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Cowboys Have A Quarterback Controversy Brewing In Big D

Bryson Treece

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On Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys improved their record to 5-1, and sit on top of the NFC East. The Cowboys success has been due to the play of rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, who leads the league in rushing yards, and just set a record for consecutive games rushing over 130 yards. The Cowboys weren’t NFL odds favorites coming into the season because of Tony Romo’s injury, but they are now, thanks to their impressive rookies.

While a lot of Cowboys fans are excited about the team’s early season success, there is a looming controversy the team will have to deal with when Tony Romo is cleared to return to the lineup. Should the team keep Prescott as their starting quarterback or give Romo his job back?

According to team owner Jerry Jones, Romo is the team’s starting quarterback when he returns, and that isn’t sitting well with a lot of fans.

Let’s look closer into the situation. Over his career, Tony Romo has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but the Cowboys fan base has never fully been behind him. After Romo became the team’s full time starter, he enjoyed the trappings of success a little too much, dating celebrities and took a trip to Mexico a week before a playoff game, which rubbed some of the fans the wrong way.

Despite his off-field gaffes, Romo statistically is one of the best quarterbacks to play for the franchise, which is very impressive considering the number of Hall of Famers that have played the position for the Cowboys.

Despite his impressive stats, Romo has been under fire because of the team’s inability to make the playoffs consistently and to win playoff games.

The truth of the matter is Romo hasn’t had a lot of help in recent years, which is why the team has struggled to make the playoffs consistently. When he was first named a starter, he had weapons like Terrell Owens and Jason Witten, who gave him reliable targets to throw to.

After Owens was let go by the team, Witten was his only receiving weapon, and the team didn’t have much of a running game to take the pressure off. Now, that the team has had weapons around him, he hasn’t been able to stay healthy.

When Prescott was drafted, the team figured he would spend a couple of seasons behind Romo learning how to play the position at the top level, but during the preseason, he proved he is a quick study and is ready for prime time.

Through the first five games of the season, he didn’t throw an interception and was effective moving the chains. Last week, he finally threw his first interception, but was able to lead the team to a victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau.

A lot of experts have compared the Prescott situation with the Tom Brady situation when he filled in for an injured Drew Bledsoe before taking over as the full-time starter. They believe that despite Romo being the better quarterback right now, removing Prescott from the starting lineup could disrupt the team’s momentum.

While that is a possibility, Romo still gives the team the best chance to win, and has the experience to lead them on a deep playoff run. The question now is does head coach Jason Garrett feel the same way?



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  • Randy Martin

    Oh really??? This is a real news flash! Holy smokes how many more of these need to be written?

  • Mike Young

    Last season when Romo went down against Carolina for the second time that year, I thought to myself and sent to my friends this message: I’ve just witnessed the end of Romo. What I meant is that Romo was injury-prone, unreliable at QB and that the Cowboys needed a new QB. All opposing teams needed to do to defeat the ‘Boys and send them into a tailspin is get to Romo.

    Last 3 games, 3 injuries. Injury – 8 games, injury – 6 games, injury – 7 games.
    Anybody who follows the Dallas Cowboys should be concerned for Romo’s health (although the potential impact of another injury on the team has been mitigated by the presence of Dak Prescott).

    Are we to believe that Romo’s performance will not be affected by these recent injuries? Navigating the pocket, movement away from pressure, throwing on the run (er, move)? How will Romo’s decisions and delivery be affected with a 300 pound lineman coming at him with intent to do damage? Will his in-game mentality be negatively affected? Romo has always taken risks, made bad decisions and bad plays that cost his team at the worst possible times. I think the frequency of bad plays increase now.

    Team momentum. The ‘Boys are on a roll. There is a significant risk that a change in QB’s affects the team’s progress, rhythm and energy. Do you take that risk?

    There is a unique opportunity to make the team better through savings under the salary cap. It is being reported the Dallas Cowboys could save millions under the salary cap by moving on from Romo.

    • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

      @Mike Young — Meh. I thought and said the same thing. Where we differ is that I don’t believe he is incapable, or going to be “hearing footsteps” at all. I do seriously wonder if he can sustain the hits anymore. The injuries you mentioned… breaking a collarbone he broke once before (2011 I believe), breaking that same collarbone again when he rushed back, and injuring a back he’s had multiple prior injuries to. If it were new problems, that’s one thing, but the same areas being affected again and again? Sounds like a body breaking down to me.

      Anyway, I’m for momentum, I’m just also for not losing your job because of injury. If Romo comes back healthy and playing like he was, he’s twice the QB Dak is now, and that’s okay. Dak could end up being a better QB when it’s all said and done. But his rookie year isn’t his only shot to make that happen.

      Thanks for reading, Mike.

  • Mike Young

    Bryson – I am not going to go anywhere near what may appear to be questioning Romo’s courage or ability when healthy (the key is health – there is no escaping the realty that Romo is 36 years old coming off 3 straight serious injuries). I believe it is fair to question whether he can do it like he used to? Particularly, when coming off several shoulder and back surgeries. Keep in mind it has been almost a season and a half since Romo’s outstanding 2014 campaign.

    I think you are being a little naïve and overly sentimental to say you’re not for losing your job because of injury. Try missing too much time due to illness and see if you aren’t replaced on your job. Also, you are way off the mark to say a healthy Romo is twice the QB Dak is now! What do you base that on? Not Super Bowls, Not NFC Championships, Not even playoff victories! I say let the rookie have is day. We all may be unexpected rewarded.

    Some folks have a more difficult time getting past the sacrifices made by players and loyalty we feel for those sacrifices and also the sentimentality of moving on, especially when we want the best for them. But it’s not like Romo hasn’t had opportunities or been handsomely rewarded for his sacrifices. Football is a business. Sometimes things change suddenly in business but we have to find a workable solution and keep moving. I think we’ve done that and to extend the business analogy, the bottom line looks good and prospects look even better.

    Thanks for your article and your comments.

  • Brian

    I believe that Tony Romo, with all his injuries, would be a great relief quarter back. Let Dak Prescott remain the starting QB with a “healthy” Romo behind him ready to play. I would be more than willing to let Romo ride out his contract on the bench as the highest paid back up in the league.

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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Reinstated, Will Join Team for Training Camp

Sean Martin

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The Dallas Cowboys patience with Defensive End Randy Gregory has paid off. Suspended for the better part of 2016 and all of 2017, Gregory has officially been reinstated to join the team for their 2018 training camp. The projected starter at RDE, Gregory will report to Oxnard with the rest of the team on July 25th.

From here, it will be all hard work for Gregory to reconnect with Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli and get his promising career back on track. The last time Gregory suited up for the Cowboys, he managed to sack Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz in a week 17 win. The Cowboys will be expecting much more of this from a player they've supported through multiple violations of the league's heavily criticized substance abuse policy.

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Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory's petition for reinstatement was not opposed, according to lawyer Daniel Moskowitz. He's back. "I've never been more proud of any individual in my life. I'm very excited for Randy and his daughter and the rest of the his family.

Among this support staff for Gregory were a number of teammates that wrote formal letters to the NFL as part of his bid for reinstatement. These last few days of preparation before the Cowboys are together again as a team will surely be uplifted by Gregory's presence.

They say no news is typically good news at this point in the offseason, something the Cowboys have come to realize far too often. Today's news shouldn't be confused with a pleasant surprise however, rather something the Cowboys were committed to in getting another premier pass rusher on the field.

Here is the NFL's official press release on their reinstatement of Randy Gregory:

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Cowboys & DeMarcus Lawrence Fail to Reach New Contract

Jess Haynie

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DeMarcus Lawrence will definitely be a Cowboy in 2018, but now the future  beyond that remains in question. The Dallas Cowboys and their star defensive end did not agree to a long-term contract by today's deadline for franchise-tagged players.

