While I'm sure Jerry won't fire Wade in season, though he really should to send a message to the players and future coaching candidates that he's willing to change...it's pretty much fait accompli that Wade's going to be gone in the offseason. I got a question answered by Mort today in his chat
Since the Cowboys are seemingly dead in the water, what do you see them doing in the offseason? Who are the coaching candidates likely to replace Wade Phillips, will Jason Garrett stay, and which players will likely be traded or cut?Chris Mortensen
All guesswork on this - Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden and maybe an interesting longshot with Jeff Fisher of the Titans. I'm sure Sean Payton's name will get in the mix but he and Fisher are under contract. Everybody asks whether they would work for Jerry Jones and I say yes.
Cower's the obvious name, he's sitting on ass getting bugged by Shannon Sharpe, Dan Marino, and Boomer. He has experience with a 34 defense, a mobile QB that sometimes gets a bit wild, he's put together good teams in the past, and he has that hard nosed attitude that many feel that this team needs. I think he'd be a good choice. Under Cower I don't think that there'd be many 100 yard penalty games.
Gruden is another obvious name, he's sitting on ass getting bugged by the ESPN staff. Has that ring that we all want to get and the reputation of a hard nosed head coach. That being said, I don't think he's a good fit. He comes from the Tampa 2 school, Tampa feel apart after the Dungy guys left, and he really didn't draft all that well (though In Dallas Jerry and Stephen would have much more to do with this than Gruden would), I'd rather have him than Wade or Garrett, but that's about it.
Jeff Fisher, yes, a thousand times yes. Not as firey Gruden or Cower, but just as tough, and just as good of a coach. Great eye for talent, great at having his team prepared, and he gets the most out of his players. I don't think he'll leave Tennessee since they have good things going there, but I'd gladly welcome him. I think everyone here would love Sean Payton, I wanted him to get the job and have Parcells switch roles...but it wasn't meant to be.
I really don't want Garrett, everyone talks about what a mastermind he is...I disagree. He has an extremely skilled roster on offense, and always manages to rack up the yards but not get in the endzone. I don't even want him back as the OC.
I wish Mort answered my question as to which players would be gone next season, so I'll have to take a stab at this myself: Brooking, MBIII, Alan Ball, Montre Holland, Alex Barron, and maybe Kyle Kosier and Andre Gurode will be gone too.