Monday, November 8, 2010
Wade Phillips appears at Valley Ranch
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- Although his leased SUV was not in its customary parking spot Monday morning, Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips was seen at Valley Ranch by several team employees.
His car is usually parked outside the scouting department's office, and though carpooling wouldn't usually be news, Phillips is under fire for the team's 1-7 record.
Phillips had not spoken with all of his coaches and team personnel as yet as of midday.
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is still scheduled to meet with the coaches on Monday to go over Sunday night's loss to the Green Bay Packers.
The Cowboys are coming off a 45-7 beating at the hands of the Packers.
"There are a lot of people here who are certainly going to suffer and suffer consequences," Jones said after the game. "I'm talking about within the team, players, coaches, who have got careers. This is certainly a setback. I know first hand what it is to have high expectations."
Following the loss, Phillips would not confirm if he spoke to Jones wouldn't get into specifics regarding his job status.
Cowboys officials are still planning a 4 p.m. CT news conference with Phillips.
Linebacker Keith Brooking said Monday that he didn't think the team had quit.
"I didn't feel like guys were loafing to the ball," he said. "I haven't watched the film yet, but I didn't get that feeling. I didn't think it was for a lack of effort or for guys quitting on this football team."
He had said Sunday that Phillips isn't quitting either.
"Wade is going to keep fighting," Brooking said. "We're not going to lose him. I have so much respect for Wade, the man, [and] that he is the coach, the success that he's had in this league. In saying that, it's none of my business as far as what Mr. Jones is thinking and the decisions he's going to make. I fully support Wade. I believe in him and he's our head coach and that's the only way you can look it."
Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.