Veteran QBs? No thanks — Cowboys want backups with potential

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When Jason Garrett came to the Dallas Cowboys in 2007 as the offensive coordinator, Tony Romo had started only 10 games in his career.

Garrett wanted a veteran to mentor Romo, and the Cowboys signed Brad Johnson. In 2009, the Cowboys traded for Jon Kitna. In 2012, they added Kyle Orton.

They have moved on from that philosophy completely,  even with a young quarterback in Dak Prescott.

A year ago, Cooper Rush served as the No. 2 quarterback for most of the season. A few weeks ago, the Cowboys selected Western Kentucky’s Mike White in the fifth round of the draft.

They have no plans to go after a veteran backup, such as, say, Matt Moore.

The change in philosophy falls on two players: Matt Cassel and Prescott.245

After losing Romo to a broken collarbone in the second game of the 2015 season, the Cowboys acquired Cassel in a trade from the Buffalo Bills as insurance for Brandon Weeden, who elevated to the starting role.

Cassel went 1-6 as a starter and had five touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones figured then that it was better to go down swinging with a young quarterback after the money he spent on Cassel and the draft pick given up to get him (a fifth-rounder).

When Kellen Moore got hurt in training camp in 2016, the Cowboys flirted with the idea of trading for Josh McCown but would not give in to the Cleveland Browns’ demands (believed to be a second-round pick). They also thought about adding Nick Foles, but Jones shot that idea down only to see Foles quarterback the Philadelphia Eagles to a win in Super Bowl LII last February.

Instead, the Cowboys rolled the dice on Prescott, who produced one of the best rookie seasons — 23 touchdown passes, four interceptions, 13 wins — in NFL history.

“I’m not taking anything away from him, but he was unique and let us compete with him coming in as a rookie,” Jones said. “That success buoys my confidence that you can win some games with rookie quarterbacks, and they win some games with rookie quarterbacks that aren’t first-round picks.”authentic nfl jerseys for cheap

Before joining the Cowboys, Johnson started 122 games for the Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, winning a Super Bowl in Tampa. Kitna started 115 games with the Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions before going to Dallas. Orton had started 69 games with the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs before signing as a free agent.

Weeden even went to the Cowboys after 20 starts in two seasons with the Cleveland Browns — and he was 31 when he signed with the Cowboys.