NFC East Notes: McCarthy, Eagles, Barkley

The Cowboys have spent this week clearing out some 2020 acquisitions, trading Everson Griffen and cutting Dontari Poe and Daryl Worley. Mike McCarthy does not currently have to worry about being a one-and-done coach. Jerry Jones expressed support for his 2020 HC hire, despite the team’s disappointing start.

One of the, without a question, reasons Mike McCarthy is the coach is because he’s been through it,” Jones said during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan (via the Dallas Morning News). “… Certainly, we couldn’t have anticipated being at this stage with our team this year. But if I were going to hire for a head coach, that we’re going to be at this stage this year and work through this for the betterment of what’s in store for us for the rest of the year and for what’s for us in the future, I got my man.”

McCarthy has kept Kellen Moore as his play-caller and hired Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator. While the Cowboys’ offense was surging with Dak Prescott, it has cratered without him. Dallas’ defense ranks 30th in DVOA. Jones retained Jason Garrett for nearly 10 full seasons and has given all but one coach (Chan Gailey) at least three full seasons. Considering McCarthy’s Super Bowl-winning pedigree, it would be shocking if Jones ousts him after one season.

Here is the latest from the NFC East:

  • The Eagles are currently down four offensive linemen, each of their three top receivers, their top two tight ends and Miles Sanders. But they are, despite being 2-4-1, in first place in the NFC East. A Jay Glazer report prior to the Eagles’ Week 7 win indicated they told teams they would listen to offers for their best players, but ex-Eagles president Joe Banner said (via the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Paul Domowitch) Philly is interested in acquiring offensive line and linebacker help. The Eagles have been buyers in trades for years, and Ertz’s ankle injury halted trade talks. Despite the Eagles projected to be nearly $70MM over the 2021 cap, they may again be ready to acquire veterans.
  • On the subject of Eagles veterans, the news is not good for DeSean Jackson. Calling it a similar injury to Dallas Goedert‘s,’s Mike Garafolo said Jackson suffered a non-displaced ankle fracture and is expected to miss between six and eight weeks (video link). The 33-year-old deep threat has missed 16 games since returning to Philadelphia and looms as a near-certain 2021 cap cut, but Garafolo adds D-Jax does not intend to retire after this season.
  • Saquon Barkley‘s ACL reconstructive surgery is set for Thursday, Ian Rapoport of tweets. Interestingly, the World Series delayed the Giants running back’s procedure. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the operation, but since he is also the Dodgers’ team doctor, he was in the final MLB bubble and off-limits until the Series’ conclusion, per Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post. No word has emerged regarding if Barkley’s surgery will need to be further tabled because of Justin Turner’s positive COVID-19 test. Barkley suffered the injury Sept. 20. Despite this delay, doctors are hopeful he will be ready for training camp,’s Andrea Kremer tweets.
  • Washington first-year HC Ron Rivera finished up his chemotherapy and proton therapy treatments Monday. While he still has follow-up appointments on tap, per’s John Keim, this marks a major development in the veteran coach’s recovery from lymph node cancer.
View Comments (14)
newest oldest

14 comments on “NFC East Notes: McCarthy, Eagles, Barkley

      • phillyballers

        lol what? how in the world? so much for Howie being a cap genius…

        • Domino427

          Much of it is fake. Guys with extra years in their contracts that were never intended to be kept and things like that. There’s still a nice chunk, but you’d be surprised how manageable it actually is.

  1. Yep it is

    Jerra you hired a PATSY for a coach. No real man would ever work for you , you are a CONTROL FREAK and think you know better than everyone. You blew it when you and your ego fired Jimmy. How many could those teams of WON? More than the 3 Jimmy and Barry did if you would of kept Jimmy.

    • JoeBrady

      As a Cowboy hater (aka, the 99%), I still remember Jerry saying that the team was loaded that even he could coach them to a Superbowl.

      I think we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of that statement, with, joyfully, no SBs.

      That said, I loved your 2020 draft.

    • earmbrister

      Yep, so is Jimmy Johnson a great coach AND not a “real man”? Is Bill Parcells not a real man? You’re talking out of your stern. Jones is not the current issue. Losing 4/5ths of the OL and the star QB is the issue.

  2. wagner13

    If the Eagles are acquiring any veterans, they had better be on the final year of their contracts. They do have some spare room for this year, but they’re already suffering for 2021; don’t make it worse.

    McCarthy’s squad needs to show signs of life if he’s staying any longer. I’m usually not a fan of immediately ousting coaches, but the team just looks pathetic. I will give him a pass for not having competent offensive tackles, but the defense has not been able to stop a lick this season. The players do not seem to be held accountable for their sloppiness and some improvement needs to be displayed in the second half of the season. Not expecting even a playoff appearance, but a competitive team should be showing up most weeks (especially in such a dismal division).

    In happier news, congratulations to Riverboat Ron! Way to persevere

  3. Brown Trout Fisherman

    There’s a Lot to cut and restructure. Not worried bout the cap

  4. crosseyedlemon

    Wishing the very best for Ron. Hopefully his personal battle with cancer can inspire the players on Washington.

  5. bradthebluefish

    The team doesn’t care for McCarthy. This is going down in flames quickly.

  6. mikemcsaudi

    Deshaun. “Near certain” cut in 2021? He is a 100% lock to get cut. Not even a .000001% chance of making the team next season. Why? Because he is made out of paper mâché!

Leave a Reply