Next up in my analysis of the Cowboys Roster is QB.
Romo 6'2 226 QB Eastern Illinois 7 years
Tony Romo ascended from the ranks of undrafted free agent - and three-year back-up quarterback - to a record setting, two-time Pro Bowl selection for the Dallas Cowboys. With 55 career regular season starts under his belt, Romo is well on his way to re-writing the Dallas record books with his stellar and unique style of quarterbacking play. Elusive and instinctive in the pocket, he relies on a quick release, solid arm strength and excellent accuracy. His greatest asset may be his ability to see the field and find the open receiver - regardless of whether he is in a stationary position or eluding the pass rush. With a 38-15 regular season record as the Dallas starter, Romo led the Cowboys to 13 wins in 2007 - tying the franchise record for victories in a season. Along the way, he set single-season club marks for touchdown passes (36), completions (335), yardage (4,211) and 300-yard games (seven). He also set a Dallas mark for consecutive games with a touchdown pass with 17 straight between 2006 and 2007.
His 2008 season was not as productive as 2007 after suffering a broken finger in his throwing hand at Arizona (10/12). Despite missing three games with the injury, Romo still threw for 300-or-more yards six times - second only to his seven from 2007 - while throwing for 3,448 yards - his second consecutive 3,000-plus yard season - to become the first quarterback with back-to-back 3,000-yard seasons since Troy Aikman (1995-97). In 09 Romo threw for 4483 yards with 26 tds and 9 ints with a 63% completion ratio and a 97.6 QB rating.
Tony Romo, if he can get himself a Super Bowl victory, will be a Hall of Famer.
Romo received a 6 year 67.4 million dollar contract extension.
Jon Kitna 6'2 218 QB Central Washington 13 years
The Dallas Cowboys acquired a veteran backup quarterback to Tony Romo in Jon Kitna when they traded Anthony Henry to Detroit after the 2008 season. Kitna, who is entering his 12th year in the league, has been a quality starter as well as a valuable backup throughout the years. Kitna served as the Lions quarterback for 2006-07 and the first four games of 2008 before landing on IR with a back injury. In his first season as a Lion, he compiled one of the most productive seasons in team history as he set records for completions (372) and attempts (596) and was only the second Lions passer to throw for 4,000 yards in a season.
By passing for 4,000 yards again in 2007, he became only one-of-nine passers in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Prior to joining the Lions, he spent the previous five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Kitna was Cincinnati's starting quarterback for three seasons (2001-03) and a backup and mentor for Carson Palmer his final two seasons (2004-05). He originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent for Seattle in 1996. He led the Seahawks to their first playoff appearance in a decade in 1999, his first full season as a starter.
Kitna signed a four-year contract extension through 2013. 2010: $2 million, 2011: $2.6 million, 2012: $3.1 million, 2013: $2.9 million.
Stephen McGee 6'3 218 QB Texas A&M 1 year
With the first pick of the fourth round (101st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected Stephen McGee as one of three selections made in the fourth round by the team. With Tony Romo entrenched as the franchise's starting quarterback, along with recently acquired veteran quarterback Jon Kitna to serve as Romo's primary backup, McGee's role will be centered on learning the Cowboys offense as he makes the transition to become an NFL quarterback. He has demonstrated his athletic ability and is a strong-armed passer with the ability to sidestep the rush and make the throw on the run. At Texas A&M, McGee finished his collegiate career as the school's all-time leader in completion percentage (59.5%) and was second in total offense (7,225), fourth in career passing yards (5,475) and third in rushing yards by a quarterback (1,750). McGee is signed to a 4 year 2.282 million dollar deal thru 2012
The Cowboys, more than most teams are set for years to come at QB. Romo IMO is going to be a future Hall of Famer. He has improved every year he's been with the Cowboys. He cut down on his interceptions and fumbles that had plagued him, and seems to be maturing as a Quarterback with each game.
McGee having 4 years as Romo's understudy while having a veteran who has thrown for 4000 yards twice in the NFL in Jon Kitna.
If Romo can add a bit of '10 yard fight' into his game and understand that he doesn't have to make big plays all the time and may sometimes be better served by taking the 'check down' or 'running' for a 1st down and living to fight another set of downs, he will have taken the next step. But if the Cowboys don't win a Super Bowl in the next few season, I don't think it will be the Quarterback position as to why.
The best thing the Cowboy Ownership and Management can do to help Romo take that next step is get him help by adding another weapon on offense.
Draft Breakdown by Position: Quarterback
Posted on: February 9, 2010 7:20 pm
Category: NFL Draft