Jerry Jones has put Wade Phillips out of his misery. After an awful 1-7 start to a season where the Cowboys were "favored" to win the Superbowl, the Cowboys have fired Phillips and named offensive coordinator Jason Garrett the interim head coach according to CBS-11 in Dallas. Honestly, Jones probably did Phillips a favor by letting him go, anyone who watched his press conference last night could see that this guy is miserable and has nothing left to give. He obviously didn't want to be there anymore.
It's interesting that they named Garrett, the highest paid assistant in the NFL, the interim head coach. Once upon a time, Garrett was seen as a hot head coaching prospect and was deemed as the eventual successor to Wade. Well, he is indeed Wade's successor but whatever shine he had on him as a potential head coach candidate around the league is long gone. I suppose this will be his last shot to reclaim some of his former juice, but most likely he'll be fired at season's end when Jerry Jones cleans house and brings in another big name coach to install his own system.
This isn't the NBA, midseason coaching changes in the NFL are uncommon and don't really do anything. This is just an attempt by Jones to show some kind of accountability and to throw the seething fans a bone. It's mostly a signal of what is likely to come for that franchise in the offseason. It won't likely make an real difference, but in the end I suppose it was a move that had to be made.