Report: Former Cowboys HC Jason Garrett finalist for job at Stanford

If hired by the Cardinal, we could see fascinating matchups between Garrett and former teammate Deion Sanders, now coaching at Colorado. | From @ToddBrock24f7

Former Cowboys coach Jason Garrett may be heading back to the sidelines and back to school all in one fell swoop.

Garrett is said to be a finalist for the head coaching vacancy at Stanford University, as reported by Stewart Mandel of The Athletic on Thursday. David Shaw, the winningest head coach in the history of the Cardinal, stepped down in late November following a second consecutive 3-9 season.

If Garrett gets the job, it could set up a fascinating clash next fall (and beyond) between Garrett and former Cowboys teammate Deion Sanders, who was just hired to be the next head coach at Colorado, also in the Pac-12 Conference.

Garrett coached the Cowboys from 2010 through the 2019 season, going 85-67 in that time and posting a 2-3 mark in the postseason. From Dallas, Garrett served as offensive coordinator with the Giants for less than two full seasons before being fired.

He was then rumored to be the frontrunner for the head job at Duke, but ultimately was not hired. Instead, Garrett shifted to the broadcast booth, working as an analyst for NBC Sports during USFL games and Notre Dame football games. This fall, he joined the network’s studio show on Sunday nights.

As a player, Garrett went undrafted out of Princeton in 1989. After stints with two CFL squads, he joined the Cowboys, where his father was in the scouting department. Garrett was a backup quarterback for most of his career, but won two Super Bowl rings behind Troy Aikman in the team’s dynasty days.

The highlight of his playing career came in 1994 when he got the start on Thanksgiving Day. The third-stringer improbably threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Cowboys to a dramatic 42-31 comeback win over Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers. Garrett also played for the Giants and spent time on the Buccaneers and Dolphins squads before retiring as a player.

The Athletic reports that, besides Garrett, Stanford is also considering Sacramento State head coach Troy Taylor for its head coaching duties.

According to Pete Thamel of ESPN, Garrett was scheduled to visit the school later this week.

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Report: Former Cowboys HC Jason Garrett could replace Drew Brees on NBC’s Sunday nights

Garrett has been teamed with Jac Collinsworth on USFL coverage since April; he may stay with the network for college and pro work this fall. | From @ToddBrock24f7

Just a few months into his TV broadcasting career, Jason Garrett could already be in line for a promotion.

The former Cowboys coach has been working with NBC on USFL coverage, which began in April. Now it appears he may be taking over for Drew Brees in the booth for Notre Dame football games this fall and possibly in the studio for Football Night in America, the network’s Sunday night NFL pre-game show.

The report comes from the New York Post. NBC declined to comment, according to the paper.

Garrett, 56, has been teamed with Jac Collinsworth (son of Cris Collinsworth) for the relaunched USFL’s first season and done well, by all accounts. Collinsworth- a Notre Dame grad- is apparently being eyed to take over the Fighting Irish play-by-play duties on Saturdays from Mike Tirico, who is replacing Al Michaels on Sunday Night Football.

That shuffle suggests that Garrett could stay partnered with Collinsworth and replace Brees after just one year on the job. The former Saints quarterback was said to be out at NBC back in May. Fox is rumored to be interested in bringing Brees aboard as their No. 2 analyst.

If Garrett takes Brees’s seat on Saturdays, it stands to reason the network could also have him assume Brees’s studio duties on Sunday nights.

NBC has already revealed that Cris Collinsworth and Melissa Stark will join Tirico for Sunday night game coverage.

It should be noted, however, that neither Brees nor NBC have said whether the 13-time Pro Bowler would return to the network in some other capacity for the 2022 season.

But social media posts from Brees confirmed that some sort of change was in the offing for him, as he toyed with the notion of everything from an NFL comeback or the senior golf tour to coaching kids or concentrating on business and philanthropic work.

After 17 seasons on coaching staffs in Miami, Dallas, and New York, Garrett admitted to a similar level of uncertainty as he took a noncommitted approach into his first TV gig just a few months ago.

“I love coaching. I love players, I love building teams, all of that. This was just an opportunity that came up this offseason,” Garrett said at the time. “It just sounded like something that was going to be interesting and fun to do. So I’m diving in right now, but all doors are open in the future.”

With the USFL season scheduled to culminate as a champion is crowned on July 3, that next door may be opening for Garrett. And it may be just down the hall from his current post.

