Cowboys Mailbag – QB’s, Draft Review & Jimmy Johnson

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Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (L) and Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (R) look on during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

There are a lot of questions about our Dallas Cowboys around cyberspace. I’ve even asked a few of them to multiple Cowboys Fan Groups. I’m going to take a few minutes to address a few of them. 

Issue 1: The Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Situation

Should the Dallas Cowboys draft a quarterback? Hopefully the Johnny Manziel train has left the stadium, but what about another quarterback? There’s no guarantee that any draft pick will have success in the NFL and that’s emphasized at the quarterback position. If you thought about NFL quarterback draft busts, you’d probably think of JaMarcus Russell of the Oakland Raiders in 2007. His NFL career was so awful, that you’d forget he was 21 – 4 as starting quarterback of LSU and started over another future NFL quarterback Matt Flynn.

With so much uncertainty regarding draft picks, why not take a chance to mold a former starting quarterback with a reduced learning curve? It’s why many quarterbacks like Mark Sanchez, Vince Young and our Brandon Weeden seemingly get unlimited second chances to become backups.

The thing to remember is how close Weeden has been to the Dallas Cowboys scouting department. His college career was spent at Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State alumni includes Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas and their former head coach was our very own Jimmy Johnson. Currently the Dallas Cowboys have five players from Oklahoma State on the roster: Dan Bailey, Dez Bryant, Orie Lemon, Joseph Randle & Brandon Weeden.

As a starting college quarterback, Weeden was 6 – 0 against Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Nick Foles. Weeden may be 30 years old, but 2014 will only be his third year of NFL experience. I believe that Weeden was watched and scouted by the Dallas Cowboys for years. I’m sure they see a better player than the one that was thrown to the wolves in Cleveland.

We now have a starting undrafted free agent quarterback and a former starting first round draft pick as a backup. That’s hard to complain about.

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  • Scott.

    Good article and valid points. Personally I believe most die hard fans are just tired of Jerry opening his mouth every time he can. I was going to go on but no need. Jerry never met a microphone that he thought was off..

  • trinity

    People hate jerry because he cares more about entertainment and his ego than he does about winning. After 3 consecutive 8-8 seasons, Jason Garrett should have already been given his pink slip. But Jerry keeps him employed because he’s a puppet that he can control. Jerry, or “coach Jones” as he absurdly called himself is the reason the cowboys are total losers, even despite all that talent.

    • Russ

      You’re close. It’s not Garrett. It’s that moron in charge.

      • trinity

        I know Garrett still being there is all on jerry. He controls him.

  • PaulTX

    JJ is loyal to players, and so was Parcells. It was a vice for both of them. I do not dislike JJ. Anyone who has met him in person has said he is one of the most down to earth people you will ever meet. We are all great armchair GMs.

    • Russ

      Who cares if he’s down to earth? What do you people have to witness before you recognize the man’s stunning incompetency? This article mentions how he got fleeced in the trade in last year’s draft compared to what Minnesota did…there’s simply no other explanation than the man just keeps screwing up. And oh yeah…what about that stroke of genius trading about 10 choices for Roy Williams. Let me repeat that…ROY FREAKING WILLIAMS!!! That one ruined our drafts for two years. I’m 69 and have been a devoted fan since ’60 when they started. I’m tired of this buffoon embarrassing this proud franchise.

      • PaulTX

        I care or I wouldn’t have said it. Did I say he was an outstanding GM? Nope. Whether you like it or not, he owns this team, and it is very likely the Jones family will continue to own this team even after he is gone. Suck it up or find a new team.

  • V. C. Evans Sr.

    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope he gets another chance even if it’s third string…
    GM/Coach, sit down and talk to this guy…I think he can help…..