Kellen Moore in an interview with the Jaguars on Friday night – Josh Alper, PFT
The first opportunity for Kellen Moore this year to interview for a head coaching position.
Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore won’t wait until the end of the regular season to talk to the Jaguars about their head coaching job.
According to multiple reports, Moore will meet with the Jaguars on Friday night. A change to NFL procedures this year allows teams without a head coach to interview candidates from other teams during the final two weeks of the regular season as long as the candidates’ current employers consent to the conversation.
Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich is also expected to speak with Jacksonville on Friday. Doug Pederson, Jim Caldwell and Todd Bowles have already spoken to the team and they are expected to speak to Bill O’Brien and Nathaniel Hackett next week.
Moore is in his third year as the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator. He was on the Eagles’ interview list before they signed Nick Sirianni last year.
Dallas Cowboys will be without starting cornerbacks Trevon Diggs, Anthony Brown vs. Philadelphia Eagles – Todd Archer, ESPN.com
Bossman Fat/Nashon Wright/Maurice Canady szn.
PHILADELPHIA — The Dallas Cowboys will be without their starting cornerbacks, including NFL interceptions leader Trevon Diggs, for Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Diggs is ill, despite having tested negative for COVID-19, and will not make the trip to Philadelphia. He had been doubtful. Anthony Brown, who has started every game, was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week.
Diggs is the first player in the past 40 years to record at least 11 interceptions, joining former Cowboy Everson Walls, who accomplished the feat in 1981. With Diggs and Brown out, the Cowboys will likely start rookie Kelvin Joseph, a second-round pick. , and potentially Maurice Canady, with Jourdan Lewis remaining in his slot machine role. He returned a 59-yard interception for a touchdown in the first game against the Eagles in September.
The Cowboys also ruled out starting safety Jayron Kearse, who has a hamstring injury, and running back Tony Pollard, who has a sprained foot. Safety Donovan Wilson, who is also ill, has not flown with the team in Philadelphia but has not yet been ruled out.
Earlier this week, coach Mike McCarthy said the Cowboys would play their starters against the Eagles, although they would need losses from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams to move to the top seed. #2 in the NFC Playoffs, plus a win over Philadelphia. If the Cowboys finish tied at three with the Buccaneers, Rams or Arizona Cardinals, they will take the second seed based on conference record.
A Big Opportunity Probably Awaits CB Kelvin Joseph – Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com
All eyes are on the Cowboys’ 2021 second-round pick.
FRISCO, Texas – There’s always a silver lining in every situation, especially when your team is in the playoffs and knows they’re going to put up a playoff game anyway.
But as the Cowboys prepare for Saturday’s game with the Eagles, more Covid-19 news continues to emerge.
On Thursday, the team added two more players and two more guys missed practice due to illness. Of those four players, two of them are the starting cornerbacks – Trevon Diggs and Anthony Brown.
For Diggs to miss the game would mean he misses one last chance to surpass Everson Walls’ 40-year-old record for most picks in a season with 11.
But Brown is definitely out for the game, and with that, that means the Cowboys will get a chance to see some young cornerbacks in extended situations.
Topping the list is rookie cornerback Kelvin Joseph, the Cowboys’ second-round pick who has played more here in the past two games.
Joseph started two weeks ago against Washington and also played a lot more last week against the Cardinals. In fact, of his 120 defensive snaps this year, 106 have been in the past two weeks.
According to his defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Joseph has taken advantage of these situations before.
“A few weeks ago with the release of Jourdan (Lewis), I thought it showed and showcased Kelvin putting in the work to be ready,” Quinn said. “So at that point you really have a chance to prove yourself. To say ‘Okay, right now, how is it going to be, how are you going to be ready?’ I thought the work he did allowed him to say, ‘When the time comes, I’ll be ready.’ It’s not the easiest thing to do. You want to go, you want to go, and all you do is practice. You don’t have the opportunity to go there. So he had playing time in the dime packages and such, but having that moment, I guess, proved the work he put in to prepare and play, and it paid off. He will have opportunities for that on Saturday.
