MARCO ASPAASVANCOUVER, WA
Coach Marinelli and Coach Linehan both have their units playing well and really seem to have respect for Coach Garrett and his philosophies. I wonder if both coaches are at the point in their careers where they realize how good of a position they are in and are satisfied with their coaching status, or if you think one of them may take another shot at a head coaching position if the opportunity presented itself?
Bryan: I feel like Linehan would like another shot at a head coaching job. You're right about the situation here, but these guys also want to be able to run their own programs if given the opportunity.
David:I can see it with Linehan, but not so much with Marinelli. He's 67 years old, and his age combined with his last stint as a head coach might scare some NFL clubs away, though. Linehan is only 53 and his offenses here in Dallas have been impressive. That's the price that comes with success – other teams will try to emulate it.
MARCUS JONESMEMPHIS, TN
Since we are playing a team without a lot of offensive weapons other than Terrelle Pryor, do you think it would be a good strategy to play Byron Jones as a cover corner that shadows Pryor around the field? He is our biggest, most athletic player in the secondary and has a history of playing well against players like Pryor.
Bryan: I wouldn't discount what they have in Corey Coleman, Andrew Hawkins and Gary Barnidge on the outside. Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson are capable runners, but they just don't have the numbers to show for it. Byron Jones will be used in coverage during the game out of the slot in the dime package. My guess is that he will see the majority of his work dealing with Barnidge, who likes to work in the middle of the field.
David:I asked Rod Marinelli about that on Thursday, and he obviously didn't divulge much with his answer. Pryor scares me, because he certainly looks like that prototype, athletic receiver/tight end hybrid. I don't love the idea of him matching up with some of the Cowboys' smaller corners, like Orlando Scandrick or Anthony Brown. I don't know if that means Byron will get a look at him, but I wouldn't mind seeing it.