Cowboys QB Tony Romo was after glory this season but got waylaid by the Eagles in week 2, breaking his collar bone on a sack by Jordan Hicks. Backup QB Brandon Weeden stepped in, completing 7-of-7 passes for 73 yards and tossing a touchdown in a 20-10 Cowboys victory. Now Weeden will have Romo’s starting job for at least seven weeks, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sounds over the moon about it. To hear Jones talk, you wonder how Romo ever got the start over Weeden in the first place.
“This quarterback Weeden can drive the ball down field,” Jones told the Dallas Morning News. “He’s a thing of beauty on throwing a football. His passing motion and his arm, frankly, you won’t see a more gifted passer, power, accuracy, the entire aspect of it. If he can… come in and execute and keep his head right, then I feel good about Weeden.” Sounds like Weeden’s head is the only thing between him and the Hall of Fame. Weeden had a 71.8 passer rating in two years at Cleveland. He had an 85.7 rating in six games for Dallas last year. Of all the places for Weeden to be for this situation, Dallas is probably the best. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett once stepped up from backup to starting QB and crushed the role. Weeden, an extraordinary athlete, played professional baseball before playing college football and being drafted into the NFL in 2012.