The Cowboys are currently slated to be featured in NBC’s Sunday night coverage in their season opener hosting Tampa Bay on Sept. 11, in Week 6 at Philadelphia, and in Week 13 versus Indianapolis.

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Jason Garrett reflects on Cowboys past, broadcasting present, coaching future

The former Cowboys coach had fun in his first week on the job with NBC, but made it clear “all doors are open” on a return to the sidelines. | From @ToddBrock24f7

Jason Garrett is the kind of guy who always comes across as calm, cool, and collected. Maybe even to a fault. During nearly a decade as head coach of the Cowboys, that unflappable demeanor didn’t always sit well with fans who might have liked a bit more fire from time to time. But things very rarely seemed to truly rattle the man they called Red Ball.

Still, he admits that during his first weekend in the broadcast booth for NBC’s coverage of the USFL, there was a steep learning curve.

“I don’t know if the word is nervous,” he explained, “but there’s a lot of stuff that goes into being an announcer. And obviously, I don’t have a ton of experience with that, but I was just trying to have some fun up there.”

Garrett did a Friday morning phone-in with the crew at 105.3 The Fan, and it was just like the old days, with the ex-coach soft-selling what went right from the previous game, putting a positive spin on lessons that could be learned, and looking ahead to the next time out.

The 56-year-old said getting into a rhythm with booth partner Jac Collinsworth, figuring out which monitor to be watching when, taking a producer’s cues in his headset, and enhancing the on-field action for the viewers with engaging patter between plays all took some getting used to.

While he did do a few NFL Europe games for Fox Sports toward the end of his playing career, Garrett hinted that he tried to draw largely on advice he had learned first-hand from one of the true legends.

“John Madden’s the one that everybody points to,” Garrett offered. “I was fortunate; in the ’90s, John Madden and Pat Summerall did almost every one of our games, so we developed great relationships- personal relationships- with those guys. Just to hear John Madden do a game, obviously, he’s the best of the best.”

But Garrett may not necessarily be ready to follow in Madden’s footsteps by abandoning coaching forever for a permanent broadcast gig. When asked about a return to the sidelines, he reverted right back to coachspeak by giving a non-answer of an answer that’s wide open for interpretation.

“I love coaching. I love players, I love building teams, all of that. This was just an opportunity that came up this offseason,” Garrett said. “It just sounded like something that was going to be interesting and fun to do. So I’m diving in right now, but all doors are open in the future.”

For a time, it looked as if the next door to open for Garrett would be in the college ranks. Shortly after being dismissed as the Giants offensive coordinator in November 2021, he was rumored to be the frontrunner for the head coaching job at Duke University.

The Blue Devils ultimately went a different direction, but Garrett says the notion of one day taking over a collegiate program has a lot of upside.

“You get these kids coming in- 17, 18 years old- and you have an opportunity to be around them and create an environment for them where they can be their best, on and off the field, at a very formative time in their life,” he said. “That’s always something that’s intrigued me. I’ve been in pro football my whole life: the last 31 years as a player and a coach, so I’m not going to say college football is foreign to me, but I just haven’t done it. I haven’t been a college coach. But those opportunities are always intriguing.”

No matter Garrett’s next stop, it will always be his time with the Cowboys that makes up the bulk of his resumé. And even though his tenure in Dallas ended sooner than he might have liked- and with far less hardware than anyone associated with the team would have wanted- it doesn’t change how he looks back now on his many years with America’s Team.

“I loved every minute of every day that I was playing and coaching for the Dallas Cowboys,” Garrett said. “What a unique experience, to be a part of some of the teams that I was around, to get a chance to work with some of the coaches and the players, the organization. It’s an incredible place. Literally, I never worked a day I was there; I’d get there early, and I’d stay late. We’d go to work every day, but it was never working.”

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Former Cowboys HC Jason Garrett gets booth job for USFL games

Garrett will join NBC’s crew as an analyst for the first season of the newly-relaunched USFL; the regular season starts Saturday. | From @ToddBrock24f7

To use a phrase from his own parlance, Jason Garrett loves ball. The former Cowboys backup quarterback, offensive coordinator, and head coach enjoys nothing more than to talk Xs and Os, drawing from a lifetime of learning about the game at every level to dissect what’s happening- and what should happen- on the field.

And now he’ll be paid to do it in the broadcast booth.

Garrett will serve as an analyst for NBC’s coverage of the USFL season, it was announced Tuesday. Jac Collinsworth and Paul Burmeister will lead the crew, with Garrett joined by Michael Robinson and Cameron Jordan in analyst roles. Zora Stephenson and Corey Robinson will act as sideline reporters, while Sara Perlman will host halftime and postgame coverage.

