There has been plenty of discussion regarding the possibility of the Dallas Cowboys selecting Tony Romo’s successor with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Both Carson Wentz of North Dakota State and Cal’s Jared Goff have been identified as potential targets, but the quarterbacks could be forced to wait a few years before seeing the field if they make their way to Big D.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was recently discussing the team’s plans under center, when he noted he would like a succession plan similar to what the Green Bay Packers had with Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre.
“If a player came in here and played behind him 3-4 years, he would come out with a Harvard degree in how to play quarterback, in my mind,” Jones said, via ESPN.com. “He would be that influential. And it would open up an area of how to play the game that we all would agree has a certain unique style to it, Romo.
“Just like, say, Favre did with Rodgers. That’s in my mind. That can be very impressionable and really be a big positive. So when I’m sitting there thinking about which way to go here, the ability to with Romo there and the ability to have a top talent learning behind that team and with Romo, it‘s a big asset.”
If Dallas ultimately does go with a quarterback, they could be setting themselves up for a quarterback controversy until Romo’s time with the Cowboys comes to an end. Any time you spend a premium pick on a skill position player, fans will want to see them on the field, especially if Romo begins to struggle.
So while having a rookie quarterback sit for a couple years before taking over the offense may work in theory, it could some unnecessary stress to the locker room environment.
It will be interesting to see how it all plays out for the Cowboys, but one thing is for sure: Jerry Jones will find a way to keep things interesting.
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