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Cowboys Must Draft, Develop A QB For Future Success

Bryson Treece

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Cowboys Blog - Cowboys & Tony Romo: Future V

I remember back in the day when Bill Parcells was H.C. in Dallas and the revolving door of has-been and never-was quarterbacks was in full swing, Tony Romo looked like just another Dallas QB that wouldn't amount to anything. Then he took over one week against the Giants and came out swinging...

The truth is, we don't know how much longer we can look forward to seeing Romo dazzle us (and opposing defenses) each Sunday, as Inside The Star newcomer Nick Cocchiaro succinctly stated earlier today in his article, Tony Romo: The Harsh Reality I Had To Come To Terms With. Every season, every game brings him closer to the day when he hangs it up for good, and that terrifies me, me and a whole lot of other Cowboys loyalists holding their breath each time he gets hit.

While I have firmly believed the Cowboys should address the quarterback position via the draft... I always thought it would be so Romo could train the young player for a seamless transition in a couple of years. ~ Nick Cocchiaro, InsideTheStar.com

The Cowboys need to plan ahead for something like this. The 'Boys have been through the recycling bin time and time again and come up with bupkis for their efforts.

Kellen Moore, while oddly a huge fan favorite, is not the future of this team. He's barely even a footnote on the 2015 season, let alone the franchise as a whole. His role as a backup isn't even secure, and fans who believe he can somehow finagle a starting gig with the Cowboys are in denial. Plain and simple.

Next season will feature #9 as the starter at QB; there is no doubt about this. The optimism we held throughout the 2015 offseason for a fresh, rested back will be extended, carried over through the 2016 offseason. Romo will continue to proclaim his readiness to play football in 2016 and the offensive scheme and draft strategy will still center around him being the quarterback. Not that there's much contention over that fact, but still.

The pungent aftertaste of a Cowboys team missing its leader is still with us all. Some have hopped on the Moore bandwagon and maintain their stance that the backup spot will be in his capable hands next season, but the team has made it pretty clear that their search for a workable backup is still ongoing, even now.

But whether Kellen Moore or some other veteran is backing up Romo in 2016 is irrelevant. It's not an answer, but merely bides time.

Staff Writers Sean Martin and RJ Ochoa debated the merits of drafting a QB with the #4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft (Points for and Points against), and both made good arguments. But considering the history of the position since Troy Aikman retired should give us all pause.

dc-qb-aikman-romo1bBetween Troy Aikman and Tony Romo as starters, we saw one of the worst collections of quarterbacks this league should never see again. In order; Rodney Peete, Quincy Carter, Anthony Wright, Clint Stoerner, Ryan Leaf, Chad Hutchinson, Vinny Testaverde, Drew Henson, Drew Bledsoe, Kurt Bollinger, Stephen McGee, Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel, and Kellen Moore. That list includes backups who have started. 14 in all, since Aikman retired.

The scariest thing about that is knowing that Troy Aikman didn't just start playing like crap one day, or even one season; it was a gradual decline that everyone saw coming. Yet the Cowboys front office at the time did little to prepare for it.

Ryan Leaf, Rodney Peete, and mid-to-late 2nd-round-pick Quincy Carter were the best they could come up with. None of whom have seen any real action elsewhere since the Cowboys moved on.

And we want to try that again? Absolutely! Call it for what it is; the Cowboys made some horrible draft selections when trying to find a QB after Aikman. And it started a dumpster fire full of 6-10 and 5-11 seasons that we had to endure. But there are some very key differences between the late 90s and early 00s Cowboys and this current one; namely, Stephen Jones, Will McClay, Jason Garrett, and Tony Romo. Yes, Tony Romo is included in that list.

Go back and watch any game from 2015 where Romo wasn't on the field taking snaps and look at where he was, what he was doing. He was on the sidelines coaching up the quarterback in the game, he had a headset on and his Microsoft Surface Pro reviewing plays and communicating with coaches about what was happening on the field; that man was more than just an injured player in 2015. He was an assistant coach doing everything he could to help his team win.

So yeah, he's on the list, because his input on the QBs of this 2016 draft class will be represented in the War Room come April.

They say it's a weak draft class for quarterbacks, 2016, but there are three front-runners out there right now: Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch, and Carson Wentz. If you're not familiar with them, check out Senior Analyst Ryan Ratty's film review of each one by click on their names. Given the situation the Cleveland Browns are (always) in at the QB position, and the hiring of a new head coach for 2016, you can likely expect them to take one of either Goff or Lynch ahead of the Cowboys.

