Cowboys Are 0-3 With Weeden – Season On The Line & Decisions to Make
Johnny Manziel has accomplished something this season that Brandon Weeden has failed, and failed miserably, I might add, to do so far in
three games he has started for the Cowboys. Johnny Football has lead his team, the lowly Browns, to an NFL victory. Weeden is still waiting for someone on the Cowboys Staff, preferable the Head Coach, to make the official decision and announcement that will elevate Matt Cassell to the starting quarterback position, thus exiling Weeden to his more natural habitat of professional anonymity and obscurity in exchange for his failure to deliver a victory for the Cowboys. It’s obvious that his turn in the Cowboys Spotlight has not lived up to the hype ecstatically spewed forth by Ownership and Management since the day they signed him. In fact, as stated earlier, his turn in the spotlight has been a miserable failure.
Make all the excuses you want on Weeden’s behalf. I’m sure that you will find it necessary to take a very large number behind all the other
professional wannabe pundits offering their wimpy, whiny reasons why three consecutive losses are not the fault of the backup to Tony Romo. The fact remains that the Cowboys’ season is approaching a very critical point past which aspirations to make the playoffs will be lost.
It was widely thought by many, probably more like deperately hoped, that Weeden could possibly win half the games he started while Romo recuperated from a broken collarbone. That delusion has settled in nicely the past three weeks. The only question to be answered this week at Valley Ranch is how long this delusion will continue.
Such is the result of the third week of futility for the hopeful backup to Tony Romo after facing the reigning Super Bowl Champs Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. His futility consisted of several errant passes and an persistent inability to find and connect with receivers downfield, regardless of the time given, regardless of how open the receivers were.
Once again, check down passes to running backs out of the backfield seem to be the only proficiency demonstrated by Weeden. And once again, that was not enough. By the time Weeden started to find those running backs out of the backfield, the Patriots were well on their way to a 30-6 victory.
It is painfully obvious that this team is nothing without a quarterback that can at least minimally run an offense that not only provides an offensive threat, but can also use the clock to provide their defense a rest. Otherwise, exhaustion ends up being the ultimate state for a fairly good defensive unit.
It should be hoped that the Cowboys didn’t waste a draft pick in order to get Matt Cassell from the Buffalo Bills. Cassell’s record speaks for itself. He’s not flashy. He doesn’t put up gaudy stats. But he’s more able than Brandon Weeden to take this offense and lead it to victories. He’s not expected to be Tony Romo. But it has become necessary to ulitize Cassell for the exact reason the Cowboys acquired him. They need him.
If that need is not obvious to the Cowboys Head Coach and Management, then the season is probably over for the Cowboys.