NFC East: chris greisen

Cowboys look to add a quarterback

December, 23, 2013

IRVING, Texas -- Without Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys need another quarterback.

While the Cowboys are not ready to rule Romo out for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, coach Jason Garrett acknowledged the team has to find a third quarterback not only in case Romo is unable to play but to get through practice.

Finding one ready to play could be problematic.

“Well, you just look at who's available and you go out and sign them,” Garrett said. “It's a position that I'm sure a lot of people would like to have. You can't sign people off of other team's rosters, but there are quarterbacks out there. Hopefully we can find one that can help us. I think that's one of the best things we've done as a team is we've handled injuries and we've gotten guys who can come in and play at a moment's notice.”

David Carr and John Skelton are scheduled to visit with the Cowboys on Tuesday. Carr was cut by the New York Giants on Aug. 31 and has thrown three passes since 2010. Skelton went 8-9 with the Arizona Cardinals from 2010-12. He was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals in training camp and spent time with the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans. He was released by the Titans on Dec. 17.

Finding a quarterback is different than finding a defensive lineman. The Cowboys have dressed 19 different defensive linemen this season. They have had only two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster all season and lost Alex Tanney off the practice squad to the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 26.
Preferably the Cowboys would like a quarterback either familiar with Garrett's offense or one who has run a variation of it elsewhere.

In 2010 the Cowboys signed Chris Greisen the final week of the season when Jon Kitna suffered an oblique strain. Unable to start, Kitna served as the backup to Stephen McGee in the 14-13 win against the Eagles and Greisen was inactive.

The Cowboys could sign a player from another team's practice squad. Nick Stephens went to training camp with the Cowboys and was cut on Aug. 27. He has been on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad. Stephens completed 11 of 19 passes for 102 yards and an interception in the preseason before he was cut.

What does Cowboys' McBriar move mean?

December, 31, 2011
Bit of a last-minute roster surprise, as the Dallas Cowboys put their excellent punter, Mat McBriar, on injured reserve Saturday, the day before they will play the New York Giants in a game to decide the NFC East champion. McBriar has been dealing with left foot problems all season, but said this week he felt good enough to punt Sunday. Instead, Chris Jones will handle punting duties for Dallas on Sunday and, if they win, in the playoffs.

In another move, the Cowboys added quarterback Chris Greisen from the practice squad. That means they'll have three quarterbacks available Sunday night, and that's what raises the eyebrow a little bit.

Tony Romo, the Cowboys' starting quarterback, injured his right hand in last weekend's loss to the Eagles. Though he's practiced all week, and I'm 100 percent certain he'll start Sunday's game, you have to wonder if the move with Greisen means the Cowboys are at least a little bit concerned about Romo's ability to make it through the game all the way. Stephen McGee is the backup quarterback and played in Romo's place last weekend, but if Romo were unable to throw, they'd theoretically be left only with McGee, and would need someone to step in if he got hurt.

Of course, Greisen could also have been called up to serve as Dan Bailey's holder on field goals, since Romo did that the last time regular holder McBriar was unable to play. We will see, but the mystery surrounding Romo and his throwing hand appears as though it will linger at least a little bit into the most important game of the Cowboys' season.