Dallas Cowboys Draft Talk: No QB Needed


The Dallas Cowboys don’t NEED to draft a quarterback this year, but that’s not really the point.

Addressing the quarterback position seems to be a top priority this offseason to most in Cowboys Nation. It’s not hard to wonder why either. Sans Romo, the Dallas Cowboys went a combined 1-10 with Matt Cassel, Brandon Weeden, and Kellen Moore at the helm.

For a team that is only one year removed from a league-best 12-4 record, it’s hard NOT to lay the blame of this season’s failures at the feet of the backup QBs. Sure, Jason Garrett didn’t do them any favors in making QB-friendly gameplans (as evidenced by Brandon Weeden’s resurgence with the playoff-bound Texans), and yes, it would have been nice to have a receiver (seriously, any receiver) capable of beating single coverage. But the failure to develop a strong backup QB remains a problem nonetheless.

Weeden, Cassel, and now Moore, have seemingly defied the odds as they combined to lose 10 of 11 games this season (with one more game to go). A nine percent QB winning percentage doesn’t cut it on a bad football team, especially not on a team like the Dallas Cowboys who entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations.

Fresh off the disappointment of the 2015 season, it’s easy for fans, coaches, and even Jerry Jones to harp on the importance of adding a developmental prospect who may one day inherit the kingdom. But will everyone still sing that tune when the 2016 NFL Draft arrives?

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That’s really the million dollar question, isn’t it?

Consider this: The window is closing on the Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl hopes. Getting players to contribute NOW is the best way to achieve those postseason goals. If not, how long will it be before the Cowboys can get this close again?  

If that sounds familiar, it’s for good reason: That’s the same dribble that’s been said the past few offseasons and it’s the primary excuse as to why the Cowboys simply aren’t drafting QBs.

Don’t get me wrong, it‘s a true statement and continues to be true again this season. It takes time to develop an NFL QB. It’s very rare they become playoff caliber their first few seasons. Sure, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson found early success, but they were riding the coattails of their teammates early in their careers.

The more darts thrown, the greater chance of hitting bulls-eye.

If the Cowboys would have invested in a QB the last two offseasons, it’s unlikely he would have been a player capable of carrying the team like Tony Romo does. At least not yet.

He probably could have won more than one game, but I digress…

Franchise QBs are extremely rare in this quarterback-driven NFL. Even if you invest in a sure-fire first rounder, the success rate is only around 50%. You expect a first round pick to become a Pro Bowler, but with QBs that just isn’t reality. That’s why you throw multiple darts at the board as often as possible. The more darts thrown, the greater chance at getting bulls-eye.

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That doesn’t mean to invest a first or second round pick every season, either. Mid-to-late round draft picks are good enough when you already have a franchise QB. The dynasty teams in the NFL are teams that draft QBs whether they have an established signal-caller or not. The longer the Dallas Cowboys wait, the more desperate the situation will be once Romo is out for good.

When you already have a franchise passer, there will always be excuses to postpone drafting another QB. But eventually it’ll be too late and I think we all remember how that went last time with Quincy Carter, Chad Hutchinson, Vinny Testaverde, Drew Bledsoe, and Ryan Leaf leading the team. It would be nice to start the process now so we’re all spared that pain again.

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When spring arrives and the draft is upon us, we should all keep this in mind (Stephen Jones, Will McClay, and Jerry, I’m talking to you). If you like that second round QB this spring, take him. Even if you think that defensive tackle that can start from day one looks tantalizing.

Here’s a crazy idea, let’s draft a QB before we really do NEED one.