He can block, catch, the kid is the ultimate tight end right now.  Sorry Antonio Gates, you don’t block like Witten.

*Felix Jones is good.  The rookie has a great change of pace that can keep defenses on their heels.  He ripped off a 19-yard run on the second play and also had a 28-yard reception.

*Not worried about Pacman Jones.  This is the NFL.  You can not miss a year of time and expect to cover pro receivers out of the shoot.  Chris Chambers beat him on a slant, but if you remember, Chambers is pretty good.

*Bobby Carpenter is still not playing like a first rounder.  All that talk about his great camp didn’t show up.  Sorry.

*Tashard Choice is a heck of a 4th round pick.  This rookie from Georgia Tech is a good player.  The Cowboys have their deepest backfield since the 1980’s.

*Danny Amendola has to realize this is the show.  He has to protect the ball on punt returns, this ain’t Texas Tech.

*Kevin Burnett is solid.  The linebacker is going to be a big player on 3rd downs because of his speed.  He is better than Carpenter, but Burnett was not happy with his play.

*Patrick Crayton will make a lot of plays.  He had a very good 2007, but people only remember is drop and failure to finish a route in the playoff loss to the Giants.

*Tank Johnson will have a good season along with Chris Canty.  The Dallas D-Line has to stop the run and these are two of the main cogs.

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Sporting News Says Wade Phillips Is On The Hot Seat

One of my favorites, Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com came out with a list of ten coaches on the hot seat for The Sporting News.

I understand his reasoning, but things can and do happen.  What if Tony Romo breaks his leg and the team has to win with Brad Johnson as the starting quarterback?

I’m a fan of Wade.  I think he did done a darn good job of getting 13 wins out of last year’s club.  They were learning a new defensive and offensive scheme.

The offense didn’t have it’s #2 wide receiver in Terry Glenn and the defense was never at full strentgh because starting corners Anthony Henry and Terence Newman rarely played together because of injuries.

Unlike Bill Parcells, Wade made sure he got Terrell Owens the football and always tried to make sure it was about the team and not him.

Here is Florio’s take below:

1. Wade Phillips, Cowboys. Coaches from playoff teams aren’t usually on the hot seat. Then again, not many coaches preside over teams that haven’t won a playoff game since 1996, are expected to go to the Super Bowl in 2008 and have the next head coach, Jason Garrett, ready to step in at a moment’s notice.

Wade Phillips has the temperament to withstand the pressure. Besides, he’s no stranger to being fired. But it doesn’t make the pressure any less real.

So if the Cowboys don’t make the postseason, or if they don’t win a game or two once they get there, Wade won’t be back in 2009.

Roy Williams Says He Doesn’t Fit The Phillips 3-4 Defense

Cowboys Pro Bowl safety Roy Williams doesn’t like playing in the 3-4 defense.  At least that is what Cowboys linebacker Greg Ellis told Sirius NFL Radio.

The Dallas Morning News Cowboys blog is all over this story.   

“Greg Ellis made some pretty interesting statements about Roy Williams during an appearance on Sirius NFL Radio this afternoon. Ellis said that Williams doesn’t feel like he fits in Wade Phillips’ scheme and has been isolating himself from teammates.

Ellis said Williams first expressed concerns about the Phillips 3-4 during training camp in San Antonio.

He said, ‘Greg, this defense does not fit me. I don’t fit in well with this defense at all,'” Ellis said. “So when he told me that, I was like, ‘Well, man, it’s still new. Get used to it and it’ll probably be fine for you.'” And obviously I think it came to be true. Just like he said, he doesn’t fit what’s going on here in Dallas right now.

“Now maybe this year, if they decide to keep him for this season, Wade and them will kind of adjust some things to fit him better.”

Todd Archer of the Morning News says it will cost the Cowboys 6.667 million to let him go.  He’s got more.

Of course we wrote this may be Roy’s last year with the Cowboys a few weeks ago on the newdawgblog and for the Star-Telegram.

Hiding Roy will be difficult this season

Posted on Sat, Apr. 19, 2008

Special to the Star-Telegram

This is a make-or-break season for Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams.

He might be the only man who has started in the Pro Bowl who has so many questions about his role in his organization. Some people at Valley Ranch don’t trust him on the field anymore.

Don’t be surprised if Williams is benched on third downs this fall. Teams love throwing to the tight end on third down to keep the chains moving.

Did you see the Cowboys’ schedule? It is loaded with some tough tight ends. Williams has struggled in pass coverage the past two seasons. Badly.

The Cowboys open in Cleveland. That means Williams will have to cover Pro Bowler Kellen Winslow. The Browns would be foolish not to try to isolate Winslow on him.

Some of the best tight ends in the game are on the schedule this year: Chris Cooley (Redskins), Jeremy Shockey (Giants), Todd Heap (Ravens).

Randy McMichael of the Rams has been a Pro Bowl alternate.

Vernon Davis was the 49ers’ second-leading receiver.

The Buccaneers’ tight end duo of Alex Smith and Jerramy Stevens combined for seven touchdown receptions.

Heath Miller of the Steelers caught seven touchdown passes in ’07, and Donald Lee of the Packers snagged six.

Philly’s L.J. Smith will get two shots at the Cowboys’ strong safety. Ben Utecht of the Bengals is no slouch.

Seattle is the only team on the schedule that is weak at the tight end position.

Williams knows he’s not the same player he was a few years ago. His ears work. He knows the critics are out there.

He did himself no favors in the locker room last year by being suspended for a horse collar tackle on Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. Wade Phillips also chose not to start him for two games. He didn’t register a single sack in 2007.

The fifth straight Pro Bowl trip to Hawaii came to him because he was the first alternate and was chosen to replace the late Sean Taylor on the NFC roster.

Dump that No. 31 jersey, because he’s going back to the No. 38 he donned at Oklahoma. The old No. 38 was a feared man who made plays and made hard hits.

When Cowboys training camp opens in Oxnard, Calif., lots of eyes will be on Williams to see if he can return to his once dominating form. His career as a Cowboy depends on it.

Newy Scruggs is the sports director at NBC 5.