DALLAS, Tex. -- Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips was fired just one day after a dismal 45-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers, and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has been promoted on an interim basis.
"This is a very difficult decision for me, our team and the organization," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "We are grateful to Wade for leading us to two divisional championships."
Jones said after Sunday's nationally-televised game that he had decisions to make, and on Monday chose to let Phillips go with the team off to a disastrous 1-7 start.
"We are not where we want to be at this time, and that's an understatement," Jones added.
Phillips was in his fourth season with the Cowboys and has posted a record of 34-22 with a pair of NFC East titles.
Garrett is in his third season with Dallas and helped produce an offense that averaged 25.5 points and over 355 yards in total offense per game in his first two seasons.
"I do believe that Jason has the temperament, the disposition to effect a culture change," Jones said. "I think this is important. His style is one that will be effective."
Jones also announced that Paul Pasqualoni has been named the Cowboys defensive coordinator, a position Phillips held in addition to his head coaching duties.
Jones had hoped his Cowboys would become the first team to play a Super Bowl on its home field, with the new Cowboys Stadium set to host this year's title game. Instead, the Cowboys struggled right from the start of the season and have lost five straight games.
The 1-7 start is the worst for the Cowboys since Jones' first year as owner in 1989 when the club started 0-8 on the way to 1-15. The outlook for the rest of this year doesn't look too bright, especially with quarterback Tony Romo sidelined by a fractured collarbone.
Dallas looked terrible on both sides of the ball Sunday night, as the Packers opened a 28-0 lead and went on to outgain the Cowboys by a 415-205 margin.
Phillips' job security was in question last year, even after the Cowboys captured the NFC East at 11-5 and won a playoff game for the first time since 1996. The season ended with a 34-3 loss at Minnesota in the divisional playoffs and Jones ended any speculation about the coach soon after by saying Phillips would be at the helm through 2011.
Phillips has also been a head coach for Buffalo and Denver, while also serving two stints as interim head coach at New Orleans in 1985 and Atlanta in 2003. He was 29-19 with the Bills from 1998-2000 and was 16-16 for the Broncos from 1993-94.