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Healthy Tony Romo to Back Up Dak Prescott, According to Jerry Jones

Sean Martin



Tony Romo

We finally have some closure on the Dallas Cowboys quarterback situation. Persevering for his eighth straight win on the road in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon, Dak Prescott has essentially forced the Cowboys to stick with the hot hand - which they will now do.

Jerry Jones confirmed this following Dallas' latest win, while also providing some news on Tony Romo and his ongoing recovery process.

Brandon George on Twitter

Jerry Jones said Tony Romo will be active next week as the backup QB vs. the Ravens.

Romo was inactive this week once again, after appearing on the injury report throughout the week of practice as "limited" for the first time. Although he did not receive many full-team reps with this status, Romo will apparently be ready to back up Prescott at home against the Ravens in week 11.

With #9 active, the rookie Dak Prescott might just face his toughest challenge yet in this game, as he's now being pinned as the man that will determine the faith of the currently first-place 8-1 Cowboys. Looking over his shoulder, Romo will only play if Prescott struggles enough to warrant benching, which has not happened to date.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Personally, I'm told the situation has been difficult for Tony Romo. He's taken it hard. But he'll be a good team guy, be backup... and wait.

Sure, Prescott has had his struggles at times, but come crunch-time he always finds a way to rise to the occasion (sound like his now-backup at all?) - and that is how he made this quarterback decision a whole lot easier for Jerry Jones and his football team.


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Like it or not, there is no more "Team Romo" and "Team Dak". There is simply "Team Let's Go Win All The Football Games With Whatever Quarterback Gives Us The Best Chance To Do So".

Improbably, that is the eighth quarterback taken in the 2016 NFL Draft - Mississippi State's Dak Prescott.

Are you excited about Dak Prescott officialy being named the Cowboys starter? Have we seen the last of Tony Romo with America's Team? Let's talk about the hottest topic in the NFL! Leave a comment below to start the conversation, or email me at

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  • DJ

    Romo deserves to be a starter, but may be time for him to find a new home. Dak has Dallas on course

    • Sean Martin

      I agree on Romo, bu remember that he said he would not feel right playing (and potentially winning a Super Bowl) anywhere else. Thank you for reading, DJ.

  • Matt

    Romo is a far better QB. This is insanity.

    • Sean Martin

      Matt, I’ve been the biggest Romo fan out there throughout his career, and I suggest that you check out this in-depth study I did on him from 2015:

      In short, I agree with you that he is still the better option (by how much we can argue all day), but I just don’t know how you remotely entertain the idea of a QB switch right now. Just have to keep testing Dak, which they’ll do this week with Romo most likely looking over his shoulder for the first time on the active game day roster.

  • Bradley Lambert

    I agree Matt. Romo gives us the best chance. Jerry and Jason just don’t want the bad publicity since the entire media is in live with this kid. Not to mention the lack of loyalty for the guy who has carried this team is just wrong

    • Sean Martin

      Thank you for reading and responding, Bradley. I agree with this entirely, and think it just makes it that much more awe inspiring that Romo was able to do what he did yesterday in that address to the media.

  • John Williams

    As much as I love Tony Romo, hard to argue with Jerry and the coaching staff sticking with Dak. He’s done everything you could do in 9 games. They nearly won the opener in Dak and Zeke’s debut. Gotta give him a ton of credit for the work they’ve done.

    • Sean Martin

      Very true, John.

  • Phil Williford

    I can’t believe some of the Romo supporters, This man hasn’t done nothing to deserve his job back, so who are you fooling. I like Romo to but he is to fragile. When he got in the game last year he looked scared. I want healthy and youth right now. It’s over for Romo.

    • Sean Martin

      Done nothing to deserve his job back? Did you see this team in 2014, and then in 2015 without him? Just because 2016 has been different because of Dak (who I now support as the starter), it is not fair to use that as logic against Romo’s ability.

  • Phil Williford

    How do Romo give us the best chance and what have Dak did that wouldn’t give him the best chance!

    • Sean Martin

      Dak has given them all the chances to win, and he’s won. That’s not the problem. The issue has been that a large percentage of the fans (myself included) feel this team could be even better (not record-wise, but with the eye test) with Romo at quarterback. Now there’s obviously serious doubt that we’ll get to test this theory in 2016.

  • Dallas Fan

    I feel as bad as Tony ,yes Dak is on his way to break records and put rings on his fingers but tony carried this parcel miss fit young team for years . Deserve to show the world what he and his fully rounded team can due . His knowledge helped Dak threw the games also.Yes 12 years a go there was the hold for the kick then 2 years later the lost which I as a fan since 1970 felt bad for him not anger then the catch that was a catch teams ready to roll for 2 to 4 year hes ready also for a couple breaks my spirit almost left as fan Landry and Jimmy J days I feel they owe it to him for his hart and kids he won’t fail.

