The three-ring circus that is the Dallas Cowboys continues, as a report from CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora states that quarterback Tony Romo will not be placed on IR this year despite re-fracturing his left collarbone on Thanksgiving Day.
Why? Because Dallas management wants to leave the door open for him in the even that the team goes on a playoff run.
It’s nice to see the Cowboys still being optimistic despite having a 3-8 record on the year. On top of that, the NFC East is an absolute mess right now, with the 5-6 Washington Redskins in first place, so making the playoffs is certainly conceivable.
Unfortunately, it’s probably not going to happen. Having a strong quarterback is absolutely necessary in the NFL at this point, with game managers even needing to be able to lead a passing attack consistently, and Dallas has five tough opponents left on the docket: Washington, the Green Bay Packers, the New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills and then Washington again to close out the regular season.
Three of those games are on the road.
And who will be quarterbacking for Dallas in Romo’s absence? Veteran backup and sometimes starter Matt Cassel, of course. Who’s handling the running game? Veteran Darren McFadden, who becomes an injury time-bomb the moment he ever steps on a field.
That said, with all due respect to the Cowboys, they’re borderline delusional if they think Matt Cassel can lead them deep into the playoffs this season.
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