Is Cowboys owner Jerry Jones undermining coach Jason Garrett? There’s a pattern of Jones making Garrett look bad and the latest example is the team’s handling of linebacker Rolando McClain, ESPN.com’s Jean-Jacques Taylor opines.
When asked about McClain’s absence from practice, Garrett seemed annoyed as he explained that McClain was dealing with a family matter for the third consecutive week. Jones, meanwhile, gave some the impression that McClain is getting preferential treatment from ownership:
“It’s fair to everybody to understand that Rolando’s boys — his family lives in Alabama and he doesn’t live with them. His former significant other is where they are. His offseason is spent with those boys, and that’s an understanding we have when he came through the door,” Jones said recently. “He has to be there to spend time with them, and we expect him to compensate for that. If you look at how his impact when he’s there with us on the field, what he can do for our team. If you look at his background in the NFL, how he’s evolved, I’m glad he’s a Cowboy.”
While you mull that over, here’s more from the NFC East:
- The Ravens may have been irked by Eugene Monroe‘s stance on medical marijuana, but Giants coach Ben McAdoo has no problem with it, as Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News writes. “I think everyone’s entitled to their own opinion,” McAdoo said. “Myself, I haven’t done any research. I don’t have a great answer for you there. That’s probably more of a political question, something that I’m not necessarily willing to jump into at this point — or ever. But every player, every coach, every person has their own opinion and is entitled to it.” This week we ran down the Giants and seven other teams that could sign Monroe.
- The Redskins paid a hefty price to sign Josh Norman and, so far, GM Scot McCloughan says he’s happy with the investment. “To see the pro he has become is incredible,” McCloughan told Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports. “To be an All Pro is unique. It doesn’t happen very often. If he is who I think he is, seeing him out here on the practice field and talking to him face to face, he’s a quality person and a really good football player. That’s huge. That’s what you want to surround yourself with. When I walk in here every morning, I want a football team, not just a football player. We’re going to win as a team, not just as a player.”
- On Monday night, the Eagles announced that they got a multi-year deal done with standout defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Afterwards, we rounded up some reactions to the deal including takes on how it could affect other defensive tackles.
- Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is reportedly content to play this season under the $19.95MM franchise tag if he and the club don’t reach a long-term agreement by the July 15 deadline.
- Earlier today the Giants signed fourth-round linebacker B.J. Goodson, wrapping up their draft class.
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