Ratliff's DWI, Callahan's New Role and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistJanuary 23, 2013

Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff prior to the game against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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The Philadelphia Eagles are putting together a coaching staff and preparing to pick fourth in the draft, the Washington Redskins are adjusting to life as reigning champions without Robert Griffin III, and yet the Dallas Cowboys have stolen the NFC East spotlight this week with a pair of big stories.

We found out on Tuesday that Jay Ratliff had been arrested on suspicion of DWI following a car accident in Grapevine, Texas, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

In on-the-field (sort of) news, we got confirmation from Jerry Jones that Jason Garrett would indeed be stripped of his playcalling duties in 2013, according to ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins.

Ratliff's future with the team is now considered to be in doubt, especially when you take into account his age and salary and the optics involved. A teammate was killed and another charged with intoxication manslaughter in another car accident just six weeks ago. Nobody was hurt this time, so we're just left wondering if Ratliff has a problem or is an idiot. 

In story No. 2, Bill Callahan is the benefactor. For years, only an offensive coordinator by title, he'll actually be coordinating the offense going forward so that Garrett can focus on head coachy stuff. The strange part, of course, is that Garrett was promoted into his current role essentially because of his control of the offense. 

So a pair of fresh controversies in Dallas. Just another offseason at Valley Ranch.

On to what else is being talked about in the NFC East...


New York Giants

From Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post: The Giants plan to interview Manti Te'o.

From ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk: Corey Webster is the highest-paid, non-quarterback on the Giants.


Philadelphia Eagles

From Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib was fired up to meet with his hometown Eagles at the Senior Bowl.

Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News looks at how ridiculously fast-paced Chip Kelly's offense is.


Washington Redskins

John Keim of the Washington Examiner wonders how Alfred Morris will hold up in 2013 after a huge workload as a rookie.

From Mark Maske of the Washington Post: All anyone can focus on in the Washington football world is Robert Griffin III's injury.