Fox will simulcast the league’s games and have its own crew: Curt Menefee and Joel Klatt as the voices of the game with Kevin Kugler handling play-by-play calls, and Brock Huard and onetime Cowboys quarterback Mark Sanchez doing analysis.

Garrett spent two decades in the Cowboys organization, the first seven as player. He earned two Super Bowl rings with the dynasty teams of the 1990s behind Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman. As a third-string option, Garrett memorably got the start for 1994’s Thanksgiving Day game, leading Dallas to a dramatic comeback win over the Packers.

He returned to Dallas in 2007 as the team’s new offensive coordinator after having spent two seasons as quarterbacks coach in Miami. On the Cowboys sidelines, he moved up the ranks to gain an assistant head coach title in 2008. In 2011, he took over when head coach Wade Phillips was fired after eight games and guided the Cowboys to a 5-3 record to close out the season.

The Princeton grad was named the eighth head coach in Cowboys history for the team’s 2021 season. His contract was not renewed following the 2019 season; Garrett had compiled an 85-67 record as Cowboys head coach, 2-3 in the playoffs.

Garrett was then hired as offensive coordinator for the Giants, but was dismissed before the 2021 season was over. He was rumored to be the front-runner for the head job at Duke University; the school ultimately went a different direction.

The newly-relaunched USFL will kick off its season on Saturday. All eight teams will play their entire schedule of regular-season games in one of two stadiums in Birmingham, Alabama. Postseason contests will be played in Canton, Ohio, with the championship game slated for July 3.

The Cowboys have several former players on USFL rosters. Former Dallas assistant Todd Haley will coach the Tampa Bay Bandits. Longtime Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston is the league’s executive vice president of football operations.

And Garrett, Johnston’s former Cowboys teammate, will be giving his thoughts on all of it with a bird’s-eye view, a headset, and a live television audience.

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Breaking: Jason Garrett fired as New York Giants OC

The former Cowboys head coach was relieved of his duties the day after a 30-10 loss to Tampa Bay. | From @ToddBrock24f7

The Jason Garrett era in New York is over after 26 games as the Giants’ offensive coordinator.

Garrett had been the Cowboys’ head coach for nearly a decade. He was let go at the end of the 2019 season after compiling an 85-67 regular season record and a 2-3 mark in the postseason.

The club relieved Garrett head coach the day after a 30-10 loss at the hands of the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers. The team made the decision public via social media.

The 3-7 Giants offense currently ranks 26th in scoring and 25th in total yards. Freddie Kitchens will take over as offensive coordinator under head coach Joe Judge.

The Cowboys will play the Giants in New York in December, already having beat them in Week 5.

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Cowboys’ Jones has 2nd-worst win percentage among heavily-tenured GMs

Where does Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones rank among NFL owners in 2020?

The easiest way to become an NFL General Manager is to just buy a team. That’s the path Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took to the top. It worked out well for him early on mostly due to hitting a homerun with his first head coach Jimmy Johnson. Since then, it’s been tough sledding.

Despite taking a backseat in recent years to both his son Stephen and vice president of personnel Will McClay, the blame will always ultimately fall at the owner’s feet until they hoist another Lombardi Trophy. With that being the case, where does he rank among current GMs in the NFL? Mike Sando at The Athletic tried to figure that out. The list was broken down by tenure, with Jones falling in the first group, those with a decade or more on the job. Here’s his writeup:

The Cowboys won 63 percent of their games with three Super Bowl victories during the 1990s. They have won less than 52 percent of their games without reaching a Super Bowl since then, despite some successes in the draft. Jones earned a spot in the Hall of Fame on the strength of that 1990s success combined with his obvious business acumen, not for his accomplishments as a GM over the past couple decades. It’s no coincidence that the GMs with the worst won-lost records in this category own their teams.

It’s true that Jones has the second-worst record among his grouping, but it’s still .538 throughout the entirety of his NFL career. After all, people only keep their job that long if they’re successful or own the team. So where would Jones fall relative to the entirety of the NFL? Exactly in the middle at No. 16.

It becomes more dispiriting when looking at the amount of Pro Bowlers and First-Team All-Pros the Cowboys have selected since 1989, hitting at a rate near the top of the heap. His loyalty to Jason Garrett submarined the entirety of the last decade as well as the prime of former quarterback Tony Romo. Running the team like a family business might ruin the prime of Dak Prescott, too.

