2009 fourth-round draft pick Stephen McGee has been anxiously awaiting a shot at being in the starting line-up since regular starter Tony Romo went down with a broken color bone earlier in the season. Even some fans have called for the second-yeard signal-caller from Texas A&M to see some playing time. No one should get their hopes up.
Unless current starter Jon Kitna suffers a serious injury, McGee will likely remain on the bench until Romo returns to the starting line-up in December.
“At this juncture, I wouldn’t guess on that,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “But certainly, we have eight games left, half our season. We’re going to play every game, every game to win and give us a chance to win. Jon Kitna can play football games well enough to win football games in the NFL. That’s just where we are there. As we move forward, Tony will get better and we’ll have him as a potential to be available.”
You would think that Jason Garrett and others in the Cowboys organization would want to get a good look at what they have in McGee. Afterall, Kitna isn’t exactly a youngster and god-forbid Romo go down again with injury next year. McGee needs this valuable playing time to mature and develop. I mean, c’mon, let’s be realistic. These Cowboys aren’t making the postseason.
Why doesn’t Dallas put McGee in when the team is getting blown out?
“Whenever you’re behind in a football game, we’re going to keep fighting,” interim coach Jason Garrett said. “We’re going to keep fighting and playing and keep our best people out there as much as we can without putting them in harm’s way.”
What a horrible strategy. That is the perfect time to see what you have in your back-ups. Apparently this simple concept has slipped through the mind or over the head of the man we call, “Brain Dead Red.”