Being a Cowboy fan in the Baltimore/D.C. is annoying however, it does allow me to view different perspectives when considering the Cowboys quarterback situation. In one city you have the Washington Redskins previously cursed in the QB department, who have made an aggressive deal to find their quarterback of the future in RG-III (injuries permitting). In another city you have the Baltimore Ravens, who have a managed to find success with sub-elite game managers at QB. They currently have "Average Joe", who has been good enough to manage the games and keep his team in contention since he became their starter.
I am not one of those people who think all the blame goes on the QB, I am highly aware it is a team game, there are deficiencies all over the place with this cowboys team so all the blame should not fall on Romo even though it does. However, the QB is almost always the figurehead of a football team, which is why this is the subject of this post. When listening to local sports radio in the Baltimore area, there seems to be an even split on whether or not Raven fans like Flacco or want him out. Tune into local Washington sports stations and you will find nothing praise and worship for Redskin's Jesus (R-Jesus). I remember the days not long ago when all I heard on the DC radio was the never-ending complaints of the QB play which have quickly been silenced with the emergence of RG-III. As Cowboys fans should we be happy that we have this up and down (but statistically consistent) stat producing QB who can't seem to lead this team to the playoffs on a consistent basis? This has left me asking so many questions that I just had to throw it out to Cowboys Nation.
Just how fortunate are we as Cowboys fans to have Romo? His contract can be voided after the 2013 season, how much longer do we have from him? Aikman gave the cowboys 12 years. Most would agree the last two years were a regression. When will that occur for Romo? Are we really willing to revert back to the 2000-2005 years when we rode the QB carousel and went through 9 different starting QBs until we landed on Romo? The time to look for the next franchise QB should be always, but you don’t always get a Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck to fall into your lap unless you are the Colts apparently. The draft is nowhere near as strong with QB's as last year but would the Cowboys be willing to spend a first round pick on a QB to sit behind Romo when there are so many other glaring needs elsewhere? This is a move I highly recommend in a position that is a hot commodity within the NFL; you can’t ever have enough quality potential sitting the bench at QB. If the future at QB is not drafted in the next few years I have a strong feeling we will be back to the Randall Cunningham, Anthony Wright, Quincy Carter, Ryan Leaf, Clint Stoerner, Chad Hutchinson, Vinny Testaverde……………(gasp)….....had to catch my breath, Drew Henson, and Drew Bledsoe nightmares that so many Cowboys fans seem to have forgotten.
I know a lot of people hate Romo, but the future can be scary, Romo has given us seven years (injury time not included) and hopefully counting of QB stability and I am not looking forward to what the future holds. Especially one that has the possibility of the Washington Redskins on top of the NFC East because they pulled the trigger on a trade that potentially could have wrecked their franchise if R-Jesus turned into a bust. While there is always room for regression and injury, I hate to say it but the Skins made a bold move that may pay off for the future. Will Jerry Jones be able to make that kind of move if the opportunity presents itself? It can go both ways. (Pessimists insert Galloway and Williams trades here) I just hope one day this team can find its way back to stability, like it or not they are an underachieving above-average talent team who is plagued by constant national media scrutiny due to its past success and current failures. I want that past success back. How we get there is beyond me, but a good idea would be to address the QB of the future before it’s too late.