According to NFL rules, teams had until 4:00 pm EST today to reach contract extensions with free agents who'd been assigned the franchise tag earlier this offseason. Players who did not get new deals will have to play the 2018 season on their one-year franchise tenders.

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DeMarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys were unable to work out a long-term contract by today's deadline. Lawrence will play the 2018 season under a one-year franchise tag that will pay him $17.1 million

This does not mean Lawrence will be a free agent in 2019. The two parties can still discuss the contract in the months to come, but the deal cannot be made until after the end of the regular season.

Dallas also has the option of giving DeMarcus a second franchise tag next year. However, that would come at a considerably higher price for a second-straight season.

This year, Lawrence will still make plenty with one of the highest cap hits of any DE in the league. He earned the franchise tag last with 14.5 sacks in a breakout season.

Today's news may not really be a big deal in the long run. As long as Tank wants to stay in Dallas after this, the two sides now have over five months to keep talking and will hopefully agree on a new deal for 2019 and beyond.

There is risk on both sides, of course.

Lawrence's leverage could be less if his productions drops or he gets injured. On the other hand, his position could be even stronger with a second-straight year of strong play.

Now everyone, from the team to player to fans, is in wait-and-see mode until the end of the season.



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Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make the Roster?

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The Dallas Cowboys aren't short on numbers at wide receiver on their current 90-man roster. Looking to replace Dez Bryant and reshape their offense, the Cowboys will have to find the right group of pass catchers for Dak Prescott at their upcoming training camp.

This group includes Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Lance Lenoir, Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Michael Gallup, KD Cannon, Mekale McCay, and Marchie Murdock.

The odd men out from this group will likely be the ones that can't sustain a consistent level of play, doing so across multiple units if needed. All ten receivers will have their flashes, but with only four being true locks to make the team, new Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal will be in on some tough decisions right away.

One such decision may be moving on from last year's seventh round pick Noah Brown out of Ohio State. Vouched for by former Buckeyes teammate Ezekiel Elliott thanks to his blocking ability on the outside, it may now be this strength in the run game and deficiency as a pass catcher that spells the end of Brown's run in Dallas.

Normally, a seventh round pick being on the roster bubble wouldn't be this noteworthy, but Brown clearly showed the potential to outplay this draft status as a rookie. Appearing in 13 games, Brown is a true X receiver, although not the dominant one the Cowboys are searching for.

What Happens if WR Allen Hurns Doesn't Pan Out?

Dallas Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Allen Hurns (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Moving away from fielding a true number one receiver, the Cowboys did sign Allen Hurns to play this spot while prepared to spread the ball around to Williams, Beasley, and Gallup after that.

This leaves Thompson, Wilson, Cannon, Lenoir, McCay, Murdock, and Brown to prove their worth in other ways to make the roster. I've written plenty about the potential rookie Cedrick Wilson has, so I'll be expecting a strong showing from him to earn a role in the Cowboys offense.

Wilson's skill set could push a depth signing like Deonte Thompson off the team, although his ability to back up Cole Beasley/Tavon Austin on special teams is important. The same can be said about Lance Lenoir, who like Brown has the advantage over first year players given his trials through training camp and the preseason a year ago.

Long shots to make the team, Cannon, McCay, and Murdock fall just below this group -- and somewhere in the middle is Noah Brown.

Increasing his role on special teams as the season went on last year, Brown had fans throughout a coaching staff that is now drastically changed for 2018. From their shift to more speed on offense, to drafting of both Gallup and Wilson, calling Brown a fringe player on the Cowboys roster really sets up the fiery competition to come at wide receiver.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Should the Cowboys find a spot for Brown, one can only hope it means this new coaching staff has a clear plan for him to contribute on both offense and special teams outside of being a run blocker. A potential niche for Brown is his red zone ability, not afraid to put his body on the line for jump balls and fight through contact in his routes.

It won't be long until we sort out if this is enough to make the Cowboys as a wide receiver ahead of Quarterback Dak Prescott's third season.

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