It’s time Jones heeds the words of another famous man with several facelifts by starting with the man in the mirror and asking him to change his ways.

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Catch This Fade! Podcast S5E11: Jason Garrett’s revenge tour [Video]

Every Friday, we like to give a little something to the Dallas Cowboys community, a free mini-episode of the Catch This Fade! podcast. The first 20 minutes or so of our weekend show is made available both on video and on audio. In this week’s …

Every Friday, we like to give a little something to the Dallas Cowboys community, a free mini-episode of the Catch This Fade! podcast. The first 20 minutes or so of our weekend show is made available both on video and on audio.

In this week’s action-packed episode the Browns game is finally in the rearview mirror. Unfortunately the tire marks can still be seen. As we look ahead to the Jason Garrett Revenge Tour and what that might look like, I dissect what is and isn’t working for the Giants.

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  • Show Intro
  • Giants Game Preview: JG, Golden Tate, Daniel Jones
  • Monday Fade review
  • Fade No. 1: Who’s fault it is
  • Trade or move away from players
  • Fade No. 2: This player is escaping effort criticism, but shouldn’t
  • Escape clauses from big contracts (Elliott, Tank, Jaylon, Amari)
  • Giants Preview II: Cowboys OL Shuffle, Giants’ pass rush, point spread
  • Predict Monday’s headline

For the low price of a cup of coffee per month, you get to stream full audio from your preferred podcatcher every Tuesday and Friday morning as myself and co-host Patrik Walker (CBS Sports) give the lowdown on the ins and outs of the Cowboys in the most entertaining fashion you’ll find on a Cowboys podcast. Williams Steele of The Late Night Hype puts the post-production touches on our audio, video and commercials.

For those who are on the Friends of the Show tier, you get full video, including preroll where Pat and I are chopping it up, early access (Monday and Thursday evenings) and bonus content throughout the week, plus discounts on Catch This Fade! events.

It’s an entire moveme and we appreciate you taking the ride with us.

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Numbers Don’t Lie: McCarthy 4th-down gamble was right play

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy had the stomach when the fans didn’t to go for it on fourth down in an uncomfortable situation.

Head coach Mike McCarthy made the right call going for it on fourth-and-3 from the 11-yard line. The numbers back that up.  For a decade, fans of the Dallas Cowboys clamored for someone that would be aggressive, especially on fourth downs. Turns out, they might not have the stomach for it after all. A quick Twitter search of “McCarthy field goal” has people telling on themselves left and right.

What the math says is easy enough to understand. From Michael Gehlken’s piece at the Dallas Morning News:

The Cowboys had a 46% chance of victory entering fourth down at the Rams’ 11-yard line with about 12 minutes remaining in regulation, he said. If they converted the fourth down, their win probability would’ve increased to 56%. If they kicked a field goal, it actually would have decreased to 45%.

Jason Garrett would have kicked the field goal. In fact, he might have won the game on Sunday night, and in the process confirmed all of his terrible previous biases that settling for field goals deep in the opponent’s territory is a good thing.

Going for it on fourth down carries an inherent risk that Garrett didn’t have the stomach for. Not once during his entire career in Dallas did Garrett go for it in that similar situation. In fact, most coaches don’t. They will try it once the game state gets to a point so desperate that the outcome of the play no longer matters. In the last decade, coaches in similar situations only went for it 54 times, yet it converted at a rate of 68.5%.

When Mike McCarthy made the rounds late in the 2019 season he was adamant that he would be incorporating analytics into his decision making process. He showed in Week 1 he was willing to do exactly that. Here’s hoping that one bump in the road doesn’t shake his confidence.

And not for nothing, because decisions should be judged on intent, but not execution, but the play likely would have worked if Blake Jarwin was in the game instead of the rarely used Dalton Schultz. Schultz collapsed the route window of receiver CeeDee Lamb, keeping him from having the space to carry his route past the yard marker.

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NFC East Season Preview: Advanced stats tells of coming battle for supremacy

Cowboys look set to rebound from a disappointing 2019 season with key offensive additions

The NFC East was the only division without a 10-win team in 2019, and one of just two divisions (along with the AFC South) without a 12-win team. Two of the group picked in the top-4 in the 2020 NFL Draft. Overall, it was a year without any great teams, a year without any playoff success, and overall simply a year to forget.

What should be expected from the division in 2020?

Looking at the underlying numbers, one might find some very different interpretations of how these teams performed, despite their win-loss records. A peek at the 2019 numbers reveals some clues as to what is coming.