    • Sean Martin

      This is so spot on. Not only did Romo carry this team through some dark days, he gave up his body at times in doing so with all of these injures. Now, those injuries have taken their toll, right as the Cowboys are at their best under Romo. He addressed that yesterday, and you could see and feel how much this pained him. Not only did he have to take a backseat to this incredible team that he wishes he could go lead again, but he had to give up his soul – after already giving up his body for Dallas so many times.

      I love this QB.

  • Nathan Martin

    I like Romo but you all know know as well as I do if Romo had been playing we would be sitting at .500 or less he is not the same qb his arm strength is gone and the interceptions would be mounting up game by game!! Leave Dak in the future is now

    • Sean Martin

      Nathan, thank you for reading and responding. There is just no evidence to justify that Romo would not have this team exactly where Dak has them. With that, as you’ll see in my other replies (and on Twitter @ShoreSportsNJ), I now support Prescott as the starter despite being the biggest Romo fan out there.

  • USMC- Bruce

    Cowboys fan since Bob Hayes! Listen, I have wanted Tony Romo traded for many years now.

    Reasons: 10 years and only 2 playoff wins, jump ball is not the way to play NFL Football, poor decision making, turning the ball over constantly, throwing interceptions always, no leadership, not spreading the ball around, fragile, was not focused 100% on football, (Golf, Chasing Hollywood,etc) Gunslinger mindset, etc, etc. Your Tony Romo loyalty is misplaced!

    • Sean Martin

      Bruce, I’m immensely sorry that you cannot appreciate how great Tony Romo has been and may continue to be. He is one of the greatest Dallas Cowboys of all time. Thank you so much for reading and replying to my article.

  • Matt

    Romo has not lost arm strenght, accuracy or velocity. Bruce says fan since Bob Hayes but he must’ve been watching the last ten years thru a purple haze. Romo is the greatest QB we’ve ever had, minus a ring. He is still better than Dak who struggles badly with accuracy, reads and deep balls. Love the kid and he is the future but thru all the hype and hysteria people are missing his poor throws and bad reads. He through balls to TWill, Dez and Brice that were under thrown and nearly picked. He nearly concussion Witten with a misplaced pass. Rom has not only earned his job, he’s done nothing to lose it. Who in their right mind thinks going with a less talented QB is the right move. Further more, why the hell would putting Romo in cause us to lose. He is still better, we would be killing people instead on winning by 7 or 10. They are still stacking the box on Zeke. Can you imagine Romo in and the D has to back off? Zeke would go off for 200 and Romo 4 or t TDs, which he’s done even before getting our best back since Emmitt.

  • Matt

    Romo is tough as hell, has played through broken ribs, punctured lung, herniated disk and rushed back too soon from a broken collarbone to bail out this sorry team last year. We finally have the best team we’ve had in decades and the team Romo deserves in his closing window after shedding more blood and broken bones than anyone for this team. He receives a spit in the face from the Jonses who are distracted by the shiny objects of winning. Dak seems like a great kid. Seems poised and has played unbelievable for a rookie and pretty well for even a vet. But none of what he’s done would be anything new or unusual for Romo, who’s already proven he’s a great guy, proven his poise and proven his clutch ability. There is absolutely no reason to believe not only he would’ve had us winning all of these games but would have us winning right now. It is asinine to think putting Romo on the field right now would hurt the team in any way. All he’s done is lead and win. Getting the chance to lead the best team he’s ever had? Pretty sure wed win, and win big. And yes, he’s earned the right to be the guy that leads us to the Super Bowl.

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Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?

Mauricio Rodriguez



Cowboys Planning

February 20 is an important day for NFL clubs this year. Why? It's the first day in which teams can franchise tag any player. Since 2015, when the Dallas Cowboys tagged Dez Bryant before they were able to work out a long-term deal, Jerry Jones & Co. haven't used the franchise tag. In 2018, though, that will change.

DeMarcus Lawrence just played his best season yet in 2017, and he's looking to get paid big time. Through three years, he had been able to rack up nine sacks, 52 tackles and three forced fumbles. In just 2017, he sacked opposing quarterbacks 14.5 times, had 35 tackles and managed to force four fumbles.

Not only did Lawrence look like an elite pass rusher, but he also improved as a run defender a lot. The Cowboys have been looking for a "War Daddy" for a long, long time and Lawrence seems to be the answer for this football team.

After such a big year, one would expect the Cowboys to sign him to a multi-year enormous contract. But there's a catch. Lawrence failed to remain healthy early in his career and really didn't make as much of an impact until last season.

