Dallas Cowboys: Five Quarterbacks Capable of Replacing Romo

By Brandon Houser
January 08, 2013 11:57 pm
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With the Dallas Cowboys finishing the season with a disappointing 8-8 season, it's clear changes need to be made. 

The Cowboys had an up and down season plagued with injuries which resulted in bad play by many key positions. The offensive line took the worse of the punishment on and off the field, but was it really their fault for the like of productivity by the offense this season?

Even if Cowboys fans want to point the finger at the offensive line like many do, the responsibility of the offense running still falls on the leadership ability of the quarterback Tony Romo.

If Romo is not the man to lead the Cowboys, and clearly with an 0-6 record in key games has shown he is not the man here are five quarterbacks capable of getting the job done. 

 

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19 months ago
What is your man-hate fascination about getting rid or Romo? He is the only performer on the team. He always does more with less and sometimes tries too hard to help the team win. You obviously do not understand the fundamentals of football. The lineman on offense have a job too, blocking and executing their assignments. The running backs and tight ends also have blocking assignments for the blitz. Oh, did we forget that the defense also has to stop the other team from scoring or preventing the other team from passing or running all over them. The quarterback is only one player. Romo cannot block for himself or prevent the other team from scoring. The only reason he stretches so many plays is because the line cannot maintain the pocket. Next time watch the game as a whole instead of blaming the quarterback for every win and every loss. It is a team effort, any breakdown on other players will also cause a win and a loss. Last time I checked player statistics, I did not see a win or loss column. Probably because wins and losses are a team statistic for effort.
19 months ago

Tired of coming up short at the end of seasons filled with excuses. Only thing that matters to me is championships and Romo is 0-6 in that department since taking over. He couldn't even compete with Favre when he did finally win a playoff game against the Eagles. 34-3 against the Vikings? Was he that happy he finally won he forgot about the game in Minnesota?
19 months ago
Excuses? The facts tell the story. A quarterback is only as good as the supporting cast. How many penalties did the offense and the defense have? Is this the QB faults in crunch time too. If all you care about is results like championships, then you should realize that a team needs a solid foundation. Are you saying that Romo has been playing for a team with a solid foundation. Did you not notice why Ryan and Peete were fired? These guys could not put together anything with or without talent. Blaming the quarterback for losing a team sport is short sighted. Romo did not go 0-6 in big games, the team as a whole went 0-6. Go back and look at the game field and you will realize that the other players contributed to the losses too. If you put any high-caliber quarterback behind the current offensive line in Dallas, you will get the same poor results. Despite running for his life, it is surprising that Romo did not get seriously injured this season. If you have a poor defense, you will also not give your offense enough good chances to win either. Your frustration with Romo in big games is a result of only watching the quarterback. When you compare quarterbacks, you have to also compare the other players on the teams they played for. Romo does so much more will less, while the rest of team does less with more, especially in big games.
19 months ago

Well said Juan. I know Romo has his faults, but he has wow'd just as much. If we could build the o-line and get a competent offensive scheme to fit the strengths of our current offensive weapons, I believe we could go further. Only until then can I really assess whether Romo is a choker or not.
19 months ago
Don't think it's a man-hate fascination at all, Brandon has a point. He hasn't been very good when the bright lights are on. I'm a Romo fan, and I can see why people would want change. Don't think getting rid of him is the solution however. I would venture to say his "lapses" would be minimized by a good offensive line, a running game, and consistent WR's, none of which he currently has
19 months ago

Yes,it is true that Romo has not played well when the bright lights are on. That is a fact, but why is that? Is the answer because he had protection in the pocket or because the receivers are running the correct routes? Perhaps it the defense forcing the quarterback to make a mistake. Romo has a reputation for extending plays because he wants the play to succeed, which requires him to move out of the pocket as a result of the line breaking down or the receivers not getting open. Is it all Romo's fault for trying to create a play? I would agree that Romo should make better decisions under pressure. However, every defense in the league knows that putting pressure on the quarterback is part of forces turnovers, which is true not only for Romo but also for other high profile QBs. You think Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Aaron Rogers do everything on their own? These guys have had their share of 4 and 5 INT games, but in high stakes games, they have minimized their mistakes and gotten help for other players or had much better coaches making adjusting during the game. Any lapse on Romo is usually attributed to a lapse by the O line or poor running game. How can anyone expect Romo to overcome or make up for every lapse by his teammates.
19 months ago

There is always gonna be 2 sides of Romo no matter what happens. That is the legacy he created to start his career. It's football gives us a way to spend our time and have things to talk. Thanks for reading and all the comments.
19 months ago

There will always be different opinions about Romo not playing better when the stakes are high or playing well when the stakes are low. I for one, see one side of Romo. When the offense and defense play well, everyone else looks like they played well too. I could make the same arguments about every other quarterback for that matter. I could go on and on without convincing anyone. Food for thought... Ask yourselves why did the Patriots with Tom Brady at the helm lose consecutive Superbowls to the Giants? Was it all Brady's fault? Or is Brady still a clutch QB to fans for not being able to engineer another winning drive late in those Superbowls? If Brady loses another big game like Superbowl, is he just as bad as Romo and should be replaced too? How fortunate can anyone get with the "tuck" rule and springboard to NFL elite QB status. It goes to show that having all the right tools working right at all the right times, gives you the best chance of winning games or championships. Anything short of that is enough to help you lose your mind or a game. Thanks for feeding my comments.
19 months ago
I agree that he has wowed, just as much as he has made bone headed plays. It's like I told Brandon on Twitter. It's not all Romo, but he's been the common factor in all those losses. The team's had the same problem for years, and each year Romo is expected to bail the team out. Until he's given the tools to succeed in this system it will always be what if.
19 months ago
C'mon man, first off there is no way that any rookie from college is capable of coming in and performing anywhere near as well as Romo, and as far as Mallett and Flynn go...there is a reason Flynn lost out to a rookie and Mallett hasn't been picked up by another team. Not a single one of these guys are capable of filling Romos' shoes.
19 months ago

Cool thanks for reading.
19 months ago

oh of course lol, I always read my fellow writers articles
19 months ago
The main problem with the 'boys is the owner/gm/president.His ego won't let him hire some "football minds" to run the team.
19 months ago

I agree if JJ would back off and let his people do there jobs I really think everyone would be surprised at how good they can be.
But only if , JJ's ego is to big!!!
19 months ago
LOL Thats a hard decision, whether to keep him or let him go.
19 months ago

The only song that should be playing on Jerry Jones I device is "Changes" by Tupac.
19 months ago
I have a theory that Romo will be like Elway and finally win the big one when he's in the twilight of his career, If it's with the Cowboys though that's another matter.
19 months ago
The one guy I would consider bringing in right now is Kirk Cousins. I think he would be a good quarterback after two years sitting behind Romo. As for the rest of these guys, none of them could come in and perform nearly as well as Romo has. The offensive line is garbage: our tackles gave up more hurries than any tackle duo in the NFL, including Arizona. The only reason we gave up less sacks than many teams was because of Romo's incredible pocket presence and athleticism. You put any one of these guys in the starting role in Dallas and I guarantee they'll be sacked 50 times in 2013 (maybe 60 for Mallett who is about as mobile as a statue).

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