Quick note; we will be using a stat called Expected Points Added (EPA) fairly heavily from here on out. Expected Points, the foundation of many analytical arguments, uses data from previous NFL seasons to determine how many points a team is likely to come away with on a given play based on down, distance, time remaining, and field position. The difference in expected points at the start of a play and expected points at the end is referred to as expected points added, or EPA.

A play with a positive EPA means it put the offense in a better position to score, while negative EPA implies the offense is in a worse position.

The Washington Football Team and the New York Giants are down in the bottom left with the rest of the teams that picked in the top-10 in the draft. There’s the Eagles right in the middle, a somewhat average team by EPA on both offense and defense. And there’s the Cowboys over on the right, sitting beside the Super Bowl winning Kansas City Chiefs.

Wait, what? The 8-8 Cowboys that didn’t even win the division?

That’s right.

Over the course of the entire season, the Cowboys consistently were able move themselves into a better position to score. The knock you’ll often hear is they played really well when they either already had a big lead or when they were already losing big. And we can check that by filtering this same chart down to only plays where they had a win probability between 20% and 80%.

This does seem to check out, as the Cowboys are now hiding behind the Titans, Texans, and Seahawks, a few tiers below the top teams like the Chiefs. The Eagles also look worse under this constraint, particularly on defense. Meanwhile, Washington and New York are looking about the same.

We can also visualize this by looking at, say, Dak Prescott’s performance (as measured by EPA/play) at each given win probability. This really illustrates that the Cowboys were fantastic when games weren’t close, but below average when the score was tight.

But last season is past, and all four of these teams are looking to improve on their 2019 record in this upcoming season. Which teams made offseason moves that will pay off in 2020?

Washington Football Team

The most notable addition for Washington has to be Chase Young, the prospect often considered to be the most talented player in the 2020 draft class. The numbers crowd and the film crowd may butt heads plenty, but in this case everyone could agree: Chase Young is special.

Young finished with the best ever PFF overall grade for a college edge defender. His pass-rush win rate (how often he beats his blocker) was far and away the best among Power 5 edge rushers in 2019.

The real question going into next season is how much he can help a Washington defense that gave up the sixth-most points in the NFL last year. There’s been a, um, spirited debate among football fans and analysts regarding the relative importance of pass rush compared to pass coverage.

It is of course better to be good at both if at all possible, but there is compelling evidence that points to pass coverage being the primary driver behind a strong pass defense.

Will Chase Young wreck opposing quarterbacks? Probably. Will that turn Washington into an above-average defense? That’s debatable.

The other main question with Washington is whether Dwayne Haskins can make a jump in his sophomore season. He had a very forgettable start to his career but showed noticeable improvement with each successive start after Week 11.

Here we can see his EPA/play climb significantly, along with his Completion Percentage Over Expected (CPOE), which is here given in decimal form. Haskins will need to continue this improvement if Washington wants to have any hope of a winning season in 2020.

New York Giants

The other team in the East with a top-5 pick added a trench player on the offensive side of the ball in tackle Andrew Thomas. Thomas was the third-highest graded tackle in the FBS per Pro Football Focus, and had the highest overall grade for an SEC tackle of any player since La’el Collins in 2014. They’re hoping he’ll shore up the protection for Daniel Jones, another sophomore quarterback hoping to make a leap in 2020.

Jones had the second-lowest clean pocket percentage among the 30 quarterbacks with 300+ dropbacks in 2019, better than only Sam “I’m seeing ghosts” Darnold. His progression will be key to the Giants, thought it is not as clear as what we saw from Haskins above.

Jones had his good days and he had his bad days.

Where he really shone was in his ability to use his legs, something the Giants never really had with Eli at the helm. Jones gained 228 yards on 27 scrambles last year. His 19.1 EPA on scrambles was the sixth-highest mark in the NFL. A game plan that accentuates his mobility, a la the Bills with Josh Allen, could help propel them to a much-improved offense. They’ve also now got an offensive coordinator in Jason Garrett who is familiar with quarterbacks who can scramble.

On that same note, Garrett just made the move from a team that loved to #FeedZeke to a team with Saquon Barkley. It’s probably safe to assume we’ll see plenty of running being established in New York in 2020.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles drafted a quarterback in the second round of the NFL Draft less than a year after handing Carson Wentz a $128M extension. Jalen Hurts might not make an appearance in 2020, but that was the biggest splash of their offseason.

