NFC East Notebook, NYE Edition: Shanahan gets the axe; Garrett safe?

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

News and notes from Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington

The regular season has come to an end, and the Eagles proved to be the best of the NFC East after defeating the Cowboys in a winner-takes-all showdown Sunday night.

Of course, the final divisional standings had its ramifications.

All is well in Philly, where first-year NFL coach will take the Eagles into the postseason. In Washington, the search for a new coach is on. There is uncertainty over who will call plays in New York. Reports suggest Jason Garrett is safe, but how much can we trust a frustrated Jerry Jones?

Here's the latest from around the NFC East:

Dallas Cowboys

After a third straight 8-8 season without a trip to the postseason, Jones restated his confidence in Garrett as his head coach next season. Adding to that, Garrett said he's had "positive conversations" about his future with Dallas.

Not everybody is fond on this decision, though.

Blogging the Boys believes a change is needed. Writes the author: "He's 29-27 over 56 games, has failed to make the playoffs and has lost three consecutive win-and-your-in games. You don't pin those games on one individual player, but you certainly can pin them on the head coach."

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles open the postseason with a home game against the New Orleans Saints, but some sights are already set on the Super Bowl. According to Bovada, both the Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals have 16-1 odds of making it to MetLife Stadium in February, tied for the seventh-best odds among the 12 teams.

Philly is 9-1 to win the NFC, a hair shy of the Green Bay Packers (8-1) and above the Saints (14-1).

It was Brandon Boykin's late interception of Kyle Orton that cemented Philly's place in the playoffs, and the Eagles' defense has made headlines down the stretch of the season. As a result, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is receiving interest as a head coaching candidate around the league. Among teams interested are the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings.

Washington Redskins

It seems like it has been a long time coming, but finally the verdict is in. On Monday owner Dan Snyder fired Mike Shanahan as head coach of the Redskins, voiding the fifth year of his deal. Not only is Shanahan gone, but the entire coaching staff was wiped clean.

Shanahan owned a 24-40 mark as head coach, with 2012 being the bright spot as a rookie named RGIII lifted Washington to an NFC East title.

One potential hire could be Griffin's college coach, Art Briles of Baylor.

Hogs Haven writes Briles deserves a shot in Washington. Here's the case:

"Art Briles, the current head honcho of Baylor University football, is one of the great offensive minds in college football today. I don't think that much is disputable. What is, apparently, is if his version of the spread offense would translate to the NFL."

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