Injury #5: Jerry thinks QBs grow on trees
The Cowboys’ history of post-Aikman quarterback woes have been well documented. The ‘Boys have featured the following as starters since Troy Aikman took his last snap in 2000: Quincy Carter, Anthony Wright, Ryan Leaf, Clint Stoerner, Chad Hutchinson, Vinny Testaverde, Drew Henson, Drew Bledsoe, and Tony Romo. Apart from Quincy Carter, none of these men were drafted by Jerry Jones.
While it’s not uncommon for teams to struggle finding a franchise quarterback, it is uncommon for a team to avoid trying. Don’t believe me? Here are some surprising numbers:
Since drafting Bill Musgrave out of Oregon in the 4th round of the 1991 draft the Dallas Cowboys (aka Jerry Jones) have selected exactly ONE quarterback in the 17 drafts since (Quincy Carter in 2001). By comparison, the Cowboys have drafted 35 defensive backs, 15 wide receivers, 16 linebackers, 10 tight ends and 46 offensive or defensive linemen. During the span from 1991 to 2008 the Cowboys have selected three times as many fullbacks as quarterbacks and just as many kickers. How common is this? Over that same span, the other NFL franchises averaged 6.2 picks on the quarterback position. In the NFC East, the Redskins, Eagles and Giants combined for 25 quarterback selections during that time.
Certainly, the number of quarterbacks selected can reflect a team’s futility and does not always lead to success. The Cardinals, Lions, and Bears have combined for 18 selections with little luck. However, some of the most successful teams over the past 2 decades – the 49ers, Packers, Patriots, and Steelers – averaged 8 1/2 quarterback selections between them. Even teams with franchise quarterbacks in place draft quarterbacks to develop and groom as either an eventual replacement, a backup, or, worst case, a trade piece. GM Jerry Jones has refused to do this, and it has cost the Cowboys dearly over the years.
The debate rages on as to the effectiveness of undrafted Tony Romo as starting quarterback, but no one can deny the fact that GM Jerry has time and again hampered the Cowboys in their quest for the next Troy Aikman.