Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Beat Writers Report: End for Miles Austin
By Calvin Watkins
Following the Dallas Cowboys' dramatic 24-23 victory over the Washington Redskins in Week 16, we have some random thoughts on the game and the future as we enter the final week of the regular season.
--This could be the end of wide receiver Miles Austin's career with the Cowboys. He participated in 33 snaps and wasn't a factor at all. He did make a nice 8-yard reception on a low throw from quarterback Tony Romo, but on the last drive of the game, Austin was watching until the final play. Terrance Williams (27 snaps) and Cole Beasley (13 snaps) took some snaps from Austin and rightfully so because they're making more plays right now. Austin's hamstrings are a sore subject at Valley Ranch and that could be the reason why he played only 63 percent of the snaps. If the Cowboys want to make a financial move regarding Austin, it saves the team $5 million if he's a post-June 1 cut. Williams and Beasley seem to be the future.
--If Monte Kiffin retires or is fired at season's end, his replacement might not be on the staff. Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli could leave and join Lovie Smith as his defensive coordinator if the former Bears coach gets a head coaching gig. Leon Lett could slide over and become the new Cowboys' defensive line coach. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, who is under fire for his team's struggles, might not be retained. Frazier should get a strong look from the Cowboys if they are in the market. Frazier was a defensive backs coach under Tony Dungy, who employed a semblance of the Tampa 2 scheme with the Colts.