Being a sports fan means acting and thinking irrationally. After all, fan is short for “fanatic,” so thinking straight all of the time isn’t really in the description. Fans of the Dallas Cowboys, specifically, have had to talk themselves into a lot of crazy things for the past twenty years or so, trying to see a silver lining in the current state of the team and/or the direction that it’s headed. For the most part, I can accept this and I do it myself. But I draw the line at Brandon Weeden.
Given the recent injuries to Tony Romo and the odd status of Kyle Orton, Cowboys fans have crossed a line of delusionalism (which isn’t even a real word), trying to convince themselves that the Cowboys could be okay with Weeden at quarterback, if it came down to it, which is a level of insanity that is hard to comprehend.
Weeden, a former first-round pick, is already 30 years old, and was kicked to the curb by the Cleveland Browns after showing little to no promise as a starting NFL quarterback, despite being selected with the 22nd overall pick in 2012 after a great career at Oklahoma State University.
Have you ever had a friend that dated a really hot girl (or guy, I suppose) for a while, but quickly realized that she was actually crazy after getting to know her, and cut things off as quickly as possible? Then, have you ever tried to convince yourself that maybe your friend was wrong and you should give the girl a chance, too? How often does that scenario end well? That’s pretty much what Cowboys fans are trying to do with Weeden. Weeden was the hot girl when he was coming out of college, but once the Browns got to know him, they realized their mistake and dumped him. Now, it’s 1:30 in the morning, Cowboys fans are sitting alone at the backup quarterback bar, and trying to convince themselves that Weeden isn’t so bad.
Wrong. He is.
Brandon Weeden is not a starting quarterback in the NFL. He’s not the quarterback of the future in Dallas (an even more ridiculous thought) and he isn’t a guy who fans should feel comfortable with taking meaningful snaps for their team. I’m sure he’s a very nice guy (actually I’m not sure of that at all, but there’s no reason to think otherwise, that I’m aware of), but I’ll be terrified if he has to come into a game or, God forbid, start a game, and I think you should be too.
I understand that it’s scary to think about what might happen if Tony Romo goes down, but trying to convince yourself that things will be okay with Weeden isn’t the answer either, unless you’re hoping for a Top 5 draft pick in 2015, in which case Brandon Weeden should probably be your favorite player.
Being a fan is fun, and half of the fun is being a little crazy. Far be it from me to ever tell someone else how to be a fan, but for me, there needs to be a limit on that crazy, and I draw that line at pretending things will be okay with Brandon Weeden.
Author’s note: This article should be fun to revisit after Weeden has to start 4 games and goes 3-1, sparking a quarterback controversy, which is pretty much guaranteed to happen now that I’ve written this.