It’s never a smart idea to come up with rash decisions so soon after a loss. The thought of the final disappointing moments of the season’s demise still lingering fresh in the mind has a tendency of overshadowing any good that has come from the season. There may be no other time better than the present to discuss some real possibilities.
I’ll grant, if you asked me a week ago if Wade Phillips should come back for a second season to the Dallas Cowboys and I would have said with out a doubt. After yesterday’s loss, I would still have been compelled to say the same. Now a day has passed, and my feelings are starting to sway. Not by the loss though, but because of the season ending press conference held at Valley Ranch today.
Wade Phillips has sounded like a broken record through out the playoffs, repeating over and over the Dallas Cowboys were 13-3. He had every right of course to point that out, the Cowboys had yet to lose a playoff game and it was unfair to assume that they wouldn’t be able to face off against the winner of the wild card game and win at Texas Stadium. Then today, he repeated the same sentiment again. The Cowboys were 13-3, and added that the better team didn’t win Sunday’s match up. So now it’s time, in my opinion to show the old coach the door.
If a game was won, by who had the most yards in a game, the Cowboys would have won the game easily. It’s not about the yards though, it was about the points, and the Cowboys failed to put them on the board. They had their opportunities, but the offensive line gave up, the receivers dropped the passes, the defense didn’t hold the Giants in critical moments, the special teams didn’t make the stops, and the QB made mistakes. This is an overall team collapse. The team simply wasn’t prepared. That falls on the coaching staff.
The broken record of the Cowboys being 13-3 doesn’t really matter in the post season. The regular season record is only good enough to get you in the final contest, it’s not your saving grace. It didn’t buy the Cowboys another game into the playoffs. The Cowboys lost, and to minimize that loss is a continuation of irresponsible coaching. The Cowboys failed in several facets of the game, on offense, defense, and special teams and that complete systems melt down can only fall on one person. When the team fails it’s the coach. When the team gives up a lot of penalties as the Cowboys did, and have done all year that again is the coach.
The media can place the playoff loss on anyone they choose, but I do believe it should come down the hardest on the Dallas Cowboys coach. Now maybe the time to consider a new head coach for the Dallas Cowboys. As I said earlier, it’s not usually wise to make a decision so soon after a loss. Sometimes, however, you don’t get a lot of time to make those decisions. So if the Cowboys should choose to go a different way in head coaching staff, now is the time to do so.