Do the Cowboys have a quarterback controversy again?
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It finally happened. The Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott looked like the rookie he is. Sure, it took 13 games, but all the haters knew it was going to happen – and now they’re calling for Tony Romo’s return.
Too soon? Absolutely. But it’s not surprising. And it’s probably not the last time we’ll hear it. The next time Prescott doesn’t play at the same impressive level we’ve come to expect from him, more cries for his head (not literally) will arise.
Regardless of whether you’re Team Dak or Team Tony, there’s no denying this team is now Prescott’s. The reins have been handed over. The Romo Era is finished. Prescott is the future.
Even owner Jerry Jones, who’s always been Romo’s biggest supporter, told reporters there wouldn’t be a Romo/Prescott switch. “No, no, no, no. Not at all. Let me just say that.” Coach Jason Garrett concurred, saying, “No, we feel good about Dak playing quarterback for us.”
Obviously, Garrett isn’t going to make a rash decision after just one bad game. Jones, on the other hand… Let’s just say he’s emotionally attached to this team. He wanted Romo to come back as starting quarterback after healing earlier this season; he only conceded that Prescott would keep the job when his hands were tied (i.e. the Cowboys had an impressive win streak going). So the fact that he’s absolutely standing behind Prescott now says a lot.
“First of all, he’s got 13 NFL ball games at a high level under his belt,” Jones said after Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants. “What’s he got, four interceptions now? Is it four? OK, so he’s got four interceptions in 13 ball games. I feel good about our quarterback, and I like what we are at the quarterback position as well. We should have asked and wanted him to make the drive that might have won this thing for us tonight. We were within striking distance. I don’t want to make excuses. Most of what happened to us offensively tonight was a well-coached [Giants] defense more than a failing of a player or players.”
The man has spoken.
The Cowboys may or may not go to the Super Bowl – but they’ve got a much better chance of getting there with Prescott at the wheel than with Romo. Besides, the 36-year-old Romo won’t be around much longer, while Prescott likely has a good 10 or 12 years (or more) ahead of him. The ’Boys have to stand behind No. 4, or there’s little hope for the future.