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

Mauricio Rodriguez

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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!

Tell me what you think about "Moving On From Tony Romo, This Is Dak Prescott’s Era" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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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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Time to see What Darius Jackson can do as Zeke’s Backup?

Brian Martin

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Will RB Darius Jackson Stick With Cowboys Second Time Around?

I hate to say it because I really like Rod Smith, but I think it may be time for the Dallas Cowboys to reevaluate the running back position as it pertains to Ezekiel Elliott's primary backup. Smith just hasn't been good this year, which is why I think it may be time to see what Darius Jackson can do if given the opportunity.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not suggesting the Dallas Cowboys move on from Rod Smith or demote him right now, but I would promote Darius Jackson from the practice squad to the active roster as insurance in case something were to happen to Zeke. It just seems the right time to make that move after #21's injury scare Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Eagles.

You may have forgotten, but Ezekiel Elliott had to spend some time in the medical tent Sunday against the Eagles. He was luckily able to return to the game not long after, but it did shine a spotlight on Rod Smith and the lack of depth behind him.

Despite how much I like Rod Smith, and I do, he just hasn't been the same player this season as he was last year as Zeke's fill-in. He is just not running with any kind of authority and has been too apt to run east and west instead of north and south. I think it's one of the reasons why the Cowboys have continued to give Zeke such a heavy workload, despite him being banged up.

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Dallas Cowboys RB Rod Smith

Now, Rod Smith did look a little better against the Eagles, but I still believe it would be wise for the Cowboys to promote Darius Jackson to the active roster. Having more depth at such a physically demanding position is just smart football.

With the Dallas Cowboys playoff spot all but secured, it might be time to start thinking about lightening Ezekiel Elliott's workload just a little bit. Whether it's Rod Smith or Darius Jackson, the Cowboys have to find someone who can step in and be productive.

Rod Smith has had his opportunities this year, but hasn't really been able to capitalize like we believed he could. It might be time to turn to Darius Jackson, a fan favorite, who unfortunately just hasn't been able to prove what he can do as of yet in a meaningful game. I think it's time we change that.

As much as I like Rod Smith, I might like Darius Jackson just a little bit more. I think he is kind of like a poor man's Ezekiel Elliott. He is just as athletically gifted and can be a threat as both a runner and a receiver out of the backfield. He just needs the opportunity to prove it.

There's really no way of knowing if I'm right or wrong about this, but I believe he is worthy of a roster spot on game day if nothing else. I'd rather have him and not need him then need him and not have him.

Do you think it's time to see what Darius Jackson can do?



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Cowboys Lassoing NFC East Title as NFC Dark Horse

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Well don’t look now but the Dallas Cowboys are in control of their division and anything short of a catastrophic collapse will see them hosting the first round of the playoffs. Dallas strengthened their grip on the NFC East by knocking off a divisional rival and the reigning Super Bowl champions with a 29-23 overtime win over the Eagles.

Those who have a favorite online sportsbook and wagered on the Cowboys were ecstatic to see Dak Prescott hit Amari Cooper for a 15-yard touchdown pass in overtime, thus covering the 3 ½ point impost that oddsmakers hung on Dallas.

The Cowboys have now won five consecutive games, with three of those over divisional opponents Philadelphia (twice) and Washington. But before we celebrate, we must consider that there's still a mathematical possibility of either Philadelphia or Washington stealing the division crown away from the Cowboys.

The Giants' only hope is an outside shot at a wildcard berth if they win outright but they've been eliminated from contending for a division title due to their 1-4 record against NFC East teams.

Essentially, all the Cowboys must do is win one of their three remaining games in order to celebrate a division crown. If Philadelphia or Washington loses any of their three games they will be out due to tie breakers that go in the Cowboys’ favor.

As of this moment, the Redskins are a disaster with no one under center to captain their rudderless ship, and the Eagles must defeat the Rams in LA, which would be considered a stunning upset seeing as any reputable online sportsbook is offering the Rams as 9 ½ point favorites as of this writing; then they must win at home against Houston and on the road against the Redskins.

Of course, the Cowboys are counting only on themselves to reel in the division title and with games at Indianapolis, home against the Bucs, and wrapping their season in New Jersey against the Giants, at least one win seems likely.