There is still a lot to be determined before the draft, as quarterback prospects are rarely graded  by on-field performance alone, but two or more of those guys are going to be around at #4 and one may possibly be the best player available on the Cowboys draft board. And people are saying we shouldn't take one of them? Nah. Can't do it.

I can't sit by and watch another painful year of Weeden, Cassel and Moore under center, and I doubt the Cowboys can either. Drafting a QB is a must in 2016.

It's still unclear if the Cowboys are even considering doing that with a top-5 pick, but there's good reason to believe they might. The highest of which being that it's a chance to bring in a very talented guy to learn from Tony Romo, Jason Garrett, and Wade Wilson; some of the best people in the world of professional quarterbacks. And with Will "The Architect" McClay leading the talent evaluations, it's a no-brainer.

It's time for the front office to trust their guys to do their jobs and make the smart, tough choices for the long-term health of this franchise, because Tony Romo isn't going to be around forever.



Nothing gives me greater joy than the experience of being a Dallas Cowboys fan come time to check another victory on the schedule every Sunday. I live Inside the Star everyday and blog on it occasionally, as well. Follow us on Twitter - @InsideTheStarDC

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19 Comments
  • Robert

    I agree with your assessment, regarding the Cowboys quarterback situation. With the Cleveland Browns, recent hire of hue Jackson as their head coach. I don't think the Cowboys will be able time draft a quarterback at #4. I was hoping the Cowboys organization would have a opportunity to draft jared goff. With Jackson hire, it appears that Goff is headed for the Browns. It also appears that Carson Wentz will be the Cowboys pick. I'm not excited about Wentz, as with goff. Goff would fix the Cowboys offense like a kids glove. Maybe, which I doubt, the Browns sign RG3, pass on goff. But you never know what the Cowboys will draft between now and April 2016. But I do agree with your assessment, regarding its time for Jerry to finally pull the trigger and draft Romo's heir apparent in the first round of the NFL Draft.

    • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

      I like Wentz okay, about as much as Lynch, but I feel Lynch is the better talent long-term. Goff would be the ideal option for a QB that can play in our scheme, but the Browns are taking a QB in the 1st. I'm just not totally certain that Goff is the type of QB they want, so they may take Lynch and leave Goff for us.

  • Randy

    Bryson you are so spot on with this article and I'd like you to put it in an envelope and address it to Jerry Jones. Your analysis about all those down years hit the nail on the head. I believe it was Charlie Casserly that said you draft a QB every year in the draft because you always have to have the next guy on the roster and if you end up with 3 good ones then you have an embarrassent of riches. I think Goff is our guy and I sinceely hope that Cleveland doesn't snatch him first.

    • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

      It's what the more dominant, lasting teams have done for years and there's a reason for it. No NCAA QB is NFL-ready come week 1. Some are forced to start week 1 but they're just doing their best not to get killed. You start with the right pedigree, a high talent draft selection, and you mold him. The Cowboys draft a lot of QBs, but they tend to take them in late rounds where the talent isn't as rich. Romo was a fluke. Brady was a fluke. If your plan is to take a guy few people wanted and turn him into a super star, then your plan is subject to luck. Better to stick with what works than play the odds year after year. Thanks for reading, Randy!

  • George Johnson

    I would just say one thing related to the article. I doubt any of these three QBs can beat out K Moore for the 2nd team QB during their rookie year. A rookie goes through a learning curve and transition. K Moore has four years NFL experience and now starting experience. A future franchise type QB like A Luck in his first year, could beat out K Moore for 2nd team in his rookie year but none of these three QBs are being compared to an A Luck or a franchise type QB. These three QBs could possibly replace Romo down the line. I also don't see K Moore replacing Romo, but he could surprise a lot of people. He is known for playing way better than anyone thinks he can play and he is extremely consistent. If he can improve from here watch out as he is not that far away from being a solid starter and the mistakes he made are very uncharacteristic for K Moore.

  • RJ Ochoa

    All in on this… As long as it's not at 4 Overall. #TeamImpact

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  • http://PigskinHub.com Zac Fields

    Well, the more I've thought about this, the more I think they'll take a different position at #4 but perhaps trade back into the latter part of the 1st round if Carson Wentz or perhaps even Paxton Lynch are available after about pick #20. This is assuming the Browns draft Goff before we get a chance to.

