History has shown us that Jerry Jones is a gambler by nature. That’s why you know he has at least some interest in nabbing Johnny Manziel in the 2014 NFL Draft. If he does so, I think he may crumble the Dallas Cowboys‘ franchise.
I think the temptation and pressure to take Manziel would be very high for the teams at the top of the first round. If he did drop to the Cowboys, they would be neglecting draft needs at multiple defensive positions. The front office would be addressing a position, quarterback, which is already one of the team’s greatest strengths.
It’s popular to hate on Tony Romo, but he is a very good quarterback. When Romo retires, he will be the best in team history according to statistics. Yes, he has made critical errors in key moments, but this team would get crushed week in and week out if it wasn’t for his great play.
If Manziel is thrown into the fold, it would shatter Romo’s confidence. He would be looking over his shoulder after every negative play. The crowd would eventually turn their backs on him, calling for the young, new shiny toy called “Johnny Football.” The move would divide the locker room. Tony has been around for a while and he has a great connection with players like Jason Witten and Dez Bryant, who happen to be his two main targets. I don’t think they would be big supporters of Manziel.
Witten is a no-nonsense kind of guy. He is worried about getting a win for his team and nothing else. The showmanship Manziel demonstrates game in and game out would get under the skin of the team captain. Witten is a professional and handles any problems behind closed doors, but why create that type of situation for the team?
Dez would probably have a nervous breakdown if Romo was gone. Romo has a way of being a calming influence to his short-fused wide receiver. They get in their share of arguments, but Tony handles it in a classy way. The moment Johnny takes off and runs on a pattern where Dez was open or thinks he is open, their type-A personalities will collide and likely explode.
We have watched Jones exercise some good judgement recently by making tough calls on players like DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin. Nobody wanted those guys to leave, but it made business sense. If Jones elects to go with Manziel, he will be telling fans that he is starting over.The fans wouldn’t be receptive to this type a move because they expect the Cowboys to be in the playoffs each year and contended for a Super Bowl title.
You don’t give your quarterback of the future a $ 100 million contract only to draft his supposed replacement less than two years later. There is no doubt that Romo needs to be watched closely as he gets closer to the end of his career, but he doesn’t need to be kicked out. Whether Jerry acknowledges it or not, that’s exactly what he would be doing.