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December 22, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Tim MacMahon

Tim MacMahon
  (3:59 PM)

Thanks for joining me for my Christmas week Cowboys chat. Fire away.

Matt (Plano,TX)

Would you keep Jason Garrett as coach? I like what he has done, but I am concerned what Jerry has in his future plans.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:01 PM)

I think you have to do your due dilligence, and that means more than just interviewing a minority candidate to comply with the Rooney Rule. But Garrett should enter the search as the favorite. He's proven to be a legitimate head coach. If the Cowboys don't give him the full-time job, I think another team will this offseason.

Ricky (Dallas)

What's the report on Teddy Williams? I know he has good size and great speed but can he actually contribute at some point next season?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:02 PM)

Ask me again toward the end of training camp. He just moved to WR last week. The Cowboys promoted him to keep the Dolphins from poaching him off the practice squad, not because he's ready to help right now. But he has great size and speed and doesn't shy away from contact. That makes him a very intriguing prospect.

James (Fort Worth, TX)

How would you rate Barry Church's performance on Sunday? I know he wasn't used to the speed but do you see him as needing more time (ala Sean Lee) to adjust of is he better suited to be a back-up/special-teamer?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:04 PM)

He didn't look like a guy who is ready to take over a starting role. He needed a lot of help from Orlando Scandrick with assignments and was slow to react too often. He's played well in a limited role, but he doesn't appear ready for a larger role right now.

James (Fort Worth, TX)

More promising rookie: Sam Young or Sean Lissemore? I know the Cowboys view Young as a Colombo-type guy and they think Lissemore has some Ratliff-life qualities. Who is more likely to blossom into a starter and/or difference maker?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:05 PM)

I'd go with Young. There are a lot of Valley Ranch voices who believe Young can develop into a starter. I haven't heard that said about Lissemore.

Michael C. (Westport, CT)

Any chance Jerry Jones finally steps aside and allows a real GM to compile the roster?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:06 PM)

The Cowboys are more likely to play in a blizzard on Christmas night. And the game is in an indoor stadium in Arizona.

Dana (Houston, TX)

I think the Cowboys should bring both Sensabaugh and Ball back next season. Sensabaugh can be a solid starter and Ball is a decent back-up at FS and CB. Why not bring in a rookie safety like the Eagles did with Nate Allen and let him team up with Sensabaugh back there with Church, Ball, and AOA backing them up?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:08 PM)

You have to remember that both of them are in the final season of their contracts. I think Ball is more likely to stick around in the role you described. The Cowboys would rather replace Sensabaugh in the starting lineup and they certainly don't intend to give him a lucrative long-term deal.

Henry (Fort Worth, TX)

Here's a question I asked Calvin the other day: You're in charge of building an NFL franchise. You get to pick a WR for the next 7+ years and your choices are DeSean Jackson or Dez Bryant. Who ya got? Calvin took Jackson--what's your take?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:09 PM)

They are both likely to be stars for a long time, but Jackson is the more proven commodity and doesn't have the durability questions Bryant has. So I'd agree with Calvin, but we're talking about two of the top five or six young receivers in the NFL.

Ron (Fort Worth, TX)

What's the word on Phil Costa? Is he viewed as Gurode's replacement? If so, is he capable of being a quality starter in a year or 2?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:10 PM)

The Cowboys viewed Costa like they do Sam Young. They're optimistic that he has starter potential. That doesn't mean he'd be ready to start next season.

Zach Starr (Burlington, IA)

Since Barber is most likely going to be gone next year is their anyway for the cowboys to get s draft pick out of a team for him or is his contract just to much for other teams? Thanks Tim and happy holidays.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:11 PM)

His contract is too expensive. No team would be willing to give up even a low-round pick for a player that overpriced.

MJ (Los Angeles)

Assuming the Boys get a top 7 pick. I think they should draft Patrick Petereson/LSU or Prince Amukamura/NEB. Because if we can't generate a consistent pass rush we're going to need a lock down corner back. Then the Boys will have a high 2nd RD pick and can pick up an OL then. What do you think?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:13 PM)

If one of the elite corners is available, I agree with your scenario. That's also based on the experts' projections that indicate no offenisve lineman will have a top-10 grade. The Cowboys have too many glaring needs to just draft the best available player, but they can't afford to reach in an effort to fill arguably their biggest need.

The Steve O Show (Big D)

Give me your thoughts on a scale from 1 to 10 the likely hood of the following for 2011..... 1) Jay Ratliff gets move to DE, 2.) Marion Barber gets cut. 3.) Roy Williams stays a 3rd WR, 4.) Jerry gets active in free agent market, 5.) Full 16 game NFL season for 2011.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:15 PM)

Ratliff to DE -- 5. Barber gets cut -- 9.5. Williams stays as third WR -- 6. Jerry gets active in free agency -- TBD, based in large part on cap situation after CBA negotiations. Full season in 2011 -- 5.

