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NFC Notes: Cowboys, Giants, Lions, Packers

Cowboys

  • According to Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys are interviewing Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander Thursday for the same position.
  • Tom Cable and Marc Colombo are reportedly candidates for the position as well. (NFLTR)
  • Todd Archer says that Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown, whose contract has expired, interviewed with the Raiders and has drawn interest from at least one more team. However, Dallas would reportedly like to keep Brown.
  • Archer adds that passing game coordinator/LBs coach Matt Eberflus and secondary coach Greg Jackson are also free agents.

Giants

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie mentioned last week that he’s open to changing position if it would help him get on the field more.

“Hey baby, you can put me anywhere as long as I play and get on that field a little bit, I don’t mind,” Rodgers-Cromartie said, via Dan Duggan of NJ.com. “Free safety, strong safety, linebacker – it doesn’t matter. I’m just trying to be out there.

Rodgers-Cromartie is a potential cap casualty for New York, considering that releasing him would free up $6.5 million. However, it doesn’t like he’s too worried about the possibility.

“I’m just chilling, man,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “I would definitely love to be back if that’s the case. But I know it’s a business. I know they view me as being old and whatnot, but I’m not worried about that. I’ll let the chips fall where they fall.

Lions

Former Lions DC Teryl Austin admitted during a press conference Thursday that while he interviewed for the head-coaching job in Detroit, “it probably wasn’t going to happen.”

“I interviewed in Detroit, but it probably wasn’t going to happen because of what happened to us as a staff,” Austin said, via the Detroit Free Press.

Packers

Packers president Mark Murphy confirmed that they did, in fact, interview former Bills GM Doug Whaley for their vacancy before hiring Brian Gutekunst.

“Doug Whaley really did a job with the interview,” Murphy said, via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I think it was not confirmed, but he was the fourth interview. I knew him a little bit, so I enjoyed having a chance to spend some time with him. I’m a Bills fan, so I follow the Bills a little more closely than some of the other teams.

“But he put together that roster, and it’s a playoff team without a great quarterback. It made the playoffs. They have a good roster. I think that was a tribute to him. Very interesting candidate. Fascinating background. Was a stockbroker for a year, about to be a pilot and done a lot of good things. And obviously served as a G.M. and his background with the Steelers was intriguing, too.

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Did the Packers president Mark Murphy actually say that he is a fan of the Bills? Yeah, why like the team that pays you, that would be stupid.

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