The addition of Amari Cooper to the Dallas offensive arsenal has been a game-changer as the former Oakland Raider hauled in 10 of 13 targets for 217 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner last Sunday against Philadelphia. He was the top-tier receiver Prescott had been lacking and his presence on the field improves both the passing game and running game by virtue of his dynamic playmaking abilities. Ezekiel Elliott has eclipsed the century mark in rushing yards in four of the six games since Cooper has been on the Cowboys roster.

Furthermore, Dallas has averaged 24.4 points per game over their last five wins with Cooper in the lineup, which is more than five points improved from where they were prior to their winning streak without him in a Dallas uniform.

In addition, Prescott has morphed from a game manager at 202 passing yards per game to a game breaker as evidenced by his 285.7 passing yard average in six games with his new target at his disposal.

Ultimately, the Cowboys will be tasked with turning all of this good mojo into a deep run into the postseason. We can now confidently say that there is one other team to consider besides the Rams, Bears, and Saints as this year’s NFC entrant into the Super Bowl. However, Dak Prescott will need to eliminate turnovers and interceptions if Dallas is truly going to contend against the powerhouses they will face in the playoffs.

Last Sunday, Prescott caught fire in the fourth quarter and ended with 455 yards passing, connecting on 42 of 54 passes with three touchdowns, but his two interceptions were converted into nine points by Philadelphia. As we move forward, Prescott will need to lead right from the get-go and understand that one poor decision can cost his team what is now a realistic shot at a championship season.



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Cowboys en Español: Sí, Amari Cooper Lo Valió

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cuando los Dallas Cowboys sorprendieron a la NFL mandando una selección de primera ronda por el receptor Amari Cooper de los Oakland Raiders, la respuesta fue muy dividida. Al final de cuentas, Cooper estaba pasando por una temporada bastante mala junto a su equipo. Sus números iban en decline y muchos habían perdido la fe en la ex-estrella de la universidad de Alabama y cuarta selección global en el NFL Draft del 2015.

Pero sorpresa, sorpresa. Desde que se unió a las filas de los Dallas Cowboys, Amari Cooper ha demostrado que la decisión que tomaron los Jones fue una muy buena.

En esta liga, es muy complicado justificar el deshacerse de un pick de primera ronda.

Estamos hablando de la oportunidad de tomar a un novato joven con muchísimo potencial para convertirse en un jugador calibre All-Pro en algún punto de su carrera. No es fácil renunciar a una posibilidad así en esta liga. Sin embargo, Amari Cooper no ha hecho más que justificar el trade por parte de los Cowboys. Si continúa así, al final de la temporada podríamos estar hablando de que Dallas pagó de menos por él.

Es importante recalcar que Amari Cooper tiene 24 años de edad. Para el NFL Draft del 2019, los mejores prospectos en esta posición tienen a lo mucho cuatro años menos. A.J. Brown de Ole Miss tendrá 21 años cuando pise el emparrillado por primera vez en la NFL.

Y no, ninguno de estos receptores está cerca del nivel de talento con el que cuenta Cooper.

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¿Qué tan grande ha sido el impacto de Amari Cooper?

Desde la semana 9, cuando los Cowboys consiguieron a Cooper, este ha tenido 30 recepciones. 23 de las cuales han resultado en un primer down o en un touchdown. Es el receptor con más atrapadas en tercera oportunidad. Podríamos hablar de las grandes estadísticas que el wide receiver ha conseguido vistiendo la estrella individualmente. Pero realmente, ha tenido un impacto en la ofensiva entera.

Desde su llegada, los Cowboys son el tercer mejor equipo en porcentaje de pases completos, el segundo en yardas después de la recepción y el tercero a la hora de convertir terceras oportunidades y mover las cadenas.

Simple y sencillamente, ha tenido un impacto que ningún otro novato del 2019 hubiera tenido en este equipo. Si, los Cowboys tendrán que pagarle una extensión cara en el futuro, pero cuando este sea el caso, lo habrá valido.

Amari Cooper es el ejemplo perfecto de porque la NFL es un deporte de equipo. Con los Raiders, todos lo tachaban como un jugador que ya no era bueno e iba para abajo. Pero bajo los Dallas Cowboys, se ve como un jugador que promete mucho para esta joven franquicia que necesitaba un verdadero #1 en la posición de wide receiver.

La ofensiva de los Cowboys tiene mucho talento. Es cuestión de mejorar en zona roja para que Dallas sea una amenaza bastante considerable en los playoffs de la NFL.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Sí, Amari Cooper Lo Valió" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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