Poll: Who do you want to see face the Dallas Cowboys in the Wildcard Round? – RJ Ochoa, Blogging The Boys
Arizona or Los Angeles?
the Dallas Cowboys have one more regular season game before their quest for the playoffs really begins. Although it’s always fun to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles, chances are Saturday night will be pretty meaningless for the Cowboys in the grand scheme of things.
If it is true that Dallas can theoretically improve their playoff positioning with a win on Saturday night (assuming things go a certain way during Sunday’s action), the main focus right now is winning in the Wildcard Round. Obviously, we don’t know who the Cowboys will be playing against right now, but we do know it will be one of four teams.
Of the nine possible permutations within the NFC Playoffs Image the Cowboys host the Arizona Cardinals like seed number four in the majority of them, five to be precise. Being as direct as possible, they are the likeliest draw for Dallas.
The Cowboys will host the Rams as the four seeds in two other timelines, and any world where they improve their ranking sees them hosting different opponents in the San Francisco 49ers (as the three seeds) and the Philadelphia Eagles (as the two seeds).
While weighing preference with practicality, a very specific question should be asked: Who do we want to see against the Dallas Cowboys in the Wildcard Round?
Cardinals open training window for JJ Watt – Darren Urban, AzCardinals.com
JJ Watt could be back for the wildcard round.
The unlikely return of defensive end JJ Watt took another step Friday morning when the Cardinals designated him to return from injured reserve, opening a 21-day training window for the veteran.
Watt can be activated on the 53-player roster at any time over the next three weeks.
Despite the designation, Watt was not present at the training ground during the open portion of work Friday morning.
“It’s procedural,” coach Kliff Kingsbury said after practice. “He did everything he could do in the training room and the weight room. We’re going to take him back there and get him through some stuff. But he’s the guy who rehabilitates himself as you would assume. No one has ever seen anyone get into it the way they have over the past two months.
“It was impressive to watch him every day. It’s always good to see him back on the pitch.”
Coach Jimmy Johnson Reveals Latest Info on Jerry Jones’ Cowboys Ring of Honor Call – Mike Fisher, Cowboy Maven
Put Jimmy before the playoffs Jerry.
FRISCO — Over the summer, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones revealed on national television that his Super Bowl coach, Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson, was also destined to enroll in the Ring of Honor des Cowboys.
For now, Jimmy joked, “While I’m alive?”
The two old enemies remain alive… and wait.
Jerry’s promise is, we are quite sure, a foregone conclusion. But Cowboys Nation would surely love to see that fence fixed and would love the closure to celebrate the three-time Super Bowl champion co-architect by Jones.
But “inevitable” apparently doesn’t mean “now.” …and remember, this is different than Jimmy’s appearance at AT&T Stadium this year to receive his Hall of Fame honor.
Earlier this week, a fan asked Johnson, via the former coach’s Twitter account, if he had heard from Jones about the details of his entry into the Ring of Honor.
“I didn’t hear a word!” Johnson replied.
THREE REASONS WHY COWBOYS DO SUPER BOWL LVI – Fox Sports
Don’t play with our feelings.
1. Defense, Defense, Defense
Bucky’s take: “If you look at the Cowboys, on defense, they’re definitely good enough to get there. The No. 1 deciding factor in who wins and who loses games in the National Football League? Sales figures. Well, guess who sits at the top of the list? The Dallas Cowboys. … If you can turn the ball around, you can increase your chances of winning games. … Demarcus Lawrence, Micah Parsons, Randy Gregory, Trevon Diggs — they all do a great job of taking the ball away. When you remove a ball, you win games.
The numbers: The Cowboys are seventh in the league defensively and third in the NFC, allowing 20.8 PPG. They are first in the NFL with 25 interceptions and tied with the Indianapolis Colts for total takeouts (33). The Cowboys also lead the league with six defensive touchdowns. Only one other team has more than three (Philadelphia Eagles, five).
Additionally, Dallas leads the league in third down defense, allowing teams to convert on third down just 32.2 percent of the time. The Cowboys pressure opposing quarterbacks on 25.8% of passes, good for fifth in the NFL and second in the NFC behind only defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay (26.2%). They allow the third-lowest pass completion percentage (59.5%) and are tied for the seventh-fewest rushing touchdowns allowed in the NFL this season (12).
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