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Moving On From Tony Romo, This Is Dak Prescott’s Era

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Dez Bryant, Dak Prescott, Offense

It seems like just yesterday when Tony Romo, beloved quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, went down in the third week of the preseason. We all remember it. It hurt. Remember what we all thought? “He’ll be back soon, meanwhile we’ll win some games with this kid, Dak Prescott. And when Tony gets back, we’ll just move on.” Things sure were different though. Dak started winning. A lot. And when he won, the inevitable happened. The media and fans started talking.

Out of nowhere there was a quarterback controversy in Dallas and just like that, the situation with Dak Prescott and Tony Romo became the story of the year.

It seems unbelievable that all this began all the way back in September, 2016. We, as fans, were divided. Team Tony and Team Dak. Many of us, including Dak, were sure this was Tony’s team. Number 9 was the guy who would lead Dallas to the playoffs, and maybe even to Houston. But a time came when no one could deny it. The Dallas Cowboys had a new QB1.

Dak Prescott had taken over the team

We know the story; Dak Prescott went 8-1 in the first 10 weeks of the season, including victories in an overtime win versus the Philadelphia Eagles and a shootout against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tony Romo gave an emotional press conference about how Dak, the rookie, had earned the right to be the starting quarterback. For a second, it seemed as if the media would finally stop talking about it and move on.

They didn’t.

In week 14, Dak Prescott lost for just the second time in his NFL career. After a bad performance versus the New York Giants, the Romo talk came back at full speed. People doubted the rookie once again, saying, “He isn’t ready for this moment.” He proved people wrong one more time. After clinching the #1 seed in the NFC, now the talk was…

“Can Dak Prescott do it in the Playoffs?”

Yes, the Cowboys lost in their first postseason game this year, adding an ugly loss to Dak Prescott’s NFL career. But he threw for 302 yards (eighth most by a Cowboys QB in postseason, Tony Romo never surpassed that mark) and became the first rookie QB in NFL history to throw for three touchdowns in a postseason game.

The last question mark Dak had to face before the season ended was answered. Even if it didn’t end the way we all wanted, he played at a great level. He led the team back from an 18-point deficit to tie the game at 28 and then again at 31. He was calm, he was cool, he was himself.

There’s not a single doubt now

I’m a Tony Romo fan. I’ve always been a Tony Romo fan and I’ll continue to be one wherever he ends up playing. He was the first quarterback I ever saw as a young Cowboys fan. I grew up watching him, defending him every Monday at school, and feeling empty when he went down injured. I’d be lying if I told you that up till week 9 this season, I was expecting Tony to return and be the starting QB for this team.

But now, there’s no doubt. Dak Prescott, the story of the 2016 NFL season, the surprise rookie, the new face and the new leader of the Dallas Cowboys, has begun another era for this franchise. For a large generation of young fans, he is only the second guy to come in at this position.

Dak has been the guy since week eight, maybe even earlier. He led the team to 13 wins, the #1 seed, and was close to winning a shootout with Aaron Rodgers — one of the league’s best — in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.

Now that the season is over, it’s a good time to reflect. It’s time to recognize Dakota Prescott and trust him as the future of this great franchise.

A new QB, a new face, a new era.

How do you feel about Dak Prescott leading this team in years to come?

Let us know in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for an NFL show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly 4 Downs Podcast!

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11 Comments
  • Travis Diggs

    I’m a 3o yrs old Ben I cowboys fan since I was 5 I was blessed growing up with Aikman I suffered through Bledsoe, Carter, etc, etc I like Romo but never Fell in love. Them boys up Front n Zeke & company, THEY PLAYED FOR DAK!!! It’s hard as a Cowboys fan to watch 12 years of Romos up and downs n injuries And then get a breath fresh air wit DaK Who doesn’t forecefeed it Dez, Spreads it to everybody, and O yeah by the way can scramble and got us some rushing tds. I can’t wait for the future It will be bright But I can say I hope Romo goes to the Broncos I believe we play the Afc West this year coming up That would be Great!! DAK VS ROMO2017

    • shelly saucedo

      I’ve been a Cowboys fan forever, since the days of Landry. I can honestly say that I will miss Tony. Too bad he didn’t have the opportunity to play with the the strength of the O-line, and Elliott this season…
      A true gentleman, athlete and loyal leader. Thanks TONY ROMO #9,
      For never giving up!

