Weeden is the starter now, but he’ll have to compete with Cassel

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says Brandon Weeden is the starting for now, but new arrival Matt Cassel will have the opportunity to compete for the starting job.

“Brandon is going to be our starting quarterback this week,” Garrett said.

But what about the other eight weeks or so that Tony Romo will miss? When Garrett was asked if Weeden is looking over his shoulder at Cassel, Garrett acknowledged that he’ll have to compete with Cassel for the starting job going forward.

“I was very direct with him. Every player on this team is competing each and every day for their spot on the team, for their role on the team. That’s starters, that’s backup guys, that’s everybody. He knows that, everybody knows that. Having said that, 100 percent support behind Brandon as our starting quarterback. We’re always trying to make our team better, 365 days a year we’re looking at who’s available to help us make our team better, and we just feel like in this particular case, with Tony being out, it was important for us to get a veteran quarterback here, and having the opportunity to get Matt Cassel, I’m excited to bring him to our football team,” Garrett said.

Weeden said he’s excited to play with Cassel, but acknowledged that he has to perform if he wants to remain the starter.

“I’ve got to go out and play well. If I do that, everything will take care of itself,” Weeden said. “It’s my job to go out and execute and take advantage of this opportunity.”

So while Garrett is promising “100 percent support” for Weeden, that support only extends so far. If Weeden stinks, Garrett is ready to hand the reins over to Cassel just as soon as Cassel knows the playbook. That’s life for a backup quarterback in the NFL.

48 responses to “Weeden is the starter now, but he’ll have to compete with Cassel

  1. What a shock , getting the former Pats backup, especially since the owner was counting on the 4 game suspension being upheld. Even though he admitted he hadn’t actually read the Wells/Pash report, & didn’t know the NFL had absolutly NO evidence against Tom.
    karma

  2. Cassel has next to the worst QB rating with those with 500 or more plays. Weeden has the worst QB rating. LOL

  3. Thought for sure you guys would run that July 4th Weeden photo now that he’s the starter for “.”America’s Team

  4. Weeden really needs to grow his ‘stache back so he can look like Abraham Ford from the Walking Dead again.

  5. How about giving Moore a chance? At least they’d know what they’ve got. You’ve two failed starters and a guys who’s never had a shot. Why not give Moore a go?

  6. (1) Weeden has always had talent but he was throwing away interceptions like they were going out of style when he was in Cleveland. I’m not sure he can read defenses and not turn the ball over but with his experience I think there’s a chance he may be a decent quarterback now.

    (2) Cassel is a steaming pile of dog crap. If Cowboy fans have to throw him out there they are in trouble. I’m not sure he can QB a team to a win at this point, he is one of the worst QBs I’ve seen.

  7. Weeden strikes me as a bit of a Drew Bledsoe type. Shifting to that approach could work just fine for a couple months.

    Solid lines, a defense that will get markedly stronger in a few weeks, and clamp down on turnovers – they could be just fine.

  8. Cassel will not win a lot of games, but he won’t lose them by making bad mistake either. He is typical average QB that can make plays without costing the team the game. Can Weeden do better or worse?

  9. There is nothing like competition to keep all players giving their best effort. Jerry’s earlier comments on Weeden were false and that is why he is better suited to letting Stephen run the show. A quality QB to eventually take over Romo’s job should have been drafted already and it has been neglected too long!

  10. I thought Weeden was the best passer in the game?At least that’s what Al Davis, I mean Jerry Jones said. But then in his first game for the Browns in 2012 his passer rating was 5.1, LOL! 5.1! Maybe Jones meant the college game? The fact that the Browns are the one’s who drafted him maybe all you need to know about Weeden.

  11. thejuddstir says:
    Sep 23, 2015 5:55 PM
    Who the hell is running this team, Garrett or Atty./Dr. Jerrah???

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    As a fanatical Cowboys fan, let me assure you that Garrett is now running this team, with input from JJ and Stephen 🙂

  12. Princeton educated Coach Garrett is the most intelligent coach in the league and the only head coach who was an NFL quarterback. He knows exactly what he’s doing. So all of yall need to just shut up. Now.

