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Cowboys Quarterback Issue That’s Really A Nonissue

Brian Martin



Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys QB Issue That's Really A Nonissue

Contrary to popular belief, the Dallas Cowboys DO NOT have a quarterback controversy.

If Tony Romo was 100% healthy today, head coach Jason Garrett and the rest of the Cowboys coaching staff would have no problem reinserting him as the starting quarterback this week against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Don't get me wrong. Dak Prescott has done an outstanding job the first four games of the 2016 season, but he still has a long ways to go until he can operate this offense as efficiently as Romo does.

Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys Quarterback Issue That's Really A Nonissue 3The reason this is even a discussion at all is because a rookie 4th round draft pick has defied all odds and helped a beat up Dallas Cowboys team scratch and claw their way to a 3-1 winning record.

In four games, Prescott has shown the poise of a veteran QB, thrown with accuracy, and most importantly not turned the ball over. He has 1,012 passing yards and is responsible for five total touchdowns (3 passing, 2 rushing).

In fact, Prescott has played so well that he has set a rookie record by throwing 131 pass attempts without an interception.

You couldn't have asked for anything more from a rookie QB, especially from a player that wasn't even expected to see the field in 2016.

Of course, all of that changed when Kellen Moore was lost to an injury in training camp, which promoted Prescott to be the backup for Tony Romo. Then, Romo lasted three entire plays in the third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks before injuring his back once again.

To say it was a perfect storm that allowed Dak Prescott to become the Cowboys starting QB to start the 2016 season would be an understatement. Everything fell in place perfectly for Prescott, but that doesn't make him the best option to lead the Cowboys offense for the entire year.

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It's funny how we quickly forget how good Tony Romo actually is.

Romo has become arguably the greatest statistical quarterback the Dallas Cowboys have had in the history of the organization. He has the most passing yards, touchdowns, the highest completion percentage, passer rating, and averages more passing yards per game than any other Cowboys quarterback.

The only real concern with Romo is his problem staying healthy, especially the last few years.

His last healthy season was in 2014 when the Dallas Cowboys were just a Dez Bryant catch away from a NFC Championship game. That season he threw for 34 touchdowns and just nine interceptions.

That 2014 team isn't all that different from this years squad. The offense is relying heavily on the running game this year and Dak Prescott has been doing a good job of throwing to the open receiver.

I personally have nothing against Prescott. I actually believe he is going to be the future QB for this team, but right now a healthy Tony Romo gives the offense the best chance to put points on the board and outscore their opponents.

The one thing the Prescott hasn't really been able to do yet is connect with his wide receivers and pick up those big plays for large chunks of yards. That's why Ezekiel Elliott is still having to run against eight-man fronts, but with the reinsertion of Tony Romo in the lineup that should all change.

Can you imagine how good Elliott can be without having to face a stacked box every time he runs the ball?

I think that's what we will see once Tony Romo is back under center. He is more willing to take shots down the field. There have been chances for Prescott to do the same, but either he hasn't seen Terrance Williams or Brice Butler open deep, or he just prefers to take the safer throw. Regardless, Romo is still the better option for this team to succeed.

Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys Quarterback Issue That's Really A Nonissue 2Having said all that, there is still one scenario in which I see Dak Prescott remain the starter after Romo is back to full strength. That is if he can win this week's game against the Cincinnati Bengals and next week's game on the road against the Green Bay Packers.

If Prescott can enter the Cowboys bye week with a 5-1 record, I have a hard time believing the coaching staff can justify changing things up with the team on a winning streak.

In an article I wrote before the season started I had Prescott with a 3-3 record heading into the bye week, but I hope I'm wrong.

This will continue be a hot topic for debate until something is finally officially announced, but as things stand right now there absolutely is NOT a quarterback controversy in Dallas.

We all just need to relax. Having two really good quarterbacks is not a bad problem to have.

What do you think the Dallas Cowboys should do with the quarterback situation?

Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

  • Drock

    Romo does not operate this offese efficiently.

    • Brian Martin

      Drock, I take it you’re one of those fans that doesn’t truly appreciate what Tony Romo has done as the QB for the Dallas Cowboys. Statistically he is the best QB the Dallas Cowboys have ever had, but he is also statistically one of the top 10 QB’s in the NFL as well. Romo makes the players around him better when he is on the field and has made the Cowboys offense one of the best units in the entire NFL. If you think this offense is performing well so far this season with Prescott as the QB, just wait until Romo is back. Although I disagree with you, I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment and voice your opinion.

  • Tommy Roberts

    Drock do you actually watch the games I’m going to post something for you but first I’m going to say those if Tony Romo had a defense tony have a less 2 rings Eli Manning wouldn’t have one but this might change your mind it let me post it go to twitter page tommyroberts29

    • Brian Martin

      Tommy, I agree with you. Romo has never really had a good defense to help him out more during his time with the Cowboys. I personally can’t wait until Romo is back. Although the defense isn’t much better than what Romo has had in the past, he has a lot of offense of weapons at his disposal to outscore his opponents.

  • Steve K

    Tony Romo’s performance stats are irrefutable, but sometimes it’s hard to remember how good Tony was in the past because it was so far in the past. Additionally, you also have to caveat his excellent stats with the phrase “when he’s healthy,” which hasn’t been very much lately, or over the past few years. Also, let’s talk about stats that matter, namely playoff wins. One – granted, it’s a team game. Finally, there is such a thing as momentum. Tom Brady made Drew Bledsoe go away. But then again, Drew Bledsoe was a terrible QB… (not), and that didn’t work out very well, did it?
    Love your work. Keep it up.

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for commenting Steve. I agree with everything you said. I find myself starting to be more on the fence as to whether or not I would reinsert Tony Romo as a starting QB. I still think it’s the right move, but Prescott has the offense playing really well. If he beats Green Bay this week it’s going to be an even harder decision to make. I still think Romo taking over is the right move to make. You can always go back to Prescott if he gets hurt or struggles.

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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