Biggs: Jerry backs Wade again in Dallas
It’s either the kiss of death or a sign that no, under no circumstance is Jerry Jones going to can coach Wade Phillips during the season.
On his own radio show—shouldn’t all owners do a radio show—Jones for the second consecutive week backed Phillips, four days after the Cowboys needed overtime and
2,500 250 yards from wide receiver Miles Austin to defeat the winless Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
“Under no circumstances would I make a change,” Jones said. “We've got a chance to get a lot of things done and we've got a lot of football left to play and we've got some good people that not only can play it, but coach it.”
Phillips is in the final year of a three-year contract that includes an option that has not been exercised, and Jones said “without equivocation’’ Phillips will be his coach for the entire 2009 season.
That’s all well and good but Jones has to realize there are some issues in Big D that are simmering, and I’m not talking about traffic issues around the new stadium. This isn’t the 2007 team that rolled through the regular season before bombing out in the playoffs. Tony Romo has been inconsistent, the Roy Williams trade looks like a disaster, and all of a sudden the Cowboy can’t rush the passer. Jones has rid himself of locker room headaches Terrell Owens, Pacman Jones and Tank Johnson, and the Cowboys are still dysfunctional on the field.
At 3-2 and in their bye week, they have a chance to rest up before hosting Atlanta and then Seattle when they come out of it. By no stretch of the imagination is this season lost, but the Cowboys are going to have to be a better team on the other side of the bye to make a run at the postseason and give Phillips any chance of preserving his future beyond 2009.
Jones isn't going to do anything but support Phillips right now. To do anything else would create a P.R. nightmare at a time when he’s trying to peddle Party Passes.
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