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Breaking Down Gil Brandt’s Cowboys Quarterbacks Rankings

Gil Brandt made sure Twitter had something to argue about this week. He took to Twitter to share his thoughts on who were the best quarterbacks in the history of the . For a long time, it’s been a controversial topic. After all, Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach won the multiple times, but who played better? If you want to play a wildcard, you can argue that Tony Romo leads the franchise in plenty of passing records. And that’s only mentioning three of them.

But Brandt’s Top 5 was even more controversial. It was the kind of tweet you need to stare at for a few seconds to process it. And then, hit the reply with your own ranking. Let’s take a look at his tweet.

Whew. What makes this even more fun is that outrage in isn’t about one specific player. Let’s break it down.

Tony Romo at #5 was a huge surprise. Perhaps the most controversial player in Cowboys history, Romo’s place on this list is often behind Aikman and Staubach. He was seen by many as a very talented player who was the face of the franchise for an extended period of time and kept the Cowboys in almost any game despite not having a great around him. The Cowboys’ passing record book has Romo’s name at the top in yards, touchdowns (with an 83 TD lead over Aikman), and ranks third in wins.

and lack of playoff success earned him many detractors, but to rank him as the fifth-best quarterback in team history seems quite low.

Danny White also took many by surprise. White led the Cowboys to three Championship Games, which I believe might be the biggest argument you can make for ranking him ahead of Romo. He went 62-30 in his career.

Don Meredith’s absence didn’t go unnoticed. He was the first face of the Dallas Cowboys franchise. Meredith is remembered by his playmaking ability. The first Cowboys winning season was led by none other than Dandy Don. How can you not include the first of the Cowboys legendary quarterbacks?

But nothing was more shocking than Dak Prescott’s place at #3. He’s one of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL right now. The Cowboys should pay him. He’s the future of the franchise. As I write this though, in February 2020, I don’t see how you rank him as the third-best in Cowboys history.

If Prescott retired tomorrow, what would he even mean in team history? He wouldn’t be remembered as Meredith, White, or Romo. I can’t help but wonder what specifically is Brandt ranking here. Is it talent? Greatness? Or simply, “best”?

Is he taking into consideration Dak’s future? I bet that the list will make a bit more sense in the future. Prescott has the potential to be someone special. But right now, I don’t see how you rank him over any of these guys.

For what it’s worth, here’s how I’d rank them.

  1. Roger Staubach
  2. Troy Aikman
  3. Tony Romo
  4. Don Meredith
  5. Danny White

Now granted, Brandt is a great one who didn’t make his ranking without a justification. I can’t wait to hear him back his thoughts up soon. I hope he does.

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Written by Mauricio Rodriguez

I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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  1. I wish they would cut Prescott so he can see how fast no other team will pay him what he thinks he is worth
    He could make same in endorsements and live a rich life
    But no he is another greedy player who cares more for self than team

    Yeah if you can’t live on 30mill a year then you need help

  2. Can anyone explain to me how Dak Prescott can have the gall to demand to be paid a salary as if he had won 3 or 4 Super Bowls, when the guy just turned in a lousy 8-8 season?

    It seems to me like this current generation of young NFL players are suffering from a pretty serious case of narcissism and have a grossly inflated sense of ego driven self-worth. They do not look in the mirror and look at their own accomplishments – one of which is measured by how many games they have won and how many play-offs or Super Bowls they’ve taken their team to – and then come up with a fair assessment of their worth. What they do instead, is to look around the league and see the ridiculously over inflated salaries of other NFL players and then demand that they be paid the same or higher.

    Merit and results seem to play no role in their thinking processes. These kids are driven by a sense of entitlement, envy and jealousy. Prescott is probably a Bernie Bro.

  3. dandy don was fun and a good player but didn’t white take them to playoffs several times. As for romo dude he should absolutely be 3rd on that list or maybe even second to staubach. if not for jerah he would have had at least one championship. he played all out every game and willed his teams to more wins than they could have ever achieved with the lack of great players from jerah to help him. I would match him even next to staubach. Two players who lifted their teams up. troy had the best coaches and the best players in football to win with. He was a great manager, dependable and very accurate. White was a guy that the team didn’t like but he still kept taking them to playoffs. Dandy don was a fighter and a jokster that played old school smash mouth football

  4. I’d pick Romo as the #1 QB for the Cowboys…
    The defensive talent on the Cowboy teams in the Romo era SUCKED and Tony led them to winning records. Give him the defenses that Roger/Troy had, he would have won several Championships

  5. Roger
    Don Meredith
    Troy Aikman
    Danny White
    Tony Romo
    The game is very different now. Can’t even look hard at the qb now. Older days they tried to kill the qb. Many times Meredith would get out of the hospital before the game and go back after it was over.

  6. For what it’s worth. Roger is number 1. If Tono Romo had the team Roger or Troy had he would have been equal to Roger
    4 Danda Don
    5- White
    That’s it folks.
    But if Romo. Had had Johnson might even been better
    Roger had the Great Tom Landry

  7. I’ll take Danny White over Dak and Romo anyway. He won playoff games and very accurate passer, way more so than the over rated and soon to be over paid QB. I would like to see Dallas drop him and see who pays him as much as he thinks he is worth. If he didn’t have a Star on his helmet he would be above avg player and paid same

  8. Romo is far more talented than White and Meredith. With the exception of the 2007 Cowboys roster, Romo never played on the type of loaded rosters afforded to White (e.g., 1980-1982) and Meredith (e.g., 1966-1968). If you replace Meredith or White with Romo, the Cowboys would have collected at least 2 additional Lombardi Trophies.

    • You must be in your 20’s or 30’s to believe that nonsense. The NFL of today is crap compared to their eras. Romo couldn’t have played with the rules White and especially Meredith played under. As for talent, Romo had loads of talent on his roster. They were predicted to win the Superbowl with some of those teams and choked as the top seed. Meredith played against Lombardi’s Packers and White got them to three straight conference championships.
      I’ll take White over Romo anyday. As for Dak, he’s another over rated ‘star’ who can’t step up with all the supposed talent Jerry’s put around him.

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