The Differences in Packers & Cowboys’ Quarterback Room
Dallas Cowboys took the headlines away from the Green Bay Packers this weekend. I am sure everyone at 1265 Lombardi appreciates Jerry Jones and company doing that for them. Dallas signed Andy Dalton to a one-year deal to back up Dak Prescott. People are likely already talking about whether the Cowboys need to keep Prescott or if they could move on with Dalton instead. Some are wondering why Green Bay didn’t do something like this with the available veteran talent out there. The answer is relatively simple. Packers and Cowboys are in different situations with their quarterbacks.
Green Bay has a quarterback that is 37 years old. He does have multiple years left on his contract, but the Packers need to start looking for the future. The debate on whether that look is premature with Jordan Love will rage on for the next few years. Love isn’t there to put any real pressure on Rodgers in 2020 and somewhat in 2021. The decision comes in 2022 on whether Green Bay wants to ride it out with Rodgers or if Love is their guy.
Dallas’ situation is very different. Prescott is under contract with the franchise tag. He wants big money. Prescott wants to be paid like Rodgers, but the team is hesitant to throw big money at him. Insert Dalton. The team wants a backup plan in case Prescott and the Cowboys get icy. He is a proven starting quarterback and one that can get you to the playoffs. Cowboys are sending a message to Dak that he is replaceable and they’re not afraid to do it. Packers are not using Love to show that to Rodgers, rather, we are putting together our succession plan.
I’ll admit that I preferred the Packers to go on this route of signing a veteran when the offseason started, but the thought process and reasoning behind Love made enough sense for me to accept that decision. It is fun to challenge management, but when they’ve given you zero reason to be concerned thus far, why try to make something out of completely nothing?
We’ll see if this Dallas news is enough to push the Packers off the first segment.