Tony Romo is established as the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback for at least the next year or two. The Cowboys signed Kyle Orton to be a backup for the next three years. Dallas will have to develop a quarterback to succeed Romo, but that project won’t start for at least another year. Also, it won’t come in the form of Colt McCoy.
According to ESPN, the Cleveland Browns have placed McCoy on the trade market. The Browns, who have struggled to find the right guy at quarterback since returning to the league in 1999, drafted McCoy out of Texas in hopes that he would be their guy.
Thus far, it hasn’t turned out to be the case. McCoy struggled in his first two years in the NFL. Twenty touchdowns matched by 20 interceptions isn’t that good. He hasn’t shown an ability to make consistent throws or stretch drives.
Cleveland decided to look at the future yet again at the position, drafting Brandon Weeden out of Oklahoma State.
Any team in the league would be kind to relieve the Browns of the burden of carrying another quarterback who seems like he hasn’t panned out. However, the Cowboys don’t need to be that team.
As mentioned at the outset, the Cowboys are set for this season at quarterback. Their starter-backup set is among the best in the league. They have Stephen McGee and Rudy Carpenter fighting for the third spot. Both are young. McGee has two years of pro experience. Carpenter has three.
McGee maintains some hope of panning out as NFL quarterback. He has shown some ability to lead touchdown drives in the three games he’s played. He’s had the opportunity to start two games, which has helped him grow.
While each one is reasonable at the third-string quarterback spot, neither one is a future starter for the Cowboys. Neither one has the arm to be a strong starter for the Cowboys.
Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas-Fort Worth claimed that McCoy could be a good project to become a future starter. MacMahon suggested that he would be an improvement at the third-string spot, saying that he has potential.
However, no Browns quarterback since 1999 has excelled after leaving Cleveland. Charlie Frye, Tim Couch, Derek Anderson and others slipped further onto the quarterback margins after departing the Dawg Pound.
One would be hard pressed to say that Colt McCoy would be any different.
The Cowboys won’t be trading for a one-off former first-round pick like McCoy to build for the future at quarterback. Drafting a player in 2013 or 2014 seems like a greater possibility.
Jerry Jones wouldn’t risk taking on a talent that has washed out his potential after a couple years. Also, he’d be able to find someone with more apparent upside.
Above all, the Cowboys are best off waiting to find the quarterback of their future.
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