Sep. 26, 2016
Prescott vs. Romo
The Dallas Cowboys have one of the best problems in the NFL. They have two really good quarterbacks and have to figure out who they should start. After starting the season 7-1 with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, the Cowboys get their old starter, Tony Romo, back from injury.
Romo broke a bone in his back during the third week of the preseason. This opened the door for Prescott to start at quarterback and he has not disappointed. He has thrown 12 touchdowns, two interceptions, averaged 253 yards per game, and recorded 67 percent completion rate.
In Week 9, ESPN reported that the Cowboys will not even have Romo active for their matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Going forward, should the Cowboys go back to Romo once he is healthy?
After missing 12 games in 2015 and all of 2016 so far, Romo should finally be healthy again after many back injuries. However, since 2011, Romo has averaged 30 touchdowns a season and a 65 percent completion rate, but has had an interception problem. He has thrown 19 interceptions in two season and double-digit interceptions in six of his eight seasons where he played more than 10 games. He is also getting up there in age, 36, and with so many injuries his career is coming to an end.
Since Romo became the starting quarterback, in 2006, the Cowboys have only made the playoffs four times and won two playoff games. He has eight career postseason touchdowns, two interceptions, and averages 219 passing yards per game. Romo has never been good enough to lead his team deep into the playoffs.
After so much disappointment from Romo, it is time for the Cowboys to move on. Prescott has shown the Cowboys that he is careful with the football and can lead their offense. That is exactly what the Cowboys should be looking for.
The Cowboys have one of the best rushing attacks this season, averaging 165 yards per game. Their rushing attack is led by rookie Ezekiel Elliott, the fourth overall draft pick in 2016. Elliot has averaged 111 yards per game and seven rushing touchdowns. Along with their young stud running back, the Cowboys have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.
The Cowboys’ offensive strategy has become focused on the running game and in the trenches. Therefore, the quarterback does not have to win the game for the team, but not lose it. That is what Prescot can give the Cowboys.
Romo is at the end of his career. Prescott is playing better football and is closer to what the Cowboys need in a quarterback. Even when Romo is healthy, the Cowboys should continue to start Prescott at quarterback.