If you're looking for someone who is more opposed to the Dallas Cowboys drafting a quarterback with the 4th Overall Pick than me... you're going to be looking for a while.
I've written pretty extensively here at Inside The Star about my non-desire for a QB at #4. I made it pretty obvious with this post, but I took it a step further with a fun hypothetical regarding re-visiting the 2014 Draft Class. I am so against a quarterback that I even drew up a trade scenario that allowed us to move back and still not take one!
Do I believe that Tony Romo is going to play forever? Of course not. I don't even buy Jerry Jones' recent comments that he'll play the next 4-5 seasons. I'm not advocating a "win now" mode, I just don't see the point in taking a quarterback. It seems like a bit of a panic move after 2015. My argument really is a simple one. The 4th Overall Pick is our biggest offseason resource... why are we going to devote it to someone who, hopefully, will not play at all in 2016?
I finally found a reason why.
I've talked about on my weekly podcast, The RJ Ochoa Show, how I hate when people say, "Tony Romo hasn't played 16 games since 2012." That is true only in the most literal sense, because Romo played 15 games in both 2013 and 2014 (he actually played 17 counting the playoffs in 2014).
This subject matter had me curious, so I did a little research. How many "starting opportunities" has Tony really missed? And how many has he missed relative to other NFL quarterbacks with similar "potential starting" opportunities?
Understand that a "starting opportunity" is quantified as just that... an opportunity to start. So for a quarterback of Romo's caliber that's 16 games a season, more if he's in the Playoffs. For Peyton Manning last year that number was 19, and he missed 7 of them. Make sense? Good.
Here we have... our reason for considering a quarterback at the 4th Overall Pick.
There's no denying that Romo's collarbone is a bit fragile. The games that Tony missed in 2010 and 2015 alone allot for 14% of his overall potential starts (22 out of 160 games). Among a sample of ten different NFL quarterbacks Tony has, by far, the lowest percentage of "potential starts" reached.
Ben Roethlisberger is the only guy who is kind of close to Tony here, but numerically what aids him is that he hasn't missed large chunks of a season like Romo. Big Ben misses a handful of games pretty consistently, but that's it. Unfortunately that isn't the case for Tony Romo.
What's particularly alarming for me are the number of starts for Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, and Joe Flacco relative to Romo. Consider that all three of those quarterbacks first started in 2008. At that point Tony already had 28 starts under his belt (in 28 opportunities, mind you).
Due to the number of playoff games those quarterbacks have been in, their consistent health, and Romo's injuries... Tony now only has two more starts than both Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan. Joe Flacco actually has started more games than Romo despite being 28 games in the hole when he started his career.
All three of them actually have more starts than Romo since 2008 (when all four were established starters). Cue the sadface.
Prior to this research I was adamantly against a quarterback with the 4th Overall Pick. Last week's NFL Combine went a long way for the defensive prospects in the draft, and the pro-QB hype seems to have reached its lowest point this offseason.
As much as I would love (believe me, I really would) to just ride that wave and begin daydreaming about Jalen Ramsey, Joey Bosa, Myles Jack, or whoever... there is a very real truth to the notion that Tony Romo's injury history extends further into history than just 2015.
I firmly believe that we should not take a quarterback at #4, but where a door used to be shut completely and locked from the inside... there now sits a door with the smallest possible creak open to the possibility of a quarterback. Ugh.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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