NFC East Rumors: Cowboys, Giants, Barwin

Mike McCarthy being hired so soon points to the Cowboys being confident he will coax more from their talented roster than Jason Garrett did, and ownership looks set to give its new HC more power. McCarthy will not only have greater input on roster decisions than he did in Green Bay but will hold as much influence in this area as Bill Parcells did three coaches ago in Dallas, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News and Ed Werder of ESPN.com (Twitter links). It was not a secret McCarthy and ex-Packers GM Ted Thompson did not see eye to eye on the latter’s aversion to free agency additions, so it will be interesting to see how the Cowboys proceed now that McCarthy will possess greater influence than Jason Garrett or Wade Phillips did on this front.

Here is the latest from Dallas and other NFC East cities:

  • Jerry and Stephen Jones kept Garrett in the loop on their plans, notifying the since-displaced head coach they planned to interview McCarthy. “[Jason] said, ‘You’re not going to meet anybody more special than Mike. I love his story, I love him. he’s great,’” Jones said. Attempting to explain the delay in parting ways with Garrett, Jerry Jones said he sought a “soft landing” for his 10-season HC. Stephen Jones said the Cowboys’ deliberate actions were “in line with what Jason wanted.”
  • The Cowboys only interviewed McCarthy and Marvin Lewis for their coaching job. No other interviews were scheduled, Werder tweets.
  • Bret Bielema is expected to be in the mix for the Giants‘ defensive coordinator role under Joe Judge, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com tweets. Judge is believed to have most of his staff selected, per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, who notes said staff will likely include several coaches with more NFL experience than the 38-year-old HC. The former Wisconsin head coach, Bielema spent 2018 as a Patriots consultant and coached the Pats’ defensive line this season.
  • Not long after Connor Barwin announced his retirement, the pass rusher may be set to transition into a staff role. The Eagles may be in the process of bringing Barwin in for a personnel role, per Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio (Twitter link). This may mean a scouting job for the 33-year-old ex-Eagles linebacker. Barwin played four seasons with the Eagles, from 2013-16, arriving early in Howie Roseman‘s GM stay.
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  1. afsooner02

    After the cowboys pay dak and cooper they’re not going to have any money to spend on FA for awhile so it really doesn’t matter anyways.

  2. JJB0811

    Dallas players padded their stats on sub 500 teams. That’s fine, but their numbers against over 500 teams were awful. The talent is overvalued. It’s not 100% on Garret that they were 0’fer on winning teams.

    • qbert1996

      Except the same talent went 10-6 the year before and won a playoff game. Its all in how the team was coached. At times this season anyone could tell this team was uninspired and unprepared for play.

      • Same coach last year. Their primary weapon Zeke spending the offseason feuding and sitting out didn’t help build a winning atmosphere. Senile Jerry Jones seems to have built a real circus over the last few seasons.

        If the Cowboys pay Dak Prescott the money he wants, the cupboard will be bare with no opportunity to sign/keep enough talent to do more than make the playoffs as a wild card. If the Cowboys really want to win a Super Bowl, they’d trade away Prescott and Amari Cooper, keep most of the rest of their free agents and build with the draft for two years.

        Jones gets too attached to “his stars” so I expect the Cowboys to do the opposite. High salaried skill positions with rest of the lineup shaky journeyman.

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