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December 18, 11:30 AM ET
Chat with Calvin Watkins

Calvin Watkins
  (11:32 AM)

Time to chat before he head to New Orleans. What's up?

Todd (Hurst)

Do you think Choice should get the bulk of the carries?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:33 AM)

I would like to see that. But Jason Garrett and Wade Phillips have both said Marion Barber is the starter followed by Felix Jones and Choice is the third down guy. It won't change. So, just move on.

Mike (MS)

The New Orleans defense hasn't been that good against the run recently so I am sure the Cowboys objective is to run the ball and keep Drew Brees on the sideline early on. Do you think that they will be able to accomplish this task or do you think that they will have to rely on Romo's passing?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:35 AM)

Marion Barber, in one of his rare interviews, said ball control is the key to the offense. Patrick Crayton said it wouldn't be a good idea to try and win a shootout. But if the Cowboys running game isn't successful, the Cowboys will pass the ball.

Rusty (Germantown Tn)

Will Shanahan wait for the Cowboy's job or sign with Washington?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:39 AM)

The Redskins are hot and heavy after Mike, from what I've read. If I were Shananhan I would take the job with the best quarterback. Romo or Campbell? If you think Romo is better with more upside, then take the Cowboys job if offered.

Rusty (Germantown Tn)

I really feel we can save our season and derail the New Orleans Saints! Can we cover all their receivers?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:39 AM)

No. Just take the loss like a man and try to win the next two games.

Dean Rosetti (olyphant pa )

How many points do they have to score to beat the saints??

Calvin Watkins
  (11:41 AM)

I'm not sure if the Cowboys can win a shootout. It's going to be hard with the Saints offense. However, the Saints beat Washington, 33-30, in overtime, then edgd Atlanta, 26-23.So the Saints can be slowed down somewhat. If you can get to Brees and score some points.

American Fan (New York)

Why did Jerry Jones even bring in Bill Parcells? He lets Bill walk, and on top of that all of Bill's assistants walked also...just a quick look at the Partcells coaching tree will be all one needs to see that keeping some of the Parcells assistants would have been a good idea.

Calvin Watkins
  (11:44 AM)

Let's clear some things up. Bill Parcells left because he was too tired and old to deal with coaching at this level. Parcells had the energy for a few years, but then it was over. Now, Payton, Sparano and Haley, the assistants that are doing so well: Nobody thought much of Haley in terms of being a head coach. Only Parcells would have given Sparano a shot and Payton is probably the only one you could question now. But at that time, Sparano and Haley were not highly thought of. It's easy to second guess.

Nik (AUSTIN, TEXAS!)

Is Tony Romo an elite QB?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:46 AM)

Elite quarterbacks win playoff games. He hasn't done that yet. Romo is a good quarterback. I ask people all the time, who would you take Romo over? They mention only a few quartebacks, such as Manning, Brady, Rivers, McNabb, Brees. But not too many.

Isaac Villalobos (san marcos tx)

are we going to make it to playoffs

Calvin Watkins
  (11:47 AM)

One day. Will it be this year? Not sure. This team is so inconsistent, you never know what to expect. I wouldn't be surprised if they beat the Saints and then lose in Washington. That's how they are.

Herb (Atlanta)

Calvin,Assuming that the Cowboys don't make the playoffs and you're Jerry Jones. Give me your five top offeseason priorities in order of importance. Please include coaching and personnel decisions.

Calvin Watkins
  (11:49 AM)

1. Coach. Get one to fix the offense.2. Defensive coordinator. 3. Left tackle. It's not a deep draft for them, but find one.4. Cornerback. Need to find another one.5. Wide receiver. Get one with some speed.

Scott Andrews (Fort Worth)

Would the Cowboys hire Gary Patterson?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:49 AM)

GP would be great.

Mac (Ct)

You must hate your job, having to go to the big easy and cover this game, do you have any extra applications I could fill out?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:49 AM)

Sure, contact Larry Migoda, my boss.

Johnny Gilmore (Possum Kingdom Lake)

Will the Cowboys try to draft Colt McCoy next year?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:50 AM)

Why? They already have a good quarterback.

Anthony Martinez (Graham)

Is Ken Hamlin coming back a good thing?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:52 AM)

It could be. Hamlin is a better tackler than Alan Ball and is more comeforable calling the defensive signals. But Hamlin has been beaten deep several times this year.

Bret Rogers (Grandbury)

Does this team trust Jason Garrett?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:53 AM)

Good question. Not sure if they do.I'm sure Roy Williams would like to see Garrett trust him more by calling more plays for him and the running backs would like to see him not give up on the ball.

Mac (CT)

So if you really feel they don't have a chance why would thay even want to win the next 2 games they would just lose in the playoffs?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:54 AM)

This team has a lot of pride. The Cowboys still have a shot at making the postseason, even winning the division. Wade Phillips has this team inspired somewhat. I don't think it will give up. Now will they win on Saturday? Nope.

DCFanatic (NY)

Do the Cowboys have to stay with 34 defense under newcoaching staff next season?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:55 AM)

Yes. They have plenty of linebackers for it. It they changed to a 4-3, they wold need to add more defensive linemen. Not sure if they can do that in such a short period of time. Packers did it, going from 4-3, to 3-4, but it takes personnel. Not sure if the Cowboys have that to make that switch.

Jimmy (Moreno)

Do you think cowboys can make it to the playoffs?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:56 AM)

A month ago, I thought they were going to win the NFC East. Now, I feel like they're the No. 6 seed headed for a first round exit.

Stefan (DC)

Should I play Felix Jones, Pierre Thomas, or Chris Jennings in my fantasy playoffs tomorrow?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:57 AM)

Pierre Thomas.

Rusty (Germantown Tn)

Who would YOU pick for the next head coach?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:57 AM)

Mike Nolan or Jack Del Rio.

Mac (CT)

I believe Sparano is the one who got away. Wouldn't his command of the team be just what this team needs?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:58 AM)

Yes, Sparano was no joke. He got on the players. Made them accountable. He was tough on them, but they liked him and respected him.

DCFanatic (NY)

What would happen if Witten went off in the locker room. Would this help the team?

Calvin Watkins
  (11:59 AM)

No. the players like Witten a whole lot. Respect him. But that's not his style. If he went off in the locker room, I wonder if the players would think if he were being phony. You don't want that.

Calvin Watkins
  (12:00 PM)

Guys, I have to catch a flight. Take care.