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Opinion: Calling Tony Romo Should Not Be “Plan B” For Cowboys

Kevin Brady



My Top 10 Tony Romo Moments 7

Yesterday, fellow staff writer Sean Martin asked a question which has been nagging at me over the last few weeks.

Why are we still talking about Tony Romo?

Of course, Romo is one of the best quarterbacks in this franchise's history and saw his career come to an end in controversial fashion. He deserves respect from all fan bases, and should be revered by the one we all associate with.

But, things are getting a bit ridiculous.

ESPN reported this week that the Cowboys have left Tony Romo's locker empty, and have not given out the number 9. These facts coupled with the fact the Cowboys have made next to no moves to address their backup quarterback situation this offseason seems to point to Dallas viewing Romo as their "emergency plan."

Loud, and somewhat famous voices, on social media have agreed with this notion, stating that if something were to happen to Dak, Romo would be ready.

I know I might be about to catch hell for this opinion, but this all seems like a bad idea.

Outside of one drive week 17 of last season, Tony Romo was last seen on the field being carried off it, for the third time in less than twelve months. Romo has now moved on, accepting a broadcasting role with CBSSports for this upcoming fall. And while we have all speculated that Romo's heart is not fully into broadcasting, we have to all admit it's a much better gig for Romo at this point in his life.

Announcing the game better than being the starting quarterback? Are you crazy, Kevin?

Listen, Tony Romo has had some serious injury problems, and it hurts a lot less up in the booth than it does on the field. For both his health and overall well-being it's probably better for him to go and get that broadcasting money.

Expecting Tony Romo to leave his new job and come be the emergency quarterback for the Cowboys at the drop of a hat (or of a Dak) is unfair to both Romo and the Cowboys. Tony Romo

There is no guarantee that a quarterback can come down from the booth mid-season and be his prime self whatsoever, making the Cowboys inability to improve on their QB2 role because they want to rely on Romo's return rather reckless. Of course, this is just speculation, they may not be relying on Romo at all, but they need to do what's best for their team this offseason without Romo in their minds.

I know a lot of you are probably going to disagree with me here, but I want Tony Romo to stay in the booth. It's not good for the development of Dak Prescott or the sanity of our fan base if each week is littered with "will the Cowboys call Romo!?!" questions. I wanted him to have a chance to play again, especially somewhere like Houston, but at this point we have to let him stay retired.

Don't get me wrong, if he ended up starting a game for the Cowboys this season, I'd be breaking out the "9" jersey and getting ready to root him on.

But this should be plan Z, not plan B.

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

  • Matthew Harrell

    I agree with you. But I must say if Romo were to be called back to lead the team it would be all kinds of awesome. As good as Dak is, Romo mid season from the booth is still twice as good.

  • Randy Martin

    First of all Romo was designated a post June 1 cut ends since it is still May 31 it should not be news that his locker is still in place. He is still a Cowboy until such time as he is cut whether he is already wearing a CBS blazer or not. Now if his locker is still there after he is cut that would be newsworthy…or not. What if Tony and Jerry already have a handshake agreement if Dak were to get hurt? Who better to step on the field than one of the best QB’s in the league (when healthy)? There is no reason to expect that anyone else could do it better. Injury history or not it doesn’t mean there is another sure injury waiting to happen but if and when the time comes we will have to see how it plays out.

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Xavier Woods, the Real Reason Cowboys Didn’t Pursue Tyrann Mathieu?

Brian Martin



Cowboys Have Their Version of Tryann Mathieu in Xavier Woods?

It's not uncommon for Dallas Cowboys fans to zero in on certain free agents in hopes that they will bring their talents to America's Team. In fact, just about any "big name" player to hit the open market is often linked to the Cowboys in some way or another. That was the case when the Arizona Cardinals decided to move on from Tyrann Mathieu.

Once Tyrann Mathieu became available, Cowboys fans immediately wanted to see him with a star on his helmet. But, despite the fans petitioning, the Cowboys brass seemed to show almost zero interest in the former Cardinal.

The decision to not pursue Tyrann Mathieu certainly didn't sit well with a lot of Cowboys Nation, but I think it was the right decision.

Despite Mathieu's perceived talents and youth (he's just 25), the Cowboys weren't interested in paying the price to bring him to Dallas, especially since they already have a similar player on their roster.

Xavier Woods

Dallas Cowboys DB Xavier Woods

It may sound crazy, but I think the real reason the Dallas Cowboys didn't show much interest in Tyrann Mathieu is because of Xavier Woods.

I honestly believe Xavier Woods and Tyrann Mathieu have a similar skill set. Both players are little undersized to be a full-time safety in the NFL, but each of them have the versatility to play several different roles in the secondary.

Mathieu may have been listed as a safety on the Arizona Cardinals roster, and now the Houston Texans, but the truth is he played mostly out of the nickel/slot in his professional and collegiate career. That is where he is at his best, and the same can be said about Xavier Woods.

As a rookie, Xavier Woods showed his versatility with the Dallas Cowboys by playing a variety of different roles in the secondary. His versatility was one of the reasons the Cowboys decided to trade up in last year's draft to acquire his services.

