On Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys improved their record to 5-1, and sit on top of the NFC East. The Cowboys success has been due to the play of rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, who leads the league in rushing yards, and just set a record for consecutive games rushing over 130 yards. The Cowboys weren’t NFL odds favorites coming into the season because of Tony Romo’s injury, but they are now, thanks to their impressive rookies.
While a lot of Cowboys fans are excited about the team’s early season success, there is a looming controversy the team will have to deal with when Tony Romo is cleared to return to the lineup. Should the team keep Prescott as their starting quarterback or give Romo his job back?
According to team owner Jerry Jones, Romo is the team’s starting quarterback when he returns, and that isn’t sitting well with a lot of fans.
Let’s look closer into the situation. Over his career, Tony Romo has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but the Cowboys fan base has never fully been behind him. After Romo became the team’s full time starter, he enjoyed the trappings of success a little too much, dating celebrities and took a trip to Mexico a week before a playoff game, which rubbed some of the fans the wrong way.
Despite his off-field gaffes, Romo statistically is one of the best quarterbacks to play for the franchise, which is very impressive considering the number of Hall of Famers that have played the position for the Cowboys.
Despite his impressive stats, Romo has been under fire because of the team’s inability to make the playoffs consistently and to win playoff games.
The truth of the matter is Romo hasn’t had a lot of help in recent years, which is why the team has struggled to make the playoffs consistently. When he was first named a starter, he had weapons like Terrell Owens and Jason Witten, who gave him reliable targets to throw to.
After Owens was let go by the team, Witten was his only receiving weapon, and the team didn’t have much of a running game to take the pressure off. Now, that the team has had weapons around him, he hasn’t been able to stay healthy.
When Prescott was drafted, the team figured he would spend a couple of seasons behind Romo learning how to play the position at the top level, but during the preseason, he proved he is a quick study and is ready for prime time.
Through the first five games of the season, he didn’t throw an interception and was effective moving the chains. Last week, he finally threw his first interception, but was able to lead the team to a victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau.
A lot of experts have compared the Prescott situation with the Tom Brady situation when he filled in for an injured Drew Bledsoe before taking over as the full-time starter. They believe that despite Romo being the better quarterback right now, removing Prescott from the starting lineup could disrupt the team’s momentum.
While that is a possibility, Romo still gives the team the best chance to win, and has the experience to lead them on a deep playoff run. The question now is does head coach Jason Garrett feel the same way?