Peyton Manning Could Be Dallas Cowboys' Answer, Save Tony Romo's Career

Freddy BlairCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2012

Peyton Manning might be just what the Cowboys need.
Peyton Manning might be just what the Cowboys need.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

It's a radical idea, but one that has to make a Dallas Cowboys fan wonder: Would you rather have Tony Romo or Peyton Manning for the next four years?

If the Indianapolis Colts release Peyton Manning today as is expected, it's a question Jerry Jones and Cowboys fans should at least consider.

Should the Cowboys try to pick up Peyton Manning?

Before you decide, there are some real possibilities to consider. You would have to realize that Peyton Manning might not even want to play in the same division as his younger brother, Eli Manning.

And, its such a radical idea that there is very little chance of this happening.

However, Tony Romo has proved he is a top NFL quarterback. He is good enough to win a Super Bowl on a team with adequate coaching. The problem in Dallas is that adequate coaching seems light years away. Jason Garrett's struggles in Dallas are obvious, and he really needs some help with the offense.

Romo has never had that offensive coordinator who could help him over the hump. It would seem he and Garrett have had a lot of fun with all of the passing plays in the Cowboys playbook, but they have failed to produce any consistency for the Cowboys offense.

Five years after becoming the starting quarterback of the Cowboys, Romo still tends to self destruct at times. Five years under Garrett's tutelage have failed to polish away the rough edges, and at least once a year it seems Romo is questioned as to whether he will ever be a leader in Dallas.

Tony Romo's career in Dallas has been frustrating, to say the least.
Tony Romo's career in Dallas has been frustrating, to say the least.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Manning has no such issues. He could solve all of the Cowboys' problems on offense in one blow.

With Jerry and Stephen Jones apparently content to let Garrett stumble around until he figures things out in Dallas, Romo's career will be wasted unless he is traded to a team with a real offensive coordinator. And with Romo still having four or five years left in his prime, he has real value to the Cowboys in the trade market if they wanted to make the swap. The Cowboys could pick up Manning and recoup most of his cost in a deal that would put Tony Romo with a team that needs him.

If the Cowboys could get three or four years from Manning, they could have another young quarterback ready to take his place by the time he retired, which would also give them time to determine the fate of Garrett.

Garrett seemingly has no real feeling for how to direct an offense. His game plan seems to be one of drawing up a bunch of plays and seeing which one works. It would seem at times that his idea of contingencies for a 10-play drive is loading his Mp3 player with ten songs to listen to on the way to work.

Garrett wants the big play. He doesn't mind the running game, as long as the backs are reeling off 10 yards or more per carry. Unfortunately, Garrett seems to lose patience if the running game isn't generating the big runs and can't seem to comprehend the idea of generating offense in the trenches with the opposing team determined to stop the run.

Manning, on the other hand, is a starting quarterback, offensive coordinator and possibly a future head coach all rolled into one. Unlike Garrett, Manning knows from experience what it takes to win in today's NFL. He's been there,and he has led lesser-talented squads through a season and into the playoffs.

Garrett should feel completely at home, maybe even be ecstatic, with Manning. He is a pass-happy coordinator, and Manning is the ultimate passing quarterback. It's a match even Garrett should know how to appreciate. With Manning calling the plays, Garrett would have time to actually manage the clock and decide when to call a timeout.

And if Garrett fails to learn by the time Manning is done playing, the Cowboys could simply hire Manning as their offensive coordinator.

Can you imagine Peyton Manning and Jason Witten together?
Can you imagine Peyton Manning and Jason Witten together?Tom Pennington/Getty Images

With Tony Romo at 32 years old, it's pretty much a lock he won't see a Super Bowl before his career in Dallas ends given the current state of affairs with Jones and Garrett. Whether it be Romo or Manning, the Cowboys will be looking for a younger guy to lead the offense in three to four years.

Stephen Jones made it pretty clear recently in his interview with Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram that the Cowboys are willing to stick with Jason Garrett until he figures it out, and that is bad news for Tony Romo. He doesn't seem to have the ability to rise above his coaching.

However, put Romo with a team that has professional coordination of the offense going on, and he might just win it all. And by contrast, give Manning the likes of Jason Witten, Miles Austin and Dez Bryant to throw to, coupled with Felix Jones and DeMarco Murray to pose a running threat, and Dallas would have the most potent offense in the history of the NFL.

And for Jerry Jones, the publicity associated with having Peyton Manning on the team would be a dream come true. He would be back in the spotlight once again, win or lose.

It makes sense on so many levels it's almost scary. It's a win/win for everyone.

And Manning might just teach Jason Garrett a few lessons.

Will it happen? Probably not. However, there is at least some real merit to the idea. That's the bottom line.