NOVEMBER 14, 2010 //
Our hosting company called me at 4 AM and told me that DallasCowboys.com no longer exists.... That's when I started to panic.
3rd DOWN CONV.
With the help of a Dez Bryant touchdown and a 101-yard interception return for a touchdown by Bryan McCann, the longest in Cowboys history, the Cowboys held a 19-6 lead going into the locker room...but there was still one half left to play.
The website went from fully online to a now infamous picture of little girls playing soccer. Luckily the phone call, however unwanted, came when it did. Derek was able to log on to a domain site in the middle of the night and purchase the now-vacant DallasCowboys.com domain for less than ten dollars.
There's a strong possibility that without that phone call at 4AM, the Cowboys' official website might never exist on their own domain again. Little did the DallasCowboys.com staff know that this incident would end up as a footnote to one of the most hectic weeks in team history.
The Jason Garrett era had begun, albeit temporarily, but Jerry Jones was still at the head of the class. During the first team meeting after the head coaching change, Jones made his feelings about the 2010 season abundantly clear.
The Giants are going to be at the Meadowlands at 4:15 on Sunday. We have to get ready for them."
After an embarassing 35-17 loss at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Cowboys headed north to Lambeau Field for an autumn game in Green Bay. The team was now 1-6 and playing on the fumes of their week 3 win againt Houston, but Phillips was playing for his job.
He said "A good man and great football coach was fired yesterday...because of y'all."
NOVEMBER 7, 2010 //
OCTOBER 25, 2010 //
In this same press conference, Mr. Jones handed the reins of the team on an interim basis to Jason Garrett, the team's former backup quarterback and now offensive coordinator. Jason knew he had the rest of the 2010 season to prove that he should remain head coach, but he stressed that desipte the distraction of a new head coach, the team's priority lies at the Meadowlands "on Sunday at 4:15."
NOVEMBER 8, 2010 //
Even though the Cowboys had suffered disappointing losses numerous times already in 2010, the 45-7 blowout by the Packers on Sunday Night Football was rock bottom. They had gone from Super Bowl favorites to favorites for the NFL Draft's first overall pick in only 8 games. Cowboys fans everywhere wondered if Wade Phillips had walked off the field for the last time as head coach of America's Team.
The Cowboys lost the game in almost every statistical category...except the one that matters. Thanks to McCann's pick-six and a late INT by Alan Ball, Dallas left the Meadowlands with new life...and a new leader.
3rd DOWN CONV.
It was time for the players to man up and take responsibility for the failed season. The Cowboys had 8 games left in 2010 to state their case...and Jason Garrett led the charge. Despite the distraction, his message remained clear.
- Jon Kitna
The announcement that many had anticipated was now an actuality. Jerry Jones took his seat in the atrium at Valley Ranch and announced that Wade Phillips would no longer be the head coach of the Cowboys. You could hear the frazzled disappointment in Jerry's voice. However, it was a change that needed to be made.
It was the fiftieth season in Cowboys history. They had just opened up their new stadium with a playoff appearance the season before, and North Texas was set to host the next Super Bowl. Expectations were at an all-time high in Dallas.
Jason Garrett was right. 4:15 on Sunday came around, and the Giants were at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, ready to put the nail in the coffin of the Cowboys' failed season.
Adding even more drama to the Cowboys' week, the lights at the stadium in New Jersey temporarily went off during the game, creating a tense and scary situation less than ten years after 9/11. The two head coaches met at mid-field and even discussed playing under the dim lights.
- Derek Eagleton
The Cowboys started off the season with a dismal 1-5 record under head coach Wade Phillips, losing games to Chicago, Tennessee, and Minnesota by small margins. Adding insult to injury (no pun intended) Tony Romo went down with a collarbone injury in week 7, putting the Cowboys' playoff hopes in serious doubt. Nonetheless, Wade Phillips remained head coach with backup QB Jon Kitna taking over for Romo.
NOVEMBER 9, 2010 //
Not all of the drama during the week involved the head coach and the team's dismal record. The night of the Packers loss, the team's charter plane landed at DFW Airport, and the DallasCowboys.com staff went home to bed, expecting to hear news regarding Wade Phillips' future when returning to Valley Ranch the next morning. Instead, Director of Digital Media Derek Eagleton received an unwanted phone call at an unwanted hour.
NOVEMBER 8, 2010 //
- Jason Garrett