Friday, September 17, 2010
Who's in charge of the Dallas Cowboys?
By Dan Graziano
In his weekly column for ESPNDallas.com, Ed Werder takes a look at the division of power between head coach Wade Phillips and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. Both men have taken blame for what happened at the end of the first half against the Skins. Here's an excerpt from Werder's column regarding the now infamous play call:
"It was inexcusable that Phillips was not mentally into the game on the final play of the half, as though he -- like Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco -- had left the sideline and gone to the locker room prematurely. And Garrett called a play that had zero chance of succeeding when he asked [Tony] Romo to take a snap from the Cowboys' 36 and throw a Hail Mary into the far end zone.
"The sequence of events has created the question of exactly who is in charge of what, and the various inquiries have served only to reveal what some have described as a systemic issue the Cowboys will never overcome: The possibility that Phillips and Garrett get along behind the scenes much like Romo and T.O. did."
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked about the Phillips-Garrett dynamic Thursday at Valley Ranch:
"It's not an issue," Jones said. "They have a real good relationship and on that we've done some very successful things because of [it] and it will continue between them. As far as it affects our team, I don't think it will be an issue."
Jones also went out of his way to remind everyone that Phillips has "veto" power over Garrett and he can use it at any time. Phillips and Garrett were spotted talking and making extended eye contact before practice Thursday, according to ESPNDallas.com.