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Comeback Kaput? Tony Romo Says “I’m Done”

Jess Haynie




Many Cowboys fans are holding onto the idea that Tony Romo is the real backup quarterback in 2017, ready to put the pads back on if something bad happens to Dak Prescott. That plan may have just been cancelled, though, according to recent comments from Romo himself.

Yesterday, while talking to NFL Network during a celebrity golf event, Tony Romo said the following when asked about a possible NFL comeback.

“Like I said before, I’m done.”

To paraphrase a buddy of mine, it’s no surprise that an offseason with his kids, golf, and overall freedom would make Tony happy to stay retired. If Romo really needs a football fix, it will probably come from the CBS announce booth in just a few months.

Still, this isn’t welcome news if you’re not thrilled with the Cowboys’ QB depth chart. The idea of having Romo in an emergency glass case has helped some to cope with having Kellen Moore, and not much else, as the only reserves behind Prescott. If Tony is truly off the table, another layer of security for the 2017 season has just been removed.

Dak Prescott, Kellen Moore, Wade Wilson

Cooper Rush, Kellen Moore, and Dak Prescott with QB Coach Wade Wilson. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Remember, it was just a year ago that the Cowboys’ season was saved by their number-three quarterback. Moore was the primary backup before getting hurt in training camp. Had he stayed healthy, Kellen may have held that post right into the regular season. Dak may not have had the same opportunity to shine in the preseason that he got from Moore’s absence.

As of now, the other quarterbacks on the roster are journeyman Zac Dysert and undrafted rookie Cooper Rush. While Dak Prescott was himself a major surprise, nobody expects either of these two players to have a similar story. In truth, neither is likely to make the 53-man roster.

So, if the unthinkable happens, Kellen Moore is looking like your only hope. His groupies aren’t worried; some Moore zealots think he could win the job from Prescott right now if given the opportunity. Even if you’re not in the fan club, you at least hope that Kellen’s system familiarity will pay off if called upon.

But as for that storybook chapter where Tony Romo returns from Valhalla, wielding the football and saving Cowboys Nation from doom, it’s looking more and more like a fantasy.


Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

  • George_Johnson

    Jess Haynie:
    We will get a good indicator for what Kellen Moore can do during the preseason. Kellen should play extensively against 1st and 2nd team defenses for five games. This should be a good test. If he plays well overall everyone should feel more comfortable with him at 2nd team going into the season. If he plays bad, then Dallas will probably be looking for a veteran QB to bring in. I expect K Moore to do well. He should be very ready at this point. If he can’t do it now, he never will be able to. I think a lot of fans and sports writers are going to be surprised and I will be surprised if he doesn’t play well overall. He almost always plays way better than anyone thinks he can play.

    • Jess Haynie

      Kellen definitely needs those preseason reps after missing all of last year. I hope he looks good. If not, I wonder if something might happen with a veteran free agent or the waiver wire around final cuts.

  • John Williams

    Great read Jess.

    The valhalla reference is spectacular.

    I’m thankful he’s put this idea to rest. I’m sure several major media outlets will try to carry this narrative into the season and “ask the question”, but there is no need for it. It’s unrealistic for a guy to miss an entire offseason and then be expected to come in and contribute without much notice.

    • Jess Haynie

      Thanks man. I’d have gone with Sto’Vo’Kor but way fewer people would’ve gotten that reference.

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

Sean Martin



Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

After hiring Paul Alexander to fill their vacant OL coaching position, the Dallas Cowboys are continuing to retool their offensive staff below Scott Linehan. Sanjay Lal has been hired to coach the Cowboys’ wide receivers, replacing Derek Dooley.

Lal has experience as a WR coach with four different teams, dating back to 2009 with the Oakland Raiders. He was promoted up to this position after serving as the Raiders’ quality control coach from 2007-08.

David Moore on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys have reached an agreement with Sanjay Lal to become the team’s WR coach. Lal was with Indianapolis last season and replaces Derek Dooley on the staff.

Most recently, Sanjay Lal coached the receivers for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He has also been with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

In this interview with the Colts, Lal mentions being very detail-oriented with a focus on the technical aspects of playing receiver.

Lal beats out former Cowboys WR Miles Austin for this position, earning the right to lead a room of receivers in desperate need of fresh talent. In an offseason that’s been about finding fresh ideas with the coaching staff so far though, the Cowboys have a new voice on offense.

Tell us what you think about “Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach” in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

Jess Haynie



Matt Eberflus, Sean Lee

Multiple sources are reporting Matt Eberflus — who has been the linebackers coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys — will leave to join the Indianapolis Colts as the new defensive coordinator. Eberflus has been with Dallas since 2011, having joined Rob Ryan’s staff when Ryan become the coordinator for the Cowboys’ defense.

He has been the linebackers coach during his entire Dallas tenure and was also named passing game coordinator in 2016.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

With Josh McDaniels ticketed for the #Colts, former #Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus is expected to come along as defensive coordinator, I’m told. Lot of parts falling in place now.

If not the Colts, some thought Matt Eberflus might end up replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Either way, it does not appear Dallas could have kept him around while Rod Marinelli remains in his current position.

Eberflus’ work in Dallas speaks for itself, and primarily through LB Sean Lee.

He has been Lee’s position coach for all but his rookie season, and in that time Lee has been one of the top defensive players in all of football.

Beyond Lee, Eberflus has also been able to get quality play out of mid-round picks like Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson. We also saw Jaylon Smith make significant progress this season.

Given Matt Eberflus has never worked with Josh McDaniels before, the fact he was on the Colts’ radar says a lot.

Make no mistake; the Cowboys lost a good one here.

Don’t panic, however. Coach Marinelli has cast a very wide net during his time in the NFL and there are a lot of potential guys, some with plenty of experience, that Dallas might look to.

It’s entirely possible that Eberflus’ replacement will be someone who Marinelli spends 2018 grooming to take over as the defensive coordinator.

Still, of all the coaching changes so far for Dallas, this one hurts most.


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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Thus far the 2018 offseason has brought a plethora of change to the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Now it is being reported the Cowboys have hired a brand new offensive line coach, former Cincinnati Bengals’ Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander.

Alex Marvez on Twitter

Source tells @sportingnews that Paul Alexander hired as new @dallascowboys offensive line coach

Alexander coached with the Bengals for over 20 years, and replaces the same man in Dallas who replaces him in Cincinnati, Frank Pollack. Alexander has also been the Bengals assistant head coach since 2003.

The Cowboys recently lost an assistant head coach when Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia left for Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.

Per usual, the hire has been met with mixed reactions from Cowboys Nation.

Joey Ickes on Twitter

Since 2003, CIN has had only one season where they finished top-10 in Yards per attempt on the ground… They’ve been bottom-5 in the league 5 times in that span… That’s the OL Coach DAL just hired.

The hiring of an offensive line coach who’s rushing attack finished bottom five in the league in rushing yards per attempt five times since 2003 doesn’t look too great on paper. He will also teach with different techniques and styles than previous Cowboys OL coaches, which could potentially set back the offensive line early in the season.

Plus, respected Bengals’ writer Joe Goodberry did not exactly love the hire for the Cowboys.

Goodberry on Twitter

Pretty bad

Regardless, this is still a very talented offensive line and one which should lead an effective ground attack based on their talent alone. 2017 proved further that coaching matters a lot in the NFL however, and the wrong hire could set back even the most talented of units.

We will just have to wait and see how this 2018 season ends up playing out.


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