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December 8, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Tim MacMahon

Tim MacMahon
  (3:57 PM)

Thanks for joining me to chat about the most interesting 4-8 team in NFL history. Let's get straight to the questions.

Mike (Bethlehem, Pa)

What's up Tim? How's this for rebuilding the o-line and secondary: sign Logan Mankins, resign Kosier to a short-term deal, cut Davis and Colombo, trade back in the 1st round (get mid-1st round and mid-2nd round for our 1st pick), then draft an OT in the 1st, an OG/C and a safety/CB in the 2nd, and a safety/CB in the 3rd. What do you think?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:59 PM)

The best way to have bad drafts is to lock into positions based on round. You have to consider needs, but you can't just predetermine that you're going to draft a particular position in each round. As far as Logan Mankins goes, Jerry Jones wants to get away from signing high-priced free agents to fill needs in the O-line. Colombo and at least one other starter probably won't return next season.

Reeves (Dallas, TX)

What are the chances the Cowboys trade a late round pick for Haynesworth? He'd have to be an upgrade over Spears/Hatcher/Bowen/Olshansky at DE.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:00 PM)

Why would you trade for that contract and all the headaches that Albert Haynesworth brings? It's one thing to take a chance on a talented player with minimal financial risk, like the Cowboys did with Pacman Jones. It's another level of crazy to pay a premium price for a pain in the butt.

Dudley Thomas Jr. (Toronto, ON, Canada)

How is it that they put Dez on IR and Tony Romo is still out there?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:03 PM)

There is zero chance that Dez Bryant would have been healthy enough to play again this season. Romo might be in another week or two. You can debate whether it'd be wise to play Romo again with the playoffs out of the picture, but it's a possibility. It was not physically possible for Bryant to play again this season, so it's an easy decision to put him on injured reserve.

Abel (Morales)

I think Kitna has done a great job and should be considered for the remainder of the season and if he keeps doing well even next season too. I like Romo a lot but he just doesn't have the want to succeed itch. He does alright but he's got a very short top. You know when people say the sky's the limit with this guy? Romo got a very short one. He has no want to succeed bug. What's hes done is enough. Kitna you see the intangibles, you see the ball come out fast and strong. Romo doesn't throw the ball, he lofts it, no strenght. Kitna will command the offense, will throw the ball all over the place not just Witten or Miles, but everybody.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:06 PM)

You can argue for the rest of the season, but you're talking crazy if you want Kitna over Romo long term. Kitna is 38. Romo is in his prime, and oh by the way, he has an excellent winning percentage as a starter. The best-case scenario is that Romo watches Kitna and learns something about leadership during his recovery.

John (Texas)

Hey TimCan you tell me why this team continues to want to change players around as far as positions go instead of keeping where they have played most of their lives? I.e AOA and Alan Ball?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:08 PM)

What about changing DeMarcus Ware from a college DE to a pro OLB? Don't hear many complaints about that. A lot of college corners end up playing safety in the pros. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

Ryan Mercer (Grapevine, Texas)

Whats your take on the play calling Garrett has had since taking over as head coach? On Sunday they pointed out he was calling 63% pass 37% run when Phillips was head coach, since he took over its been 52 and 48 %?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:10 PM)

A big part of that balance is because the Cowboys haven't been constantly playing from behind and have actually been protecting leads late in a couple of those games. But Garrett has also clearly been more committed to the run. He didn't abandon it when the Cowboys got in a hole against the Saints like he did in similar situations earlier this season? This is speculation, but I believe being the head coach has forced him to take a more big-picture view with his play-calling.

Ramin Assar (Chantilly VA)

How would you rate Jerry Jones's drafts over the last decade? It seems as if they have been hit or miss (2005 - four starters versus 2006 - one backup). You could also say that 2009 draft seems to be a bust in comparison to the 2008 draft (5 players with significant playing time still on the roster). I don't understand why the Cowboys are so inconsistent. I would rate their drafts a solid C- over the last decade.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:11 PM)

Up and down. The 2009 draft was absolutely awful. The 2010 draft might be outstanding. I thought the 2008 crop was great at the end of last year, but it's back to wait-and-see mode now.

Shawn (Ashe County, NC)

hi, Tim. Do you think that Mike Jenkins will return to Dallas next season. He hasn't exactly had a meaningful or productive year as he did the previous year.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:12 PM)

Absolutely. You don't give up on a first-round pick who has played in a Pro Bowl because of one rocky season.

Big Runn (Jacksonville, NC)

How many times have you been told you look like ben rothlesberger and do you see Barber and Roy williams in cowboy uniforms next year?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:13 PM)

I've been told that about 1,579 times. Jon Kitna actually mentioned it a couple of weeks ago. I'd bet on Barber being gone and Williams being back. I think the Cowboys would take too big of a cap hit to cut Williams due to his big bonuses, including one paid this year. Plus, he's been productive in his role this season.

Zac from North Dakota (North Dakota)

What percent chance do you think Garret will be the head coach next year?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:14 PM)

I'd put it at 70/30 that he'll get the job.

