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Tony Romo: “Dak… Has Earned the Right to be Our QB”

Jess Haynie

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Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys QB Issue That's Really A Nonissue

In a press conference this afternoon, Tony Romo spoke to the media for the first time since being sidelined with a back injury. In an immediately somber tone, he told the gathered media that he would not take questions and had a prepared statement.

For a few moments, as he reflected on the emotional difficulty of dealing with another major injury and feeling like an "outsider" from the team, I began to think that Romo might be announcing his retirement. There was no questioning the sadness in his voice.

However, no definitive statement about his future came. Tony Romo quickly turned the focus from himself to Dak Prescott, fully endorsing him as the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.

"He's earned the right to be our quarterback. As hard as that is for me to say..."

This was raw honesty. This wasn't Tony Romo reading the company line but speaking from the heart. He didn't hide from the harsh reality of losing his job, perhaps forever, and the end of his era as the Cowboys quarterback.

Romo will still be on the sideline, and perhaps his Cowboys legacy has another chapter left to be written. However, with every camera pointed at him today, Tony made sure to put the team first.

"I think you all know something magical is happening to our team."

"Magic" and "Tony Romo" have been in the same sentence many times. While Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are going to get the most credit for this year's success, there is no question that Romo's influence is a huge part of the magic. His attitude and controversy-avoiding handling of this situation have helped facilitate the success of his young teammates.

Once you get past the sad tone he spoke in, Tony Romo's magic was still plain to see. One reason he is so beloved today is that he's never done anything to misrepresent the Dallas Cowboys. He's never chased the spotlight and never shirked blame when it was due. He has lived and breathed the franchise quarterback role as professionally as you can.

Even if he never throws another ball in a Cowboys uniform, Tony showed today how much he still helps this team. He just completed his best pass of 2016; handing the torch to Dak Prescott with every bit of class that was humanly possible.

Whether you've been #TeamDak or #TeamRomo, today should tell you exactly what we all need to do. Let's huddle up, CowboysNation. Say it with me.

One... Two... Three...

COWBOYS!



Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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11 Comments
  • http://www.beirutwedding.org Bobby Bermea

    I hope nobody who was on the Dak train gloats. Romo deserves better than that.

  • https://plus.google.com/111684658631344877598 chrisp tovar

    what a trooper, what class ur the best Romo

  • Mike

    Dak will join kaepernick and rg3. Without Elliott this garbage QB is nothing. Good luck Romo.

  • Matt

    Agree with Mike. Dak had done well but is nothing more than a lucky rookie. People say Romo never one 8 in a row! Wekl, he has won 7 in a row but he never had Zeke, either. Hell, Matt Cassell would look pretty good on this team. ROMO is our QB. What the hell is wrong with everybody?

  • https://insidethestar.com/cowboys-headlines/tony-romo-dak-has-earned-the-right-to-be-our-qb/#comments Charles

    I am a long time Cowboys fan, and always will be but have to say I’m disgusted on how the Romo situation has been handled. Romo has given everything to this franchise and they put him on the shelf without giving him a chance. Everyone says he’s never won the big one. Well he’s never had the supporting cast that Dak has had from the beginning either. I haven’t seen this much disrespect toward a long time member since they ran Tom Landry out of town.

  • https://plus.google.com/111749728857317895542 Shelly Saucedo

    I am very saddened, I agree with everything that was said from the comments,, Given the near perfect cast of players, Romo would be a shining star as well! It sucks he was sold out, I guess the moral to this story is…You can toss loyality and integrity out the window as long as you are winning! You are a true gentleman, Tony Romo!

  • USMC- Bruce

    Misplaced Loyalty! Tony Romo had 10 years to prove him self and 2 playoff wins, gunslinger mentality, not making his teammates better, not spreading the ball, throwing interceptions in crucial games, You must like average football vs total team football.

