The Dallas Cowboys won’t strike lightning twice. Tony Romo was a surprise. Even Jerry Jones admitted that.
No NFL team has drafted fewer quarterbacks than the Cowboys since 1989 — the year Jerry Jones took over. It’s time for this franchise to get serious about the future of the quarterback position.
After handing the keys to Troy Aikman in 1989, the Cowboys have selected three quarterbacks: Bill Musgrave (1991), Quincy Carter (2001), and Stephen McGee (2009).
That is it. Three.
In league driven by quarterback play, Jerry Jones must look beyond the 2014 season to keep the engine of this franchise running. Because, as we’ve seen before Tony Romo’s time, the inability to mold and craft the quarterback spot stalls progress.
And the franchise will stall for the rest of this decade if general manager Jerry Jones continues his strategy of pushing all the chips in. It does not work. It hasn’t.
Jerry Jones is cursed by early success; it has since then created a moving shadow of himself to try to catch each year.
Successful franchises build, then rebuild some. They groom quarterbacks because they understand the value of its coinage in the league.
Enter Johnny Manziel.