Tag:Stephen McGee
Posted on: December 29, 2011 2:51 pm

Tony Romo practices with wrap, likely to start

Romo reportedly is 'fine' for Week 17's game. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The primary concern for Sunday night's NFC East "championship game" is the hand of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Last we left Romo, he was reportedly "fine" and looked like he would start on Sunday against the Giants.

Our Cowboys Rapid Reporter Nick Eatman lends further credence to the belief that Romo will play, reporting that Romo practiced on Thursday with a "light wrap" on his hand and is now "likely" to start.

The issue for the Cowboys and Romo is the amount of swelling in the quarterback's hand. If he's unable to properly grip and throw the ball, then Dallas could struggle.

And if the injury makes him tentative in the pocket, then the Giants pass rush could certainly ramp up the pressure on Dallas offense.

But the news that Romo's at least able to practice and test out the strength he's got with a banged-up hand is huge. Though Stephen McGee didn't look like the worst quarterback in the world last Saturday afternoon, Dallas offense simply isn't the same when Romo's not on the field.

Knocking him out of the game would all but ensure that the Giants took home the division title this season.

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Posted on: December 24, 2011 4:49 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2011 5:00 pm

Tony Romo out with hand injury; Stephen McGee in

By Will Brinson

The Cowboys are currently losing to Philadelphia but that's not the bad news for Dallas. The bad news is that Tony Romo is probably done for the day with a right hand injury after taking a nasty hit from Jason Babin.

Of course, the worst news for the Cowboys is that he suffered the injury in a game that ultimately won't matter -- after the game began, the Giants finished off the Jets in New York, eliminating the Eagles from the playoff race and setting the stage for a Week 17 matchup between the Giants and Cowboys to decide the NFC East.

Stephen McGee's currently under center for the Cowboys, and it's hard to imagine that he won't stay there.

Romo returned to the sideline and had a pretty intense talk with the training staff; he's now on the sidelines with a baseball cap, and it makes sense to keep him there for the rest of the day.

Dallas needs a lot of help to make the postseason as a wild card, but they control their own fate in terms of the division. Romo suffering another injury that could put his status for the finale in doubt would be an unmitigated disaster

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Posted on: December 30, 2010 9:20 pm

McGee likely to start for Cowboys Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

There was a loud argument made for Stephen McGee to start at quarterback against the Cardinals on Christmas Day, so the Cowboys could find out what they had in their third-string quarterback.

Andy and I both disagreed with that philosophy, mainly because it seems silly to assume that every single quarterback who's drafted in a later round is the "next Tom Brady." Or, really, to waste Jason Garrett's precious audition time just trying to see if a fourth-rounder in his second year can cut it as a starter when games don't matter. 

But it appears that might be irrelevant now, as McGee's likely to start Sunday.

"He’s a capable guy, he can move around in the pocket, he can throw the football, there is nothing you can say like, 'Hey we can’t do this with Stephen,'" Garrett said, via the San Antonio Express. "I think he proved some of that in the game last week (against Arizona). He’s done a nice job in practice and hopefully he can carry that to the ball game."

Now, McGee isn't "officially" the starter, because Garrett didn't say that.

But his enthusiasm for the rookie is clear, and his situation has changed pretty drastically over the past six days. Since the Cowboys egged against the Cardinals on Christmas, Garrett suddenly needs to pick up a win Sunday and try to show that he can develop the Cowboys young talent.

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Posted on: December 29, 2010 10:08 am

McGee could get another chance for Dallas

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If Cowboys QB Stephen McGee gets the start this Sunday vs. the Eagles – and it sounds like he has a pretty good chance of doing just that – he could continue convincing the Dallas brass that he can be the primary backup to Tony Romo, meaning the team wouldn’t have to spend a 2011 Draft pick on another signal-caller.

The fact McGee performed impressively in last Thursday’s loss at Arizona – despite the defeat, McGee completed 11 of 17 passes for 111 yards and a TD and put his team in position to make the come-from-behind victory after Jon Kitna left the game because of injury – is quite a feat for the former third-string QB.

McGee As the Dallas Morning News points out, McGee had never thrown to Jason Witten before last week – not even in practice – and after taking snaps from rookie Phil Costa in practice, he received the ball from starting C Andre Gurode in Thursday’s game, a difference in delivery point by about four inches.

