NFC Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Washington


  • Per Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy said he’s excited about the potential for the offense with injured players and OC Kellen Moore returning in 2021: “I think the obvious, continuity, consistency and just the opportunity to really grow and that’s all the way through… Grow with (Kellen Moore) as a play-caller and grow this system of offense we’ve put together and get all our players back healthy and build off what we’re accomplishing for the next couple of weeks here for this season.”
  • McCarthy was asked if he expects Mike Nolan to be the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator next season: “I think like all these things, myself included, those evaluations will all start next week.” McCarthy added that they will sit down and have exit interviews with every player and coach in the coming days. (Jon Machota)


  • Per NBC Sports’ John Clark, broadcaster Chris Collinsworth talked to Eagles HC Doug Pederson about his plans for Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts: “Talking to Doug, job 1 for him this offseason is to recreate the offense around what Carson Wentz does well. And maybe rein him in a little bit. And find a role for Jalen Hurts.”
  • NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo says the Eagles are still hopeful of salvaging their relationship with Wentz and made him a healthy scratch in Week 17 to prevent him from getting hurt. 
  • Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that league insiders continue to view the reports of Carson Wentz wanting out of Philadelphia as “an agent-driven power plays, with no credence given to the notion that Wentz would want out until he says so himself.
  • According to Florio, the reports haven’t changed the Eagles’ plan to reevaluate the quarterback position after the season, which could still include Wentz returning as their starer.
  • Jay Glazer reports that Eagles HC Doug Peterson will return in 2021, but will need to make changes to his coaching staff: “Doug Pederson, a couple of weeks ago, didn’t look like (he was safe). He is going to have to make a bunch of changes on his staff.
  • As for Howie Roseman, Glazer also expects him to return: “He looked to be on the hot seat. He’s not. He’ll return to Philly as well.”
  •’s Mike Kaye highlights Packers DB coach Jerry Gray as a candidate who makes sense for the Eagles defensive coordinator position. 


  • Jason La Canfora says he’s spoken with a number of executives around the league who believe Dave Gettleman will either retire or assume a different role with the Giants in the coming days.
  • If Gettleman steps down or is replaced as GM, La Canfora says Patriots executive Nick Caserio “might slide right in.
  • Giants DL Leonard Williams put together a very impressive season ahead of free agency and feels he’s now in “elite” company: “For the first time in my career I got double-digits [sacks] and I feel like that’s an elite group.” (Ryan Dunleavy)
  • Williams is now in position to cash in on the open market after playing out the season under the franchise tag: “It’s never been about the money. It’s been about the respect.” (Art Stapleton)


  • NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo report Titans VP of player personnel Ryan Cowden and Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen are also candidates to join Washington’s front office as new general manager. 
  • If Washington VP of player personnel Kyle Smith leaves to another team, the trio add Washington could pursue veteran NFL personnel man Jimmy Raye to add to their front office. 
  • Jason La Canfora says that if Washington doesn’t hire someone with ties to the organization like Marty Hurney and Martin Mayhew, one name to watch is Titans executive Ryan Cowden, who has ties to Ron Rivera.

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