    • https://plus.google.com/111749728857317895542 Shelly Saucedo

      I agree that we have a great team right now,, everything seems to be clicking, but you are blaming Tony for the team being mediocre, well everyone has a job to do on the team, if that doesn’t happen, or if the team is riddled with injuries, the team is not going to be successful, duh! Plus he doesn’t make the play calls. You are giving all the credit to Prescott for the success of the whole team, when it is actually THE TEAM!, the Cowboys don’t just have 2 players, Prescott and Elliott, the success belongs to all who play, and do their job!

      • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

        This has got to be the smartest comment I’ve ever read on ITS. Thank you for sharing, Shelly. It seems people never get it; one player does not make a team.

        • https://plus.google.com/111749728857317895542 Shelly Saucedo

          Thank you,, I am not taking anything away from Prescott, or Elliott, but the O-line is doing a stellar job protecting Dak, yet they aren’t the talk of the town,, and what about the strength of the defence? It just so happens, this is a year where everybody shines! Any decent quarterback would look pristine given all those positive circumstances.. I am truly sad for Tony,, All his time being a core attribute to the Cowboys should mean something!!! Shame on you Jerry Jones,, I thought Tony was your golden child,, ? Oh, you meant only until somebod better came along

  • Mike Young

    Why do these comments have to be made? Suck it up! This move is not about Tony Romo. Just ask Jason Garrett. This is all about the Dallas Cowboys. “How ’bout them Cowboys!”

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Could Cowboys DT Datone Jones Earn Starting Role with Maliek Collins Out?

Sean Martin

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Could Cowboys DT Datone Jones Earn Starting Role with Maliek Collins Out?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle Maliek Collins is out for Sunday's game at the Seahawks with a sprained knee, further opening the door for Datone Jones to earn his spot among the "Hot Boyz". The moniker given to the Cowboys front seven this season, the team's depth up front has been a strength in totaling nine sacks through two games.

Last season, Datone Jones was a part of this rotation late in the year. Coming on strong at the 3T position while Maliek Collins played at the 1T, Jones is the type of versatile defender with veteran experience that Rod Marinelli can get the most out of.

Returning from a knee injury himself, Jones may take some time to be the disruptive interior player we saw at the end of 2017. Through two games, the Cowboys had played Collins at his original position of 3T, with Antwaun Woods doing more than enough to continue playing at 1T.

This potentially makes Collins and Jones two players fighting for one spot. Collins followed up his performance at the Panthers with a sack of Cam Newton by constantly playing in the Giants' backfield last week.

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Guessing that means no Irving, I'd say Tyrone Crawford then Antwaun Woods. I have high hopes for Datone Jones once he returns though. https://t.co/9frjFK2J9J

A player determined to not let his team's misuse slow down his progress, after an incredible rookie season at 3T, Collins is returning from his second broken foot in three years.

Through his five years in the NFL, Jones has only played a full 16 games once.

The most games Datone has started in a season is four. Maliek Collins should like his chances of playing over Jones once both are healthy, and the Cowboys should be equally thrilled with the opportunity to keep both fresh in rotation.

Following Sunday's game in Seattle and next week against the Lions, the Cowboys can return David Irving from suspension to play all over their defensive line - his best position also being at three technique.

Without the wealth of talent they now have at all four positions up front, the Cowboys have had too many bodies to fill similar roles in the past. Thanks to the addition of Kris Richard along with strong edge play from Taco Charlton and rookie Dorance Armstrong, the Cowboys defensive line can do no wrong in 2018, and using Jones in week three and beyond should only add to this.

The Cowboys biggest key to success against the Seahawks will be containing Russell Wilson. Pressuring him in his face to collapse the pocket gives Dallas a chance to really slow the Seahawks offense, something they'll be relying on Jones to help them do as DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory also work with favorable match ups at defensive end.

Tell us what you think about "Could Cowboys DT Datone Jones Earn Starting Role with Maliek Collins Out?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams Facing Multi-Game Suspension

Jess Haynie

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An arrest last May for public intoxication may finally result in a suspension for Dallas Cowboys Receiver Terrance Williams.

