Tony Romo going into broadcasting was probably a bittersweet day for many Cowboys fans. Yes, the franchise has its heir apparent in Dak Prescott, but Romo gave a lot to Dallas, and fans will miss him.
For the Houston Texans, though, Romo going into broadcasting was not bittersweet; it was cause for panic and depression.
“It’s an absolute train wreck down here, what’s going on here in Houston with the quarterback situation,” Houston’s 610 afternoon host Ted Johnson said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Basically, I think nobody really knew exactly what Tony Romo was thinking. I think everybody was hoping that Tony Romo, if he wanted to continue to play football, that it would be here in Houston – because a lot of people think they’re a quarterback away winning the whole thing. The defense that they had last year (was rated) No. 1 – and that was with J.J. Watt on the shelf for most of the season with back surgery – so people were excited about it. People were hoping that was something that Tony would maybe be interested in.”
Johnson, though, had doubts from the beginning.
“I was telling a lot of people here, ‘Look, here’s the thing. He loves being a Cowboy. Absolutely loves it,’” Johnson said. “ (At the end of last year), he anointed Dak Prescott as his heir apparent and (sounded) like a guy that was defeated. I could tell his heart wasn’t in it. I told the fans not to get your hopes up.”
In the end, Johnson was right, and the Texans, who have finished 9-7 in three straight seasons, are left with Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden.
“Does that get you excited?” Johnson asked. “Apathy has set in down here in Houston big time. I’m talking big time. When apathy sets in, that’s worse than anything. it’s not good right now.”
With Romo out of the mix, Scott Ferrall said, the Texans should sign Jay Cutler. The cantankerous Cutler is by no means a great NFL quarterback – and his personality leaves much to be desired – but he’s had flashes of success and productivity when given elite weapons.
DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller, to be sure, are elite weapons.
“Here’s the thing: Jay Cutler, no way in hell he’s coming here,” Johnson said. “Coach Bill O’Brien has a specific kind of profile for the guys that he wants on this team. He wants quarterbacks that are going to set good examples.”
That’s not Cutler. Heck, O’Brien has had heated verbal altercations with the likes of Tom Brady and Brock Osweiler.
“Can you imagine Jay Cutler coming here?” Johnson said. “I don’t think it’s going to happen, but I think they’d be stupid not to bring him in. What have you got to lose? You’ve got an (elite) defense, (so) why not swing for the fences for a year or two? Get your guy in the draft and take a chance on Jay Cutler. But he doesn’t fit the profile. Bob McNair prides himself on bringing only Texans-worthy type of guys in here, and Jay Cutler is not a Texans-worthy type of guy.”