    If the amateur draftniks are to be believed, none of these top three quarterbacks are worthy of an early 1st round pick anyway, so you'd imagine at least one of them would at least fall to the latter part of the 1st.

    I could definitely see the Cowboys pulling the trigger on something like that. They're coaching Wentz in the Senior Bowl so they'll get a lot of interaction with him anyway, and getting the 5th year option on a developmental quarterback like this is not an insignificant thing especially if you think Romo even *might* be around for 3 more seasons.

  • Daniel

    Why does everybody continue to stay on the Romo bandwagon? Kellen Moore outplayed him easily in half the time. Romo was 5 TDS/6 INTs 880 yds in five games, while KM had 4/5 770 yrds in 2.5 games in only his second start. Do you really believe that once Moore gets used to playing in the NFL speed that he won't improve. Besides if Dallas' defense could have stopped anybody KM would have won all three of this games. He had them leading until the defense just fell apart and got lost against the Bills and Jets. With the Redskins, he actually had their team back in the game until the defense got lost again. They need to fire the Sevondary coach or at least focus on that area in the draft first. Then they should get WRs that can actually catch and create seperation, then a DE (get rid of Hardy), then MLB (Lee keeps knocking himself out), then at the end you draft a QB who can push Moore and Romo.

    • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

      I don't know why I'm even indulging this insane comment, but I am… Tony Romo played in 5 games in 2015? Cause I'm pretty sure he played 2 full games and 2 half games, meaning he played the same amount of time as Moore. The extra TD and 110 yards equaled 4 wins for Romo, 3 losses for Moore. So, to answer your question, the Romo bandwagon is alive and well because he wins games. A claim Kellen Moore cannot yet make; even with only 3 starts, he's got 4 years in the league! Come on, dude. #ThatsMyQB

    • Randy

      Daniel you must be a huge Boise State fan! Heck, we all want to see Moore develop into a great QB but before you go off thinking Moore is a future HOF'er, which Romo may or may not be, know that Romo is highly esteemed in the circles of people that know as one of the greatest QB's to play the game. You can knock him all you want for not winning the big one but if you look at the body of work, you cannot argue with the data. Your statement shows the lack of understanding that comes with just looking at stats. Did you even watch the game against the Redskins? In the first 5 drives of the game Dallas had 3 punts, 1 interception, and 1 fumble. The score was 24-0 before Moore did anything significant. By that time Washington was playing off of the receivers and it was easy for Moore to hit them because they were open. So Dallas got 2 easy touchdowns at the close of the half. When the second half opened, Washington tightened up and the first 4 possessions, Dallas had 2 punts, 1 interception 1 fumble. Dallas had no choice but to air it out and when Washington had a commanding lead they played off the receiver in prevent. So Moore's stats were artificially inflated. Against Buffalo Moore helped Dallas to 2 FG;s and threw an Int. In the Jets game, no TD's and 3 INT's. So before you take a guy that had one decent game against an opponent that was indifferent to the pass, and put him on a pedestal above a guy that has almost 35,000 passing yards, 250 TD's, and a lifetime rating of 97.1, you should really know a little something about football instead of just playing the Bronco homer card!

  • http://PigskinHub.com Zac Fields

    InsideTheStar.com UserWhy does everybody continue to stay on the Romo bandwagon? Kellen Moore outplayed him easily in half the time.

    Well, for starters, the Romo bandwagon has been built on a foundation of nearly a decade of watching him play….

  • cjprine

    All I know is that taking Ramsey #1 and Henry #2 sounds great ! I think we fill 2 huge needs with immediate impact!

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Tony Romo bandwagon? I've seen everything.

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    • Randy

      Yea RJ…didn't you see that Romo bandwagon! Its just getting started? Wanna get on it? LOL!

  • RJ Ochoa

    I'll take two tickets please!

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  • cjprine

    Romo has probably been the most criticized QB!
    And I really can't say how someone is honestly going to compare Moore to Romo! Clearly we know where are as a team without him

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Preach.

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  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Two tickets as well please.

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  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Two tickets as well please.

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How The Seattle Seahawks Have Increased Importance In Cowboys’ Lore

Kevin Brady

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You can't talk about this decade's Dallas Cowboys without discussing the Seattle Seahawks.

In 2012, when Golden Tate took out Sean Lee on a crack-back block and the Seahawks embarrassed a Cowboys team who had just defeated the defending champion New York Giants, we saw which of the two teams was truly ready for the big stage.