What surprised me most about McGee was how poised he played vs. the Cardinals. You don’t often see a third-string guy taking his first-ever snaps in the NFL who plays that … well … un-nervously.

"What we liked about him was his demeanor," coach Jason Garrett said. "He didn't really blink. He was, 'OK coach, I got it. I got the calls. I can handle this stuff.' He showed us that, and as the game wore on, he got more comfortable."

One reason for that is because McGee rents a house only two stop signs away from the Cowboys practice facility. That was a conscious decision so he could spend as much time at work as possible.

"Every chance you do get is a huge opportunity," McGee said. "You send that video out to the whole league. Everybody sees it, everybody takes notice. It's basically a résumé for the NFL.”

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Posted on: December 28, 2010 11:48 am

Hot Routes 12.28.10: Bengals logo = urinal?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- All kinds of live coverage from Monday Night’s Falcons-Saints game. You’ve got my blog posts discussing whether Atlanta can recover after losing its homefield immortality and whether coach Mike Smith made the right call in punting on fourth-and-six late in the game. Also, check out Pete Prisco’s column from the Saints locker room, particularly on the need for some New Orleans defensive players to “piss” on the Falcons logo.

- Remember when that Nevada woman sued Ben Roethlisberger in July 2009 for allegedly sexual assaulting her in Lake Tahoe (we refer to this as Roethlisberger alleged incident No. 1) ? Yeah, that lawsuit is still open, and it’s not exactly moving forward at a fast pace.

- Cowboys QB Jon Kitna’s status is still unknown for the season finale against the Eagles. Which means we could get more of Stephen McGee.

- An update on Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger’s treatment for cancer. He’s going through a second round of chemotherapy.

- Happy two-year anniversary to Brett Favre and Jenn Sterger!

- See if you can follow the logic of Jerry Jones not wanting to hire a coach who’s already won a Super Bowl. I’m not sure I get it.

- Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston thinks Troy Smith’s career in the NFL might be over after the QB heatedly argued with former 49ers coach Mike Singletary on the sidelines Sunday.

- Who’s been the hero for the Vikings the past couple weeks? Why it’s director of operations/team travel Luther Hippe.

- Chiefs fans are EXCITED about buying playoff tickets.

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Posted on: December 25, 2010 9:28 pm

Kitna is done for tonight

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Cowboys QB Jon Kitna is out for the rest of the Dallas-Arizona game with a hip pointer, meaning second-year Cardinals QB Stephen McGee will get the first extensive playing time of his career.

Kitna was hit by O’Brien Schofield and Calais Campbell after releasing a pass in the second quarter. He got up limping and missed onKitna e play before Kitna returned and led Dallas to its only touchdown of the half (that Kitna, by the way, is one tough hombre, gaining seven tough yards on third and goal from the 9 to set up a two-yard TD pass to TE Jason Witten that cut the Arizona lead to 21-10 going into halftime).

After that drive, he returned to the locker room, ran back onto the field a few minutes later and began warming up again, though he never got into the game.

Kitna warmed up before the third quarter, but he didn’t feel well enough to play. Now, Cowboys interim coach Jason Garrett will see what he’s got in McGee – who, before tonight, had never taken a snap in the NFL.

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Posted on: December 23, 2010 4:59 pm

Steelers vs. Panthers, Cards vs. Cowboys Podcast

Posted by Will Brinson

If you happen to be stuck at work for the next little bit, we've got a great way to kill off the rest of your workday -- a good old-fashioned podcast preview.

Andy and I break down the Thursday night and Saturday night NFL games and discuss whether or not the Cowboys should turn to Stephen McGee instead of Jon Kitna. We also start to talk about Steelers vs. Panthers, realize how things will play out and come to the startling realization that whether or not the Panthers draft a quarterback in April could lend an interesting clue to the future of labor negotiations, not to mention the future of the Jimmy Clausen.

All those issues handled (plus, much, much more) below -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .
Posted on: December 22, 2010 11:57 pm

Hot Routes 12.22.10: Pro Bowl spite voting!

Posted by Andy Benoit

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  • Michael Strahan bashed his former team after it surrendered a 21-point lead in less than half a quarter Sunday.
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