Wade Phillips has become the latest scapegoat for Jerry Jones.
Joining a list of names that includes Chan Gailey, Dave Campo and Bill Parcells.
Despite the fact that Phillips did something the other three failed to do as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Win a playoff game.
Yet, the general manager gets to keep his job.
Name me one other general manager in the NFL who could keep his job after winning just one playoff game in 14 years.
"If we just get the right coach in", Cowboy fans say. "That will solve the problem."
Cowboy fans. I have one question to ask you: How do you plan on that happening? Before you answer that question, let me give you a history lesson. About Jerry Jones and how he runs the Cowboys.
After Jimmy Johnson had left and Barry Switzer came in, news got out that one of the Cowboys had been cut. (I believe it was Alfredo Roberts but that was 16 years ago so my old memory bank could be failing me.) A reporter then asked Switzer what it was about Roberts that he didn't like.
Switzer replied that he had just found out himself that Roberts had been cut. "I guess the general manager made a decision," Switzer said.
This is why the Cowboys won't get the "right coach". Because the right coach won't put up with that.
I hear all the Jerry Jones apologists. "He just wants to win". Of course he wants to win. They all want to win. Even the Fords. I doubt that the Fords go to Lions games wanting to lose. If that was the case, they would have kept John Kitna.
Wade Phillips wants to win too. The fact of the matter though, is, he didn't win. And he was fired because of it.
Why should the general manager be any different?
Just because he is the owner?
Jerry Jones is a great businessman. He has made the Cowboys more profitable than they have ever been before. He has helped pioneer an age in the NFL that has helped it to far and away become the most popular sport in the US.
But, his team has only won one playoff game in 14 years, And he, as owner/general manager has been the one constant in this entire run. Coaches have changed. Quarterbacks have changed. Running backs. Wide receivers. Linemen, DBs. There has been one constant. Jerry Jones making the football decisions.
Until Jerry Jones steps aside and lets a football man make football decisions, the insanity will continue. You know what they say insanity is, right?
Repeating the same action over and over and expecting different results.
Not letting your football men run your football team while expecting to be in the Super Bowl is insanity.
And, expecting the right coach to take over this team while your owner/general manager is cutting or trading for players without even telling the head coach what he plans to do is also insanity.
That insanity is the biggest reason this Cowboys team is in the mess it is in.