When asked if the team would evaluate the quarterback position during this bye week, Jason Garrett gave a rare straight forward and blunt answer. “Yes”, was his response – after watching Brandon Weeden lose his eleventh straight start, and third in a row for this season.
Weeden was asked to throw 39 times against New England, completing 26 of them while failing to throw a touchdown. He also threw one interception.
According to Bleacher Report Insider Jason Cole, it is “highly likely” the team will start Matt Cassel at the Giants on the 25th. However, nothing has been confirmed and Garrett has yet to make this decision.
Cassel started three games for the Vikings last season, completing 57.7% of his passes. The veteran QB does not provide a significant upgrade in downfield accuracy, as both him and Brandon Weeden have nearly identical yards per completion.
What Cassel does provide is a history of winning, something Brandon Weeden has failed to do. The Cowboys are still in a win-now mentality, which is something Weeden has failed to grasp.
Cassel won ten games in New England in 2008 before leading the Chiefs to a 10 win season in 2010.
While this change would not throw off a lot of teams, as Cassel is a league veteran, it could potentially light a fire under Weeden to compete for his job back.
The competitiveness at each position was a critical point made by the coaching staff during training camp.
Brandon Weeden faced no serious threat to his backup job, as Dustin Vaughan and Jameill Showers were both underwhelming.
When the team brought in Cassel, it was a clear sign to Weeden that he must perform well in order to keep his job.