Extra Points: Cowboys, Bears, Ravens, Chargers

The Cowboys made a big splash today, firing longtime offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Speculation immediately began swirling about who Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett would tap to be his replacement, and Jon Machota of Dallas News is out with a list of potential replacements. Machota writes that Cowboys tight ends coach Doug Nussmeier is “the favorite” for the job, and notes that Garrett has spoken highly of the former Alabama and Florida offensive coordinator. He also lists quarterbacks coach Kellen Moore and receivers coach Sanjay Lal as candidates.

If the Cowboys opt not to promote someone from within, they could be interested in Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley and Saints tight ends coach Dan Campbell, who played for the Cowboys from 2003 to 2005. Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com tweeted that “it’s hard to imagine that Jerry Jones fired Scott Linehan without knowing in advance precisely who the replacement would be,” so it’s possible we hear very soon who it’ll be.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • The Bears lost defensive backs coach Ed Donatell, who followed Vic Fangio to Denver to become the Broncos’ new defensive coordinator, and now they have a replacement. The team is hiring Deshea Townsend to be their new defensive backs coach, the team announced in a tweet. Townsend spent last year as an assistant DB’s coach with the Giants.
  • Tyrod Taylor could be a candidate to be Lamar Jackson‘s backup with the Ravens next year, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. Baltimore will be moving on from Joe Flacco this spring, and Taylor has plenty of connections to the team, who drafted him in the sixth round back in 2011 and gave him his start in the league. Taylor, a free agent this spring after his one year with the Browns ended in him being benched for Baker Mayfield, played for current Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman in Buffalo. Hensley also notes that the team has reached out to Robert Griffin III, who served as the third string quarterback this year behind Jackson and Flacco, about potentially returning in 2019. Both are mobile quarterbacks and could provide continuity in the offense if Jackson were to go down.
  • The Chargers struggled to stop the run all season long and especially in their playoff loss to the Patriots, and Chargers GM Tom Telesco said at his end of year press conference that linebacker will be a priority for them this offseason, according to Sam Fortier of The Athletic. The Chargers suffered a rash of injuries to their linebacking corp this season, with starters Kyzir White, Denzel Perryman, and Jatavis Brown all suffering serious injuries. The Chargers pick 28th in this April’s draft, and very well could target a linebacker with their first pick.


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12 comments on “Extra Points: Cowboys, Bears, Ravens, Chargers

  1. Jimmy Johnson’s Ghost

    I think Howdy Dummy should be HC/OC in Dallas. I mean isn’t he an offensive wiz? Sean Peyton, Sean McVay, Andy Reid, Doug Peterson all play callers. If Garrett’s worth his weight he should take this offense to the next level right? At worse if Jerrah makes him carry a clipboard he will clap less. Maybe Jerrah can hire a timeout coach, Howdy has never seemed to figure that strategy out.

  2. Bubba

    Jerra “ Nose Picker” Jones next hire needs to be a bigger guard to stand in front of him when he is “ digging for gold “ on live T.V.

    • earmbrister

      You really are fixated on Jones’s apparent nose picking. I’m guessing if you were on camera, ever, you might be caught doing … ?

  3. louwhitakerisahofer

    Please don’t list any Bears news under the “Extra Points” section unless you account for 5 hit crossbars in a season.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Anyone can hit a 18.6 ft wide target but it takes a higher level of precision to hit a crossbar.

  4. Guest617

    something tells me that jerry jones will never witness a cowboys Super Bowl win

    • crosseyedlemon

      A guy who can afford to spend 250 million on a yacht can afford medication that will allow him to witness anything he wants to.

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