NFC East Notebook, Jan. 14: Bill Callahan to continue calling plays in Dallas

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

News and notes from around the NFC East.

Our offseason-themed NFC East notebooks continue, with this week bringing us news about the Cowboys coaching staff, the Eagles plans at wide receiver and the Jay Gruden Era in D.C.

Here's the latest from around the division:

Dallas Cowboys

It was a big deal last season when Jason Garrett relented play-calling duties on Bill Callahan. This season, no changes will be coming.

According to CBS Sports, Callahan will continue to call plays in 2014, as the system the team utilized late in the season -- with Garrett serving as a conduit between Callahan and Tony Romo -- was deemed as the most effective system.

Over at Blogging the Boys, they're already speculating about who the 'Boys might nab with their first pick in May's draft.

SB Nation's first mock draft projects Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman. The pick is certainly logical, considering Jason Hatcher and Jay Ratliff are free agents. Scooping us Hageman allows the team to decide between one of the two veterans, and insert a rookie into the defensive line shuffle.

Philadelphia Eagles

Jeremy Maclin has battled injuries each of the past two seasons, and entering free agency, he knows that'll play a factor.

Maclin told CSN Philly he understands his most recent ACL tear may force him to sign a one-year deal, and he's OK with that. Maclin added he's confident he can "go out and ball out," then get his lucrative, long-term deal in 2015.

Speaking of Eagles wide receivers, DeSean Jackson had made headlines, and not because of his contract demands.

Jackson's house was robbed Saturday night, and reports indicate a quarter-million dollars in cash, $125,000 in jewelry and two handguns were taken. Jackson is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

Washington Redskins

Skins fans' heads are still spinning from the Gruden hire, which was different than previous hires made by owner Daniel Snyder.

The three previous coaches Snyder hired -- Marty Schottenheimer, Joe Gibbs and Mike Shanahan -- are three of the most winningest coaches in league history. Combined, they have a winning percentage of .420, though as Redskins head men they totaled eight losing seasons out of 11.

In comes Gruden, a first-time head coach. He doesn't have a track record like the other three coaches, so he has to prove himself. He doesn't demand the spotlight. And he doesn't need absolute power.

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