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Dallas Cowboys: Will They Keep Jason Garrett or Wade Phillips?

According to a report on ESPN, the Baltimore Ravens have asked Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to be their new head coach after they fired Brian Billick for being out of his league and living on undeserved accolades from years ago. Word on the street says that Garrett has yet to make a decision.

I have a feeling he won’t have to: Jerry Jones will offer him the head coaching job with the Cowboys if he will stay on, firing Wade Phillips in the process.

Now, this is all on gut feeling and I know there are others out there who feel the same way, especially after the Cowboys became the first top NFC team to lose in the Divisional round of the playoffs in modern-day NFL history. Someone has to pay for that, and the top man has proven himself to be, like Marty Schottenheimer, a postseason loser.

Phillips is now 0-4 in the playoffs. Marty has won five games in the postseason, but he has had 18 chances – and two of those wins came with Joe Montana and Marcus Allen playing together for the Chiefs. I have those games on tape and I am pretty sure they just stopped listening to Marty in order to win. If that was the case, Schottenheimer has not won a playoff game on his own merits since 1990. That’s only 18 years, right? Yeah, he’ll get another chance real soon. Madness.

Even Phillips has admitted that he was surprised to get another shot at being an NFL head coach after his sessions of futility while masquerading as the head coach of the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills made it abundantly clear – apparently to anyone not named Jerry Jones – that giving Wade Phillips command of an NFL team is simply to watch the Peter Principle play out before your eyes. It is a waste of the talents of people like Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, and no one wants to see Owens all teary-eyed. (By no one, I mean everyone except Cowboys fans; and I especially mean fans of the 49ers and Eagles.)


The article linked to in the previous paragraph talks about Norv Turner, the first-year head coach in San Diego, who is going to give an excellent example of an entire team displaying the meaning of the Peter Principle when the Chargers visit New England this weekend to play the undefeated Patriots on their home turf, Gillette Field.

Still, hats off to Turner for getting his team into the AFC Championship game. He has made some great calls in these playoffs and pretty much everything has panned out very well for him. Color me surprised, but happily so. I love being wrong about someone sucking. I want everyone in the NFL to be great. How could you not, as a fan?

Anyway, read what 41 Miles To Freedom says about the hiring of Wade Phillips in Dallas back in July of last year and you’ll get a glimpse into the thought processes that can sway an otherwise sound mind into the illogical notion that, “Hey, maybe Phillips will do just fine.”

So, now Jerry Jones has two choices, really. Both of which will cause him at least a measure of stress and losing face. He can keep Phillips and lose Garrett in the process; a decision that will bring the ire of intelligent football fans from throughout the Lone Star State. Or, he can cut Phillips and make Garrett his new head coach; in effect admitting that he should probably have hired Garrett instead of Phillips last year.

While the second option will placate the fans, at least for now – such a fickle bunch are they – perhaps Jones is smarter than we know. It is entirely possible that, like the four other head coaches mentioned in this piece, Garrett will not be a good head coach and Jones knows this. After all, not many people have been around football and management as long as Jones. (Don’t bring up the obviously insane Al Davis.)

Still, Garrett would only have to be better than Wade Phillips to be the better choice and that can’t be all that hard. Phillips seems to have brought the fun back to the Cowboys and Garrett is given tons of credit for bringing their level of play up a notch. Solution: Keep both, but have Phillips as a sort of team leader / cheerleader-type thing.

This story should be interesting however it plays out.



Upset Week in the NFL

Lots of upsets this week, starting with the Thursday night game when the Houston Texans beat the Denver Broncos 31-13, then continuing last night when Shaun Hill stepped up in his first NFL start to lead the 49ers to a 20-13 victory over the Bengals. The Yardstick had called for three- and seven-point wins for the Broncos and Bengals, respectively.

Today, the trend went on.

The Panthers beat the NFC West-champion Seahawks 13-10, an indication of the weakness of the NFC West division in general. Then, the Miami Dolphins scored on a 64-yard toucgdown pass by Cleo Lemon in OT to beat the Ravens and grab their first victory of the 2007 NFL season. Should Billick be fired?

In Pittsburgh, in the wind and snow, the Jacksonville Jaguars ran the ball down the throats of the supposed best defense in the NFL and beat the Steelers at Heinz Field 29-22, making things very interesting in the AFC North, as Cleveland held off the Bills 8-0. The Browns and Steelers now have 9-5 records at the tyop of their division, with Pittsburgh having a leg up in tiebreakers.

Oh yeah, and Brett Favre is now the leading passer in yardage in NFL history, surpassing the record owned by Dan Marino today in a winning effort as Green Bay manhandled the Lambs in St. Louis.


Barry Bonds Indicted: Curse of the BB

Well, this has nothing to do with FanYard or the Yardstick, but it does have to do with sports, so here it is: Barry Bonds has been indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on four counts of lying to a grand jury (perjury) and one count of obstruction of justice. The perjury charges carry penalties of up to five years in prison each, and the obstruction charge carries a maximum sentence of ten years behind bars. If convicted of all five counts, then, baseball’s all-time home run king could go to the big house for three decades.


Personally, I don’t care if he shot himself up with live cells from Scottish black sheep, like Bill Romanowski used to do, back in the day, before going out on the football field with the express desire to break fingers and gouge out eyeballs. Blondie did it too, and she’s cool.

I don’t know if the juice increases hand-eye coordination or not, or if it just makes you bigger and stronger. I guess the courts don’t really care either, they are just upset that he supposedly lied to them and apparently tried to hide the truth from them. He should have gone immediately into politics, I guess, after this past season ended. Those people get away with that stuff.

Most people I know who give a rat’s claw about baseball can’t stand Barry Bonds. They say it is because he is a jerk. I am not so sure about that, as I am pretty sure most of them only know him through the mass media channels, and if you are going to believe what those things tell you, you might as well stop thinking for yourself entirely. Really, Bonds is merely the Zeitgeist that the public, the courts, the game of baseball needs; a black sheep upon which to hang blame and assuage their own guilt for not paying attention to things sooner. Someone has to take that fall. That does not mean he is innocent.

I think the reason for the disdain is much simpler. It is because his initials are BB, same as another very polarizing figure in these times – me. That’s right, BB are my initials, too. Oh, and they are also the same as the intitials of Bill Belichick. Coincidence? I think not. Now excuse me while I go win a Super Bowl or break a record…or cheat at something.

Now, in case you are sick and tired of baseball and want to switch allegiances to another sport, let me suggest one of the four sports covered at this time by We have NFL, which is getting into the best part of the regular season, with just seven weeks of play before the playoffs and an undefeated New England Patriots team for you to either love or hate.

We have college football, probably the most exciting of the major American sports once you take the time to understand the game. It, too, is close to finishing the regular season and the bowl games in December and January are a tradition almost a century old.

Then there is the NBA and college basketball, the two fastest games not played on wheels. The seasons are relatively new, so now is a good time to start learning about them.

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