There's no question that D-Law will be wearing a star come the 2018 NFL season, but will he be doing it under a long-term deal or under a franchise tag?

David Moore on Twitter

Cowboys will not place franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence tomorrow as that window opens but will do so by March 6 w/ understanding the goal is to reach a long-term deal. Both sides have until July 16 to make that happen.

For now, according to David Moore from Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence with the objective of getting a deal done in July. The tag however, is not expected to be placed as soon as possible.

Jess Haynie on Twitter

In 2015, the Cowboys didn't place the franchise tag on Dez Bryant until the final deadline day. This year's deadline is March 6th, so it may be two weeks before they make it official with DeMarcus Lawrence. #CowboysNation #DallasCowboys

What would franchise tagging DeMarcus Lawrence mean for this team?

First of all, they'd make sure he doesn't hit free agency in March. This gives the front office time to get to work and restructure players' contracts if they have to in order to open up as much cap space as they can before giving him a deal.

It's worth mentioning as well, cap savings from players who are designated as post-June 1 cuts will already be available. If you want to be more familiarized with the Cowboys' cap situation, I highly recommend you read John Williams' deep dive on the matter.

It'll continue to be a very interesting story for this offseason, as handing a franchise tag to a player tends to become a non-friendly situation for both parties. Let's hope that's not the case for the Cowboys and Lawrence this year and that everything works out fine.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue updating you and the rest of Cowboys Nation throughout the offseason.

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Watch: Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Goes Bowling for First Time Since College Injury

Sean Martin



Should Cowboys Start Negotiating a Contract Extension With Rod Smith?

Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Jaylon Smith did not just defy all odds and return to normalcy in 2017, starting as the Cowboys' middle linebacker for a full 16 games. He became one of the team's and NFL's brightest success stories, earning the right to celebrate everyday activities returning to his life - as football did this season.

This is exactly what Jaylon Smith did on Twitter Friday afternoon, posting a Snapchat video of himself bowling. The caption on Twitter adds that Smith was enjoying his time at the lanes for the first time in two years.

It was January 1st, 2016 when Jaylon Smith's injury in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame changed his outlook forever. In that moment, Smith went from a projected top ten pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to a LB that would need a team to take a chance on him - and be patient.

The Dallas Cowboys proved to be that team, using the 34th overall pick on the Notre Dame star and supporting his efforts to return to the field from day one. The entire Cowboys' organization was rewarded by Smith remarkably playing every game this season, inspired by his constant determination to do just that.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

So, a normal offseason for Jaylon Smith is anything but right now. Still battling the drop foot condition (one that is reportedly healing well and "fading") which limits his movement ability in the lower body, Smith is a normal Dallas Cowboys football player from this point forward.

He can say he's already defined all odds, can expect to take an even bigger stride forward in 2018, and Jaylon Smith can go bowling again. You can't help but be happy for #54.

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Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats

Mauricio Rodriguez



Dak Prescott

2017 was a season that left the Dallas Cowboys with a ton of questions to think about. Dez Bryant's contract, Sean Lee and Tyron Smith's availability, and the future of DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving are some of those questions.

But there's another more pressing question for the Cowboys. How can they get the most out of Quarterback Dak Prescott and avoid another struggling year for him?

Also, what if he has another rough year? At what point does quarterback become a position that needs to be evaluated if he continues to struggle?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that will be the case. In fact, I have a lot of faith in Dak. I think he's shown a lot to be excited about and I definitely believe there's a "quarterback curve" in the NFL. Hopefully, #4 finds a way to get back on track in 2018.

A reason to be optimistic about Prescott's future is an impressive stat from NFL Next Gen Stats. Turns out, Dak Prescott ranked first in the NFL in "tight window throws" completion percentage with 45.8%.

According to Matt Harmon from, a "tight window throw" is defined as a pass in which the intended receiver has less than a yard of separation from the defender.

Dak Prescott is far from a perfect quarterback and he's constantly bashed about his throwing accuracy. Just recently, he took part in a passing competition with David Carr before the NFL Honors and well... it's fair to say Carr completely beat him.

Cowboys Twitter was anything but forgiving for the young quarterback, but at the end of the day, I'm not sure a casual passing competition at an event like that one is the way you judge an NFL starting quarterback who has a 22-10 record in his career.

Dak has a long way to go before being considered an excellent quarterback in the league, but a bad season like 2017 doesn't mean it's the end of his career and that the Dallas Cowboys should start Cooper Rush over him.

It's not the first quarterback who struggles one year and he won't be the last one to bounce back from one. As of right now, Dak Prescott rightfully is the Dallas Cowboys QB1. Hopefully he has a better year next season.

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