- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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In an interview with ESPN, that showed just a clip, on Sunday morning, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones offered his support, yet again for coach Wade Phillips.
"I have a serious confidence in our coaching staff and Wade Phillips he’s the man for the job for right now," Jones said. "This requires experience to address being down 1-4 and have the focus and have the ability to show players, I have seen this happen before, turnarounds. And so if I’m in this situation, and the Cowboys are, I want the experience of a Wade Phillips to give us what he’s got to help us start winning."
The Cowboys have the highest payroll in the NFL and post a 1-4 record, have committed the third-most penalties in the league, yet somehow have the third best offensive and fourth best passing offense in the game. The defense ranks fourth in the NFL overall.
Phillips has said the won-loss record isn't good enough.
It was interesting to note that Jones said "right now" regarding Phillips' job status. Jones said previously he would never fire a coach mid-season. Is he rethinking that stance, especially if his team loses on Monday night vs. the New York Giants?
Phillips to his credit is making numerous changes.
He's changed the practice schedules so the team can go over mistakes three times a day and adding referees back to practices can help curtail in the penalties.
Phillips said the offense didn't get flagged during Thursday and Friday practices. The offense leads the league with 30 offensive penalties.
The Cowboys will make personnel changes, last week Jesse Holley was moved from the practice squad to the active roster and this week Brandon Williams will become active for the first time in his pro career and play on special teams.
"Anything we think can help our team, we're going to try to do," Phillips said before Saturday's practice. "These aren't desperate changes.There are things I think make sense. As long as the players buy into them. If it's a situation where they don't understand what we're doing, or change just for change sake because we've lost some close games, I mean that's not a panic situation. We've explained it to them."
When asked about the perception that these changes look like desperation and told that DeMarcus Ware said prior to the Vikings game the previous week that it was an elimination game, Phillips said, "I don't perceive that with the team, no. I don't think they feel like that. You want them to feel like they have to win this game, sure. But you want them to have to feel that way every game."