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Cowboys fire Wade Phillips, jump start coaching carousel

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Head coach Steve Spagnuolo is having a promising second season with the St. Louis Rams.
Head coach Steve Spagnuolo is having a promising second season with the St. Louis Rams.

My mother always said that if you can't say nice...yeah, yeah, yeah. Today's event, Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips fired for leading the residents of a pricey billion dollar stadium to a second-to-league-worst 1-7, got me thinking...

As a St. Louis Rams fan, it reminds me of what a pleasure it is to finally be watching a Rams team, franchise, on the way up, rather than in disrepair.

Hot head coaches

Um, that sub-heading didn't sound quite like a I meant it to... Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was on the short list last year for potential head coaches. He's been made interim head coach in the wake of Phillips' dismissal. Is his stock high enough in Dallas that he stays? If not, does that bump his stock down a notch when vacancies open up in January?

This figures to be an interesting offseason. Even if labor battles aren't your thing, the head coaching carousel alone will have more intrigue than a trip to family therapy with the Lohans. You have to think that Childress is out in Minnesota. Leslie Frazier, the Vikings' defensive coordinator, is another name on the short list. Does he end up taking over in Minnesota? And what about all the other teams likely to face upheaval?