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November 2, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Calvin Watkins

Calvin Watkins
  (3:00 PM)

Welcome to the Friday afternoon chat. Let's go.

Morice (Virginia Beach, VA)

I've asked JJT and Todd Archer for their opinions on this matter and i'd like yours. I believe Dez Bryant will not be a Cowboy before the 2014 season. Would you agree or disagree with that?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:01 PM)

Well, given that Bryant is signed through 2014, I believe he'll remain with the Cowboys. In terms of a longer deal, I doubt if it will happen.

BFFL (Work)

Charlie Peprah he was a pretty good Db in GB and could make plays on the ball something we havent really seen from our FS in a long time and chance we seem more of him on the field?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:03 PM)

I think Peprah will see some time on Sunday in Atlanta at safety. He's a playmaker but knee surgery left him on the street. Cowboys like the fact he's a veteran who can pick up a defense and he could make a difference in a game where the Falcons plan to throw it deep.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

How do you think that the Dallas Cowboys will do this week in Atlanta?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:05 PM)

Chris, I piked the Falcons to win a high-scoring game. The Atlanta defense is OK, so there's possibilities to make some plays in the run and pass game. But I just like Matt Ryan better than Tony Romo right now and it's hard to win in that place.

BFFL (Work)

Other than the Int last week, romo to miles in the slot has been producing some good numbers over the past couple weeks but im sick of ogletree on the outside, any chance we see any beasley in the slot sunday night?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:06 PM)

It would be nice, but the bottom line is the Cowboys are going to keep going to Ogletree in key situations. He's been inconsistent but for whatever reason the Cowboys don't trust the younger receivers such as Beasley, Holmes and Harris.

LeAnne (Washington)

Cal, how much of a role do you think Tanner plays this week and do you think he should play a bigger role?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:15 PM)

Felix Jones is nicked up with knee and neck problems so I would suspect Phillip Tanner will see a few more carries because of that. If Jones is struggling with his health then Tanner will get some carries, Lance Dunbar as well. I like how Dunbar runs, very fast good movement between the tackles.

Michael (new York )

Is Murray gonna be 0 by the game against Philly ?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:16 PM)

I don't know what 0 means, but Murray should play at Philadelphia. He started running this week and seems to be in good spirits about his health. He can't rush back or the injury gets worse. It's one of those things where he's never had a foot injury in his career, so he's learning how to deal with it.

landon (plano)

Who should start at WR3

Calvin Watkins
  (3:18 PM)

Right now, it's Kevin Ogletree, but he's too inconsistent for my taste. I would like to see Dwayne Harris or Andre Holmes as the No. 3 receiver.

Richard Rice Lynchburg Va [via mobile]

Is there any chance that Jerry will give up control of the team to be able to get a top name coach in or is it possible that if Norv gets fired if he would bring him in as coach or coordinator.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:26 PM)

Jerry Jones is never giving up the GM duties. Never. If he ever fires Jason Garrett, not sure who gets the gig, but Norv Turner getting that win last night was big for his job security in San Diego. For now, I wouldn't worry about Jerry giving up the GM job or Garrett getting canned.

CC (Atlanta)

Can the OL block Abraham and company? Major concern.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:28 PM)

Big concern, but the line has gotten better the last few weeks for the Cowboys. The two players I'm most worried about are center Ryan Cook and right tackle Doug Free. He's going to have his hands full with Ray Edwards the left defensive end. But the Falcons won't have outside linebacker Sean Weatherspon so that's going to be an issue. Mike Peterson, a veteran in this league will start in his place.

George (Flanders)

Calvin, expanding on BFFL's Q.. Ogletree had great game 1, credit given. But let's be honest, he's taking the spots of the youngsters who may or may not breakout, which we won't know because he's there.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:29 PM)

I'm starting to think Ogletree is a progress stopper. His inconsistency is hampering the ability to see Holmes, Beasley and Harris. But I wonder about those players too. Are they inconsistent in practice? If that's the case, Garrett is not going to play them.

