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Cowboys aren’t thinking about a QB early in draft

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The Cowboys apparently won’t be pulling their bus up to the quarterback workouts in Indianapolis.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said that with the focus on extending starter Tony Romo (though they haven’t started negotiating yet), the team won’t be looking at the quarterbacks at the Combine this week.

We’ve never been opposed to drafting young quarterbacks,” Jones said, via Todd Archer of “We drafted Stephen McGee. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for us, but in my mind – and we’ve not gone over this in detail, Jerry and myself – but I can’t imagine we wouldn’t take a quarterback if the right guy is there, just like we did Stephen.

“I don’t necessarily see us using our first round pick or second round pick on one, but after, depending on who might be there, I wouldn’t rule it out.”

That’s not necessarily a bad idea, as this draft lacks the kind of star power at the top to make the Cowboys think about a future beyond Romo.

The fourth-rounder wasted on McGee in 2009 (he’s a Texan now) is a rare one for the Cowboys, in that they haven’t spent many picks on passers to begin with. Since taking Troy Aikman first overall in 1989, the Cowboys have only drafted two other quarterbacks: Bill Musgrave in 1991 and Quincy Carter in 2001.

So maybe the decision to look elsewhere with their premium picks is a sound one.

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24 Responses to “Cowboys aren’t thinking about a QB early in draft”
  1. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says: Feb 20, 2013 6:11 PM

    Really, nobody ought to be thinking QB early in this draft. There isn’t much to be had at that position that’s 1st-round quality.

  2. commonsensedude says: Feb 20, 2013 6:16 PM

    Totally agree with your strategy here, Jerry. Keep up the great work and don’t listen to the critics who say the Cowboys need a real General Manager.

    Redskins Fan

  3. jaybirds95 says: Feb 20, 2013 6:30 PM

    Totally agree with your strategy here, Jerry. Keep up the great work and don’t listen to the critics who say the Cowboys need a real General Manager.

    Redskins Fan

    and Eagles and Giant fans

  4. stats5 says: Feb 20, 2013 6:30 PM

    “Since taking Troy Aikman first overall in 1989, the Cowboys have only drafted two other quarterbacks: Bill Musgrave in 1991 and Quincy Carter in 2001.”

    Wrong. Steve Walsh was drafted as a supp. 1st rounder in 1989 after Aikman. Jones/Jimmy flipped him after a year for another high draft pick.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 20, 2013 6:32 PM

    They will christen the new bus by throwing Romo under the wheels.

  6. milton11 says: Feb 20, 2013 6:45 PM

    They gave up a 3rd round pick to the Texans in the 2005 draft for the rights to Drew Henson.

  7. pjd2012 says: Feb 20, 2013 7:06 PM

    Yeah. McGee was really the right guy. He lost the starting job his senior year at A&M. Who’s idea was that anyways? They need to get serious with all their drafts. What if Romo gets a career ending injury this year or next? We will be up the creek just like when Troy quit. They need to start looking every year!

  8. csf081183 says: Feb 20, 2013 7:23 PM

    Draft another quarterback Jerry….. Don’t worry about your biggest problem which is offensive line. Just keep giving all the money to the skill positions and dont worry about the trenches. Keep letting Romo run for his life.

    Rest of NFL fans

  9. thebadguyswon says: Feb 20, 2013 7:24 PM

    They need to draft someone yesterday. Jerry likes to stick his head in the sand and pretend everything is great with all things Tony Romo.

    They need to draft and groom a successor.

  10. watchdawg1103 says: Feb 20, 2013 7:36 PM

    They need to work on the line this year in the draft. I wouldn’t mind seeing them go after Woodson for Safety needs if they are in win now mode. If they are extending Romo, work on a QB next year or the year after. I honestly like Orton as the backup because although he isn’t going to put up gaudy passing numbers fans love, he will manage the game and make smart decisions.

  11. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 20, 2013 7:48 PM

    Life is SOOO good as a Steelers fan. JEalous?

  12. CowboyErik says: Feb 20, 2013 8:11 PM

    No quarterback needed! Romo is the man for next half a decade, PERIOD!

  13. itsmammoth says: Feb 20, 2013 8:11 PM

    Just wait…

    Johnny Football 2014.

    that’s all I’m going to say.

  14. 4thqtrsaint says: Feb 20, 2013 8:38 PM

    If they drafted McGhee, doesn’t that mean they’ve drafted 3 QBs? 4, if you include Walsh?

  15. theobamaphones says: Feb 20, 2013 8:51 PM

    We haven’t drafted a QB early since Aikman, and have not been to the big one since he left. I like Romo for the next few seasons, but it is not a coincidence that other teams (see the last few superbowl champions) have spent quality picks and seen dividends. You have to make a big investment to see a bigger return. I think the ‘boys are so hell-bent on proving that they can find starters in the undrafted pool that they take high picks for granted. Stop screwing around, follow the draft board, and Stephen needs to set his dad’s watch, phone, and calendar to say that the first round isn’t until the day of the third round. Then we will be alright!

  16. theobamaphones says: Feb 20, 2013 8:54 PM

    And no, I’m not jealous of the steelers. Your franchise is in a downswing, your QB makes headlines for all of the wrong reasons, and your biggest pass rush threat and deep threat have one foot out of the door.

  17. jagsfanugh says: Feb 20, 2013 8:58 PM

    In other news 31 other teams aren’t thinking about drafting a QB early.

  18. skinsgal4life says: Feb 20, 2013 9:13 PM

    Keep Romo for awhile, I love it!!!

  19. rcali says: Feb 20, 2013 9:37 PM

    Headline should read “Jerry Jones isn’t thinking about a QB early in draft”

  20. sportsnut101 says: Feb 20, 2013 10:19 PM

    It depends who’s there in the 4th rd why not look at qb ur team didn’t make the playoffs. No spot is safe Stats don’t mean nothing if ur not winning

  21. mazblast says: Feb 21, 2013 12:34 AM

    Fans of 31 teams and most of the fans of the 32nd would have given thumbs up if the headline had ended after the first three words.

  22. hodag54501 says: Feb 21, 2013 7:35 AM

    Nope, don’t develop a QB. Why would you when Tony Romo has taken you the the Super Bowl so many years in a row…….!???????

  23. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: Feb 21, 2013 11:59 AM

    i should hope not, romo isnt great, but he is a good qb behind a crappy o-line, dallas needs o-line help, that should be their first priority

  24. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 21, 2013 11:49 PM

    The QBs available in this draft are not worth picking early. The Cowboys should look at drafting a QB in the 2014 draft.

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