NFC Notes: Cowboys, 49ers, Bucs, Panthers

The Cowboys don’t intend to fire head coach Jason Garrett during the season, but that doesn’t mean they won’t part ways with their head coach after the campaign is concluded, especially if Dallas doesn’t earn a postseason berth (something the team has a 26% chance to do, per Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has already been mentioned as a potential candidate for the Cowboys if Garrett is shown the door, but owner Jerry Jones, predictably, isn’t tipping his hand on any possible contenders for the head coaching job. “That would be total drawing it out of the air,” Jones said of Riley, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News (Twitter link). “Totally speculation.” Riley has also been mentioned as a target for the Browns, especially given that he coached Baker Mayfield with the Sooners.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • Given how Nick Mullens has played through two starts, he’ll remain the 49ers‘ starting quarterback on an open-ended basis, head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters, including Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle (Twitter link). Mullens, who started in place on an injured C.J. Beathard in Week 9, completed 73% of his passes and tossed three touchdowns in his first career NFL action. While he came back to Earth a bit in Week 10 (250 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions), he still nearly led San Francisco to a victory over the Giants on Monday night. In the midst of what’s become a lost season, the 49ers might be well-served to get a full look at Mullens, who went undrafted out of Southern Mississippi in 2017.
  • Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David is likely to miss time with a sprained MCL, sources tell Jenna Laine of While David has yet to be officially ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Giants, the nature of his injury usually dictates a two-to-four weeks absence, per Laine, meaning David could conceivably be sidelined through mid-December. Tampa Bay can ill afford another injury at the linebacker position, as the club has already placed starter Kwon Alexander and reserve Jack Cichy on injured reserve, while 2017 draft choice Kendell Beckwith is still on the non-football injury list.
  • Panthers defensive tackle Dontari Poe collected a $125K bonus today by weighing in at less than 330 pounds, as Field Yates of tweets. Poe inked a three-year, $28MM contract with Carolina this offseason, and the deal provides the opportunity for the interior defender to collect up to $500K per season via weight bonuses. The former Chief and Falcon is playing far fewer snaps in 2018 than he has in years prior — whereas he typically played in 75%+ of his team’s snaps from 2012-16, he’s now sitting at the 50% mark with Carolina.
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  1. jb19

    Looking at cap room, QB position, roster talent and GM… browns head coaching job is much better than the cowboys… but being part of the cowboys is more appealing because of the spotlight and overall brand value… I wonder what team Riley would pick, if offered the position by both teams. I assume he’s the top coaching candidate this offseason

    • RockHard

      The cowboys have more talent. They also have the benefit of not being in Cleveland. All the browns have going for them over Dallas is Baker Mayfield..

        • Wellthisshouldbeinteresting

          Demarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, Byron Jones, Jaylon Smith, David Irving…I would say Sean Lee, but health is always a question. Sorry tharrie, Dallas wins the side by side. Garret is an absolute beast, though. No argument there.

      • jb19

        I would take John Dorsey over Jerry Jones every day of the week… but yes, I would prefer Dallas over Cleveland. I would imagine most others would as well. especially since Dallas isn’t too far away from Norman (if Riley and family like it there). I would prefer cleveland’s Roster and cap space over Dallas’ roster and cap space.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Every year at this time some college coach becomes the NFL flavor of the month. Riley won’t have any more impact at the pro level than Chip Kelly did.

  2. Bubba

    Why would any coach want to coach Cleveland or Jerra “ Nose Picker “ Jones teams. Especially when there will be better options with owners who aren’t clueless and think they are a QUALIFIED GM?

  3. JJB0811

    “In the midst of what’s become a lost season, the 49ers…” More like lost century. Only 3 good years w/ Harbaugh at the helm.

  4. afsooner02

    Still don’t think Lincoln is leaving Norman….but I guess we will see.

  5. braves cowboys

    If dontari Poe ate jason Garrett, what would the implications be?
    More hope for the cowboys.
    Less bonus for Poe.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Poe is literally making money every time he takes a crap. Nice work if you can get it.

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