NFL owners and dignitaries have been out in Phoenix, AZ this week as part of the annual owners meetings. They discussed a variety of things, including potential changes to the rules, and made a few decisions as one collective group.
1. By Competition Committee; Makes permanent the kickoff rule changes that were implemented during the 2018 season.
2. By Competition Committee; Expands protection to a defenseless player.
3. By Competition Committee; Changes the enforcement of double fouls when there is a change of possession.
4. By Competition Committee; Simplifies the application of scrimmage kick rules for missed field goals.
5. By Competition Committee; Allows teams to elect to enforce on the succeeding try or on the succeeding free kick an opponent’s personal or unsportsmanlike conduct foul committed during a touchdown.
While league-wide discussions and decisions took place there were some notable pieces of information that surfaced regarding the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones had a bit to say on Monday, but head coach Jason Garrett was finally made available on Tuesday.
Jason Witten’s role is still kind of up in the air
Jason Witten is returning to the Cowboys this season after a year away in the MNF booth and apparently is of the understanding that it will be for a more-reduced role than he’s been used to. This seems hard to believe.
While Jerry Jones sort of joked about this in the same way, Jason Garrett gave his usual roundabout answer regarding Witten’s usage.
Yesterday, Jerry Jones joked that he’ll have to see Jason Witten’s reduced role to believe it.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) March 26, 2019
Today, Jason Garrett fielded the same question, about what Witten’s role might look like in 2019. #cowboyswire pic.twitter.com/h7yhRDkpoS
Jason Garrett isn’t worried about his contract situation
A lot has been made about 2019 being a contract year for the head coach. While that is true it doesn’t seem like that’s bothering him these days, although these days are in March and not December.
Jason Garrett on last year of his contract: "It just doesn't matter to me. It never has. My sole focus is try to help build a team we all can be proud of and that's what I think about getting out of bed everyday regardless of what business aspect is going on in my career ..."— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) March 26, 2019
Dallas isn’t really missing their first-round pick
Obviously the Cowboys flipped their first-round pick in this year’s draft for Amari Cooper back during the bye week last season and as a result they’ll have to sit out the first 32 picks in the NFL Draft. Many have said that Amari Cooper is their first-rounder and while that sounds great it still means that they don’t get to pick. Jason Garrett is still happy.
How tough will it be for Dallas to sit out 1st round of draft? “We got a really, really good 1st round pick 6 months early who played 10 games for us & had a big impact on our team,” Jason Garrett said of Amari Cooper. “I think we made a really good deal for that 1st round pick.”— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) March 26, 2019
Jason Garrett sees a lot of himself in Kellen Moore
A former Cowboys quarterback that wore number 17 in his playing days is now the offensive coordinator in Dallas, and no this isn’t a sentence from 2007. Kellen Moore has taken a very similar path to get to where he is now that Jason Garrett took, something the head coach is aware of.
Jason Garrett sees his career and that of new OC Kellen Moore on similar arcs. Garrett was an NFL assistant for two years before becoming a playcaller; Moore just one. Garrett said he emphasized a collaborative process and expects Moore to do the same.— Ed Werder (@EdwerderRFA) March 26, 2019
The Cowboys want DeMarcus Lawrence to make more money
The biggest elephant in the room for Dallas right now is the state of the long-term contract that DeMarcus Lawrence will hopefully receive. Jason Garrett elaborated on this and noted that the salary cap plays a role in these types of things.
Jason Garrett on DeMarcus Lawrence: “We want you to make more money...The Joneses want you to make more money. But having said that, we want to be part of a team that can compete for a championship. And in doing that, you have to have discipline under the salary cap.”— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) March 26, 2019
What else are the Cowboys going to do with the salary cap? We’ll have to wait and see.