      • Mauricio Rodriguez

        Tony was my first QB as a young fan. To see his time come to an end is painful for me… I’ll never forget him, I agree with you Shelly, Thanks Tony.

        • shelly saucedo

          Hey thanks Mauricio,, I have cried over his departure, mostly the way it all transpired,, everyone says.. This is business! Well, business or no business, Tony deserved better that’s for sure! Glad to see there are those who still respect and admire #9!!!

          • Mauricio Rodriguez

            He did deserve better, but at the end of it all he said himself; Dak earned the right to be our QB. Respect for 9 and for 4! Future looks awesome.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Hey Travis! I would’ve loved to watch the Troy Aikman Era… As a young fan my first QB was Tony Romo and to see his era come to an end really breaks my heart. I couldn’t agree more with your excitement for the future! It looks bright and I’m sure Dak will take this team to places that a whole generation of fans have never experienced.

      • shelly saucedo

        The era of Aikman was truly awesome, as was Staubach!
        You guys have posted some really great comments. Usually there are rude comments from bunch of negative know-it-alls.
        Once again, a reminder of what a true sportsman Tony Romo is,, Publicly praising Dak Prescott knowing he no longer held his position, had to have been gut wrenching. I can only imagine the hurt and embarrassment he felt from the all the negative comments the media and public were saying about him. Yet he stood in front of millions of eyes and conducted himself as a true gentleman. I hope you get your well deserved ring of honor Tony Romo!

        • Mauricio Rodriguez

          I hope so too, Shelly! Thank you for reading our site!

  • bad dawg

    Change! Yes he did! Clear and Convincing(not a mere preponderance of evidence)! .

  • dallas1966

    Been a diehard Cowboys fan since Dandy Don Meredith and the great Bob Hayes, the original #22. I’ve seen the ups and downs of the Cowboys. The greatness of Coach Landry with the innovative landry hitch and the doomsday defense. Jerry Jones buying the Cowboys and bringing in Coach Johnson, to revitalizing the Cowboys, back to greatness. I’ve witness, the transactions of Meredith, Morton, Staubach, White, Peuller, Hoogeboom, to Aikman, Walsh, Carter, Hutchinson, Testerverdy, Bledsoe, Romo, taking the keys of the franchise, with various results. Only Staubach and Aikman, bringing home the Lombardi Trophy back to Big D.

    Now, I’m witnessing, a quarterback, that as a rookie, has accomplished what normally takes, a veteran to accomplish. I’m excited for the Cowboys organization future, with Dak, handling the keys to the franchise. I admire his Tom Brady like qualities, at the quarterback position. I think not only will Dak be the face of the Cowboys, but the NFL, as well, down the road, because of his humility and work ethic towards his profession. Dak maturity, is off the chain. After, it’s al said and done, I truly believe, that Dak, will be spoken in the same breath as Staubach and Aikman, he`s that special, like Romo and Brady.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Hey there!
      Dak is truly special, I agree with you. There’s something about him… you just can sense it. Years to come will be great for this franchise. Thanks for reading!

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Think Jason Garrett is a Robot? FOX Sports Agrees

Jess Haynie

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Jason Garrett

Cowboys fans have often complained that head coach Jason Garrett is too robotic in his demeanor, media answers, and constant clapping. Yesterday, with most of the country feeling Star Wars fever, FOX Sports tapped into the zeitgeist while also taking a little jab at Garrett’s robot reputation.

FOX Sports released photographs of several NFL personalities as Star Wars character. Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady were Jedis.  Bill Belichick, surprise-surprise, was a the evil Emperor.

Garrett… well….

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@AaronRodgers12 @CameronNewton @Panthers @Patriots Jason Garrett is fluent in over 6 million forms of communication.

From 2016 Coach of the Year to punchline, Garrett’s reputation has certainly taken a big swing this season. Things are so bad, they couldn’t give him a C-3PO with matching arms. Oh, the indignity.

