NFC Notes: Cowboys, Giants, Washington

Cowboys

Cowboys ST coordinator John Fassell isn’t worried about K Greg Zuerlein despite his struggles.

“I think it’s just psychological, and there’s actually something we’re going to do to help him out a little bit that we talked about,” Fassel said, via Calvin Watkins. “But yeah, I think the biggest part is having confidence that this thing is going right down the middle every time.”

  • Cowboys DC Dan Quinn said he isn’t focused on potential interest as a head coach, and is committed to preparing for the team’s playoff game against the 49ers: “There’s just simply nothing to report on from my end. It’s nice to hear if someone is interested. But there’s really nothing to add on my end.” (Jon Machota)

Giants

  • NJ.com’s Zack Rosenblatt says the Giants have a lot of work to do on their cap this offseason. He lists TE Kyle Rudolph ($5 million in savings), WR Sterling Shepard ($4 million), RB Devontae Booker ($2 million) and P Riley Dixon ($2.8 million) as potential cap casualties. 
  • Rosenblatt adds the Giants probably need to restructure contracts for DL Leonard Williams, CB Adoree’ Jackson and even WR Kenny Golladay despite his dismal first season. 
  • Giants VP of Football Operations and Assistant GM Kevin Abrams is not a candidate at this time to succeed former GM Dave Gettleman, according to NorthJersey.com’s Art Stapleton.
  • The Athletic’s Dan Duggan reports former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi is not involved in the Giants GM search.
  • ESPN’s Jordan Raanan confirms Giants OL coach Rob Sale will be the new offensive coordinator at Florida.
  • Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen will interview for the Giants GM job on Wednesday. (Raanan)
  • Giants college scouting coordinator Chad Klunder is leaving the team to take a job for Duke football. (Duggan)

Washington

  • Washington HC Ron Rivera said the team will look into all options at quarterback, whether it’s a trade, signing a veteran, drafting a rookie or some combination: “We’re going to evaluate and we’re going to look at our options … As we go forward, the decision we make will be based on what we believe is best for us.” (Nicki Jhabvala)
  • Rivera mentioned he will hire a full-time athletic trainer to fill the role left by Ryan Vermillion. (Jhabvala)
  • Rivera added if they draft a quarterback, they won’t sit him: “If we do that, we’re going to play him.” (Jhabvala)
  • On first-round LB Jamin Davis, Rivera believes he is a 4-3 OLB. (Jhabvala)
  • Washington GM Martin Mayhew said the team offered OL Brandon Scherff a long-term extension last year: “I think our fans should know, we made every effort to get something done. Last year we made him an offer to make him the highest-paid guard in the NFL. We’ll continue that dialogue.” (Jhabvala)
  • Rivera isn’t worried about Washington not being a free agent destination: “What cures all that? Winning.” (Ben Standig)
  • Rivera said once the new name is announced, the organization is moving forward in a new era: “Come February 2nd… we’re going forward. Don’t hold me back. … Let me go forward. Let’s get past and beyond stuff. … We’re going to try to do it the right way. Whatever we do, we’re going to do it because we believe it’s what right for our football team.” (Standig)

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