Jones won't fire himself, so Cowboys' Phillips gone

Former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips was fired Monday by the team after an embarrassing 45-7...

Former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips was fired Monday by the team after an embarrassing 45-7 loss to the Packers Sunday. (JEFF GROSS/Getty Images)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:07 PM ET

This wasn’t a firing. It was an act of humanity.

Would you have sent Wade Phillips back out to the sidelines to try to coax a win out of this overpaid, underachieving, disinterested roster of Dallas Cowboys?

As much as it pained Jerry Jones to knock out a coach mid-season, especially one he still owes upwards of $10 million US, the big blowhard had no choice. Showing real guts would have meant firing himself, as well.

Jones and his meddling hands-on ownership is the central theme of the demise of the Cowboys. Phillips was no prize, but you have to understand you’re not going to get anyone of substance to coach a team when the owner is hovering over his shoulder, messing in personnel issues.

Jones drove Jimmy Johnson away and then, after a series of disasters, he drove Bill Parcells away.

When Phillips was hired in 2007, he didn’t even get to choose his own offensive co-ordinator. Jones hired Jason Garrett for that role, even before Phillips himself had been hired.

Jones’ fingerprints are all over virtually every draft and every player signing. Not that he hasn’t had some good calls, but when you have the richest franchise in the history of American sports and money is no object, you should be able to put together something better than a 1-7 outfit.

It’s almost laughable now to think back to last summer when Jones was musing about being the first owner to host a Super Bowl and have his own team compete in it. Well, the NFL season is just barely half over and that concept is already in the trash bin.

Even at that, Jones was hoping he could nurse this sickly excuse for a football team along through the rest of the season but these last two grisly games made that impossible. Embarrassed at home by the Jacksonville Jags and then humiliated on international TV Sunday night in Green Bay by a combined score of 70-24, it was undeniable that the most expensive roster of football talent in the world had quit on their owner, their coach and themselves.

Phillips is the lightning rod for this disgrace but he’s not the root cause. Until Jones stares hard into the mirror, he will never be able to sort it out.

In case anybody cares, Garrett is the new head coach. You’ll recognize him. He’s the one with the “Kick Me” sign pasted on his back.

Phlegm Wars, Day 2

The Miami Dolphins are still spitting mad about the expectorations that Baltimore fullback LeRon McClain directed at Miami linebacker Channing Crowder on Sunday.

Head coach Tony Sparano claims to have video evidence of the episode in which McClain spit in Crowder’s face.

“I have enough evidence, yeah,” Sparano said. “It’s upsetting to me. This whole deal here about spitting in somebody’s face, nowhere in this game do I see any place for that.”

“(McClain) crossed the line,” Miami linebacker Karlos Dansby said. “As a man, you spit in somebody’s face, you cross the line. Where I’m from, that gets you killed, straight up.”

Now, Roger Goodell has a lot of power but we’re not sure he can go quite that far. Then again, who knows? This is the NFL commissioner we’re talking about.

Collins Fined

On Monday, the NFL fined Packers safety Nick Collins $50,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Dallas receiver Roy Williams on Sunday. League officials said Collins “violently and unnecessarily struck a defenseless receiver” in the neck and head area with his helmet during Sunday night’s game at Lambeau Field and called it a “flagrant violation of player safety rules.”

Williams saw it differently.

“He shouldn’t get fined. It was a football play, a football player making a football play. No injury, no harm.”

Quick Hits

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