Of course, this is all in good fun. Garrett has 12 and 13-win seasons in two of the last three years. 2017 could’ve been very different if not for Ezekiel Elliott‘s legal issues and Sean Lee’s injury. And even now, there’s still a chance the Cowboys can sneak back into the playoffs.

Yes, Jason is repetitive. And yes, he’s no Bill Parcells behind a microphone. But could they at least have made him R2-D2?

At least FOX Sports didn’t make him Jar Jar Binks. That should go to Roger Goodell.

Just for fun, what other Star Wars characters would you compare Cowboys players and other staff members to? Maybe Sean Lee as Boba Fett, hunting down targets in the open field? Or maybe Cole Beasley as Luke, since they’re both a little short to be Stormtroopers.

Have any other good Cowboys/Star Wars comparisons? Share them in the comments!

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Cowboys en Español: ¿Combinaciones Para Playoffs?, ¿Juego Trampa vs Raiders?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Dak Prescott, Offensive Line

Es increíble pensar que ya estamos en la semana 15 de la NFL. Más increíble aún, los Dallas Cowboys que se fueron 13-3 con el sembrado #1 de la NFC hace un año, ahorita cuentan con un récord de 7-6 y unas esperanzas de pasar a playoffs muy, muy pequeñas.

El domingo pasado, a pesar de llevarse la victoria en el campo contra los New York Giants, los Cowboys no recibieron la ayuda que necesitaban alrededor de la liga.

Pero a pesar de ser pequeñas, las esperanzas siguen vivas. Y este domingo, los aficionados a Dallas no sólo apoyaremos a los Cowboys en el Sunday Night Football, sino también a otros cuantos equipos.

Para los Cowboys, ¿cuáles son las combinaciones necesarias?

  • Dallas Cowboys termina la temporada 10-6, ganando los últimos tres partidos. 
  • Que los Green Bay Packers pierdan un partido. 
  • Que los Detroit Lions pierdan un partido. 
  • Que los Atlanta Falcons o los Carolina Panthers pierdan dos partidos. 

En mi opinión, incluso con Aaron Rodgers volviendo al campo, los Panthers y los Falcons presentan el mayor reto. Y creo, que lo que deberíamos estar apoyando en este momento, es que sean los Falcons los que pierdan dos partidos.

¿Por qué? Porque este domingo, Carolina se enfrentará a Green Bay. Francamente, Panthers es el equipo que más probabilidades tiene de echar a perder el regreso heroico de Rodgers. Panthers también puede vencer a los Falcons en la semana 17.

Así que, mientras los Panthers no podrían ayudar perdiendo, creo que más bien nos podrán apoyar ganando. Sin embargo, los resultados de la semana 15 influenciarán mucho a quien apoyaremos como fans de los Cowboys.

Por ahora, estos serían los resultados ideales de la semana 15:

  • CHI Bears vencen a DET Lions. 
  • CAR Panthers vencen a GB Packers.
  • TB Buccaneers sorprenden a ATL Falcons. 

Claro, dos de estos resultados parecen muy optimistas, pero todo puede pasar en la NFL y sobre todo con equipos tan inconsistentes como los Lions.

Por supuesto que, todo esto no tiene ni sentido si los Cowboys no se van 3-0 en las siguientes tres semanas. El rival más fuerte que le queda a Dallas son los Seattle Seahawks. Con Ezekiel Elliott volviendo esa misma semana, será un duelo increíble en el AT&T Stadium.

En mi opinión, será el partido que definirá de que son capaces los Dallas Cowboys del 2017.

Pero primero que nada, los Cowboys se tienen que preocupar por un partido que puede resultar siendo un juego “trampa.” Un juego trampa, es cuando un equipo tiene una semana muy importante por venir (Seahawks) y subestima al rival (Raiders) que tiene enfrente dentro de los próximos días.

Sobre todo cuando es de visita, estos partidos pueden resultar siendo peligrosos en la NFL y realmente, en todos los niveles de football americano.

