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WATCH: CB Orlando Scandrick Says Tony Romo Is Better Than 90% Of Starters

RJ Ochoa

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We’ll always remember the 2017 Cowboys Offseason as the one where everybody had an opinion on what to do about the Tony Romo situation. It’s a subject that’s combative, complicated, and sometimes a little touchy. Everyone feels the need to interject their two cents whether it’s on Twitter, Facebook, the Inside The Star comments, or in the case of Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick on FS1’s Undisputed where he said that Tony Romo is better than 90% of starting quarterbacks.

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Tony Romo] is better than 90% of the starters.” – @OScandrick32 on QBs in the NFL https://t.co/PFUkkKxn3K

Now for what it’s worth Orlando Scandrick did just join Twitter, so maybe he’s new to this whole “state your opinions so that the whole world can see them” thing. Scandrick has actually been making the media rounds lately. He appeared on ESPN’s First Take on March 23rd, and five days later he left it for FS1’s Undisputed just like Skip Bayless did. Whatever your thoughts are of either program, I’d wager you aren’t exactly dvr-ing them to watch later, what Orlando said is of high interest to Cowboys Nation these days.

“I got the utmost respect for Tone (presumably Tony Romo). I love Tone. He handled the situation great. He rehabbed, I mean he came to work every day and when he was able to practice and play he came to practice and he brought it every day. And I think that was a part of what helped us as a defense – he made us better. He was the scout team quarterback. He brought it. He was better than some of the starters, he’s better than 90% of the starters.”

It’s understandable that Orlando Scandrick would show great admiration, as would anyone really, for Tony Romo rehabbing and working just to be able to come back. In case you don’t remember, Orlando himself missed the entire 2015 season thanks to a torn ACL and MCL that he suffered at Training Camp. He knows the grind and toll it takes on a person to come back at an older age, Scandrick is 30, so him giving props to Romo is a nice thing.

Orlando Scandrick, Tony Romo

Orlando Scandrick and Tony Romo have been Dallas Cowboys teammates since 2008. They’ve experienced success, failure, and adversity all while wearing the same uniform.

Let’s fully dissect what Scandrick said, though. He said that Tony Romo is better than 90% of starters. I’ll save those of you who are not too fond of math the time here, that means that Tony Romo would be among the Top 3 NFL starters. I love Tony Romo as much as the next card-carrying member of Cowboys Nation, but is that true? Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers easily come to mind as quarterbacks superior to Romo, is ‘ol Number Nine really the next best among all NFL starting quarterbacks?

Orlando Scandrick’s loyalty surely is admirable, and maybe he’s trying to do “Tone” a solid by hyping him up on a nationally televised show, despite the fact that Undisputed struggles for ratings but hey facts or whatever. Scandrick has more in common with Romo than the fact that they’ve both experienced injuries, he’s one of the most tenured members of the Dallas Cowboys when it comes to life with Tony Romo as your quarterback. Orlando was drafted in 2008 and had learned to count on Romo just as much as we all had, making the transition to Dak Prescott surely an emotionally difficult one for him as well.

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This is [Dak Prescott’s] team. The guy’s a natural born leader.” – @OScandrick32 https://t.co/B8KzxiV25k

Speaking of the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, Orlando Scandrick spent plenty of time praising him while on Undisputed. According to Orlando Scandrick, Dak Prescott is the first one in the building and the last to leave. He’s a leader, calm, cool, collected, and supremely humble. Basically Dak Prescott is the most perfect quarterback humanly – or perhaps inhumanly – possible, and Orlando Scandrick wanted to let us all know that. Good for you, O.

Orlando Scandrick is going to have to adjust to a lot of change in 2017. The Dallas secondary lost Brandon Carr, Barry Church, Morris Claiborne, and JJ Wilcox all to Free Agency over the last month. The veteran of the secondary is going to have to step up and lead some new pups in what we all hope is an improved unit of the Cowboys defense. The question that remains to be answered though is whether or not Orlando Scandrick and Co. will be going up against a quarterback who is better than 90% of NFL starters in Tony Romo while Romo wears another uniform.

