Dallas Cowboys' 2014 NFL Draft: Johnny 'Go Bye Bye'

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Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel walks on the field after running the 40 yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Enter the faux quarterback controversy to be fully created by the major media outlets and dissenters of Cowboys’ incumbent quarterback Tony Romo. A controversy that subtly calls for Romo’s head before he ever throws a 2014 regular season pass. Oh sure, you’ll say that’s not the case. I mean, that’s what you’ll say.

I have no interest in your snake oil, however. None at all. Let’s call this what it truly would have been, a Cowboys’ version of a coup d’etat. Or rather, a coup d’eManziel. We all know that if we drafted QB Johnny Manziel, that was the end of all impartiality towards QB Tony Romo. That is to say if there was any remaining in the first place. And as far as the absolute Barnum & Bailey sideshow that would’ve dominated every news reel from here to Tripoli? It would rival presidential election coverage.

On drafting Johnny Manziel: “Wasn’t even a thought”  - Jerry Jones

And so it was. Pick 16 in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Dallas Cowboys were on the clock. Those that hoped and prayed Johnny Manziel would be long gone before we were to choose were a nervous wreck. The edge of your sofa hadn’t seen this much action since Week 17 of last year’s regular season. The world held its breath. Your teeth gnawed anxiously at your fingernails. It was time. Do the Cowboys value ratings and headlines, or the return to Super Bowl glory?

The answer came attached with a message. The message was as bright as an LED billboard at 3 a.m. What was the message, you ask? It was that no matter how sexy the pick was. No matter how much profit was to be gained by it. No matter what pressure the world applied to draft dear old Johnny. We were not interested. That’s right. The Dallas Cowboys weren’t looking for the spotlight. They were looking to start winning.

Owner/GM Jerry Jones and crew looked the most hyped and media driven player in recent draft history square in the facemask and said “you’re not our guy.” Great Odin’s raven. That really happened. Pinch me.

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  • Chad

    I just find that taking Hitchens in the 4th left a bitter taste in my mouth. Hard for me to get on board with when the best I saw for him was a 7th round grade. Telvin Smith would have been nice.

    • Old Frog

      You are not alone and the only way it makes sense is if you have faith in Marinelli and McClay, which I do.

      • Chad

        As do I, but heard they admittedly grabbed him intentionally for a backup role. I feel like there were players ( at a few different positions ) that could compete for a full spot. This team has enough holes that we can’t shop for depth alone in the fourth.

        • Old Frog

          I think there’s probably more to him than just depth as evidenced by Marinelli’s enthusiasm in the War Room but when Lee goes down again, having a guy in the middle you know likes to blow people up at the line of scrimmage will probably help Marinelli sleep at night.

          • Chad

            I have no doubt this kid is a gap smasher, but for me it’s Sean’s coverage and damn-near superhuman football intellect that goes unfilled.

          • Old Frog

            You won’t replace Lee’s football intellect in the 4th or 5th round no matter who you pick.

          • Chad

            Too true, yet I think in those two aspects we might have done better. We could have completely blown up our O-Line and gotten Yankee, Richardson, Dozier, or Fleming with that pick. At that point we’re one guy away from sealing this trench up for a decade.

  • Old Frog

    I like your enthusiastic optimism. Hopefully by the time SF leaves town it will be justified.

  • Bill Smith

    So if 34 year old, 2 back surgeries Tony Romo is injured again, Orton ans Wheeton are our hopes.Yikes.

  • Greg Hill

    You can paint racing stripes on a turtle but it won’t make him run any faster. Did the defense get any better than last year from this draft? The cowboys will once again miss the playoffs due to an inability to stop the run or rush the passer. Also, due to mismanagement, the best defensive player they had now plays in Denver.

  • PaulTX

    Even though everyone does it, I think it’s premature to call a draft a success until you see how well the draft picks play.