David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, who reported the pending suspension, outlined the details of Williams' case. Charges were ultimately dropped once Terrance completed an alcohol education course and paid damages to the city.

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Sources: Cowboys WR Terrance Williams faces suspension stemming from May arrest for public intoxication https://t.co/3RmwQOllim via @sportsdaydfw

However, as Cowboys fans know too well, the NFL reserves the right to suspend players under the Personal Conduct Policy regardless of legal outcomes. The 2017 season was marred by the league's persecution of Ezekiel Elliott for domestic violence despite no arrests or charges coming from any legal or police entity.

In Williams' case, there's no dispute of his guilt. It is unlikely he will appeal any decision the NFL makes.

The potential that Terrance will be missing for 2-4 games helps explain the Cowboys' move earlier this week to bring back WR Brice Butler. With both currently active, Dallas has an unusually high seven receivers on their 53-man roster.

It's already Friday, so the suspension is doubtful to come for this week's game in Seattle. But Terrance could easily be one of the seven inactive players on game day, having received the fewest snaps of any Cowboys WR last week against the Giants.

We'll see soon enough, likely as soon as next week, just what the league has in store for Terrance Williams.



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Report: Dallas Cowboys to Sign Free Agent Wide Receiver Brice Butler

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The Dallas Cowboys look to be making a move at the wide receiver position as they attempt to bring some life to the position. No they aren't trading for Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon, but bringing back former Wide Receiver Brice Butler.

According to a report from Saad Yousuf from The Athletic, the Dallas Cowboys are set to resign the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver but first have to release someone from the 53-man roster.

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Cowboys officials are in the process of signing wide receiver Brice Butler, multiple sources tell @TheAthleticDFW. The team has to make a roster move to bring Butler onto the 53 and is trying to decide whom to release to make room for Butler before a final decision is made.

Brice Butler was signed in the offseason by the Arizona Cardinals but was released after training camp. It was a surprising move for the Cardinals. They don't have a ton of wide receiver depth aside from future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald.

Butler's caught 73 passes on 133 targets for 1,177 yards and eight touchdowns in his five career. In 36 games with the Dallas Cowboys Brice Butler caught 43 passes on 81 targets for 794 yards and six touchdowns. In his time in Dallas, he averaged 18.5 yards per reception.

He never really got a lot of playing time with the Dallas Cowboys who had Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley and Jason Witten on the team for the duration of his time in Dallas. The Cowboys coaching staff placed a higher premium on Terrance Williams' run blocking than Butler's big play ability.

To the coaching staff's credit, Butler was never a consistent enough player to be relied upon week in and week out. In 2017, his last season in Dallas, Brice Butler was never targeted more than three times a game and he never caught more than two passes a game. Butler, however, only played 24.51% of the Dallas Cowboys' offensive snaps in 2017.

If the Dallas Cowboys do make this move it's at a curious time. Sources tell 247 Sports' Mike Fisher that the Dallas Cowboys have zero interest at the moment in Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon. You'd think their lack of interest would be because they still like the wide receiver room as it is.

If they do complete the signing of Brice Butler, you'd have to expect that Deonte Thompson would be the wide receiver on the chopping block. They cut him at the end of the preseason and then brought him back during week one.

This signing is unlikely to have an impact on the Dallas Cowboys week two matchup with the New York Giants, but will probably be completed early Monday to get Butler to Frisco to begin preparing for their week three matchup.

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I don't think this is a move that makes a lot of sense for the Dallas Cowboys. They've been down that road before and haven't received the results they wanted. Brice Butler does offer some big play ability, but it was thought that is why they brought in Deonte Thompson and Tavon Austin. Is it possible the Dallas Cowboys are already down on those two players after one game? They wouldn't be bringing Butler back if they didn't have plans for him.

Good or bad, do you think bringing Brice Butler back is the right move for the Dallas Cowboys?



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