If the Cowboys lose to the Eagles this weekend and miss the playoffs, will Wade Phillips return as head coach?
Is he gone regardless?
Those are the questions being tossed around in the Dallas papers this Monday afternoon. If you believe the words coming out of Jerry Jones' mouth, Phillips will be back.
"I don’t have any inclination as I stand here, after this ballgame, about any coaching changes. … And I don’t see (coaching) as an issue,” Jones told the Fort Worth Star Telegram after Saturday night's loss to the Ravens. “And it’s not that fragile. It’s just not that fragile.”
“As I stand here now it, just doesn’t make sense,” Jones continued. “He’s only been here two years.”
When the season started, it was assumed that it was only a matter of time before Jason Garrett took over the head-coaching job in Dallas after he turned down offers elsewhere to return as offensive coordinator. But the fans and media aren't exactly thrilled with Garrett's performance either. Check out what Brian Davis of The Dallas Morning News had to say in a chat today:
Garrett's free ride is definitely over. The offensive coordinator/head-coach-in-waiting will come under full scrunity now after the offense managed just 59 passing yards in the first half against the Ravens. Don't even bother looking at the final tally (327 yards). We all saw how Tony Romo and his receivers were not on the same page against the Ravens.
Other headlines from the Dallas papers:
For the record, the Cowboys control their own destiny. If they win Sunday, they're in the playoffs. As you've probably heard by now, the Eagles-Dallas game has been moved to 4:15. That means the Birds will know at kickoff whether they still have a chance to get in. The Bucs play the Raiders at 1. Same goes for the Vikings and Giants. And the Bears-Texans.
Tomorrow I'll provide a full breakdown of the playoff pictures in both conferences. Things will get a little clearer after tonight's Bears-Packers game.