Mark (Dallas)

Tim,Jason Garrett's comments and answers to questions are very repetitive and not very interesting or telling. I'm wondering what you guys in the media think about it? I'm just not convinced he's the right coach for this team even though I'm certain Jerry is going to hire him. As much as I can't stand Belicheck I am convinced the Cowboys must always have a coach with his type of temperament and coaching style for The Boys to be successful. (ie. The only successful coaches in Dallas - Coach Landry and Jimmy)Thoughts?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:17 PM)

Have you ever listened to a Belichick press conference? He tells the media even less than Garrett does. That's the intent from both coaches. They don't see any benefit to sharing any more information than necessary. As a member of the media, I don't particularly like that, but it'd be silly to hold it against a guy in a coaching search.

John (New Jersey)

Tim - with all the talk nationally about DMcNabb's skills possibly eroding, can we expect to begin to see the same from Romo? The man does take a lot of hits...

Tim MacMahon
  (4:18 PM)

Romo hasn't taken nearly as many hits over the years as McNabb has. He's also a few years younger. Romo's skills will decline at some point, but I believe that's at least a few years away.

Chris D. (Camp Lejeune NC)

From your observation and analysis what do you believe is the top priority for the Boys come draft day?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:18 PM)


Brandon (NYC)

What has happened to this defence compared to last years?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:20 PM)

The biggest problems have been the regression of key players (Jenkins, Newman, Spencer and Ratliff) and poor safety play.

Jake (DFW)

Is Stephen Bowen the most likely of the three FA DEs to resign and become a starter next season? Should Spears and Hatcher pack their bags?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:23 PM)

I think they'll re-sign Bowen, primarily because he has value as a interior rusher in the nickel package. Not sure that he'll be the starter at the beginning of the season. It's likely that they'll either move Ratliff or acquire a player to at least compete with Bowen for that job, whether it's a draft pick or free agent. I think they'll let Hatcher and Spears go.


Is Roy practicing and do you think he has done enough with his opportunities to come back next season?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:24 PM)

Yes, Roy Williams is practicing this week. As far as his situation for next season, well, it's kind of complicated. I'll have a pretty lengthy post about it on the Cowboys blog later this afternoon/evening.

Jose (Arlington)

If Holgren fired Mangini in Cleveland, do you see Rob Ryan coming here as the Defensive Coordinator?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:25 PM)

The Ryans are defensive geniuses, but I don't envision Jerry Jones ever hiring one. There's bad blood there dating to the Bounty Bowl.

Jimmy (DFW)

Tim, this team is 1st in the league in takeaways since Wade Phillips left. How much credit should Garrett get and will Jerry retain Pasq as D coordinator?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:26 PM)

Garrett gets credit for emphasizing turnovers. Pasqualoni gets credit for putting players in position to force them. You would hope that Jerry isn't the one making the decision on the defensive coordinator. That should be the head coach's call. If Garrett gets the job, I like Pasqualoni's chances.

Richard (Plano, TX)

Gerald Sensabaugh has played better in recent weeks. Should they resign him to a modest deal or roll the dice with a rookie draft pick and Akwasi to compete for the job? Alan Ball should be let go!

Tim MacMahon
  (4:28 PM)

It'd have to be a modest deal in terms of dollars and years. Even in that case, Sensabaugh still should have to compete to keep the starting job. I think it's much more likely that he'll sign with another team.

Jon (Denton)

What are your thoughts on Raheem Moore, the safety from UCLA? A possible pick for the Cowboys in the draft?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:30 PM)

Honestly, all I know about him is that he's the top-rated safety, according to Scouts Inc. and Mel Kiper, but not projected to be a high first-round pick.'s draft coverage will crank up after the Super Bowl. We'll get ex-NFL scout Bryan Broaddus involved, so we can provide some real expertise.

Nick (Dallas)

As bad as the Cowboys' secondary is, the run defense and pass rush are hardly better. What if the Cowboys hire Jeff Fisher as head coach, let him bring in his guys to coach the defense, convert to a 4-3 defense, and trade for Albert Haynseworth? It's a stretch, but can you imagine a D line consisting of Ware, Ratliff, Haynesworth and Spencer?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:30 PM)

Sure, let's destory team chemistry and screw up the salary cap all in one move.

matt (in a plane on the way to dallas)

How much do you think losing ken hamlin has hurt the cowboys?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:31 PM)

Not much, if at all. There's a reason Hamlin, who signed with the Colts today, has been out of a job most of the season.

Jon (Colorado Springs)

Even with teh development of Gronk. and the return of Phillips next year, Do you see th eboys going after a True FB in the draft? I hear from experts that this is a great year for FB (The kid out of Standford would look great in our backfield) Thanks and Merry Xmas!

Tim MacMahon
  (4:32 PM)

I wouldn't be surprised to see the Cowboys pick a traditional fullback in the late rounds, but they've got more needs than picks in this draft.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:33 PM)

Gotta get going. Thanks for the questions. If I didn't get to yours, feel free to hit me up on Twitter @espn_macmahon