The Cowboys haven’t won a game Tony Romo hasn’t started this season and Matt Cassel has a personal six-game losing streak that goes back two teams ago.
And yet, he remains confident.
The veteran quarterback might have to fill in for Romo the rest of the season after a left shoulder injury knocked him out, as the Cowboys await test results today.
“I have a lot of confidence in myself,” Cassel said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I have a lot of confidence in this team. It’s about getting back to work.”
Any time would be a good time to start. Dallas was 0-7 during Romo’s first injury absence, and Cassel hasn’t won a start since the 2014 season-opener for the Vikings. But the Cowboys acquired him in a trade with the Bills because he was a better option than Brandon Weeden, who was subsequently cut and claimed by the Texans.
“That’s part of what you embrace when you become a quarterback is you’ve got to step in, and obviously Tony’s been a leader here for 13 years of his career, and now it’s time,” Cassel said. “If it’s that situation, then I have to step up and try fulfill that role in some way. Obviously, you don’t replace a guy like Tony Romo, but at the same time, you’ve got to be you, and hopefully the guys rally around you, and you move forward.”
The Cowboys are 6-16 without Romo since he took over the starting job in 2006, but they’re looking for any positive they can find.
“Obviously, Matt’s got some experience in our offense now and did a nice job when he got back in,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. Cassel did go 13-for-19 for 93 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but that was after the game was out of reach.
They’re also going to have to find a new backup, and may promote Kellen Moore from the practice squad.