Thursday, February 24, 2011

In Depth: Quarterbacks

I have given a brief overview of both sides of the ball heading into the offseason but I want to go a little more in depth now position by position. It appears that free agency is probably going to be delayed so that gives a little more time to assess where the Cowboys stand heading into free agency and the draft.

Tony Romo - The Cowboys searched for nearly a decade before finally discovering a franchise quarterback. Despite what some people refuse to admit, they have a player who can put the offense on his back and win games. There are some who still doubt Romo's ability but he is one of the highest rated quarterbacks in NFL history. Now he needs to take his team deep into the playoffs and win a Super Bowl to convince his remaining doubters that he is a top tier quarterback. Obviously the Cowboys are set at starting quarterback for at least 3 or 4 more years and maybe more.

Jon Kitna - Kitna proved this season that he can be counted on to be an effective back up option. He took over for Romo during the second half of the season and did enough to allow the Cowboys to go 5-3 in the second half of the season. While he doesn't have the play making ability of Romo, Kitna still has plenty of game to allow the team to win if Romo goes down again. Kitna should be able to fill in as the back up for at least another season or two.

Stephen McGee - McGee finally got a chance to get some meaningful playing time in the last two games of the season. All he did was lead his team to two last minute touchdown drives. While that was impressive he struggled during the majority of his playing time. But his strong finishes in his two games showed enough that it looks like the Cowboys still might be able to develop McGee into a long term backup option.

Heading into free agency and the draft it appears that quarterback is the least of the Cowboys needs. I don't expect the Cowboys to make any moves at quarterback this offseason.


  1. Despite what some "fans" think QB is a position of strength for this team. I wasn't sure about Romo at first, but since taking over as starter all he has done is play some very impressive football. He always seems to have this team in position to win.

  2. I agree. Quarterback isn't the problem on this team. Last season, alot of our problems were on defense. Doesn't matter if you score 30 points a game if your defense is giving up 40! Anyone who thinks quarterback is the problem on this team should go back and watch some of the Quincy Carter, Ryan Leaf etc years. *shudders*

  3. Can't forget that Kitna looked pretty impressive, especially for an older guy, when Romo got hurt last season. And truth is I really Like McGee. I think that he is going to end up being a solid backup QB for the Cowboys.