Todd(PA) [via mobile]

Got 2 for ya if Garrett goes back to Barber as a starter would u go as far as say he's "not the guy?" And why do u think Austin has dropped off with TDs Yards etc. I realize they are only so many balls to go around with Witten Felix Dez(not anymore) but ir just seems he's not used as much in games or the gameplan? Thoughts?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:16 PM)

I wouldn't go that far, but it'd be a red flag if Red goes back to Barber as the starter. As far as Austin goes, he gets a lot of attention and the offense has been much more balanced, but it's not unreasonable to expect more production from a receiver with a fresh $54 million contract.

Stephen (Philly)

Tim,If Jason Garrett winds up as the HC do you think he will hire an OC and/or a new DC?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:16 PM)

Somebody might get the OC title, but I don't think Garrett gives up calling the plays. I'd be surprised if he didn't stick with Paul Pasqualoni as the DC, especially considering the Cowboys' spike in turnovers.

Gary (Los Feliz)

With the Cowboys playing well under Garrett, is Jeff Fisher still a serious option if he becomes available? Thanks Mac!!

Tim MacMahon
  (4:17 PM)

I wouldn't be surprised if the Cowboys at least kicked the tires with Fisher and Jon Gruden.

Charlie (Bozeman, MT)

Hey Tim. I have been saying for a long time that Tashard Choice needs to be the starter. That's right, the starter. Get rid of Barber and make Felix the home run hitter. He's never been the lead guy and he's not ready to now. After Sunday's game, I think I am definitely right. What do you think of that?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:19 PM)

I don't necessarily disagree with you. There's no question Choice is a better back than Barber and needs to be part of a one-two punch with Felix Jones. There might be something to the theory that Jones is most productive in a limited role.

Dave (Vegas)

Hi Tim, does Owusu-Ansah contribute as a safety next year? Or is it going to take longer to get him up to speed? or is he a bust?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:20 PM)

It's way too early to declare him a bust, but this was basically a lost season for him. He missed most of training camp with a shoulder injury and then got put on IR midway through the season with a high ankle sprain. Like Dez Bryant, Owusu-Ansah needed all the reps he could get.

Roy (Shreveport)

What has happened to DeMarcus Ware? Big contract with security and shut it down or is something else wrong?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:23 PM)

He's sixth in the NFL with 9.5 sacks. It's not like he's been invisible. But he's established extremely high standards and hasn't played up to those this season. Ware didn't get credited with a sack or hurry against the Colts, but he made his presence felt. He was a force against the run and got pressure that helped cause a couple of Peyton Manning's picks.

Anthony (Toronto)

If Romo is a true leader, the fist thing he should have done is talk to Dez and spend as much time as he can with this kid. This way you keep Dez calm and focused and secondly he might develop a rapport with him.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:24 PM)

That's one thing I think Romo can learn from Kitna, who does an outstanding job of building rapport with his teammates.

Zac from North Dakota (North Dakota)

you asked Garret this week if Choice is a top 2 back and Garret worked around the question. I noticed Garret does that a lot where someone will ask him something but he doesn't really answer it but answers his own question basically. Does that ever annoy you?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:26 PM)

That's part of the cat-and-mouse game the media plays with head coaches. Sometimes they won't give you straight answers. It's our job to push them when appropriate. I did that in the instance you refer to by reminding him he was very clear last week that Choice was the third back after he told us they don't really rank their running backs. Still didn't get a great answer.

Calico Jack (PA)

Will Ogletree be given a shot to return kicks and handle most of the offensive plays that Dez occupied? Do you think Sean Lee will be the starter next season?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:27 PM)

Ogletree is a candidate to return kicks, but they might stick with Bryan McCann. I think he'll split third WR reps with Sam Hurd. Lee has a chance to start next season, but he needs to stay healthy. He clearly has the potential, as we saw Sunday.

Toine (Dirty D)

Wouldn't the smart thing for the Boys in the draft be to take the best player available? We have a lot of holes on this team just not O-Line. And doesn't the boys like Sam Young and Phil Costa anyway?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:28 PM)

I think they do need to address the O-line in the draft. But I just don't think you can commit to taking a certain position in the first round. If they don't have a tackle graded among the top 20 players, they shouldn't reach for one at No. 10, for instance. They like the potential of Young and Costa, but I don't think they'd be willing to commit to either as starters next season.

T_Dog73 (El Paso, TX)

What do you think of our Quarterback situation? Romo is in his 30s now and Kitna is 38, would it be wise for the Cowboys front office to draft or trade for a QB during this coming off season?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:29 PM)

Stephen McGee showed some promise in the preseason finale. Not sure how he's progressed this season. If they don't like what they've seen, they need to draft a QB in the mid-rounds.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:30 PM)

Gotta wrap it up now, folks. Appreciate all the questions. Hit me up on Twitter @espn_macmahon if there's anything I didn't get to that you absolutely must have answered.