Sep. 26, 2016
Are the Cowboys handling their QB controversy properly?
Who would have thought after 10 weeks the Dallas Cowboys would have the best record in the NFL at 8-1? Certainly when Tony Romo went down by in August we all thought the writing was on the wall for the Cowboys season.
In came Dak Prescott and the Cowboys simply haven’t looked back since. The quarterback “controversy” has been settled ever since Dak took the field in week one.
He is the Cowboys starting quarterback for the next 10 years.
Jerry Jones out his foot in his mouth earlier this year when he proclaimed that this is still “Tony Romo’s team.” It’s not and it never will be again.
For a forgotten fourth round pick, Prescott has played unbelievably and even for a rookie quarterback regardless of what round he was taken his performance has been nothing short of spectacular. His 14 touchdown passes to coincide with only two interceptions is almost Brady-like. He manages the game like a grizzly veteran but also brings another spark to the Cowboys that makes them explosive.
The Cowboys play to their strengths which is their dominating offensive line and their transcendent running back Ezekiel Elliott. Prescott is perfect for this as his unique running ability gives offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan, a lot to think about when calling plays. We’ve seen Linehan call Prescott’s number before (four rushing touchdowns on the year) and we’ve seen that the threat of both Elliott and Prescott has defenses scrambling.
It goes beyond just on the field for starting Prescott over Romo. As mentioned above the Cowboys play to their strengths the offensive line and the running game so what is the point in paying a 36-year-old quarterback 14 million a year to handoff and do a play action fake here and there? Prescott counts for about $548,000 of the Cowboys cap. That’s a significant saving from Romo's gigantic cap number.
Romo released a statement in full support of Prescott and determined to be the best teammate he can be. Instead, the statement sounded a lot like an old washed up quarterback who’s seen his last down of football.