NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants



  • Per the Athletic’s Jon Machota, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in his weekly radio interview he doesn’t believe anyone else can do better than HC Jason Garrett down the stretch in 2019: “First of all, Jason Garrett is a good coach. He’s also one of the hardest working coaches. He knows this team better than anybody. … I’m glad to have him. He is the guy for the job.”
  • Jones added the goal is to have a coach capable of winning the Super Bowl, though he stopped short of saying that meant Garrett would be coaching the team next year: “Nobody has the exclusive skills to get the job done so that collectively you can win a Super Bowl. But there are qualified people. Jason Garrett is one of them. In my opinion, Jason Garrett will be coaching in the NFL next year.” (Machota)
  • Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch has been ruled out of Thursday’s game, as Vander Esch says he wants to remain cautious with his neck injury: “I want to be able to play for 10 to 12 years. Not four.” (David Moore)
  • Garrett said he liked what he saw from Cowboys second-round rookie DT Trysten Hill, who could be active this Thursday against the Bears. (Michael Gehlken)
  • Garrett added Cowboys WR Randall Cobb is recovering from his illness and is on track to play Thursday. (Gehlken)
  • Cowboys fourth-round rookie RB Tony Pollard suffered an ankle injury that kept him out of practice Tuesday and could cause him to miss Thursday’s game. (Todd Archer)


  •’s Zack Rosenblatt believes the Eagles need to completely revamp their receiving corps, including drafting a rookie in the first round.
  • Rosenblatt says the Eagles should also cut or trade WR Alshon Jeffery despite the $26 million in dead money it could incur over the next two seasons. 
  • Rosenblatt adds Philadelphia likely needs to add a receiver in free agency, with Jets WR Robby Anderson and Dolphins WR DeVante Parker his two top targets, though Miami would have to decline Parker’s option. 
  • Rosenblatt thinks the Eagles can keep WR DeSean Jackson if they get him to agree to a pay cut. 
  • Rosenblatt also says the Eagles need to get a No. 1 corner, especially if they let Ronald Darby leave. 
  • According to Rosenblatt, the top priorities for Philadelphia to re-sign are CB Jalen Mills, RB Jordan Howard, S Rodney McLeod, LB Kamu Grugier-Hill and DT Hassan Ridgeway.


Once again, the Giants are projected to finish with a top-ten draft pick, as New York’s season nosedives with an eight-game losing streak and a 2-10 record overall. While it was clear the organization was rebuilding after trading away a number of assets and benching QB Eli Manning for first-round rookie QB Daniel Jones, the lack of progress seems to be wearing on the team. Giants HC Pat Shurmur continues to add more losses than wins to his record, and Giants co-owner Steve Tisch intimated that some changes might be on the horizon after the season. 

“It’s been a very frustrating season,” Tisch said via WNBC-TV’s Bruce Beck. “At the end of the season, John Mara & I are gonna get together & discuss the future. As partners, we have to be very honest with each other about where we see this team going into the 2020 season.”

  • The Athletic’s Jay Glazer believes the rumors of Cowboys HC Jason Garrett becoming the head coach for the Giants are just that — rumors. 
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