IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys don’t need the circus returning to Valley Ranch. Especially not because of a backup quarterback.
That’s why they’d be wise to pass on making a waiver claim for Donovan McNabb after the Vikings released the former Pro Bowler. Well, that plus the fact that McNabb isn’t an effective quarterback at age 35.
The Cowboys’ concerns about Jon Kitna potentially being out for the season due to a bad back remain strong. That prompted them to try to claim Kyle Orton off of waivers before the former Broncos and Bears starter was awarded to the Chiefs.
Jerry Jones dropped a hint Thursday afternoon when he made a point to mention that Orton was a fit here because he had experience in a similar offensive system. That isn’t the case with McNabb.
It’s also extremely unlikely that McNabb, who was the face of the rival Philadelphia Eagles for years, would be pleased to serve as Tony Romo’s backup. It’d be foolish to invite a malcontent with a big name into a harmonious locker room, creating a potentially disruptive situation.
In Orton’s case, it was also in the Cowboys’ best interests to keep the Chicago Bears (a potential playoff foe) from claiming their former starter. If McNabb returns to his hometown team, so be it.
Orton had experience running Chicago offensive coordinator Mike Martz’s scheme. McNabb would be starting from scratch.
The Cowboys’ lone playoff win since the mid-90s came against a McNabb-quarterbacked team, and his performance has deteriorated drastically in the two years since then.
The Cowboys certainly shouldn’t fear facing McNabb in the wild-card round. There would be reason to worry if he was on their roster.