NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins

     

Cowboys

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declined to offer a timetable for when he’ll have an announcement regarding HC Jason Garrett‘s status with the team. 

“I’m not going to get into it at all, an evaluation or an assessment,” Jones said, via ESPN.com. “I’m not. I’m going to do exactly what I always do and get up, go forward and do the best job that I can. We’ll make those decisions accordingly.”

Garrett made it clear he wants to be back in Dallas next year as the team’s head coach. 

“I want to be the coach of the Dallas Cowboys,” said Garrett. “We will see what happens.”

  • Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson writes that while Baylor HC Matt Rhule is thought to be the leader for the Giants head coaching vacancy, the Cowboys shouldn’t be ruled out for Rhule.
  • Robinson adds there’s a strong college bent to the Cowboys list, including Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley and former Ohio State HC Urban Meyer, though the former is more likely.
  • Jones says he still plans to re-sign WR Amari Cooper: “Yes. The answer is yes to that.” (Charean Williams
  • Dallas reportedly turned down an offer from Cooper worth $16 million per year earlier in 2019. (Joel Corry)
  • With five more catches, Cowboys WR Randall Cobb earned a $250,000 incentive for 55 catches on the season. (Adam Schefter)

Eagles

Giants

  • According to Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post, Baylor HC Matt Rhule has had his eye on the Giants head coaching job for years and the Giants are similarly smitten with him. 
  • The Giants are reportedly Rhule’s “dream job” per the Athletic’s Connor Hughes.
  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer writes the Giants have received some feedback that some coaching candidates would be hesitant to choose New York without big structural changes. 
  • Breer adds that doesn’t necessarily include GM Dave Gettleman, who has made major efforts to modernize the scouting department. 
  • Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer refutes some rumors Giants HC Pat Shurmur had equal say in personnel, saying it was all under the power of Gettleman. 
  • Giants co-owner John Mara told the press the team decided to keep Gettleman because it didn’t want to disrupt several behind-the-scenes changes that are going on. (Pat Leonard)
  • Mara isn’t worried about Gettleman’s presence affecting the Giants’ coaching search: “I know that’s a perception that’s out there, but I don’t have that concern.” (Ralph Vacchiano)
  • While a new coach won’t determine Gettleman’s future with the Giants, Mara does want the new hire to have a good working relationship with the general manager: “He’s not going to have any say over keeping Dave, but I’m going to want someone who’s going to be able to work hand in hand with him.” (Vacchiano)
  • The Giants have no plans to make anything besides minor changes to the personnel department. (Matt Lombardo)
  • Giants QB Eli Manning will mull his options for the next couple of weeks before deciding if he will return or retire. (Dan Duggan)
  • Manning is not interested in staying in New York as the backup to first-round rookie QB Daniel Jones: “Um, I doubt it, I doubt it. You know, backing up’s not real fun.” (Art Stapleton)
  • Giants OL Jon Halapio suffered an Achilles injury that “sounds bad.” (Leonard)
  • Giants WR Sterling Shepard says the lower back and rib injuries he suffered Sunday aren’t serious. (Duggan)

Redskins

  • According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, Redskins executive Eric Schaffer is expected to have an expanded role in the front office following the firing of former GM Bruce Allen
  • Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson writes the Redskins fired Allen because there were clear indications his presence would impede the quality of other candidates they would be able to bring in. 
  • Robinson adds Redskins owner Dan Snyder would have preferred to keep Allen for his assistance with a new stadium. For the new general manager, Snyder wants someone who believes in the potential of first-round rookie QB Dwayne Haskins.
  • It remains possible that the Redskins could hire Urban Meyer in a front office, but it appears as though he would prefer to pursue other NFL head coaching jobs. (Maske)
  • Redskins QB Case Keenum said of his future in Washington: “I know it’s Dwayne’s team but I love the organization and the team. We will see what happens.” (JP Finlay)
  • Keenum added his support for the Redskins’ massive organization overhaul that commenced Monday: “I think there are some cultural things that need to be addressed.” (Stephen Whyno)
  • The Redskins had initial conversations with LB Ryan Kerrigan at the start of the season about an extension and Kerrigan says he would like to stay in Washington beyond 2020. (John Keim)
  • Haskins would support the team hiring Ron Rivera as head coach, though he’d like if OC Kevin O’Connell could stay on. (Tom Schad)
  • Redskins RB Derrius Guice plans to stay at the team facility to continue rehabbing his knee. (Finlay)
  • The Redskins fired head trainer Larry Hess who has been with the team 17 years. (Finlay)
  • Washington also fired director of pro personnel Alex Santos. (Kareem Copeland)
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