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Oakland Raiders Derek Carr (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Y sí, los Raiders han tenido una temporada muy decepcionante en la que ni Derek Carr ni Amari Cooper han sido lo que se esperaba, pero Derek Carr es un QB que puede echarse al equipo a los hombros en cualquier momento.

Todos pueden tener una mala temporada, y ese ha sido el caso para el #4 de Oakland. Sin embargo, si los Cowboys mantienen el partido cerrado en el cuarto cuarto, Derek Carr puede demostrar que tan peligroso es.

Con jugadores clave como Khalil Mack, que por cierto tendrá una batalla épica con La’el Collins, es un juego que no es tan fácil como parece. Sí, los Raiders tienen un récord de 6-7. ¿Y? Los Cowboys tienen un récord de 7-6. Es mejor, claro. ¿Pero realmente es tan bueno como para pensar que será una victoria fácil?

Podemos criticar a Jason Garrett por muchas cosas, pero una de las cosas que no podemos criticarlo, es la motivación que le da a los jugadores. A pesar de muchos reportes acerca de que los jugadores “estaban molestos” con los coaches, definitivamente no han jugado como si se hubieran rendido en su entrenador.

No creo que los Cowboys pierdan el domingo. Pero esperemos que no sólo ganen en la noche, sino que obtengan victorias indirectas alrededor de la NFC.

Tell me what you think about “Cowboys en Español: ¿Combinaciones Para Playoffs?, ¿Juego Trampa vs Raiders?” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Is 3-3 Without Ezekiel Elliott A Win For Dallas?

Kevin Brady

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Cowboys 2017 Roster Projection: Preseason Week 2
Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s funny how quickly perception can change in the NFL.

A little over two weeks ago, the sky was falling on the Dallas Cowboys. They had just been blown out three straight times, twice at home and twice against direct NFC playoff competitors. Cowboys Nation wanted firings – whether that meant head coach Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, Rod Marinelli, or all of the above.

Dak Prescott couldn’t survive without Ezekiel Elliott, and all of the change made to the defense was beginning to be called a failure by the masses.

Fast forward to this week. The Cowboys have now been the deliverers of butt-kickings the last two weeks, and now sit at 7-6 with an outside chance at a playoff spot. And while the team looked like a complete mess without Elliott previously, a win Sunday would put them at 3-3 over the course of the Pro Bowl running back’s suspension.

And is that really all that bad?

Heading into the suspension, most fans probably would’ve taken 3-3 without Elliott and 8-6 overall. Most fans would’ve though that would put the Cowboys right in the thick of the things in the NFC playoff hunt. And most would’ve assumed we’d be happy with an 8-6 Cowboys team.

Unfortunately, 8-6 most likely won’t be good enough in this year’s playoff race. Especially considering the return of Aaron Rodgers and previous losses to both the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons. Plus, the entire NFC South has been fantastic this season (besides Tampa Bay) and two teams from the West look legit as well.

So maybe this just isn’t the Cowboys’ year. But, the success of other teams in the conference shouldn’t cloud our perception of what the Cowboys have done this season if they were to win Sunday night. A win over the Raiders this week would qualify the team’s handling of the Elliott suspension as a “success” of sorts (in terms of on the field, at least) in my opinion.

They would have kept themselves alive in a deep NFC playoff race, discovered a legitimate offensive weapon in Rod Smith, maintained a solid rushing attack over the majority of the six games, and allowed for some real growth from their young quarterback Dak Prescott.

I know the first three games of the suspension were awful, and a team with the talent of the Cowboys shouldn’t be losing that way three times in a row, or three times in a season at all. But, something should be said about how the team has weathered that storm, and kept themselves above water in this competitive conference.

But, of course, the result Sunday night could change all of this if the Cowboys come out and lay an egg in Oakland, effectively ending their season before Zeke even gets back. In that case we will more vividly remember the three horrific losses in which the team was out-coached and embarrassed. But, still those games should be remembered regardless of Sunday’s outcome.

So maybe success is a bit of a strong word.

This week’s game is not only a huge one in terms of the 2017 playoff race, but also may be an important one for determining what the 2018 Cowboys will look like.

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