NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants


Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy explained his thought process that went into how he built his new coaching staff in Dallas. 

“My view of building a staff is set the coordinators (first),” McCarthy said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “I believe in chain of command, so I wanted the coordinators to be part of the hiring process. … I think when you put together a staff, I think you look at it from my personal perspective of what I’m trying to build, but also I think you have to recognize the staff that the players were working with in the past. You had a lot of young coaches on offense. Experience was something I valued. I think that the experience in this league is something that in my opinion can really help develop players. I came from a program where we were going to be young every year. It was a draft-and-develop program. So the emphasis on having the patience and the understanding that you’re always developing that youngest player in the room because those are the guys that will be playing in November, December. So that’s a priority of mine when I’m establishing what we’re trying to do as a coaching staff, the personalities.

“There’s a certain personality that I was looking for with these staff members, how they fit together. That’s why I think it’s important to hire the coordinators first and make sure that those assistants clearly understand that there’s a chain of command and it fits together. Experience was definitely a primary component that I was looking for.”


  • Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice expects the Eagles to move on from CB Ronald Darby this offseason, given that they’ve been unable to rely on him the past few years.
  • Kempski wonders if CB Rasul Douglas could have some trade appeal to other teams that believe they can his speed deficiencies. Kempski expects Douglas to be with the Eagles for training camp if they’re unable to trade him, but says his roster spot may not be guaranteed.
  • Another potential trade candidate for the Eagles this offseason could be CB Sidney Jones, according to Kempski. Otherwise, he expects Jones to get another opportunity to show what he can do.
  • Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports that the Eagles are considering promoting defensive special assistant Matt Burke to defensive line coach.
  • Eagles DE coach Phillip Daniels tweeted Friday that he’s leaving the team. 


Giants’ new HC Joe Judge praised new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett‘s intelligence and ability to teach players. 

“I’ve known about Jason for a long time, not only through the general public as well-known as he is as head coach of the Cowboys,” Judge said. “There were guys I worked with that I came across in my career at both Alabama and at the New England Patriots that worked with Jason through their time in Miami with him. They consistently all reflected on how smart he is, how great a teacher he is and how his perspective of the game was through a different lens than most coaches. And when he sees it, he’s able to communicate it and paint that mental image to the players. And he does a fantastic job of making in-game adjustments.”

  • Jordan Raanan reports that the Giants “remains in play” to hire former Redskins OL coach and interim HC Bill Callahan as their next offensive line coach but there is “competition” to sign him from other teams. 
  • Judge indicated that they will be retaining special teams assistant Tom Quinn.
  • Alex Marvez reports that the Giants are hiring Burton Burns as their new running backs’ coach. Burns was Alabama’s assistant athletic director of football operations after being their running backs’ coach from 2007-2017. 

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