Dallas Cowboys Disaster: Firing Wade Phillips and Ways To Fix the Franchise

James BrownSenior Analyst INovember 8, 2010

SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 21:  Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during preseason game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 21, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys are a mess.

The Sunday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers displayed just how bad this team is. The Buffalo Bills may not have a win on the season, but the Cowboys are arguably the worst team in the league.

When the season started the Cowboys were one of the favorites in the NFL to play in the Super Bowl. Weeks later, they are a laughing stock in the league and have one win to show for their lackadaisical efforts.

Last night, the Cowboys showed the world just how far they have fallen.

The Packers exposed, embarrassed and destroyed the Dallas Cowboys. The Packers sent blitzes on nearly every play and were successful on almost every down. The Cowboys ran poor routes, missed blocking assignments and could not do anything right.

If a team cannot get motivated to try on a nationally televised game, will it ever happen? Not likely.

The Cowboys have to make changes now, and the owner of the team recognizes this, because after the game, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was quoted as saying, "People will suffer."

Here are some of the things that Cowboys need to do in hopes of fixing this floundering franchise.

As of now, Wade Phillips is still the coach of the Cowboys, but the deathwatch is on. ESPN is currently following every move of the soon-to-be-fired coach, and it is only a matter of time before he is relieved of his coaching duties.

This will be a good change for the Cowboys, and will send a message to the coaches and the team that Jones is not happy with the season.

Jones should replace Phillips with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and strap him with the "interim" label. The only reason Garrett will get the nod his because of his paycheck.

If he can motivate the players enough to win a few games throughout the rest of the season, then he should get a chance at the helm. If not, then it's time to clean house and go after a big name coach.

Next, the team has to realize the season is over, and with no hopes of a postseason, the Cowboys should give younger players a chance to develop.

The players should be held accountable for their play on the field. The younger players will give a better effort, and have a better chance to actually get a win.

Finally, Jones needs to admit that he needs help with the draft. Jones has failed horribly when calling the shots on draft day, and he has to hire someone better evaluate the talent.

If the Cowboys remain on the current track, this becomes very important, since they will most likely have a top draft pick.

These are just a few suggestions on how to fix this franchise. They may not be the answer to the situation the Cowboys are in, but they're a good start.


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