Tell us what you think about “WATCH: CB Orlando Scandrick Says Tony Romo Is Better Than 90% Of Starters” in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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5 Comments
  • Thomas Williams

    COWBOYS 4 LIFE!!!!

  • John Williams

    I’d agree that this is a bit of Star love from Scan. But he isn’t far off. I’d say that Romo is there among the top 6.

    Brady, Rodgers, Brees, Luck, and then maybe Romo.

    Still floors me that the Houston Texans haven’t made an offer that Dallas could refuse. They are ready to win a Super Bowl, but are gambling that ability to win by playing poker with the Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo.

    If I’m the Houston GM, I called once the Free Agency period opened and offered a third. When Dallas countered with a second, I would have said deal. Then went and made some money and potentially won a super bowl.

    • Bill Of Rights

      I think Denver and Houston are playing chicken with Dallas. They know Dallas has to release him so they are waiting. But, Dallas has no incentive to release him now. They gain nothing. Let’s say they release him now. And Dak gets into an auto accident. Or Dak slips and breaks his arm ? Or Dak fails a drug test or gets accused of domestic violence. So why release Romo any earlier then needed ?

      • John Williams

        But that’s the thing, Dallas doesn’t have to release him. They can string this out as long as they’d like to. If Houston is really serious about this, then they need to just make it happen. There is no sense in playing the waiting game only to be outbid by another franchise.

  • Bill Of Rights

    Well his last healthy year he was not just better than 90% of the other starters. He was better than 100% of the other starters as he finished first in QB ratings just beating out Aaron Rodgers. The question is not his ability. Its his age and his health.

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WR Brice Butler Makes Waves With Controversial Comments

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Los Angeles Rams @ Dallas Cowboys: By the Numbers

Heading into this 2018 offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have to answer some critical questions about their wide receiver corps.

  • Is Dez Bryant still worthy of being labeled/targeted as a number one receiver?
  • Is Ryan Switzer ready to dethrone Cole Beasley as the team’s starting slot receiver?
  • What in the world do you do with Terrance Williams?
  • And, lastly, do you bring back last year’s WR4 Brice Butler?

Well, it appears that final question answered itself earlier this week.

Free agent wide out Brice Butler took to Fox Sports to voice his opinions on his future with the Cowboys, stating that if he isn’t going to be a starter, he isn’t going to come back at all.

“I think in this league, when you think about the business aspect, you’ve got to follow the money trail… Both of our starters made money. Terrance [Williams] just got paid last year. So there were times where I was like, ‘I’m making plays, aren’t we trying to win games? Why am I not on the field?’ But that’s the only thing that I can really think of.” -Brice Butler

Butler also made waves with a comment on Fox’s Undisputed, claiming that if given the same chances as Dez Bryant, he would have been more productive than Bryant was this season.

I am totally for a player getting the money he feels he deserves, and I wasn’t really “for” the Cowboys bringing back Butler anyway, but he probably sealed his fate In Dallas with his comments. This is the same team that cut Lucky Whitehead last offseason to send a message, and has tried to “clean up” their locker room with the “right kind of guys” lately, so it’d be hard to imagine them re-signing Butler now.

Even though I don’t think it’s that outlandish of a comment for him to make. I mean, why shouldn’t he want an opportunity to start somewhere? Unfortunately for Butler, I doubt that opportunity is in Dallas.

Plus, we all thought Butler should’ve gotten more chances during his time here, dating back to the disastrous season in 2015. And when he did get chances, Butler showed flashes of how valuable he can be.

Still, I think the Cowboys should draft a wide out to be their much-needed Z receiver, and signing Butler would just add to the log jam of pretty mediocre players at the position already.

Could Brice Butler have been more productive than Bryant? I guess we’ll never know. But it’s astounding how this rather average football team cannot help but make the news each and every day.

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single
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During an offseason filled with concerns for Cowboys Nation, Cole Beasley sure helped fans take their minds off coaching changes, free agency and draft prospects for a moment. Bease took Twitter by storm when he tweeted a link to his first single as a rapper… yes, you read that right.