His name might not carry the same kind of weight as Tyrann Mathieu right now around the league or amongst NFL fans, but I don't think Xavier Woods is that much of a drop off talent wise.

Xavier Woods

Dallas Cowboys DB Xavier Woods (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Personally, I believe Mathieu is starting to decline a little as a player. I think injuries are starting to take a toll on his play, although it may be minimal. I actually prefer Xavier Woods' upside, especially when you take into account the difference in salaries between the two.

Surprisingly enough, Xavier Woods might just have been more productive in 2017 then Mathieu. Woods started just four games and finished the season with 42 tackles, three passes defensed, and one interception. Mathieu on the other hand started all 16 games and accumulated 78 tackles, one quarterback sack, one forced fumble, and two interceptions.

As you can see, Xavier Woods was almost just as productive as Mathieu in nearly a third of the playing time. What's even more impressive about this is that Woods accomplish this as a rookie.

Of course, all of this is speculation, but I for one am not all that upset the Dallas Cowboys missed out on Tyrann Mathieu. I'm willing to bet on Xavier Woods being able to do everything Mathieu can and at a fraction of the cost.

Were the Cowboys right not to pursue Tyrann Mathieu?

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Free Agent CB Orlando Scandrick Joining Washington Redskins

Jess Haynie



Orlando Scandrick

Just two days after being released by the Dallas Cowboys, cornerback Orlando Scandrick has found a new home in the nation's capitol. After 10 seasons in Dallas, Scandrick is signing with the rival Washington Redskins.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Redskins and Orlando Scandrick have agreed to a 2-year deal worth a max value of $10M, source said. From Dallas to a rival.

By joining Washington after leaving Dallas, Scandrick follows in the footsteps of many ex-Cowboys: Terrell McClain, Jason Hatcher, Stephen Bowen, and even Deion Sanders to name a few.

Last week, Orlando reportedly requested his release from Dallas. It was widely expected that he would be a salary cap casualty anyway, though, and especially with the young stockpile of cornerbacks the Cowboys currently have.

Dallas has three young corners they believe in with Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Anthony Brown. There is also talk that Byron Jones could be moving back to CB next year.

Scandrick, 31, will get to stay in the NFC East and now cover some of his former teammates. Give the reportedly salary, he should at least be the slot corner for Washington next year if not a starter.

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Upgrading the Offensive Line Cowboys Top Offseason Priority?

Brian Martin



Upgrading Offensive Line Cowboys Top Offseason Priority?

Despite the displeasure by the majority of fans, the Dallas Cowboys continue to hold things close to the vest with their approach to free agency. It's definitely not the most popular approach and tends to drive fans crazy, but things could start heating up now that the free-agent market is starting to settle.

Looking from the outside in, we can only speculate as to which positions the Dallas Cowboys may prioritize in free agency and in the draft that matter. Earl Thomas and the safety position has been the most popular topic of discussion throughout the free agency process, but it looks as if the Cowboys are narrowing their focus on upgrading and adding depth to their offensive line.

Marcus Martin

Free-agent C/OG Marcus Martin

This is just speculation of course, but it's based on the fact that the Cowboys are rumored to be bringing in free-agent offensive lineman Marcus Martin and Cameron Fleming. And on top of that, it was announced that two of the Dallas Cowboys 30 pre-draft visitors are also offensive lineman, Will Hernandez, who is popular among Cowboys fans already, and offensive tackle Kolton Miller.

I don't know about you, but it looks as if the Dallas Cowboys are certainly focused in on upgrading the offensive line. This absolutely makes sense after what they went through last season with the carousel at the left guard position and Tyron Smith's struggles to stay healthy.

More than anything, the Cowboys need OL depth heading into the 2018 season. There is only really one spot up for grabs at left guard, but the depth across the OL is absolutely depleted unless you want to rely on Chaz Green again.

This is where Marcus Martin and Cameron Fleming make a lot of sense. Marcus Martin has the versatility to play center and guard, and has done so already in his NFL career. He could compete for the starting LG position, but if nothing else, could replace Joe Looney as the backup C/OG.

Cameron Fleming could be the more important of the two free agents the Cowboys are rumored to be interested in. At the worst, Fleming would be an upgrade as the swing tackle, something he's done with the New England Patriots throughout his career. But, he could compete to become the starting right tackle, which would kick La'el Collins back inside to left guard.

That's all speculation right now, but the Dallas Cowboys would do what's best for the entire team in order to get the right starting five offensive lineman on the field.

Kolton Miller

Cowboys Rookie prospect OT Kolton Miller

The same can be said about rookies Will Hernandez and Kolton Miller. Hernandez would likely be a plug-and-play left guard if he ended up being the Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick. That would keep the offensive line from shuffling and hopefully solidify the unit for years to come.

Kolton Miller on the other hand would be a lot like the Cameron Fleming situation mentioned above. He can probably tackle on the left or right side the NFL, although some draft analysts believe he will struggle as a LT at the next level.

Of course, there is no way of knowing how much interest the Dallas Cowboys have any of these players right now. But to me, it looks as if upgrading the offensive line is certainly one of their top priorities this offseason.

Is upgrading the OL the Dallas Cowboys top offseason priority?

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