The Dallas Cowboys are fresh off a 23-20 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Despite it being a home game against an inferior opponent, it took overtime to finally put Brandon Weeden and company away.
While the finger can be pointed in many directions, the quarterbacks shoulder much of the blame for both the Cowboys and Chargers. In truth, Dallas may need to make a change with Tony Romo.
If the Cowboys are to be taken seriously again, Romo's time is up in Dallas.
Romo is under contract through next season, and talks of an extension have been wishy-washy. Whether or not owner Jerry Jones wants to commit to the quarterback long-term again remains to be seen.
However, if Dallas is to go another route with its on-field general for next season, who will it be and how will it happen?
There is no way Romo will stay with this team if he isn't the starter. He makes too much money and has too much pride to let that happen. The Cowboys would have to be creative with a trade or just release the quarterback outright.
Dallas won't find its quarterback of the future in next year's draft either. The talent is sparse and the Cowboys will more than likely be picking in that awkward, mid-first-round range.
The list of 2013 free-agent quarterbacks is also less-than-impressive. Other than Joe Flacco—who should be retained at all costs by the Baltimore Ravens—there isn't a lot of experience, which is precisely what the Cowboys need.
The only viable way for Dallas to bring in a new quarterback is through a trade. And the only way Jones and the Cowboys know how to do things is by doing them big.
NFL teams are usually pretty stingy with their talent under center. With every team just an injury away from relying on their backups, it is difficult to pry those guys from their grasps.
There is the rare case when another starting-caliber quarterback has possibly worn out his welcome with his current team too, and might just need a change of scenery. When that team has its quarterback of the future possibly waiting in the wings, the Cowboys might have found their match.
The Philadelphia Eagles are entering a state of flux. Head coach Andy Reid is on the hot seat and quarterback Michael Vick could be in the same position as Romo as far as his standing within the Philly organization.
Though Vick's contract gives the Eagles an out after this season, they would be foolish to not attempt to get something in return on their failed experiment. But should Philadelphia release the quarterback, it adds another viable starter to the 2013 free-agent list for the Cowboys to target.
While it may be a long shot, can you imagine the Cowboys going from one polarizing figure to another at the quarterback position?
When Vick signed with the Eagles, owner Jeffrey Lurie touted him as an "agent of change." While he certainly didn't serve that purpose in Philadelphia, Jones could stimulate a similar sentiment in the Big D with such a move.