In 2014, as Rolando McClain intercepted Russell Wilson and the Cowboys clinched a critical road victory, we knew that Dallas was a legit contender.

In 2015, when Seattle finally came to Dallas and rendered the return of Pro Bowl receiver Dez Bryant meaningless in a 13-12 win, the then 2-5 Cowboys were sent further into a Romo-less abyss.

And, in 2017, Dez Bryant's key drops and Dan Bailey's missed field goals during a horrendous home loss to the Seahawks on Christmas Eve might have sealed each of their fates for the following offseason.

The most important moment in this Cowboys/Seahawks history, however, occurred during a preseason game. A meaningless preseason game which turned out to be the most meaningful day in recent Cowboys history.

Cliff Avril dragging Tony Romo down from behind, effectively ending his career, and kicking off the roster massive turnover we have seen the last two offseasons. From Dak Prescott, to a brand new secondary, to the retirement of Jason Witten, and the cutting of Dez Bryant. All of this change, which put an end to the Romo era rosters in Dallas, began with that hit in Seattle.

Since 2012 the Cowboys, and the rest of the NFC really, have been judged by how they play against two teams: the Packers and the Seahawks.

They have been the class of the NFC, and while we like to think that if the "Dez Caught It" game went how it should have Dallas would've handled Seattle, that will forever be an unknown.

Sunday's game is not expected to carry the franchise-changing implications that some of these other match ups have had. The Seahawks are 0-2 and reeling, with a shaky offensive line and reported distrust throughout the organization.The Cowboys, however, can jump-start their season with a big road win over a winless team that they should beat in the minds of many.

But knowing how things between these teams tend to go, Sunday afternoon may end up having major implications on the rest of the Cowboys' season.

Where this could be the case is in a potential Earl Thomas trade. It's been speculated that Seattle has been hesitant to deal Thomas to Dallas before their week 3 match up, but could be more willing to do so after the game.

Especially if that game is a loss which sends them to 0-3. The Cowboys have been actively pursuing Earl Thomas, and Thomas has certainly made it clear that he wants to be in Dallas. The only party not willing to make it happen thus far, are the Seahawks.

So, this weekend, there is a chance another chapter is added to those franchise-changing moments in Cowboys/Seahawks lore.



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A Look Around The NFC East: Week 3

Kevin Brady

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Week two didn't go as planned for much of the NFC East, with only the Dallas Cowboys reigning victorious last Sunday.

Now, three teams are locked in a tie for first place at 1-1, with the New York Giants lagging behind with a winless record. Week 3 is shaping up to be a potential early turning point, however, with Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz returning and each team facing a very beatable opponent.

Let's take a look around the division and see what the Cowboys' foes will be facing this week.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles fell victim to one of the more surprising upsets of the weekend last Sunday, as Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the Eagles 27-21. While their defense got off to a shaky start in the loss, it was the offense which proved too little too late in their push down the stretch.

Carson Wentz is expected to not only return but to start on Sunday in the Eagles' match up against the Colts. Indianapolis upset the Washington Redskins last week, but will be 6 point underdogs when the game kicks off in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Wentz should give the defending champs an extra boost, and while they haven't looked as dominant as many expected through the first two games, this could be the game to spring them the rest of the way.

Washington Redskins

As mentioned earlier, the Redskins fell in Indianapolis last week, and are now tied for first place in the division with a 1-1 record. As dominant and impressive as Washington looked in their opener against Arizona, Washington's week two loss featured lethargic offensive play for four quarters.

This week the Redskins are three point home underdogs as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers come to town. Green Bay tied Minnesota a week ago, but behind Rodgers and their potent offense, they have the chance to take advantage of Washington's suspect secondary down the field.

Sunday will be a tough test for the Redskins as they look to get back above .500 against a tough conference opponent.

New York Giants

The Giants' season is on the brink this week, and that really isn't a dramatic statement at all. Now at 0-2 with a division loss to the Cowboys last week, the Giants have to beat the 0-2 Texans on Sunday to get some confidence and keep pace within the conference.

Lucky for them, the Texans haven't looked impressive whatsoever through two games. Unlucky for them, the Texans have strong pass rushers like JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney ready to abuse their weak offensive line.

Houston is a six point home favorite over the Giants, proving it will be an uphill battle for New York to save their season.



