Posted by Will Brinson
The logical presumption following the Cowboys 45-7 thumping against the Packers on Sunday night is "adios, Wade Phillips." This notion was only strengthened when the Cowboys had a morning coaches meeting, called a press conference for Monday afternoon and it appeared that Phillips was absent from the Cowboys facility at Valley Ranch.
However, Cowboys Rapid Reporter Nick Eatman reports that all is not as bad as it might seem in Big D. Or, at least, that Phillips has been present.
"Despite reports suggesting otherwise, coach Wade Phillips has been to the team’s facility at Valley Ranch on Monday morning, following the team’s 45-7 loss to the Packers," Eatman writes. "As usual on night games, Phillips flew back with owner Jerry Jones Sunday following the game."
Eatman added a few minutes later that it's "business as usual" at Valley Ranch, and that Phillips has been "hard at work" on-site all morning.
Eatman's news presents an alternate ending to the "Jerry HAS to fire Wade midseason" storyline that's promulgated every sports news outlet Monday -- what if Jerry says that Wade will finish out the season as head coach and then step down?
Sure, that puts him in lame duck status, but wasn't he there anyway? The only difference here is that everyone would actually KNOW he was done at the end of the year, rather than speculating about it. Phillips would have one more shot at inspiring the troops (giving him a chance to audition for a job elsewhere) and Jones would avoid any awkward interim labels.
Or, if I can steal a joke from Andy, maybe Jerry should just coach the team himself. That's a win-win for everyone involved, especially the media.
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