1. Robert Griffin III, Quarterback
The problem is, the Cowboys can’t rely solely on intent and the imaginations of owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who swears his lucky stars that his current starter can ball for the next four to five years.
Romo completed only two games last season. Dallas went on to a miserable (read: forgettable) 4-12 season.
It’s time for an insurance policy.
RGIII, a Texas native who played his college ball at Baylor University, turned 26 nearly a month ago. He is talented. No doubt. But does he belong in the iconic Cowboys uniform?
Tis the question. Let’s be honest here.
As quiet and supposedly humbled Griffin was last season, holding the clipboard and sporting the ear piece on the sidelines, the lion in the heart may still linger. Griffin will mostly likely want to head some place where he can compete for the starting role, or maybe even head into camp as the undisputed starter.
That won’t happen in Dallas.
How Griffin handles himself and that expectation is unknown. We’ve watched him clap and play cheerleader with his teammates from the Washington sideline, but could he do all that under a top 10 quarterback with a lot of gas left?
Can RG3 consistently subdue his car engine size of an ego to play second fiddle to the great one in Tony Romo?
I’m not sure about that, personally.
And the other factor we have to look at is his involvement with this current scheme. The Cowboys’ time-based offense, run by offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, doesn’t fit Mr. Griffin. Word on the street is Linehan doesn’t even prefer him (because of course he loves him some Kellen Moore, duh).
Look, I like his talents. I think the addition of this quarterback could give Dallas another dimension. But at the same token, the reality is Griffin was a one-hit wonder. Green Bay Packers star QB Aaron Rodgers believed the read-option scheme wouldn’t last.
He was right.
My Final Verdict: Sign for the right price/contract terms. Cut if he starts being a baby. Best outcome would be to let him stay on the free agent spider web for another team so the Cowboys can find their next star in the draft.
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