Jason Garrett stays in the NFC, but not as a head coach.
FRISCO, Texas – Two weeks after parting ways with the Cowboys, Jason Garrett has emerged as their division rival.
Reports surfaced Friday night that Garrett had agreed to become the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants after interviewing for the position earlier this week.
From the time his Cowboys job security came into question, Garrett has been linked to New York. He played for the Giants as a backup quarterback from 2000-03, and he attended nearby Princeton University.
Now, after 10 years coaching the Cowboys, he’ll be in charge of formulating an offense that features two young play makers in quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley.
The move also figures to add some juice to the Cowboys-Giants rivalry. The Cowboys have won six-straight games against New York, many of them in dominant fashion, but adding their longtime head coach to the Giants’ staff promises to bring some added intrigue.
Film room: 3 potential Cowboys free-agent targets who are playing for AFC and NFC championships - John Owning, Dallas Morning News
Could the Cowboys be watching potential free agent targets in the Conference Championship games?
With Maliek Collins and Christian Covington scheduled to become free agents, the Cowboys’ defensive tackle need only gets bigger.
Enter Chris Jones, who is scheduled to become a high-priced free agent and would fill a huge need in Dallas’ defensive front.
Outside of Aaron Donald and Fletcher Cox, Jones is the most gifted interior pass rusher in all of football, finishing in the top four in total pressures among interior defensive linemen in each of the past two years (79 in 2018; 59 and counting this season). He even finished with 15.5 sacks in 2018, an incredible number for a non-Donald defensive tackle.
Jones’ pass-rush ability is predicated on his elite get-off, quickness, disguised footwork and cunning hand usage. He is outstanding at keeping his chest clean while rushing the passer, using his signature two-hand swipe move — also known as a side scissors. Like Floyd Mayweather, Jones is an elite counter fighter who does an excellent of job knocking down opposing linemen’s hands as they try to strike and latch onto his frame.
How much change will Mike Nolan’s defense bring?
Rob: Nolan has run different styles of defense over the years – a lot of 3-4, but some base 4-3 in Atlanta, so I’ve never thought the Cowboys would have to force a major scheme overhaul in a matter of months. With the Falcons, his most recent stop as defensive coordinator from 2012-14, Atlanta ranked in the top-six in takeaways two out of three years. That has been his reputation, and to me, that’s the biggest thing holding the Cowboys back on defense the last few years.
Will Dallas Cowboys offense be Mike McCarthy’s or Kellen Moore’s? McCarthy explains - Jori Epstein, USA Today
How much impact will Kellen Moore have in Mike McCarthy’s offense? Or maybe, just maybe, vice-versa.
Mike McCarthy’s adage of choice is fitting.
“The old theory of ‘Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater,’” the 56-year-old Cowboys coach said Thursday in a sitdown with local beat writers. “I want to build off what’s been established.”
And thus, despite assembling a highly experienced and almost completely new staff of coaches to shepherd what the franchise considers a talented roster, McCarthy is retaining one of the babies of the Cowboys staff: 31-year-old offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
McCarthy, who has called plays for most of his career, even anticipates Moore handling that responsibility.
“I’m confident that Kellen can still be the play caller,” McCarthy said. “That’s the path we’re going down. We’re still working through that, but my goal is for him to be the play caller.”
The freedom further speaks to the belief McCarthy has expressed in Moore.
Well this already sounds a lot better than what Cowboys fans are used too.
3-4 or 4-3?
The question has surrounded every coaching change in recent memory – as fans try to decipher whether their new head man will change up the base defensive scheme. Under Rod Marinelli, the Cowboys were a base 4-3 team. Which basically means they had four down defensive linemen and three base linebackers (SAM, MIKE, WILL).
Newly hired defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, however, has coordinated defenses which were base 3-4 as well as base 4-3. So what would McCarthy and Nolan decide to do with this Cowboys’ unit?
According to Mike McCarthy, the Cowboys will be a “4-man line” defense. This will allow DeMarcus Lawrence to continue as their base LDE, and will require the Cowboys to fill out their three and one technique spots.
It also means they will not have to go fat-man hunting for a nose tackle during free agency – though there are plenty of zero shade type players which would be excellent as one techs in Dallas.
Report: Dallas Cowboys to hire former Cleveland Browns wide receivers coach Adam Henry for same role - RJ Ochoa, Blogging the Boys
The Cowboys have a new wide receiver coach on staff.
Earlier this week it was reported that the Dallas Cowboys had their eyes set on Adam Henry to be the new wide receivers coach under head coach Mike McCarthy. While reports are one thing nothing is ever concrete until it’s finalized. While the cement doesn’t appear to be totally dry it does seem as if this is far more likely to happen than not. ESPN’s Todd Archer reported on Friday evening that Henry is expected to fill the team’s wide receivers coach position.
Adam Henry, who spent last season with the Cleveland Browns, is expected to be the Cowboys receivers coach, according to a source. Henry talked with the Cowboys this week about the opening to replace Sanjay Lal, who was under contract for two more years. Henry’s addition means Mike McCarthy has a lead coach at every position. Leon Lett remains a possibility to return as the assistant defensive line coach.
Henry has most recently spent time with the Cleveland Browns which means he’s coming from working with Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. In Dallas, there’s Michael Gallup at wideout plus the options of Amari Cooper and/or Randall Cobb if the team is able to bring them back.
Want to know who the Cowboys may draft with the 17th overall pick? Jeff Cavanaugh has you covered.
No really. With the 17th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, I can tell you exactly who the Dallas Cowboys are going to pick. It just requires a little process of elimination and a little scouting.
While you’re here, Bryan Broaddus and I talked about some of these players in the latest Trust the Tape Podcast.
As you can imagine we’ve got some thoughts on Jason Garrett headed to the Giants. Hear them on the latest episode of The Ocho.
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