Cole Beasley: an NFL Wide Receiver by Day, Rapper by Night

Cole Beasley on Twitter

80 Stings – Single by Cole Beasley on Apple Music

Listen to songs from the album 80 Stings – Single, including “80 Stings”. Buy the album for $0.99. Songs start at $0.99. Free with Apple Music subscription.

“ColdNation Records” is the name of the company Beasley created alongside music producer Victor Clark, to release his first single. You can listen to “80 Stings” on iTunes, Spotify and just about every digital store, as the tweet above mentions.

I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I turned the volume up and played the song for the first time, I was surprised. It’s awesome.

When Beasley caught that football behind his helmet versus the Giants back in week 1, I thought “man, that’s it. Beasley can’t surprise me anymore.” Well, he proved me wrong.

“80 Stings” isn’t only performed by him, but also written by him.

It turns out Cole Beasley has been writing since he was in college. And if you already listened to the single, you know he’s awesome at composing, and his flow is actually very quick.

The whole song is pretty entertaining, but it does have some verses that stick out more than others. We all know Beasley has been an underdog his entire football career, so it comes as no surprise that he introduces himself as “Mr. Slept On”, for instance.

Throughout the song, the 28-year-old receiver shouts out his wife and his children (and the fact he’s saving money for when they go to college, something we had already seen him proudly mentioning on Twitter.)

Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott both got their own name-drops on Beasley’s “80 Stings”, too.

“But Sunday, Jerry’s boss now,

I’m a dog when Dak get the ball out,

Pull the sauce out…”

– Cole Beasley on his first single, “80 Stings”

The rest of the album, according to “Killa Beasley”, will be released this Spring.

Cole Beasley insisted this is just a passion and that in no way will it affect his football career. So, really… don’t worry about it. Just enjoy this awesome thing he decided to share with his fans.

This time of the season can be sort of stressing for Cowboys Nation. A lot of changes in the coaching staff that may not be the desired ones, a lot of players Dallas needs to bring back, and just the aftermath of a disappointing 9-7 season.

It’s nice to have something like this to talk about, for a few days at least.

From all of Cowboys Nation, congratulations on this achievement, Mr. Slept On!

Tell me what you think about “Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries

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Zack Martin

With the NFL Draft, free agency, and of course the ongoing playoffs, providing so much for fans everywhere to focus on, it can be easy to forget that recovery is one of the most critical aspects of every team’s offseason. After the grind of a 17-week season, the Cowboys are recovering — both physically and mentally — as they slowly turn their attention towards building their 2018 roster.

Starting RG Zack Martin and DT Maliek Collins are both expected starters at their respective positions next year, and both players are now coming off of offseason surgery.

Zack Martin, whose name will remain in headlines through the spring as the Cowboys look to sign their franchise RG to a long-term deal, underwent successful elbow surgery. This will cause Martin to miss this month’s Pro Bowl, which he was named to for the fourth time in four years.

LT Tyron Smith is also not expected to play in the Pro Bowl.

https://twitter.com/dallascowboys/status/950846277071396864

In what was an inconsistent season for the Cowboys’ offensive line in performance, health, and cohesiveness, Zack Martin and this minor procedure should be the least of Dallas’ worries. The expectation is, of course, that #70 will be just fine to lead the way for Ezekiel Elliott moving forward, and likely paid considerably more by the time he takes the field again.

For DT Maliek Collins, it was surgery on his left foot that was minor enough to wait until the offseason — although the injury did appear for Collins on the team’s weekly injury reports throughout the season.

With David Irving effectively losing his 2017 season — a four-game suspension followed by a lingering concussion — Collins was asked to play more of the 1T position in his second season with the Cowboys.

Overcoming a broken foot from his rookie training camp to flash real potential as a 3T in 2016, expectations for Maliek Collins had to be tempered once he transitioned to the less “glamorous” 1T spot.

Defensive tackle is not a position the Cowboys have invested in heavily during recent years, so monitoring the health of Collins, while deciding where he best fits Rod Marinelli’s scheme, will be important as we approach the draft.

Like Martin, Collins should also be available for April’s return to work for the Dallas Cowboys.

Tell us what you think about “RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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