On to some Cowboys news.
The speculation on where Tony Romo will end up continues unabated. It will be a popular topic for a while to come. Even some players from other NFL teams are getting in on the action. Both Emmanuel Sanders and DeMarcus Ware of the Denver Broncos were asked about it on the NFL Network. Both thought Romo would be a good fit. Sanders heaped a bit of praise on #9.
"I believe I would benefit," [Sanders] said on GameDay Morning. "But one thing about it is: I'm always gonna take it back and I'm just gonna put it on (general manager) John Elway. In John Elway I trust. If he does bring him over, I think Tony Romo will fit good in (offensive coordinator Mike) McCoy's system. It's a no-huddle, up-tempo offense. I think that it's gonna be similar to the Cowboys. I think he has Demaryius Thomas and some receiver No. 10 on the other side. I feel like we will win ballgames with Tony Romo or potentially a championship.”
Ware also said Romo would be a good fit, but both players also noted that they believe in Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian. That could be just teammates covering for teammates. We’ll have to see if the Broncos brass is tempted even though there have been reports they won’t be.
Just what can the Cowboys get for Romo in a trade? That’s the big question. One that a former NFL agent tried to answer.
The Cowboys might not be able to get more than a mid-round draft pick for Romo because of his age and injury history, regardless of the timing. The Packers received a 2009 third-round pick from the Jets in a 2008 trade for a soon-to-be 39-year old Brett Favre, who was coming off of season in which he led Green Bay to the NFC Championship Game and was named an All-Pro.
Most fans are hoping for something in the third, or maybe even the second round, but that might not be feasible.
The disappointment of the season ending and not going to the Super Bowl has now sunk in, but the team must carry on. One thing they will be doing is going down to the Senior Bowl.
The plan was for the Cowboys to be preparing for the Super Bowl this week.
Instead, Jerry and Stephen Jones will be in Mobile, Ala., watching Senior Bowl practices to start the process of making a title run all over again.
Cowboys scouts will return to the site where the foundation for a 13-3 season started to take shape a year ago.
Practices start this week for the game, and we’ll have some roster reviews up later today. Of course the Senior Bowl was very profitable for the Cowboys last year.
Prescott was also playing in the Senior Bowl a year ago, but not on the Cowboys' team. The Cowboys met with Prescott for the first time late during Senior Bowl week. It kick-started their fondness for a player who at first struck them as more poised than polished.
We recently discussed how the Cowboys should make a point of re-signing Barry Church. He’s not a superstar or someone who has big stats, but he is a leader and a glue guy on the defense. Others are noting the same.
His presence in the secondary not only gives the Cowboys flexibility in the defensive play-calling, but it also gives them a viable last line of defense. When someone misses a tackle, you can count on Church to clean up the mess. Call the man the janitor because he has faithfully served in that role for the last four years. He is fundamentally sound as a tackler, and he always seems to take the right angles.
We’ll just ignore his first three years in the league as it took him awhile to find his niche on defense. He is perennially underrated to the point that it’s easy to forget that he was appointed as a team captain. The safety net he provides on defense likely pales in comparison to the leadership and tremendous example he sets for so many other players in the locker room. It’s not easy replacing a player like that.
This is an out of the blue thing, but could Rico Gathers be the surprise breakout player in 2017?
6. TE Rico Gathers (217th overall), Baylor. Gathers joined the Cowboys as a project at tight end, trying to become the latest to go from college basketball standout to NFL tight end. Gathers never emerged as an option for the 53-man roster and spent the season on the practice squad. The progress reports during the season were positive, but he is still viewed as raw. However, he signed a contract to stay with the Cowboys after the season, so his development continues to be something to keep an eye on.
We know about his size and athletic skills, but his football knowledge and fundamentals were lacking. Now he has had a year to learn those things, and many reports from around the Cowboys organization have been very, very positive. How many think Gathers just might surprise us in 2017?
Want to get mad again? Then let’s talk about the Brice Butler penalty.
As one source with thorough knowledge of the rule book and its application told PFT on Saturday, current game mechanics aimed at giving the defense a fair chance to match any changes the offense may be making in an effort to confuse the opponent make the threat of a 15-yard penalty irrelevant. Put simply, the so-called (at least by me) Brice Butler rule has become outdated.
For now, it exists. And it’s no coincidence that referee Tony Corrente is the man who called the foul on Sunday in Dallas. Corrente called the foul the last time the rule was invoked during a Washington-Dallas game in 2014. He’s regarded as the lone stickler on this issue among the NFL’s referees.
Great, the one referee that is a stickler for that rule just happens to be the guy who refs the Cowboys playoff game. Sure, Dallas made plenty of other mistakes in that game, but that penalty really changed momentum early in the game. And to think it might go away as a relic?
One piece of possible good news. The Atlanta Falcons are looking like a team the Cowboys will have to contend with in the NFC for a while. Both teams are emerging powerhouses in the conference, unless the Falcons decide to throw it all away by making an incredibly stupid personnel move.
That would leave the Falcons in need of a new offensive coordinator and Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported on Sunday that the team has lined up three candidates to take the job, including the man Shanahan would be replacing with the 49ers. Glazer reports that Chip Kelly is one of the potential additions to Dan Quinn’s staff.
Please, oh please, Atlanta, make that hire.