NFC Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Washington


Cowboys C Tyler Biadasz said he is taking his role as starting center seriously and trying his best to live up to the high expectations.

“As the center, you have to look yourself in the mirror and be like, ‘You’ve got to be the guy,’” Biadasz said, via Michael Gehlken. “You’ve got to make the calls. You’ve got to have confidence with it. . . . You’ve got to do what you need to do to do your job right.”

Cowboys OC Kellen Moore explained why he thinks Biadasz can handle the huge responsibility.

“Being that center, there’s a lot of stuff that he communicates to the quarterback, to the offensive line, to everyone,” Moore said. “And I think just how fast and crisp and confident he is with that, that’s huge this year. Obviously, . . . it’s his second year. It’s the first full offseason. There’s just a confidence level that’s coming out of him.”


Former Eagles HC Doug Pederson said they did not draft QB Jalen Hurts in an attempt to “undermine” Carson Wentz but instead wanted a capable backup quarterback. 

“You go into drafts and you go into each year looking for quarterbacks,” Pederson said, via SiriusXM NFL Radio. “And we continued to look for quarterbacks, and that’s always something that will never change. We won a Super Bowl with our backup quarterback. And we’ve had to play with our backups a couple of times in Philadelphia. So we did that a year ago and brought in Jalen Hurts — not to undermine Carson Wentz, not to do anything to take away his job or anything because Carson was our starter. He was the franchise and all that moving forward. But [we wanted] someone that could come in and could be the backup and learn how to play the NFL game — bring his talent to the Philadelphia Eagles.”

Pederson added that the 2020 season progressively began to “spiral out of control” given they weren’t playing well, committing turnovers, penalties, and sustained multiple injuries. 

“And really as the season began, things just started to kind of I guess spiral out of control. Injuries began to set in. We weren’t playing very well. Turnovers offensively, just a number of things, penalties, more injuries compounded problems, and it just became harder and harder as the year wore on. No one person is to blame for any of what happened last year. And it’s just unfortunate for me because I was hoping to really have an opportunity to fix the issues that we had and kind of get everything back on track — whether it be this year or the next year. And, obviously, that didn’t happen. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the ifs, ands, and buts. I just focus on the future and look forward to that.”

Pederson believes there were many positives to draw from over his time with the Eagles and won’t dwell on the shortcomings which led to his firing. 

“I look back on my time and there are a lot of positives I take from it,” Pederson said. “But I’m not going to dwell too much on the past.”


  • Washington team president Jason Wright tells Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post that the team will have a new nickname and logo in 2022, and will continue to be known as Washington Football Team for the 2021 season.
  • Wright also said that the team’s colors would remain burgundy and gold and that there have been surveys and focus groups revolving around the future brand of the team.

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