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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