Ryan Mallett Could Replace Tony Romo as the Dallas Cowboys’ Quarterback

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For those of you that tune into Back Sports Page Texas on Thursday evenings and have heard me talk with host Jay Maguire about the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback situation, I’m curious to know what you think. Since we’re just making this a free-for-all, I guess I should share this with those who haven’t listened. With the Cowboys’ recent surge of a winning record over the past five games, the team is creeping up in the draft order. You’ll never guess what scheme Jay and I have cooked up for the Cowboys’ future. Trust me, it’ll floor you.

Now before all this “winning” business, when the Cowboys were 1-7 and still had Wade Phillips as the head coach, I talked with my college buddy Jered Hudson about the possibility of team owner Jerry Jones pulling another one of his Razorback stunts. I can’t complain about the last one; running back Felix Jones has turned out to be a pretty good pick. In Week 9 with that miserable record, Jered and I talked about the possibility of Jones replacing quarterback Tony Romo next season. Now before you roll your eyes and click on a different article, just hold on. At that time, the Cowboys were set up to get the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. I asked Jered, “What if Jerry took University of Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett with the first pick next year?” To my surprise, Jered responded, “I definitely wouldn’t put it past him.”

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Even more to my surprise, Jay suggested that same scenario on my first appearance on Back Sports Page Texas, before I even mentioned it! I told Jay that we needed to hang out more often, and bless him for having me back on the show so many times since. Realistically, I knew it couldn’t happen because of the $8.5 million Jones dishes out to Romo every year. However, now that the Cowboys are rising in the draft order, the possibility is also growing. This past Thursday on his show, Jay brought up the topic once again. He suggested that after Romo’s supposedly season-ending injury and Jon Kitna’s solid play since then, might Jones trade Romo for the top pick and take Mallett?

Call me, crazy, but just like Jered said, I definitely wouldn’t put it past Jerry. After all that “I believe in Wade Phillips” crap and “I won’t fire him,” you can’t believe a word Jones says. I guarantee if I asked him about it, Jones would give that crooked grin and say something silly like, “That would be fun but…,” and then say Romo is his man and he’s sticking with him. But then Jones could very likely go out and do it and act like he never denied the possibility. So what if it did happen? I played against Mallett in high school as we both grew up in the Texarkana, Texas, area. Therefore, I can say first hand just how hard he can throw a football as I was drilled with one once while playing free safety. I can also say I’ve been impressed by Mallett’s play since he transferred from Michigan to Arkansas. He has already set something like 26 school passing records at Arkansas, so he’s not just another 6’ 7” laser-armed joke, right? Oh yeah, they don’t make those.

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One thing is for sure: if Mallett became the next quarterback of the Cowboys, there will definitely be a lot more deep pass plays. The main part of Mallett’s game is the cannon attached to the right side of his body that he uses to propel footballs 60 yards downfield to streaking receivers. Obviously, he wouldn’t come in and instantly be Peyton Manning, but he would throw the ball farther than 20 yards downfield four times as much as Romo. Don’t ask me why; I won’t say it Romo is timid or Mallett is awesome or anything editorial like that. However, I know a lot of Cowboys fans would like a change of scenery.

Here’s the deal: the Cowboys can easily win the Super Bowl with the current roster if interim head coach and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will continue to call more running plays than passing plays. That’s exactly what he has done in all four of the Cowboys’ wins this season. With the trio of Marion Barber, Tashard Choice, and Felix Jones, the Cowboys can win it all with Kitna, Romo, Mallett, or whoever handing the ball off. But about the question at hand; do you think it would be a crazy move to trade Romo for a top draft pick and take Mallett? Please don’t throw in any other college quarterbacks’ names because a Razorback is the only one for which Jerry would pull something like this. Comment, please. Jay, Jered, and I are curious. Heck, Jerry probably is, too.

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  • Andy

    I hope jones grabs mallett before anyone else does. That kid has great potential!

  • Blake

    Andy I agree with you. If the cowboys lose against the eagles this week, they will get the 7th pick in the draft. Now my draft board has mallet coming off as the 3rd QB in the first round. Dallas could pick Mallett with the 7th pick and trade Romo for a good OL. I hope I am right.

  • http://NA Columinist

    Ryan Mallet would be a great addition to the cowboys and finally give the boys what they need for a real NFL size and type quarterback. No more Romo having to scramble out of the pocket to see receivers 20 yards downfield as Mallet can see the whole field….

    The Canon that he possesses on his right shoulder is simply an Understatement!!! Any real fan that knows football would not disagree.

    Come Mallet!

    Bob Sorrell

  • mr. bamboozaul

    i think mallett would be a great addition to the cowboys, especially the direction jason garrett, the cowboys new head coach is moving the quarterbacks, with mallett sitting on the bench learning and watching how fast the nfl game is and handling the scout team duties (with live scrimmages), his first year with the cowboys, will help mallett’s development as an nfl franchise qb (dejevue tony romo 3 year development before being named the starter during his 4 yr in the nfl. i don’t think it will take mallett that long since he has been in an nfl offense since 2008 (arkansas) and playing in the SEC. hope jerry pull the trigger, i think will all the negative discussion regarding mallett, the opposite will be true, this kid will lead some team to several super bowl runs before his career is over.

    • CFree

      What bithering idiocy… Sorry, Things around Romo need to be fixed, BUT if you think bringing in a Rookie QB out of nowhere because he has a cannon for an arm will fix things in Dallas you are mistaken. Romo is a smart QB and if you will pay attention to his stats he is one of the top 5 in the league. he needs to be surrounded by a few more playmakers that CARE about winning… Garret knows what it takes to win superbowls.. on and off the field he can get it done.

  • mr. bamboozaul

    CFree stats do not win superbowl, just look a big ben at pittsburgh, romo has had several opportunities since being named the starter over bledsoe in 2006. i give romo his props he been name to 3 pro bowls, the first by write-in and hav played in 4 playoff games, his record in the playoffs 1-3. romo can’t play qb 4 the cowboys forever, i say it’s time to groom somebody who will be the long-term answer, it’s not kita or mcgee despite his performance against the 2nd team iggeles game at the end of the season, mcgee is still raw, mallett would b an upgrade. it’s time for a change. i think mallett with the same cast of players can take the cowboys further than romo. there is a reason why romo went undrafted in 2003. you can put a leopard in a different environment but you can’t change the spots regardless of the talent (romo). Also look at romo’s december/janurary record since being named starter in 2006, almost 5 yrs. if the 2011 season becomes official.

  • tj

    romo sucks PERIOD. mallet should b the cowboys first pick and they should tade romo for a good cb of ol