Archer: Talk of coaching change adds to Cowboys' difficulties
11:55 PM CDT on Tuesday, November 2, 2010
COLUMN By TODD ARCHER / The Dallas Morning News
IRVING – Jason Witten has never experienced this before. Neither has Bradie James, Terence Newman, Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff or Miles Austin.
Of the players who have spent their entire career with the Cowboys on the 53-man roster, only Andre Gurode is familiar with this feeling.
Gurode was a rookie in 2002 when the Cowboys were heading toward their third straight 5-11 season, and everybody knew Dave Campo would not be coaching the team in 2003.
Sure, there were flickers of a flame about Wade Phillips' job status in 2008 and last season, but nothing like this.
At 1-6, the calls for Phillips' job have never been more pronounced either by the media or the fandom.
But for some of the players, among them Keith Brooking, and Leonard Davis, they have experienced these feelings before.
Brooking went through an in-season change in Atlanta in 2003, when Phillips was promoted after Dan Reeves was fired.