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Mailbag: Is There Job Security For This Coaching Staff?

Posted Nov 21, 2013

JOSEPH PARKER
SMYRNA, GA

Jerry Jones has stressed that Jason Garrett is not playing for his job this season. Do you think the scape goats will be Bill Callahan and Monte Kiffin if the Cowboys fall short this season?
 
Nick: Easy on the word “stress.” That makes it sound like he keeps reiterating it over and over. I think if the Cowboys struggle down the stretch and miss the playoffs, you’ll see a lot of changes. But yes, I would imagine the two coordinators could be in question, too. When you don’t win, everyone  is in jeopardy.
 
David: I’m taking any comments about anyone’s job security with a pretty big grain of salt right now. If the Cowboys finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs by a nose once again, maybe that’s enough to keep the same staff in place. I’m not saying it will, but if the bottom were to drop out in December, it probably changes the whole storyline. With six weeks left to go, I don’t think anyone is definitely fired – I also don’t think anyone is definitely safe.
 
 
JEREMY CRENSHAW
TULSA, OK

Should we consider rolling a safety over to Victor Cruz's side of the field or double him, considering he is by far the biggest receiving threat for the Giants?
 

Nick: I don’t think you can really double him. He’s good but you just have to get him covered. Hakeen Nicks might not be the guy he was, but he’s still formidable and it seems like this Rueben Randle scores every week. I think they have to keep an eye on Cruz over the top but over the last few games, Scandrick has held his own in the matchup.  
 
David: After what Cruz did in Week 1 (five catches, 118 yards, three touchdowns), I’d be fine doubling him. Randle and Nicks are good receivers, but they aren’t the type that should be able to win a game on their own – like Megatron. Randle is averaging three catches for roughly 50 yards per game, and Nicks has yet to score a touchdown this year. Brandon Myers is not a big-play tight end. I say do everything you can to take Cruz out of the equation. With Morris Claiborne and J.J. Wilcox back on the field, the secondary should have enough to keep the other receivers from exploding.

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