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Cowboys en Español: La Defensiva de Dallas es Muy Real

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Después de dos semanas de acción de los Dallas Cowboys, una cosa ha quedado más que clara. La defensiva del coordinador defensivo Rod Marinelli ha demostrado que es realmente buena. No como en otros años, que nos conformábamos con que la defensiva dejará avanzar y cediera tres puntos hasta que se rompía en el último cuarto.

No, ahora es diferente. Este año, los Dallas Cowboys tienen presión al QB opuesto. No sólo DeMarcus Lawrence, sino Taco Charlton, Randy Gregory y recientemente, los linebackers. Hemos visto a Jaylon Smith y Damien Wilson brindar presión y sobre todo, llegar a sus objetivos.

Los linebackers no han brillado sólo en esto, sino en otros ámbitos defensivos, como cobertura aérea y más. Incluso Joe Thomas ha logrado mantener su nivel que vimos en pretemporada cuando se le ha pedido entrar al campo.

Y en cuanto a la secundaria, no podríamos estar más agradecidos con la actuación de nuestros cornerbacks. Byron Jones está jugando a un nivel increíble. La semana pasada, Eli Manning sólo se atrevió a lanzar el balón en su dirección en cinco ocasiones. En esas cinco, consiguió sólo un pase completo para cero yardas. Chidobe Awuzie también ha tenido un gran inicio al 2018, manteniendo un nivel de juego consistente y efectivo. Estamos hablando de que el domingo pasado, estos dos cornerbacks se enfrentaron a uno de los mejores WR en la NFL, Odell Beckham Jr.

Finalmente, la posición de safety se ha visto como la unidad más débil en la defensiva. Jeff Heath es un titular promedio y Kavon Frazier tiene mucho camino por recorrer. Afortunadamente, hay esperanza de que Xavier Woods regrese de lesión este domingo.

A pesar de que en el 2016 todos veíamos a la ofensiva como nuestro futuro, es sorprendente el nivel que ha mostrado la defensiva. Es más agresiva, más efectiva y más confiable que en otros años. No podemos subestimar la llegada del coach Kris Richard al equipo.

Sobre todo después de que en el partido contra los New York Giants y los Carolina Panthers se demostró que Richard está involucrado directamente con las decisiones de las jugadas que se ejecutarán en el campo. Incluso Marinelli no tuvo problemas admitiendo que efectivamente, Richard estaba ganándose un rol en este aspecto.

Esto es muy relevante para los Dallas Cowboys, pues una de las cosas más destacadas que hemos visto las últimas semanas es el usaje de cargas o "blitzes" especiales en varias oportunidades. Incluyendo tercer down y largo.

Es algo que no habíamos visto nunca con el conservador Marinelli y que claramente es producto de Richard. Este personaje que viene de los Seattle Seahawks continua emergiendo como un candidato real al puesto de coordinador defensivo en el 2019 o quien sabe, quizá sea nombrado head coach si las cosas comienzan a ir mal para este equipo.

Sin duda alguna, la defensiva ha demostrado que es muy confiable y real. Es tiempo de que la ofensiva de Dallas responda a esto y comience a mover más las cadenas y sobre todo, aprovechar las oportunidades que tengan de anotar touchdowns. Empezar a depender de goles de campo nunca sale bien.

Linehan: "Butler Has Had a Good Camp", But Will He Stay?

Dallas Cowboys WR Brice Butler (Matthew Emmons / USA TODAY Sports)

Sobre la llegada de Brice Butler

Increíblemente, Brice Butler regresó a los Dallas Cowboys, incluso después de todos los comentarios que hizo en ciertos programas de televisión. La primera reacción al respecto fue de confusión; ¿por qué regresar con un receptor que nunca fue tan especial y que habló tanto de Dallas?

La respuesta a esta pregunta se esclareció un poco este jueves por la noche cuando surgieron los rumores de que Terrance Williams, quien fue arrestado en el offseason por intoxicación pública, podría ser suspendido pronto por la NFL.

Esto probablemente no sucederá antes del partido de la semana 3, pero de todas maneras explica mucho sobre el último movimiento de los Cowboys.

Predicción #DALvsSEA

En un partido bastante cerrado, creo que la defensiva de los Dallas Cowboys hará lo suficiente para llevarse la victoria. Es de suma importancia derribar a Russell Wilson y sobre todo, que la ofensiva tenga su mejor actuación de la campaña. La defensiva de Seahawks es bastante efectiva y no será sencillo vencerlos.

Marcador: Dallas Cowboys 21 - Seattle Seahawks 17

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