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It's official Jason Garrett takes over as Cowboys Head Coach

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has fired coach Wade Phillips and promoted offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to take his place.

In a news conference Monday afternoon, Jones said his concern was not for the longer term, but for the next eight games.  He said he's looking for how to maximize "how we're playing right now." 

Jones decided enough was enough Monday, following a 45-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers the night before. It was the Cowboys' fifth straight loss, dropping them to 1-7.

This is their worst season since 1989 and among the worst in franchise history by record alone. Realistically, it's the low point considering Dallas was coming off a division title and a playoff win, and was expected to contend for the Super Bowl that'll be held at Cowboys Stadium.

Phillips' departure takes another dubious spot in club history: the first in-season coaching change. The first game under Garrett will be at the New York Giants on Sunday.

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