Bill - NOHO [via mobile]

This team's biggest problem rests above the shoulders with mental lapses galore. Any realistic remedy?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:30 PM)

You could fire the entire team, but that's not going to happen. So, saying that, mentally they make to many mistakes, and that has to stop if the Cowboys are going to emerge as a contender. Jason Garrett is frustrated by the penalties and the turnovers, if it doesn't stop, Cowboys will miss the postseason again.

herb (austin, tx)

RESONSIBILITY - ACCOUNTABILITY.....plz comment on those two words regarding their lack of to the Cowboys

Calvin Watkins
  (3:32 PM)

I think the Cowboys have both from the head coach. I know Garrett has done some positive things, like benching Bryant putting Bernadeau on notice, things like that. I believe if Romo struggles with the turnovers again, he should sit him, but I doubt if that will happen.

jovan(compton) [via mobile]

Has anyone told the cowboys receivers, that roddy white laughed(hard) when ask who has a better receiving core between cowboys and falcons?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:33 PM)

I didn't know that. But I do like the Falcons receivers. Very fast, talented and make big plays.

9to82 (Somewhere where Boys win)

Are you OK Calvin? Slow on responses today!

Calvin Watkins
  (3:33 PM)

Yeah, sorry, lots of discussions about the Cowboys in the media workroom today.

Steve (Danville, CA)

Do you think Romo would still make the same mistakes if somebody like Jon Gruden was the coach? Couldn't somebody like that rein in his talent? I'd much prefer to see Garrett go than Romo.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:35 PM)

Not sure. Romo is 32, not 22, so he is what he is. He's prone to make mistakes in the passing game. The Cowboys are making too many excuses for him and that's sad. He doesn't get ripped like he should when he makes mistakes. But he's got one-year remaining on his deal and the Cowboys will give him an extension.

Brian (Appleton)

Do the players have confidence in Garrett? Or do they realize they are the ones that play the game and make the mistakes? I like Garrett and hope he gets another year.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:37 PM)

I think Garrett will get another year on the job and I do believe the Cowboys have confidence in him. But if he fails to reach the postseason in 2012, the next year could be his last one.


Why doesn't Garrett simplify the passing game?! It seems like half of Romo's mistakes come on plays where the receiver has options for multiple routes. You can only mess up the curl/fly combo so many times before you realize it's not working.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:40 PM)

Passing game is pretty simple, it's a numbers system. A receiver is told a number and he runs that route. Very easy. However, when the defense makes changes the receiver has to make an adjustment and this where the problems come in.

9to82 (Somewhere where Boys win)

Why is it that great coaches like Woycick (spelling?), and Robinson have so much success at their previous stops and come to Dallas only to have players not be prepared and WRs that seem lost on the field? WHY!!!!!????

Calvin Watkins
  (3:45 PM)

It's not the fault of the coaches, sometimes it's the players. Mike Woicik wore out his welcome in New England and it was time to go. Jimmy Robinson is a good coach, but is it coaching when you have Donald Driver and Greg Jennings, or the talent. One NFL front office man told me last year you can judge a coach by how he develops young talent. If you look at the Cowboys receivers, the young ones especially, you need to ask yourself, have they gotten better?

Morice (Virginia Beach, VA)

Who would rather see at 3rd reciever? Harris or Beasley?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:45 PM)


Angel (Puerto)

I don't think Garret is a bad Head Coach,but he not what this team needs. This team does't need a Tony Dungy. This Team needs a screamer,a yeller. If the the players were different I love Garret to keep his job, but until those kind of players that have strong personalitys are here, I do think they need someone to get on them when they make mistake. What do you think?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:46 PM)

The team had Bill Parcells, a screamer and he didn't win any playoff games or win division titles. Under Wade Phillips, the Cowboys won two division titles and won a playoff game. With Garrett as the coach, the Cowboys haven't won a division title or reached the playoffs yet.It doesn't matter what type of coach you have, it's the players. If you don't have good ones, it doesn't matter who the coach is.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:47 PM)

My time is up guys. Bosses want to move on to something else. Take care.