Kevin Sherrington, sports columnist for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the Cowboys recently. Here are the highlights:
We’ve seen the good and the bad from Dak Prescott this season, if the Cowboys were to sign him to an extension today, what kind of deal should he get?
Sherrington: The going rate for QBs these days is about $20 million a year. I believe Matthew Stafford is making around $33 million. Dak’s new agent has some pretty high-paid clients, so I would imagine they’re looking at five years and $125 million as a starting point. Especially if the Cowboys extend this season any more. Of course, they don’t have to sign him this off-season. He’s still got one year left. They can wait and even franchise him after next year. But I get the feeling that Jerry will want to extend him now, particularly if they make a deep playoff run.
Can you please shed some more light on the David Irving situation? I was really hoping he could contribute this season, but that looks like that’s a no go now. What are the chances that he’s on our roster next season and contributing?
Sherrington: Jay, I wish I could. He’s been listed with an ankle problem all season. Certainly a high ankle sprain can be debilitating, but it’s hard to believe that’s his only problem. As we know, he’s had lots of other issues off the field. Practically a reality TV show in the making. There’s been no indication that he’ll return before the season ends. Not saying he won’t, but if he’s not playing in a game as important as Saturday’s, when is he going to play? He’s a great talent, no question. But he was a great talent coming out of high school, too, and he ended up at Iowa State. He was a great talent, there, yet he went undrafted. The Chiefs signed him as a free agent, and they let him go. It’s always something with Irving. But because he’s such a talent, he’ll still keep getting chances.
Despite the Cowboys’ success this season, if you were the GM, would you fire Jason Garrett to promote and keep Kris Richard?
Sherrington: My old pal Brad Sham told me the other day that I’d been trying to get Jason Garrett fired all year. As I told him, that’s not necessarily true. I told him that if the Cowboys didn’t make a good playoff run, I think Jerry Jones should fire Garrett. I don’t think that’s going to happen now. And if the Cowboys make the NFC title game, it shouldn’t happen. No reason to make that change. Yes, I’d like to see them make some changes on the offensive staff. Whether that’s a new OC instead of Scott Linehan or a new QB coach in place of Kellen Moore, it depends on what’s available and what would mesh with Garrett’s philosophies. But I don’t see how firing Garrett and hiring Richard as head coach helps. It keeps Richard on staff, but he’d no longer be calling plays on defense. Maybe that’s what he does best. I don’t know.
How much would losing Kris Richard hurt this Cowboys’ defense?
Sherrington: I think it’d be a blow. Rod Marinelli obviously saw his talent, because he ceded Richard the play-calling duties on defense. He brings a lot of energy, and I love the physical brand of play he’s instilled in the secondary. One of the reasons Byron Jones has transitioned so well from safety to CB is the fact that he plays on top of WRs at the line of scrimmage. Of course, he’s able to play that way, which makes it easier. But you can’t have CBs playing as soft as we see so much in the NFL. Give up too many yards underneath. If the Cowboys win this week, and the defense does a good job on Goff, I would expect the chances of losing Richard go up precipitously.
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