Despite the fact the NFC preseason favorite Dallas Cowboys enter this Sunday’s game at a hugely disappointing 1-3 and two games out of the NFC East’s three-way logjam at first, Coach Wade Phillips’ job apparently is safe.
Team executive vice president Stephen Jones said at the owners meetings in Chicago that Phillips' job was "absolutely" safe and owner Jerry Jones said much the same.
"I think in our organization everybody is taking responsibility, not just Wade," Stephen Jones said. "He does. He takes responsibility. The coaching staff takes responsibility. The players take it. We all take it. We're a team, we're an organization, and when we fall short we accept it as a team."
Phillips, whose previous contract expired after last season, signed a new two-year deal in January after leading the Cowboys to the NFC East title and a playoff win. He is 35-20 during his four-season tenure in Dallas. But there is no hotter seat in the NFL than the Cowboys’ job and Jerry Jones fully expects his team to play in the Super Bowl this season with Dallas hosting the game. All three of the Cowboys' losses have come by seven points or fewer and there have been some questionable decisions by the coaching staff.
Meanwhile, Phillips said that Leonard Davis would remain the team’s starter at right guard. Davis has started all 143 games in which he was been active in his career but was pulled in favor of Montrae Holland in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to Tennessee after poor play. He returned when Holland suffered a cut over his eye when his helmet came down over his face.