Success always brings its own problems. A 13-2 record and a legitimate shot at the Super Bowl mean your personnel are coveted. So be prepared for some raiding of our staff, especially with the Tuna in play. Jason Garrett might draw some interest from various teams:
"One thing I learned a long time ago as a player, and certainly I know it as a coach, you have to be focused on what's in front of you," Garrett said. "It's important to focus on practice and focus on this game and playing well on Sunday. That's where my attention is and the whole group's attention is. If those things come up, that's the timing of it for the NFL, and we'll address it then."
And Tony Sparano might draw interest from Miami.
"I don't know what's going to happen out there, but at the end of the day, would I like to be considered? Absolutely, I'd like to be considered," Sparano said. "We've been a good football team for a long time, and I've been a part of that. It's an honor, because there are only so many jobs in the league."
Here’s another blurb on Sparano from a Miami paper’s blog:
And the one that seems more likely to happen and one that would hurt is Jeff Ireland. Jerry Jones comments:
"In personnel, no one can leave until after the draft," Jones said. "The only thing I'm concerned about in personnel is that we get the benefit of all the work that's been done to run our draft. As far as sitting there with personnel, someone being given an opportunity to be a general manager or the opportunity to be over there, I'll help him.
"If Jeff got a chance to advance himself, then I'm all for it."
This one seems like it has a very good chance of happening.
As expected, T.O., Gurode, Newman, and Ratliff will miss the game, and Watkins is probably a scratch, too. Hat tip to Mullin for posting the diary.
Nick Eatman covers our woeful recent history in last games of the season.
Neither rain nor sleet will keep postmen from their appointed rounds, but it might keep Terry Glenn from his. According to weather.com there’s a 70% chance of rain and it will be around 44 degrees.