Garrett takes Cowboys reins from fired Phillips

Jerry Jones fired Dallas head coach Wade Phillips on the Monday and promoted offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to take over the Cowboys (1-7) on an interim basis. Defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni replaced Phillips as defensive coordinator.

Jones, the Cowboys' owner-general manager, decided enough was enough following a 45-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday nighttime. It was the Cowboys' 5th straight loss and they've allowed at least 35 points in 3 straight games, which had not happened since Dallas went 0-11-1 in its inaugural season, 1960.

"I recognized that after the game we just weren't playing winning football and our best chance was to the make a change," Jones said.

This is the first time Dallas has made an in-season coaching change. Garrett, 44, becomes the first former Dallas player to take the job.

"There'll be some changes that I think will be tangible that people in our organization will notice right from the start," Garrett said. "I just think the personality of the leader will come through a little bit."

Hits: The NFL fined Green Bay safety Nick Collins $50,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Dallas receiver Roy Williams. ... The league will not hand out any discipline for the hit that gave Indianapolis receiver Austin Collie a concussion in Philadelphia. The NFL said because the helmet-to-helmet contact was a result of Collie being driven toward Kurt Coleman by Quintin Mikell's legal hit, there will be no fine.

Done: Giants center Adam Koets has torn knee ligaments and will miss the rest of the season. ... Panthers quarterback Matt Moore has a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder and needs season-ending surgery.


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