Well, this weekend was no fun for us dreamers. The Arizona Cardinals appear to be in contention for Peyton Manning, which would certainly give yet another NFC team the upper hand in a contest against our Boys. It appears (at THIS instant) that Manning is leaning towards signing with Denver but we won’t truly know until Manning himself speaks. But for Cowboys fans, even news like that seems small potatoes compared to the Washington Redskins gaining the right to draft either Andrew Luck or (most likely) Robert Griffin III. The Redskins, to be sure, gave up the farm to draft RGIII. They swapped 1st rounders this season with the Rams (a difference of 4 spots) and gave up a 2013 first rounder, 2014 first rounder and a 2nd rounder from 2012 (presumably). That’s essentially 3 cornerstone picks of a franchise for one player. If Griffin is everything Washington expects him to be, then the traded draft picks are well worth it. If not, this is a collosal disaster that will surely sully Dan Synder’s reputation further.
The truth, my fellow fans, is that this trade is both of those things. I believe Robert Griffin III will be a phenomenal player. He is likely to be the face of their franchise for the next decade or so. I also believe that it will not matter. Just like the Double J and his Dallas Cowboys, Dan Synder and the Washington Redskins have a laughable draft history in the past decade. There is nothing to suggest that this is going to change in the time RGIII will play for them. Just like Dallas, the Redskins are still fighting an up-MOUNTAIN battle with their owner in place and are not likely to do much of anything until the two men secede power.
Dallas has had one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL for the past 5 and a half seasons (not factoring injury time) and have been unable to do much once the calendar changes to January. Little about that fact has anything to do with quarterback play. In fact, Tony Romo had the best season of any quarterback in the Dallas Cowboys storied history this past season and Dallas was barely able to break even. (Side note: if you are blaming Dallas’ continued team failures on one player, I crave your optimistic ignorance. In fact, #teamsport to @MrCowboy74 and we’ll discuss it).
Before Redskins fans start leaving nasty comments about my inability to put down the “haterade” cup or how ugly my mother is, understand that I believe the Redskins made the right move here. In fact, I believe it is the only choice they had after Peyton Manning rejected them. In RGIII, Washington gains a face to a franchise that desparately needed one. In a predominantly black city, they get another black quarterback to hopefully lead them to the promised land. Due to Dan Synder’s inability to select quality men to select quality players, those picks were probably not going to be “cornerstone” picks anyways. Additionally, Robert Griffin III is an outstanding, Heisman Trophy-winning player who projects to frustrate Dallas defenses for a decade or more.
In other words, Redskins fans, I hate to be the guy to piss in your cereal but understand my point of view. We Cowboys fans have what you think you’re getting in this rookie. We have no pride to show for our team’s recent play. It takes more than one player to go where we all want to go and neither of our organizations know how to collect those players in the salary cap era. They just don’t. And now the Redskins have significantly fewer picks to “get right” and put players around their young face-of-the-franchise.
Now the Cowboys must face Michael Vick, little Michael Vick (RGIII) and a 2-time Super Bowl most valuable player IN THE DIVISION. That’s 6 games a season with quarterbacks capable of kicking your ass in about 20 different ways. Romo has proven he can deal with less-than-ideal talent and still have a franchise-best season. IT IS TIME to build this defense and bring back the Doomsday to Dallas. IT IS TIME Jerry commits to letting other people find these players and put his ego aside, starting with the #14 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft
If Jerry can’t see that, we might be worse off than Dan Synder’s boys in DC. In fact, if the Double J can’t see that, get used to be last place Cowboys fans.
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