NFC Notes: Mike McCarthy, Cowboys, Eagles, Washington


Mike McCarthy

  • Per USA Today’s Jori Epstein, Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones shot down any idea of this being McCarthy’s only season as the head coach: “There will be absolutely no change with Coach McCarthy. I am surprised someone would question (that). … We have the utmost confidence this ship is going to be righted quickly.”


Cowboys QB Andy Dalton made his return to Cincinnati for the first time since the Bengals released their former long-time starter this past offseason. So it was super gratifying for Dalton to leave with a 30-7 win. 

“I got water thrown on me and everything (in the locker room). Everybody was excited,” Dalton said via the team’s official website. “(Coach) Mike (McCarthy) and a lot of the guys made it a big deal. It feels good to come back to a place that I was for a long time and to win.”

Dalton didn’t have to do much besides manage the game but it was a big high point for a Dallas team that hasn’t had many of those in 2020. 

“This is definitely special for him. Make no bones about it, he wanted to win this game. More importantly, everybody in this locker room wanted to win it for him,” McCarthy said. “If you can have seen the reaction when he came into the locker room after the game, I think it speaks volumes about the men in the locker room and with this win, it means for us for as a team because of where we are in our season but how important it was to get that win for Andy.”

  • Cowboys CB Saivion Smith broke his hand in Sunday’s game but returned to play and might not even miss any time. (Ian Rapoport)


  • Per NBC Sports’ Peter King, a general manager for a team who will be in the quarterback market this offseason said he would do his homework on Eagles QB Carson Wentz: “What’s happened with him concerns me. But I’ve seen him play well too many times to think there’s some fatal flaw there. I don’t think the Eagles will move him. I wouldn’t if I were them.”
  • Eagles HC Doug Pederson said there aren’t any issues with the relationship and communication he has with Wentz: “There is no issue with Carson and I.” (Eliot Shorr-Parks)
  • Eagles CB Darius Slay is in the concussion protocol, while CB Avonte Maddox will also miss time. Eagles DE Josh Sweat should be available for Week 15, however. (Zach Berman)


  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer says Washington has been so impressed with HC Ron Rivera that they’ll probably let him lead the general manager search.
  • Some options include 49ers executive Martin Mayhew, who shares an agent with Rivera, along with Titans VP of player personnel Ryan Cowden and Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen, both who were with Rivera for a bit in Carolina. 
  • Breer also adds he thinks Washington would interview current VP of player personnel Kyle Smith, who would seem like the logical in-house candidate to take over as general manager, but the team likes the idea of pairing Smith with someone more experienced. 
  • Rivera said X-rays on QB Alex Smith‘s calf were negative but they went with Dwayne Haskins “out of an abundance of caution.” (Nicki Jhabvala)
  • Rivera mentioned Haskins has been “showing growth” since being benched early this season. (JP Finlay)
  • If needed, Rivera says the team has confidence in Haskins as the starter in Week 15 against the Seahawks: “I think Dwayne will be ready. … If Alex can’t go we know Dwayne will get all the work.” (Ben Standig)
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