I've held my tongue since Tony Romo's press conference this past Tuesday. That's when he announced to the world he would step aside, for now, and do what's best for the team by not becoming a distraction.
Romo was noticeably shaken up and emotional throughout the process, and you couldn't help but feel at least a little bit heartbroken for him. He's been the face of the Dallas Cowboys franchise for more than a decade and has given everything he could to make the organization as competitive as possible.
I don't know about you, but I felt as if Romo was kind of being tossed aside, that this entire situation was handled poorly by Jerry Jones and the coaching staff.
They didn't really leave Tony any other choice.
They weren't going to allow him to compete with Dak Prescott to win the starting gig back. That could have created inner-turmoil and proved to be a giant distraction. Distraction is the last thing this, or any, team needs with the way they're playing.
So, they really put Tony Romo in a no-win situation. He did the only thing he could, he swallowed his pride and stepped aside for the betterment of the Dallas Cowboys organization and his teammates.
This heartbreaking situation could've been avoided if Jerry Jones and the coaching staff had handled things differently to begin with.
It's almost as if they were dangling a carrot in front of Romo while he was rehabbing. Each week that carrot started to get closer and closer until it was finally within reach, only to be yanked away once he was ready and able to grab it.
Honestly, I blame the euphoria everyone has felt this season for why this entire situation wasn't addressed earlier. I guess Randy Gregory isn't the only one who likes the euphoria that comes from riding on a high.
I think we all pretty much knew Dak Prescott would remain the starting quarterback coming out of the bye week. Yeah, you could say everyone was waiting to see if Romo would get back to 100%, and then see what he looked like in practice, but the odds were already against him.
Honestly, I would have named Prescott the starter coming out of the bye. That way it would have shut down the media from continuously bringing up the subject and also given Romo as much time as he needed to get back to 100%, which would allow Prescott to focus on the task at hand.
Instead, the coaching staff/Jerry Jones allowed the media circus to continue creating somewhat of a distraction because that's all anyone wanted to talk about. It forced Tony Romo to step up and put the team on his back once again.
Now don't get me wrong. Dak Prescott is the future of this organization. He's been playing better than anyone ever envisioned during Romo's absence, but Tony Romo is still the better QB at this point.
It's easy to dismiss Tony Romo's success as the Cowboys QB1 now that Prescott is playing like the future signal-caller for the Cowboys. But don't forget, Romo is a just one year removed from leading the NFL in completion percentage (69.9) and passer rating (113.2), while leading the team to the 2014 NFC East title.
Prescott may have this offense playing really good right now, but I truly believe Tony Romo would take them to an even higher level, especially in the passing game.
Tony Romo can make plays Dak Prescott simply can't at this point in his career.
There have been several instances where Prescott has missed seeing a wide-open receiver down the field, instead choosing to check it down underneath. Fortunately, this is something Prescott will learn as he gains more experience, but that's where Romo has the advantage and why I think he makes this offense better right now.
I don't blame the Cowboys for wanting to ride the hot-hand right now, I just believe this entire situation could've been handled better. Tony Romo deserved better from the organization.
Who knows, maybe we haven't seen the last of him this season...
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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.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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