This week the Cowboys released veteran quarterback, Kyle Orton. Orton was contemplating retirement, but did not want to forfeit his 3 million dollar signing bonus. So he decided to have a standoff and skip any offseason activity. Orton basically wanted to do everything he can to get released, just so he can keep his money. If he wanted to retire, he should’ve done so. Instead he played a game of chicken with the Cowboys so he can get his money. Despite being a great back up in Dallas, good riddance Orton.
The Cowboys quarterback situation has been a point of worry this offseason. Romo underwent back surgery and Orton was contemplating retirement. So to shore up the position, the Cowboys signed Brandon Weeden. A lot of fans were not happy with Weeden, but I’m going to tell you now that Weeden is more than enough to handle the backup quarterback position.
Since he became the head coach, Jason Garrett has been installing high character players into the roster. One trait that he looks for is their love for football. Garrett wants players who are passionate for the game. If Orton didn’t want to play anymore, then he doesn’t have a place on the Cowboys roster. We don’t need players who lost their passion for the game. We would rather have players that are willing and itching to play. Orton may have a better track record, but if he lost the will to play then he won’t be productive. It is way better to have a player who still has a passion to play, and if that happens to be Weeden, then I’ll take him over Orton.
If Romo goes down for the season, no matter who is our backup is, our season will be over. So it really doesn’t matter if Weeden comes in to play or not in that situation. If Romo is out for a couple of games and we do need to rely on Weeden, we should still be fine. Weeden is a low end starter but still has more experience than other backup quarterbacks in the league. You also need to remember this is the Cowboys, not the Browns. We aren’t going to rely on Weeden as much as the Browns did. If Romo goes down, we will rely more on DeMarco Murray to carry our offense. In addition, we have a lot more talent than the Browns. Weeden is already familiar with Dez Bryant from their time at Oklahoma St. He will also have Jason Witten, Terrance William, and the ever so reliable Cole Beasley in the slot. In Dallas, the team will put Weeden in position to not fail.
I’m not worried that Brandon Weeden is backing up Romo. The best case scenario is that Weeden never sees the field. If he does come on the field, we know what to expect from him. We know he won’t play like Romo, but that’s fine. He doesn’t need to carry the team on his back. With Weeden, we don’t need to worry too much. The Cowboys are a whole lot more than Weeden.