It's been a year to forget for the Dallas Cowboys. Fourth in the NFC East with a 4-11 record was not what America's team was dreaming of at the start of the season. They've only managed to win one game at home all season long.
These problems may have occurred due to the injury stricken squad Jason Garrett has had to deal with. Wide receiver Dez Bryant and quarterback Tony Romo have been out for the majority of the season, which has led to bad results as no one else is able to step up.
After failing to find a quarterback that was good enough to replace Romo while he was on the sideline, it is clear what the Cowboys need to do this offseason, find Romo's successor.
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He may not come into the fold until after this year, before then might be a bit far-fetched, but whoever the NFC East franchise chooses needs to be in the squad before their first regular season game of the 2016 season so that he is there when needed.
The likes of Kellen Moore, Matt Cassel, and Brandon Weeden have shown they're not good enough to take the role on this season, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones knows it's time to find Romo's successor.
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According to the NFL Media's Albert Breer, Jones said about drafting a quarterback in the top ten picks of this year's draft: “Yeah, we gotta look at that. Obviously, it’s a bigger deal now, with Tony injured. And I’m sure he’d understand it. But if we draft the guy [in the first round], we’re drafting him to watch. And that’s the hard thing.
"He could be watching for three years, but that’s not all bad. It can be a good thing for them. Tony got to watch for a long time — it helped him. Steve Young, Aaron Rodgers, players like that — guys that have stepped in and played great — got to watch.”
No doubt Romo is a great quarterback, but he isn't what he used to be. Arguably his best years are now behind him, but that doesn't mean the Cowboys should let him go.
Keeping Romo not only would help the team in the present but in the future as well. Players like Rodgers and Young watched from a position underneath an outstanding quarterback, Brett Favre, and Joe Montana respectively and the same can happen for the new quarterback brought in under Romo.
Coming to the age of 36 in April and off two collarbone injuries, the time is now for the Cowboys to find Romo's successor. If they don't, Jones could easily run into the same situation next year of having to field inadequate backup quarterbacks if Romo finds himself on the sidelines again.