NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Redskins


  • Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reports the Cowboys did not seriously consider college coaching candidates like Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, instead focusing on candidates with NFL head coaching experience like eventual hire Mike McCarthy, who won a Super Bowl with the Packers. 
  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports McCarthy’s deal with the Cowboys is for five years. 
  • The three attributes the Cowboys were looking to most for a new head coach to bring to the table were fear, accountability and discipline. (Ed Werder)
  • Former Packers ST coach Ron Zook could join McCarthy in the same role for the Cowboys. (Calvin Watkins)
  • Edgar Bennett is a candidate to join the Cowboys as a RB coach. (Werder)
  • Browns OL coach James Campen is also an option for McCarthy and Dallas in the same position. (Bryan Broaddus)


For the first time in his career, Eagles QB Carson Wentz suited up to start a playoff game for Philadelphia on Sunday. However, it didn’t last long, as a concussion knocked Wentz from the game and forced the Eagles to rely once again on a backup quarterback in the postseason. After the Eagles lost 17-9, Wentz thanked each teammate as they came back in the locker room and apologized for not being able to be on the field with them. 

“He’s like apologizing and stuff,” Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins said via NBC Sports Philadelphia. “It’s like, ‘Bro, it’s out of your control.’ He didn’t let us down at all. We wouldn’t be in this spot without Carson. It’s tough for him. Obviously, he really wants to be out there competing. He put a lot of work in to get to this spot and he gets hurt again. It’s just unfortunate, but it’s out of his control.”


  • According to NBC Sports’ JP Finlay, the Redskins could pursue Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen, who has ties to new HC Ron Rivera from his time in Carolina working with current Bills GM Brandon Beane
  • Washington is also interested in hiring Panthers chief negotiator and head of analytics Rob Rogers, which would replace current Redskins cap guy Eric Schaffer, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. 

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