The Dallas Cowboys know that a 4-12 record for a second year in a row won’t cut it. 2015 was a lost season due to numerous injuries and a lot of other issues, and now the concern about Tony Romo‘s health is growing every single day. Now, legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback knows security is key, and he truly believes that either Johnny Manziel or Robert Griffin III will be on the roster for next season.
After Romo went down with a broken left collarbone early in the season, the Cowboys turned to Brandon Weeden, and that didn’t work out. After him, they turned to Matt Cassel, and that didn’t work out either. Romo returned but then went out a game and a half later after breaking his left collarbone again and the team turned to Cassel again and then Kellen Moore.
None of those really panned out as being successful for the Cowboys, and now Romo is having yet another surgery this offseason to try and prevent further injury. Obviously, the back-up quarterback position needs to be addressed.
Troy Aikman was a legend when he was on the field, and the three-time Super Bowl champion is now a Fox Sports analyst. He recently spoke with Sports Illustrated, and it appears as if the Hall of Famer knows the answer to the Cowboys’ quarterback woes.
“I believe as I sit here today that either Johnny Manziel or Robert Griffin III will be in Dallas as a back-up.”
Robert Griffin III didn’t play a single game for the Washington Redskins in 2015 as Kirk Cousins took over starting duties and led the team to the playoffs. It is highly expected that he will be released by the team even though the Redskins owe him $16.2 million for the 2016 season.
With the #Redskins season over, they’ll release RGIII. Just a matter of timing. Was important to owner Dan Snyder he be on the team all year
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2016
In his three shortened seasons with the Redskins, RG3 had good seasons in 2012 and 2013, but injuries constantly shortened his time on the field. In 2014, he only played in nine games and could never seem to stay in the line-up.
The Cleveland Browns had high hopes for Johnny Manziel this season and believed he would work his way into the franchise quarterback position. Luke McCown won the starting job in the preseason, but former head coach Mike Pettine always seemed confident that Manziel would take over.
As the season went on, Manziel went from back-up to starter and was then demoted to third string. After that, he returned to the back-up role before taking over as starter again, but then got injured and ended his season one game too early.
Manziel’s time in Cleveland is all but done, and he’s going to be dropped from the roster before too long and before a bonus is owed to him. He’s also been linked to Dallas Cowboys rumors for months and months now, but nothing ever came of it.
His behavior off the field is what concerns everyone so much and Blogging the Boys reports that his talent may still give him another chance in the NFL. As they state, he’s “Tim Tebow with a bad attitude, miserable work ethic, and a drinking problem.”
It’s honestly hard to believe that even the Dallas Cowboys would want to bring in trouble cases like Johnny Manziel or Marshawn Lynch. Still, even Troy Aikman believes that at least one of those players will be on the 2016 roster.
Right now, Robert Griffin III’s main issue is his health. He played very well for Washington before the numerous injuries, and the Redskins’ offensive line could never keep him from getting beaten up on the field. If he can stay healthy, he’s an extremely viable option to be Tony Romo’s back-up.
The Dallas Cowboys have to do something in the offseason to be prepared in case of more emergencies such as the entire 2015 season. Tony Romo needs a good enough back-up so that if he gets injured again, the season isn’t immediately considered a loss. Troy Aikman believes that back-up is either Johnny Manziel or Robert Griffin III, but is he right?
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