Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) walks off the field after defeating the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Time For The Cowboys To Start Looking For Romo’s Heir


It’s almost draft day.  Soon our speculations and opinions will either come true or die like the dreams of a Super Bowl win last season.  Main focus has been on filling the holes in the defense and some offensive line help but the Cowboys as an organization must begin focusing on the heir to the quarterback throne behind Tony Romo.   Most people are following mainstream media’s rumor mill that the Cowboys should snag someone like Johnny Manziel.  In all honesty, Manziel wouldn’t fit well with the current offensive scheme and he would want to be a starter fairly soon in the NFL most would assume.  The Cowboys have a starting quarterback even if most fans don’t like him, he’s a decent quarterback and isn’t the current problem in Dallas.  What the Cowboys need to focus at is finding a successor to Romo, someone who won’t mind riding the bench for 2-3 years before possibly taking over the reigns.  Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to think outside the box when it comes to drafting and that is what Dallas will need to do if they are going to snag a quarterback in this draft.

One prospect for Dallas to take at the quarterback position would be Georgia’s quarterback Aaron Murray.   While some people may view his size as an issue to playing in the NFL he could make a good fit in Dallas strictly based upon his Romo-like tendencies of getting out of trouble.  Murray uses his legs to extend plays and has a knack for knowing where the ball needs to be at the right moment.   According to scouting reports, Murray has a quick release and is a good decision maker.  For those who follow college football and have watched some Georgia games, Murray, like Romo, has experience with having to do it all because of a shabby offensive line.  Murray is coming off a knee surgery Murray would be able to sit on the bench and learn the system and plays as he wouldn’t be rushed back into a full-time job as quarterbacking.  This would do well for both Dallas and Murray’s career.  If Murray is available in the 3rd or 4th rounds of the draft, it might be a smart move for the Cowboys to look at him.

Another prospect for the Cowboys would be Zach Mettenberger from LSU.  Again he is coming off a knee surgery so it wouldn’t be too much to ask him to sit the bench for a few years and learn the system.  Mettenberger’s stock is rising in the draft but if he should somehow fall to the later rounds the Cowboys should strongly consider him to the successor role to Romo.  Mettenberger has the size of a protypical NFL quarterback.   Scouting reports on Metternberger have him listed as “one of the strongest arms in the draft”.   The downfall to Metternberger is he is slow in the pocket and not as athletic as some of the other quarterbacks and he isn’t all that accurate.

Finally, another quarterback who is likely to fall to later rounds would be Conner Shaw from South Carolina.   Shaw would be a good fit in Dallas because he’s tough, has a hunger to win and he is another efficient decision maker on the field.   Shaw doesn’t have a strong arm and typically is more comfortable with the short passes.   He is mobile and that is a good fit for the current Cowboys team because he can also extend plays by using his feet.

While the Cowboys do not have an immediate need for a quarterback, snagging a quarterback to start grooming behind Romo is a starting to become a dire need.  Romo isn’t getting any younger and if the Cowboys don’t act soon to find the heir to the quarterback position, the organization will be left once again in the after Troy Aikman era, and we as fans would like that to not happen again!

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  • jrcowboy49

    Romo at 34 with 2 back surgeries is one hit from retirement. Ask Aikman. Murray or Mettenberger would be great choices. But not that runt from Texas A&M with bust written all over his forehead!

  • Juanito Juanito

    3 more seasons for romo, he is an athlete, why select qb in this draft, to be benched 3 seasons, dumb

  • Gina Genochio

    Why reach for someone this year and call him a ‘heir’ when he never will be? The answer for Dallas lies in next years’ Draft and Marcus Mariota (Oregon). Do what you have to do to move up to get him, and THAT will be the future for the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Alfredo Martinez

    To me, Zach Mettenberger from LSU is the best QB for Air Coryell Offense.. He is the second coming of Dan Fauts.. Strong arm. Typical pocket passer…

  • BrokeDog

    Once you start “cutting” on the spine, the “writing is on the wall” for your career! If Romo makes it thru this season, I’ll be amazed … (don’t get me wrong … I am Romo’s biggest fan). BUT, whatever the ‘Pokes do, they’ve got to take a “pass” on Johnny Football! Trade down, get a couple of extra picks, and take a QB in round 2 named ANYTHING but Manziel (unless, somehow … some way … JF falls into round 2 (stranger things have happened). In round 2 I MIGHT consider Manziel, especially if I’ve picked up an extra 2nd round pick. I’d STILL rather have one of the other QB’s. I just don’t think Manziel’s body will hold up to the NFL pounding.

  • Sensi Star

    The writing is on the wall. He should have never been re-signed. The last QB to win a Super Bowl over the age of 33 was John Elway. Young QB’s win Super Bowls.

    Not un-drafted over 30 years of age QB’s.

    Once again Jerry the GM set this organization back another 5 years.

    If you don’t resign Romo at the end of last year we could have moved on from him and Garrett.

    Now Romo will be here at least another 3 years and Garrett is back for some ungodly reason.

    I’ll go with the rumor that he has pictures of JJ in an uncompromising position. Which would lead to a divorce from his wife and JJ being forced to sell the Cowboys.

    At this point it’s all I got and seems to be the only reason Garrett is still here.

    4 years of 8-8. It makes as much sense as Garrett still being here.