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Cowboys News & Notes: Cowboys Hunt For Quarterback Switches Into High Gear

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The Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones frequently opens up to give fans a look at what the executive brain-trust in Dallas is thinking.

Jared Goff speaks to the media during the Combine
Jared Goff speaks to the media during the Combine
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NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah: 'Just about everybody that I respect' says the Cowboys should draft a QB - SportsDay Staff
In an interview on ESPN Radio (103.3 FM), Jeremiah didn't hold back.

"Just about everybody that I respect in league circles, I’ve not had one person say to me they should take anything other than a quarterback."

Cowboys' Jason Garrett: We need to find Romo's replacement - Chase Goodbread, NFL.com
Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett acknowledged that the time has come for the club to find a young apprentice behind veteran quarterback Tony Romo, but he wouldn't say where in the draft it might happen.

"Certainly we want to have a young quarterback in our program who we're developing to be a guy who replaces Tony Romo at some point," Garrett told NFL Network. "Does that mean we take him in the first round, the second round or the third round? I don't know that. We've got to evaluate these guys and sort out who we like at all the positions."

Dallas Cowboys searching for QB in NFL Draft - UPI.com
Vice president Stephen Jones said a potential franchise quarterback trumps all. At least that's his feelings right now.

"I mean you have to look at it," Jones said. "You're not naive to it but if you have the opportunity in this league, in our situation, to get a potential franchise quarterback, then you have to make the investment. You have to have the patience. You sacrifice maybe that opportunity that maybe is impactful right now."

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Cowboys meet with Dak Prescott, tell him they are looking to draft a quarterback - Clarence Hill, The Star-Telegram
Names like Cal’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz.have been getting much of the headlines, but the Cowboys are looking beyond just the first round for options.

Quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan met with Prescott at the Senior Bowl and Wilson met with him again at the NFL Scouting Combine, leaving him no doubt they will be taking a quarterback in the draft.

"Coach Wilson told me their picks," Prescott said. "He told me they were thinking about getting a quarterback with one of those picks. He said if I work hard, things could work out."

Jared Goff: Backing up Tony Romo for a few years 'wouldn't be the worst thing in the world' - Jon Machota, Dallas Morning News

Speculation is that the former Cal passer will either go #2 or #4 in the draft. That means starting in Cleveland or backing up Tony Romo in Dallas for a couple years. Forget your loyalties as a fan, which option would you choose?

"You've seen guys do it before and be extremely successful with it and you've seen the opposite," Goff said Thursday. "It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. You always want to play, but at the same time, it's a situation you go into. You get better, you deal with it, you go through the couple of years or whatever it is, do your best and continue to be ready whenever your time comes."

2016 QB Class Shows No Lack Of Confidence At Combine Interviews - David Helman, DallasCowboys.com

Helman gives us a look at the quarterbacks that are in Indianapolis as part of the 2016 NFL Combine. According to Mississippi State passer Dak Prescott, the Cowboys are telling QBs that they intend to draft someone this year but not specifically in the first round. It seems to be more of a when it works out kind of thing rather than the most pressing need. No matter what or where, Dallas is doing due diligence on all the talent available in Indy.

There’s no shortage of options for the Cowboys to find one of those if they want one. Whether it’s at the top of the draft or the middle rounds is anyone’s guess. If Thursday’s action was any indicator, though, this crop isn’t lacking on confidence.

"It doesn’t matter if you go into a situation with a Hall of Famer in front of you or a situation with nobody in front of you and it’s supposedly given to you – I don’t think that’s true," Wentz said. "You’ve got to earn every bit of it, and that’s how I’m going to handle the situation – whatever exact situation comes."

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15 biggest things we learned about the Cowboys from Stephen Jones, including draft strategy - Sportsday DRW Staff

The fact that four, the first four things in fact, revolve around the defensive line should clue you in to the fact that the Dallas Cowboys are taking their rushmen needs quite seriously.

"Obviously that's a need for us. It's at the top of the list. The really good football teams tend to get pressure on the quarterbacks, so it continues to be a goal of ours. We hadn't necessarily been great at it the last couple of years, and we've got to continue to figure out a way to improve upon that." Stephen Jones

It is not rocket science to figure out where the team's needs are, but looking at the number of times that the brass in Dallas revisits a topic is a good way for fans to determine the level of priority that they assign to a specific need. For those of you on the "Draft a Passer' band wagon, please note that the position was mentioned twice and alluded to again.

The article is a composition of the things that SJ has addressed over the recent past and gives us a look at what the frequent topics of interest are behind closed doors.

Stephen Jones Doesn't See Cowboys Pursuing Big Ticket FAs - Scott Crisp, NBCDFW.com

In spite of having some money to play with, the Dallas Cowboys executive VP is not looking to be a big spender in acquiring free agent talent this year. As has been the trend in recent years they will take a bargain if it comes along, but that is no longer how the Jones family builds a football team.

"I’m not a big fan of free agency; I’ll be the first to admit it," Jones told said, per Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Unfortunately, good players get paid like they’re great players, average players get paid like they’re good players and it’s a domino effect. It’s not a great way to put your team together."

Jones did drop one hint about where the time might consider dropping a dime during free agency, this from another article posted by Crisp.

"Of course we do feel like we need another back to go with McFadden," Jones said, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. "Where we get that, whether it’s in the draft or whether we do it in free agency, a lot of different ways you can go there."

"When you get into an older back, then you’re talking about what’s the commitment?" Jones said. "You know he’s probably nearing the end unless he’s freaky like Emmitt Smith, who can go many, many years. But you don’t ever say never, and sometimes a one-year deal with a guy who’s 30 years old might be the right fit for us. We’ll just have to see."

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Could the freakish abilities of Fort Worth's A'Shawn Robinson tempt the Cowboys? - Bob Sturm, Dallas Morning News

Drafting a run stopper would not be the 'sexy' pick that we all want, but Sturm gives us some good reasons why going this route may be a better strategy than say QB, pass rusher, or corner.  In typical Sturm fashion he backs his case with cold hard facts.

Think about it: Right now, if you are trying to win in the NFC, you should remind yourself that the last 4 NFC teams to play in the Super Bowl: the 49ers, the Seahawks, the Seahawks again, and the Panthers were all power running teams that would not have you in nickel like the Saints or Packers 5 years ago.  Perhaps, a run stuffer or two in the middle is the best way to beat those teams and power running is the new market inefficiency.  On a week to week basis, you might not value guys like this as highly as a 65-snap guy, but in January when you are dealing with the ground and pound of those NFC powers, it might be real nice to have a wall in the middle of your defense.

We know that the team, with a healthy Romo and Bryant, has the ability to win games and get to the post season. Would it be smart to start looking at what it takes to win once they get there?