During Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys lost starting quarterback Tony Romo to a fractured left clavicle, and he is expected to miss at least eight weeks. Now that the NFL’s first major quarterback injury has struck, let the Tim Tebow speculation begin.
In limited action during the 2014 season, Cowboys backup quarterback Brandon Weeden struggled to move the offense and avoid turnovers. Texas Governor Greg Abbott doesn’t want to see the same thing happen again. He has another idea for temporarily solving the Cowboys’ quarterback woes.
Tebow showed improvement as a passer this preseason, after retooling his mechanics in the offseason. He finished the preseason with the Eagles compiling 286 yards passing, two touchdowns and one interception. He also added another 82 yards and a score on the ground. It wasn’t enough to keep him on the Eagles’ final 53-man roster.
Adding Tebow into the mix in Dallas would be a risky proposition. Although Weeden struggled in limited action during his first season with the team, he has a better understanding of Scott Linehan’s offense in Year 2. Tebow would be expected to pick up the entire offense in a matter of days or even weeks, and this is something that would be difficult for any quarterback to do.
In relief of Romo on Sunday, Weeden went 7-of-7 for 73 yards passing, one touchdown and no interceptions. We will get a better look at Weeden in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons when the opposing defense has a full week to game plan for him. Thus far in his career, Weeden’s major flaw has been how he performs against blitzes and successful defensive pressures.