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Xavier Woods predicts Cowboys will play in Super Bowl next season

Safety Xavier Woods blamed the players, not Jason Garrett, for the Cowboys not getting it done in 2019. The team’s 8-8 finish was the final straw in Garrett’s tenure in Dallas. Woods called Garrett the “scapegoat” in an appearance on FS1’s Undisputed on Tuesday morning. “It’s on us,” Woods said. “It’s on the players.” While [more]

Leighton Vander Esch had neck surgery Tuesday

When the Cowboys shut linebacker Leighton Vander Esch down with a neck injury just before Christmas, the word was that he would have surgery to address the issue after the regular season. Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports that Vander Esch had that surgery on Tuesday. The procedure to alleviate problems related to a nerve injury [more]

Report: Raiders replacing line coach with Rod Marinelli

The Raiders are swapping out playing experience for coaching experience on their defensive line. According to Jim Trotter of NFL Network, the Raiders are firing defensive line coach Brentson Buckner. To replace him, they’re expected to hire former Cowboys defensive coordinator and line coach Rod Marinelli. The 70-year-old Marinelli was Gruden’s assistant head coach and [more]

Cowboys parting ways with strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik

Mike Woicik has six Super Bowl rings. The strength and conditioning coach won three with the Cowboys in the 1990s and three with the Patriots in the 2000s. Woicik returned to the Cowboys for a second stint in 2011, reuniting with Jason Garrett. Garrett was a backup quarterback during Woicik’s first tour with the Cowboys. [more]

Report: Wade Phillips a candidate for Browns’ defensive coordinator

Wade Phillips said last week he intended to continue his career. He might get that chance in Cleveland. Phillips’ name has been discussed internally for the job to run the defense in Cleveland under new head coach Kevin Stefanski, Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reports. The Rams announced last week they are not renewing Phillips’ [more]

Saturday afternoon up, Saturday evening down in the ratings

Saturday night’s playoff game was compelling, but a matchup of Baltimore and Nashville simply won’t generate the same eyeballs as an L.A. team versus America’s Team. Via Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily, the average audience for Titans-Ravens on Saturday night dropped by nearly four million viewers in comparison to last year’s Saturday night divisional-round [more]

Mike McCarthy brings two more former assistants to Dallas

New Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy is filling his new staff with old faces — as one does. According to Todd Archer of ESPN.com, McCarthy has added two of his former Packers assistants to his coaching staff. Scott McCurley will have a role coaching linebackers, while Jeff Blasko will be Joe Philbin’s assistant offensive line coach. [more]

Spots 1-28 now set for 2020 NFL Draft

Yesterday was a crushing loss for the Texans, but at least they can comfort themselves with their future, and how they can use the 26th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to make a good team better. Oh wait, they already traded that one to the Dolphins. Sorry guys, that was probably too soon. With [more]

Report: Cowboys won’t retain Jon Kitna, Kris Richard

New Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy will not retain defensive passing game coordinator/secondary coach Kris Richard or quarterbacks coach Jon Kitna, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports. Kitna, a former NFL quarterback who played 13 games for the Cowboys in 2010-11, spent only one season tutoring Dak Prescott. The Cowboys will move tight ends [more]

Jimmy Johnson elected to Centennial Class of Pro Football Hall of Fame

Jimmy Johnson is a Hall of Famer. The announcement everyone was waiting for occurred at halftime as Hall of Fame president David Baker showed up on the set FOX’s NFL halftime show to give Johnson the news in person. Baker also surprised Bill Cowher a day earlier on CBS’ The NFL Today. Johnson and Cowher [more]

Cowboys got “real, real, real close” on deal with Dak Prescott before season

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones is convinced Dak Prescott is the team’s quarterback of the present and the future. So is Mike McCarthy. Of course, if McCarthy wasn’t, he probably wouldn’t be the Cowboys’ new coach. Jones jokingly was asked Friday afternoon on 103.3 ESPN Radio about calling Tom Brady, who is scheduled to [more]

Report: Rams, Cowboys both want Stan Drayton as RBs coach

The Cowboys and Rams both covet the service of Stan Drayton as their running backs coach. Hall of Famer Gil Brandt of NFL Media reports that the teams “appear to be a in a war” for Drayton. Drayton is the associate head coach and run game coordinator at the University of Texas, where he has [more]

Stephen Jones: It was Jason Garrett’s preference for team to move slowly

The Cowboys had an unprecedented dismissal of a head coach. It took a week before the team moved on from Jason Garrett, beginning the search for a possible replacement first. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones explained Friday that Garrett “wasn’t in any hurry” for the team to make a decision. Garrett believed he had [more]

Stephen Jones: We’ve got to land the plane with Dak Prescott deal

The Cowboys opened the season facing questions about when they are going to get a contract extension done with quarterback Dak Prescott and they are opening the offseason with the same question on the table. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones have fielded those questions by stating their desire to sign [more]

Jeff Heath has shoulder surgery

In advance of free agency, Jeff Heath had to get some work done. According to Todd Archer of ESPN.com, the Cowboys safety had surgery on his left shoulder today. It was deemed successful, continuing an impressive streak. Heath played with problems with both shoulders, but said he was hoping to avoid surgery on the right [more]

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