In terms of more immediate impact on the team, Philadelphia graciously drafted a wide receiver for Wentz to throw to this year. The three players with the most catches for the Eagles in 2019 were a tight end, a tight end, and a running back. Wentz finished 17th in EPA/play last year with a CPOE just below 0, but the context of losing DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Nelson Agholor all for significant periods of time makes it hard to be too rough on him. The Eagles are hoping the addition of Jalen Reagor will add some much-needed depth to their wide receiver room and give Wentz some more legitimate targets beyond Zach Ertz.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles seemed to disagree with the idea that pass coverage is more important than pass rush. Perennial Expected Sack (xSack) leaders Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham showed up again in terms of their pressure rates, but neither was able to convert that to big sack numbers. As a whole, the Eagles were middle of the pack in terms of actual sacks, but that undersells their ability to pressure the quarterback.

Only seven teams were able to pressure the quarterback more than Philly. There was also a huge dropoff after the Eagles here, indicating that they were if not in the top tier of pass rushing teams, they were no worse than the second tier. As pressure rates are far more consistent than sack rates, expect an uptick in the number of sacks Philadelphia nets in 2020.

Dallas Cowboys

Finally we come to the Cowboys.

Dallas us coming into the season with the a new head coach for the first time in a decade. The big question now is what exactly Mike McCarthy’s first non-Aaron Rodgers offense will look like. There was plenty to be excited about last year with new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. The offense opened up early in the season with an abundance of early-down passing and motion at the snap, but it tapered off pretty quickly to around league average.

Prescott started the season on fire. At the halfway point, he ranked third in both EPA/dropback and CPOE, the only QB to rank in the top-3 in both categories. He even sparked some MVP talk. However, much like the team as a whole, his play fell off a bit towards the end of the season. He didn’t finish among the league’s elite, but he was definitely above average by all accounts.

The big offseason addition for Dallas was the gift of CeeDee Lamb.

Lamb adds another weapon to this already dangerous passing attack, and might encourage the new coach and young offensive coordinator to sling it around even more this season. Yahoo Sports writer Matt Harmon went so far as to compare Lamb to superstar wideout DeAndre Hopkins.The prospect of Lamb and Amari Cooper lining up on either side of the field is a mouth-watering one for any Cowboys fan. The only wrinkle is the lack of a true slot receiver among Dallas’ top-3 wideouts. Cooper, Lamb, and Michael Gallup all profile as outside receivers, and their main slot man Randall Cobb left in free agency last year. Lamb has expressed interest in playing in the slot, and if that can work out, this offense gets even more intriguing.

There is reason to believe every team in the division got better in the offseason. Philadelphia and Dallas were both good teams with bad luck last year, and it’s likely we’ll see them battling for the NFC East crown once again this year, only this time with double-digit wins.

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Romo skipped on ESPN’s NFCE All-Decade team littered with Cowboys

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning takes the top spot from Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys as the NFC East’s all-decade quarterback.

The 2010 portion of the Dallas Cowboys lauded history can be summed up in one word: underwhelming. A roster usually filled with talent constantly underperformed, a description that has become the hallmark of the bygone Jason Garrett era. The club was only able to reach the divisional round three times in 10 years, once by virtue of a wild-card bye, but was never able to reach a championship game.

The NFC East beat writers at ESPN voted on an all-decade divisional team. and it is littered with Cowboys. Of the 25 available spots, 10 of them hail from Dallas. The one player missing is former quarterback Tony Romo, who misses out on the top spot to Eli Manning of the New York Giants.

The difference is in the ring.

Manning captured a Lombardi trophy in 2011 while Romo and the Cowboys made the playoffs in just one season before injuries took over and Dak Prescott ascended. But outside of the improbable 2011 playoff run for the Giants and Manning, there’s no question who played the position at a higher level.

In terms of efficiency, Romo outshines Manning in every respect, boasting superior numbers across the board, image and numbers courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

But while Romo was undoubtedly better when he was available, the problem is he just wasn’t for the last half of the decade. Manning’s pure volume numbers lay waste to Romo, one of the most snake-bitten players of his time. With the Super Bowl acting as a cherry on top, it’s tough to argue against the Manning taking that spot.

The Dallas Cowboys who did make the list:

  • Running back Ezekiel Elliott
  • Wide receiver Dez Bryant
  • Offensive tackle Tyron Smith
  • Center Travis Frederick
  • Guard Zack Martin
  • Tight end Jason Witten
  • Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence
  • Linebacker Sean Lee
  • Linebacker DeMarcus Ware
  • Kicker Dan Bailey

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