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Cowboys Take "Mind-Boggling" Risk at Backup Quarterback: SI Writer

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Kellen Moore #17 of the Dallas Cowboys throws against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

    Truth is, a year ago today we thought the Cowboys’ quarterback position was in good shape. Better, in fact, than it is now.

    And we all know what happened in 2015.

    Last May Tony Romo was coming off a healthy season in which he played in 15 games and led the Cowboys to a playoff win. He’d missed only two games in four years and, really, his health wasn’t a primary concern. Brandon Weeden was a veteran backup who had started and won games in the NFL.

    We all know how it fell apart. Romo suffered a broken collar bone, twice. Weeden was bad and Matt Cassel was worse and Kellen Moore was called in for garbage time.

    Now? Romo is coming off surgery and his backup is – gulp – Moore.

    This is disconcerting for us and, apparently, a lot of folks around the country. Sports Illustrated NFL writer Greg Bedard, for example, writes the Cowboys are walking a tightrope with only Moore as Romo’s backup.

    “It’s mind-boggling to me that the Cowboys are portraying the image that they think they're set at the quarterback position behind Romo. The quarterback, who turned 36 last month, isn't the most durable starter out there – he's recently undergone two back operations and broke his left collarbone twice last season.”

    Hard to argue. Not that he’s injury-prone, but the chances of any NFL quarterback playing 16 games is remote these days. With Moore, backed up by rookie Dak Prescott at No. 3, owner Jerry Jones is clearly taking a gamble. But last year he felt safe, so who knows?

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.