The quarterback situation has left a very uneasy feeling within the fanbase. Tony Romo has missed time over the past three seasons with three separate injuries. Last season the Cowboys used three different backup quarterbacks when trying to stay afloat until the Calvary could arrive. Unfortunately the only victory they could muster came with Matt Cassel under center. Team was a combined 1-11 without their franchise quarterback leading the charge. With Romo the only loss came to a team who represented the NFC in the Super Bowl.
The biggest argument against taking a quarterback with the first pick is getting a guy who can make an immediate impact. Let’s play the what if game for a moment. What if the 2016 season played exactly the same as the 2015 season? Would having a quarterback the likes of Jared Goff had made a difference? Well the wins may not have been any different but this team would have a quarterback learning. Getting coaching on the sideline from Romo and Goff would be getting on the field experience. That beats the alternative of having two quarterbacks who weren’t in future plans taking the snaps.
Goff has been the top quarterback for many analysts including Matt Miller of Bleacher Report. In a recent article he claimed that one NFL GM thought he would go number one overall. That GM was also claiming that he is the smartest quarterback since Andrew Luck which is certainly high praise. Is Goff worth that kind of praise? Well I was definitely impressed when I started watching his games over last offseason.
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His hand size was red flag for some of those who pay close attention to measurables whereas I focus more on what the film tells me. Jared Goff really reminds me of the guy currently leading the offense. I would like to call him baby Romo. His pocket presence is remarkable. There were many occasions when I thought to myself that play was very Romo-esque.
It isn’t just the pocket presence that made me think he plays very similar to Romo. Goff has shown the toughness to stand tall in the pocket with defenders bearing down on him. One of the biggest improvements he made this past season was pre-snap reads. One can only imagine how much better he will be with Tony Romo as his mentor. Their style is very similar which would make it a seamless transition.
When Tony Romo went down the team had to make adjustments for Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel and eventually to Kellen Moore. With Goff the offense is already set up for him. So tell me again how a backup quarterback who would likely see playing time in 2016 wouldn’t make an impact.