The Dallas Cowboys are a wounded squad right now, but they’re still sitting at 2-1 and atop the NFC East right now. Injuries are really hurting the team as they prepare for a Sunday Night Football showdown with the New Orleans Saints, and the quarterback situation is still a bit shaky. Tony Romo is out for a number of weeks still and Brandon Weeden is starting, but would Tim Tebow be an actual option for the Cowboys?
Tony Romo’s broken left clavicle has him on the shelf for at least six or seven more weeks. Brandon Weeden has stepped in as starter, and he played well last week. However, the Cowboys suffered their first loss of the season in a 39-28 defeat to the Atlanta Falcons.
The Cowboys did make a trade last week with the Buffalo Bills, where they acquired quarterback Matt Cassel. HNGN said that Cassel is picking up the offense very quickly for Dallas, and he could be active this upcoming Sunday and land in the backup spot behind Weeden.
As is obvious by how they’ve moved around and their roles as backup quarterbacks, neither Weeden nor Cassel are being seen as possible replacements for Tony Romo. Even while he’s out, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys want to win now, so losing isn’t really an option.
By the time Romo is healed enough to return, the Cowboys would already have to be in a position to get into the playoffs. If they’re not, it could be too late and pointless for Romo to risk further injury by returning to a season where Dallas won’t even play in the postseason.
That is now where the rumors of the Cowboys signing free agent quarterback Tim Tebow have started.
After Romo’s injury in a game won by the Cowboys, Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted out an interesting scenario, per CBS Sports.
It may have been nothing more than just a thought out loud and put down on Twitter for the whole world to see. Either way, that doesn’t necessarily mean the Cowboys are seriously considering bringing in Tebow, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles before regular season final cuts.
The Cowboys do need a spark of some kind. They truly do.
Tony Romo is out. Dez Bryant will be out probably another month. Jason Witten is banged up and dealing with a number of injuries. Tim Tebow may not be better than other quarterbacks out there or even better than Brandon Weeden, but he could create some intensity and attention.
The Dallas Cowboys are not playing poorly with all of the big injuries, and that’s a good thing. Still, a second straight loss could lead to Jerry Jones wanting to make some changes and shake things up a bit to get it all back on track.
For Sunday night’s game, the New Orleans Saints are dealing with problems of their own. Drew Brees was out last week due to shoulder problems, and they’re at 0-3 and in the bottom of the NFC South cellar. Brees could be back on Sunday, and the Saints are hungry for a victory, so it won’t be an easy win for the Cowboys.
Tim Tebow landing with the Dallas Cowboys is quite a far-fetched idea right now, but not one that is impossible. If Brandon Weeden doesn’t play well and Matt Cassel just doesn’t have the backing of the organization, Tebow may end up getting a second or third look by the Cowboys.
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