Things are starting to stir a little at Valley Ranch. We have some "moving parts" as Parcells likes to say, and the biggest moving part is Parcells himself.
"It was business as usual," one source said.
Interesting that he was breaking down game film. Either he is a creature of habit and just couldn't help himself, or he has ideas about coming back.
New England vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli, Parcells' son-in-law, turned down a chance to interview for the job on Monday.
Beyond the coach, what about the players? Pretty soon I'll be going over the roster with a fine-tooth comb and making some observations about our free agents, but there are a few that items out there today worth mentioning.
The health of Marco Rivera is in question.
I don't wish ill-health on anyone, but this probably makes an easy decision even easier. Rivera was the worst of our offensive linemen, and that's saying something. He needed to be replaced anyway.
The idea of Anthony Henry being moved permanently to FS has been out there for a while, mainly from the media and the fans. Todd Archer throws it out there again.
The answer might already be on the roster: Henry. He played safety in college. He led the team with 23 pass deflections during the season, and although he's not a speedster, he is always around the ball.
Switching Henry would create a need at cornerback, but that could be answered in the draft.
One guy who wants to return is Martin Gramatica.
If he wants to sign cheap, then it might be a good match, he certainly got the job done on FG's, although his kickoffs are still a little short.
He showed some bursts of potential against Detroit, but he was more active and physical against Seattle than he had been at any point of the season. That's the player the Cowboys need him to be every Sunday. That's a player worthy of being a first-round pick.
With Carpenter, DeMarcus Ware and the possible return of Greg Ellis, the Cowboys will have to make a decision as to how bad they need another 3-4 LB capable of applying pressure to the QB. You always want more of those types of players, but you have to weigh the need against the need at other positions on the team.