For a longtime I had been one of the biggest Wade bashers. My frustration had boiled over at times this year, and a lot of that is due to nothing being done about the team, and how they were playing. At times I called the man names, and attempted to draw the ire of many fans here. It was clear that many Cowboy fans had a higher tolerance of Phillips than I ever had.
For me, I thought Wade was the wrong choice from the very beginning. When the Boys started off strong under his leadership, I was adamant that Jerry still had the wrong guy. To sit back and watch for 4 years a team go from perennial contenders to what they showed this season was trying. It was extremely difficult! Wade lost this team a loooooong time ago, and I was mad that others didn't see it the same way I did.
To be fair though, Wade seems to be an extremely nice individual. Not all that many of those to go around these days. But as a Dallas Cowboys fan, I couldn't stomach "nice". NFL head coaches need not be nice, but instead need to create structure and a football conscious team. Wade failed at that. The Cowboys were lackadaisical in their playoff game against the New York Giants in year one, and continued a downward spiral. It took "players only meetings" to muster up strong efforts, but still there were players who were riding it out on easy street.
Jason Garrett will come in and separate the players into two categories: 1.) those who want to prescibe to his philosophy and winning 2.) and those who don't. Many pessimists say America's team is in need of a "captain" a "leader", but I say look at the play of #88, and you will see that guy is already here. Dez wears his heart on his sleeve and his hustle will become contagious! (Just like the other #88 we grew to love) Pieces are here, and Dallas will overcome!
Last week my biggest fear was Dallas finishing the season with Wade Phillips, and losing their confidence all together. This week my biggest fear is Jerry continuing to hold owner-player meetings, and not backing off and allowing Garrett to gain the team. Mr. Jones needs to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, and let Jason create stability in the Cowboys organization, just like Landry had before. Jerry says he is sorry to us Cowboy fans, but is he really? Will he back off and allow a football guy, a good football guy, to take the reins?
For me, I see us growing old with Garrett as our coach, teams playing hard, playing smart, and "being great" on Sundays in January .....
Let this change be for the best and ....... Lets go Cowboys!!!