It appears that Babe Laufenberg and Bill Jones might have known about Wade Phillips’ firing before he did, at least according to Adam Schefter.
Wade Phillips didn’t find out he was gone until maybe 10 minutes ago. Jerry Jones thought to be talking to Wade right now.
Jerry Jones has an ugly history of handling his coaching moves publicly. Upon buying the Cowboys in 1989, he met publicly with Jimmy Johnson before meeting with Tom Landry to discuss his future. Five years later, he had a public falling-out with Johnson, announcing Johnson's departure amidst a media zoo at Valley Ranch. After a third consecutive 5-11 season under Dave Campo, Jones met with Bill Parcells on his plane before firing Campo.