NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday that the Cowboys plan to start Matt Cassel in Week 7 when they return from their bye against the New York Giants, according to a team source. Jason Garrett contacted both quarterbacks to let them know Cassel will start, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport added. ESPN first reported the news.
Cassel's experience in multiple-check systems, and his background having played in a similar offense under Norv Turner in Minnesota, will allow Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan to open up the offense. While Weeden did fine in spot duty, he's still very much a spread-offense quarterback that struggles with progressions and full-field reads, Breer added.
Weeden didn't play terribly in his three starts. He posted an 85.7 passer rating and completed 71 percent of his passes (64-for-91) with one touchdown and two interceptions. But Weeden averaged just 6.55 yards per attempt while piloting a Dallas offense that has been significantly less explosive without Romo and Dez Bryant on the field.
Weeden and Cassel are different quarterbacks, but they're both the same thing: A shaky bridge to Romo, whose return remains weeks off. If Cassel can keep the 2-3 Cowboys around .500 until Romo returns, he will have done his job.