Breakfast links: Jerry Jones blusters

January, 3, 2013
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Washington Redskins

Santana Moss went from a guy whose roster spot was in question last spring to a vital part of the Redskins' high-powered offense by accepting his new role as the slot receiver.

Oh, they're having some fun down there in Ashburn, where Robert Griffin III crashed Mike Shanahan's news conference Wednesday and broke up the joint with a question about New Year's Eve.

New York Giants

Victor Cruz and the Giants didn't get that contract extension done before the end of the season as they'd hoped, but Cruz says he remains confident he'll be a Giant for a long time. I have to believe they'll stick with Cruz and maybe even Hakeem Nicks, if they can get him on their terms following his disappointing, injury-plagued season.

Eli Manning's review of his own performance this season was simple, as we've come to expect. He says simply that he needed to play better. He's right. For better or for worse, the thing that elevates the Giants from good to great is when Manning is playing great. He didn't do that enough in 2012.

Dallas Cowboys

During one of his regular radio appearances, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took the time to assure Cowboys fans that things would be getting "very uncomfortable" around the Cowboys here in these next few weeks and months and that "change is necessary." Because it's Jones and the Cowboys, these comments are flying everywhere and being parsed for meaning. But if you read me regularly, you know I consistently tell you not to read too much into Jones' paid radio appearances, in which he's consciously playing to the fans. The Cowboys will make necessary roster changes, as they would have needed to do whether they won on Sunday or not. But I doubt anything Jerry says on the radio really means big stuff is around the corner in Dallas.

Before he left the field following Sunday's disappointing three-interception loss, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo got some words of encouragement from the man who'd just helped end his season -- Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Philadelphia Eagles

Paul Domowitch writes that Nick Foles is the favorite to start at quarterback for the Eagles next year, regardless of the way the team's search for a head coach works out. Paul's basic point is that there doesn't seem to be very many clearly better options out there. The question is whether the new coach will be someone who likes Foles and commits to developing him (since he does need work) or whether it'll be someone who's immediately on the lookout for a better option.

As for that head coaching search, you'll know all these names by heart very soon. The Eagles are in Atlanta to interview assistants Mike Nolan and Keith Armstrong. USA Today reports that they'll interview Chip Kelly in the coming days. Long way to go yet in this one.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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