I wrote this article when the Cowboys first acquired Weeden. After his piss poor first start I was compelled to run it again. I have seen my share of mind boggling decisions by Jerry Jones and the Cowboys, but this one takes the cake. Brandon Weeden is 5-15 as a starter. His 26 interceptions to only 23 touchdowns and a passer rating of of 71.8 over two seasons speaks volumes as to why the QB starved Browns were willing to to take a cap hit to cut the 30 year old former baseball player.
Letâ€™s be honest here: there are no guarantees Tony Romo will stay healthy. There is no way I would trust Brandon Weeden to lead this team. The more I try and figure out the mind set of Jerry Jones, the more I am convinced he is becoming delusional.
Do you remember Alex Tanney? It is pretty much impossible for me to forget him because he had become my â€œpet catâ€. I thought wow, Jerry Jones and the scouting department did a great job finding a quarterback with so much potential for such good value. In fact, three of the articles I did on him are still among the top 5 most popular ever published on this site. Almost over night, he had become a fan favorite.
I remember Jerry Jones saying he likes pain. He likes the criticism he gets from the media and fans alike because it motivates him. Is Jerry Jones so addicted to pain that he is making bone headed decisions just to get the media coverage? Is this some twisted form of S&M? Lets see how much sense the decisions he has made so far in free agency make.
Before I get in to this season I need to elaborate on a bit of Deja Vu I am having. A couple years ago the Dallas Cowboys brought in an undrafted free agent safety from the UFL named Andrew Sendejo, who had played one year in the UFL for the Sacramento Mountain Lions. He left the UFL as the number one ranked safety and was tied for #1 in tackles among the entire league. To make a long story short, Jerry Jones cut him before he ever got a fair chance to compete for a job. He ended up in Minnesota where he beat Frampton out of a job. Not long after, Jerry Jones ended up signing Frampton for the Dallas Cowboys. Andrew Sendejo ended up amassing 84 tackles in 10 starts last year for the Vikings: Frampton is on the street last I checked. The Cowboys are still in desperate need of a solid safety to start along side Barry Church.
Back to the present. This year, Jerry Jones elected to cut the Cowboys all time sack leader and shoe in first ballot hall of famer, DeMarcus Ware. In return, they got the the DE Mincey that Denver and Jacksonville had both cut. Basically, Jones traded DeMarcus Ware for a bottom feeder with character issues.
Now Jerry Jones just signed Brandon Weeden who was cut by the Cleveland Browns. The pattern really begins to take form here because Brandon Weeden is the quarterback Alex Tanney beat out of a job in Cleveland. Alex Tanney not only beat Brandon Weeden out of a job, the Browns also cut the veteran Jason Campbell in favor of Tanney. You can read my Ã‚Â articles on Alex Tanney here.Â There are those who will say jerry had to let the Browns poach Tanney because of Injuries on defense. Whatâ€™s more valuable: an injured street free agent signee or a healthy quarterback with the potential to become your starter?
Do you remember the Roy Williams debacle? How could we forget. Despite having a big mouth, T.O was the best WR Tony Romo ever had in his arsenal. In fact, he still holds the record for the most passing yards and touchdowns ever amassed over a three year period of time by any wide receiver in Cowboys history. Love him or hate him, he earned his pay on Sundays.
Here is where the pattern continues to take form. Right after giving Terrell Owens a large contract extension, he took a cap hit to cut him and gave up what I believe was a 1st and a 2nd round draft pick to sign Roy Williams to a large contract. We all know the rest of that story.
The question now becomes: why does Jerry Jones continue to more or less trade great players for bottom feeders or players of lesser quality? I might add, to date, the Cowboys have only acquired McClain who has 1 sack in 3 years in place of Jay Ratliff and Jason Hatcher, who are both Pro Bowl players.
Whether or not Jerry Jones signs anyone worthwhile this offseason is yet to be seen, but so far, not a single notable player to have visited Valley Ranch has elected to sign with the Dallas Cowboys. Kyle Orton is contemplating retirement, Tony Romo is coming off of back surgery and Jerry Jones trusts Americas Team in the hands of Brandon Weeden: a guy who couldnâ€™t keep a job with the quarterback starved Browns. Once again Jerry has continued making ridiculous decisions to let a quality Cowboys player walk to another team and in turn signed their cast off. You are entitled to your opinion, but in mine, Jerry Jones is either deliberately sabotaging the team, or he is delusional.
My advise to Jerry Jones is pick up the phone and bring Alex Tanney back to the Cowboys. There is not a person alive who will convince he can’t play better than Brandon Weeden. Especially after his performance vs the Cardinals. Once again I am saying I told you so Jerry Jones.