Beastlines: Cowboys ranked top franchise

Dallas Cowboys

Bob Sturm of the Dallas Morning News has his annual NFL franchise rankings based on teams' accomplishments from Super Bowl I to the present, and the Cowboys ended up in a familiar spot.

ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon compares the Cowboys' roster to the Packers' and concludes the Super Bowl champs have the edge just about everywhere. The DMN's David Moore came to a similar conclusion.

The Cowboys are poised to hire former Carolina Panthers assistant Brian Baker as their defensive line coach.

New York Giants

In his latest mock draft, FoxSports.com's Peter Schrager has the Giants selecting USC tackle Tyron Smith. CBSSports.com's Chad Reuter also tabbed the Giants to select Smith, while Reuter's colleague Rob Rang thinks New York will take Colorado tackle Nate Solder.

ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk grades the performance of the Giants' defensive backs during the 2010 season.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles hired two assistants Tuesday and gave new titles to some other assistants already on staff.

The way the Eagles' fan base reacted to the rumors of Jon Gruden replacing Andy Reid says something about the way fans view the team's longtime coach, according to the Inquirer's Phil Sheridan.

Washington Redskins

Even if owner Daniel Snyder wins his lawsuit against Washington City Paper, he loses because the entire affair has been a PR disaster, writes Jason Reid of The Washington Post.

The Redskins hired Chris Morgan, formerly with the Raiders, as an assistant offensive line coach Tuesday.

Rich Tandler of CSNwashington.com looks at four possible destinations for quarterback Donovan McNabb.