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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