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Romo Tells It Like It Is

Brian Leatherman

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For the past five or six seasons people have wanted to replace Tony Romo. It just always seemed the easiest thing to do; blame the QB for the team's troubles. Well, for a brief moment, those same people thought his replacement could be in the 2014 draft.

As the rumors soared at an all-time high during draft week, the so-called “experts” said Jerry Jones wouldn't be able to help himself and would draft Johnny Manziel. Some fans and media were just as giddy as a 12-year-old school girl.

Well, things didn't work out like that.

The Cowboys pick finally came up and Johnny Football was passed on and eventually taken by the Cleveland Browns. Oh how the Romo haters and media moaned when Commissioner Goodell said the name Zack Martin.

Romo supporters wondered and Romo Haters hoped, but there was one man who wasn't worried for one second who was coming to Valley Ranch...

That one man was Tony Romo.

In an interview with Stephen Jones on Sirius XM radio, Jones said the team met with Romo just to let him know that he was still their guy. And Romo's response was just what you would want from your starting quarterback. Romo said, 'Well if you decide to, it ain't going to matter, there's not anybody out there that can beat me out."

I want my QB saying these types of things. I want the attitude and gunslinger mentality, and I want my QB telling the world to Bring. It. On.

And for all the people that hate Tony Romo (And yes, I know people who actually hate the man) you’re going to have to accept that Mr. Romo isn't going anywhere any time soon.

And those same people are gonna have to accept that there isn't anybody out there that can come in and do a better job; it just isn't going to happen.

Some people say getting another QB is going to mean the answer for all of the Dallas Cowboys problems. Well I am here to tell you, there aren't any guarantees.

So take heed what ye hear Cowboy fans; There will come a day when you will miss Tony Romo. You will miss what he brings to the Dallas Cowboys. Some of you might be asking exactly what does Romo bring to this team? And the answer is…… Tony Romo gives this team a chance to win EVERY single Sunday.



Brian has been a football junkie from the time he was 5 years old. He lives, eats and breathes the game. Brian is a college graduate living in the south who loves his faith, his family, and his Dallas Cowboys.

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  • Tar Heel Paul

    I love Romo. I love everything about him. But for me it’s not about drafting a QB that can come in and beat him out this year. It’s about planning for the future and finding that QB that can take over in year 2 or 3 when Romo either steps down or is cut down by his back. I’ve said it a million times. When it comes to the draft its about the future. And the Cowboys have completely ignored the QB position. Now having said that. I would love nothing more than for Romo to hoist the Lombardi with one hand while flipping the entire world off with the other hand.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Kronos17

    Tar Heel Paul  I couldn’t agree more.

    Romo is our QB and only our QB – he brings great things to this team and even manages to make everyone else look good when they screw up with his ability to get out of the pocket. To not begin planning for the end of his career in Dallas is idiocy.

    I read something where Garrett was talking about Vaughan and Wheeden as the guys vying for the chance to be groomed behind Romo for when that day comes. I just wish there weren’t guys like Tom Brady and Tony Romo where late round picks – at best – that turned out well so we would draft a QB to develop in the earlier rounds 1 or 2.

  • The havmer

    The article itself isn’t about finding his replacement, Yes eventually that day will come where it has to happen, But right now isn’t the time. That’s why I was okay with them passing on all the QB’s that got drafted in 4th and 5th round. Odds are against those dudes of ever making it, and maybe, Maybe two out of that entire QB draft class will have a good career. I think when the time comes it will be covered a little better this time. You have to remember, when we were losing Troy we didn’t have any 1st round picks for two years. So I think the team has some things planned that we just don’t know about and probably Romo doesn’t  know about yet

  • The havmer

    Damn good article I know that

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Kronos17

    @The havmer  I certainly hope so because we did use an early round pick for Quincy Carter and look how he turned out. We struggled at the QB from Troy to Tony. That’s a 6 or 7 years gap that would waste this newly built offensive line even three years from now.

  • RandyTeer

    Tar Heel Paul  I agree totally. Nothing would please me more than for Romo to win a superbowl and shut all these non-believers up. Cool nickname by the way. I myself am a Tar Heel fan (basketball mostly) and a Cowboys fan.

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

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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

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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?

Sean Martin

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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.

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

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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