Cowboys rolling dice with backup quarterback spot again
IRVING,Le'Veon Bell Jersey Texas -- It’s easy to say the Dallas Cowboys were 4-12 in 2015 because Tony Romo played in only four games because of a twice broken left collarbone.
While that is correct, there needs to be more explanation. The Cowboys were in almost every game they played without Romo and the offense could not deliver enough with Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel or Kellen Moore at quarterback.
The Cowboys went 1-11 without Romo last year.Tyler Eifert Jersey They are 1-13 without Romo since 2013.
And yet the Cowboys are potentially entering the 2016 season with an even less experienced backup quarterback situation than in 2015.
At least Weeden had started 21 games entering last season.
If what is said in May can still be true in September, the Cowboys will go into the season with Moore as the No. 2,John Brown Jersey followed by fourth-round pick Dak Prescott. Jameill Showers spent most of last year on the practice squad, but he worked more on special teams than at quarterback.
“Well, we’re excited about the guys we have on our roster right now,” coach Jason Garrett said.Brandon Marshall Jersey “Kellen is deserving of an opportunity to be our backup quarterback. We like that we drafted Dak in the fourth round. We’re going to give him every chance as we go here. Showers is going to move back into the quarterback room permanently now. We’re going to give those guys a chance to show what they can do.”
The Cowboys were more protected at backup quarterback earlier in Romo’s career.Jaylon Smith Jersey In 2007, they had Brad Johnson, a Super Bowl winner. Later they traded for Jon Kitna. In 2012, they signed Kyle Orton to a large contract.Sterling Shepard Jersey
In the last two years they have not spent big in either free agency or the draft on a backup quarterback.
In Week 3, the Cowboys made a deal with the Buffalo Bills for Cassel, hoping the veteran’s starting experience would help them, but he never felt comfortable in the offense. The coaches never felt comfortable in the three starts made by Weeden,Kenny Clark Jersey who helped the Houston Texans win two games late in the season to secure a playoff spot.
Moore played in the final three games, starting the last two. He finished the season with 779 yards on 61-of-104 passing with four touchdowns and six interceptions. He was sacked five times and also lost a fumble.
But the promise shown by Moore in a 34-23 loss to the Washington Redskins has kept the Cowboys intrigued.Thomas Davis Jersey He completed 33-of-48 passes for 435 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, but Washington was not playing with all of its regulars that game.
“He has certainly earned an opportunity to compete for that No. 2 spot,” Garrett said. “He did a good job all throughout practice last year.Martellus Bennett Jersey I think he learned our system more and more as the season went on, and when he had a chance to play at the end of the year he did a lot of good things for us. He helped us move the ball, he scored some points in the last game and I thought we threw the ball fairly well. He’s a smart player, he’s very instinctive,Jimmy Graham Jersey he’s got a good feel for playing the position and he’s got a good feel for leading the ball club.”
The Cowboys did not get deep into the process to sign either Colt McCoy or Chase Daniel. They had Matt Moore in for a visit, but he ultimately remained with the Miami Dolphins. In the draft, the Cowboys tried to trade back into the first round for Paxton Lynch but eventually selected Prescott.
Other opportunities will present themselves in the offseason should Moore show he’s not worthy of the role. Veterans such as Josh McCown or Nick Foles could be available at different prices in a trade or in free agency.
Executive vice president Stephen Jones likes to say the player acquisition business is 365 days a year.
The Cowboys might not be actively shopping, but they should be peering through the window of the storefront to know what’s available.
They don’t have to look that far back to see what happened when they were caught short at backup quarterback.
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