  13. I think Weeden will be serviceable. I don’t really count his days on the Browns as actual NFL stats. At OSU he was good, for a 27 year old senior QB.

  14. I just wish everybody calms down and give Weeden a chance. With the line we got he will be protected good. Plus his 2nd year year under our program is starting to pay off as u could tell Sunday night. 7 for 7 . So let them keep dropping us in the power rankings. We still 2-0 and lead the division with 2 division wins.So go Cowboy Nation and we see you in the playoffs.

  15. Weeden made a few mistakes even going 7 for 7 last week. The Escobar throw was late, and the pass to Dunbar to end a drive was pointless. Both completions.

    This is what the rest of the quote was about that many people here don’t remember. It’s either confidence, knowing, or savvy that has earned Weeden his reputation. He makes slow or the wrong decision sometimes. If he didn’t, Cleveland would be a playoff team and some other stiff would be the backup in Dallas.

  16. Dallas Cowboys can spin this all the like, but this is the high price you pay for not drafting a developmental qb with a high pick knowing Romo’s history.

  17. kevpft says:
    Sep 23, 2015 5:40 PM

    Weeden strikes me as a bit of a Drew Bledsoe type. Shifting to that approach could work just fine for a couple months.

    Solid lines, a defense that will get markedly stronger in a few weeks, and clamp down on turnovers – they could be just fine.

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    Bledsoe looked like a sure fire HOF guy early in his career when Bruce Armstrong was still great and the Pats had a good o-line.
    I’ve been saying Weeden has a shot at surprising people because the Dalla o-line largely based on my memories of Bledsoe

  18. It seems like a lot of Cowboys fans feel about Romo like a lot of Bears fans feel about Cutler. This Sunday both of those groups get their wish but just know that on both teams the dropoff from the starting QBs to 2nd string is severe.

  19. @ sorosbolshevism says:

    “How about giving Moore a chance? At least they’d know what they’ve got. You’ve two failed starters and a guys who’s never had a shot. Why not give Moore a go?”

    What part of the quote “Every player on this team is competing each and every day for their spot on the team, for their role on the team. That’s starters, that’s backup guys, that’s everybody” from Garrett did you not understand?

  20. What’s the point in signing a guy like Weeden to be the backup when you don’t actually want to use him when he has to play. I mean did they just assume he would never actually have to come in?

  21. @ benfranklinshat says:

    “I wish the Eagles O had shown up last Sunday.
    This distorted positive attitude the Girls have is irritating.”

    You can’t really have the Cowboys D and the Eagles O show up at the same time. This is mutually exclusive, especially with the Cowboys D shutting the Philly offense down all game. Sean Lee was a beast, and DeMarco Murray was anything but a beast. His 11 rushing yards in 2 games have cost Philly fans roughly 100k per rushing yard thus far with his $9 million guaranteed for 2015.

    Eagle fans are perpetually irritated. That happens with an empty Lombardi case, disappointment in attaining a SB ring year after year, and a coach who is all hype and little results to show for it.

    With all that said, I fully expect the irritation to only continue the rest of the season with the blades on the smoothie blender already falling off in Philly after only week 2.

  22. Where’s Quincy Carter when you need him.
    Seeiously, if Cassell is the best you could scrape up then you may as well kids the east crown bye bye.
    I’d rather have Jason Campbell.
    Jason Garrett the ultimate sick puppet.

  23. Just put faith in Weeden! He was drafted into a terrible program and played well. Cassell has been with good programs and played awful. It’s Weeden all the way otherwise the Cowboys deserve to lose, and they will

  24. craigkintexas says:

    Cassel has next to the worst QB rating with those with 500 or more plays. Weeden has the worst QB rating.

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    If you’re going for the two worst quarterbacks in league, Cowboys should have traded for Sam Bradford because his career QBR is 79.0, 1.1 points below Cassel.

    I’m sure there are more QBs with worse ratings, but consider where Weeden and Cassel have been. Cleveland and Minnesota. And Cassel has his best statiscal year as a starter in KC, not his big year in New England.

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