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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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BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year

Mauricio Rodriguez

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For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.

Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.

In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.

Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.

The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.

Tell me what you think about "BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year" 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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Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

Sean Martin

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Cowboys 2016 Draft Class: Who Will Be The Stand Out In 2017?
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When Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten retired from the NFL last month, he left behind an unproven group of tight ends for the Cowboys to field as Witten moves on to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. This is not a TE group short of potential, although that's nothing new for the laundry list of players that have failed at the position behind the Hall of Fame bound Witten.

Headlining this group of potential heirs to Witten has to be 2016 draft pick Rico Gathers. Not yet given the same opportunities that Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are receiving through the Cowboys ongoing mini camp, Gathers has been criticized for his commitment to his team.

Looking to make the transition from the basketball court at Baylor to the football field, Gathers' journey began at Witten's soon-to-be home forever. Playing his first organized football game since middle school, Gathers and Witten were teammates in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio in 2017.

A game rarely leaving fans with a lasting memories, Gathers immediately flashed potential in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Gathers would go on to spend the season on IR after a concussion suffered in practice, recovering from it in time to return but never seeing the field.

This leaves Gathers' prospects of putting it all together in year three at a difficult crossroads. It will be hard to question Gathers' commitment moving forward, as the message from his former teammate Jason Witten still lives with him.

Jason Witten's Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

If Witten truly sees a "bright future" for Rico Gathers, who Head Coach Jason Garrett says needs work in the running game, there is no reason the Cowboys can't find a role for him this season. With an entirely unproven group of wide receivers, Gathers could be the reliable mismatch for Dak Prescott to target in the middle of the field.

Prescott was the ninth worst quarterback in the league last season in red zone completion percentage, surely something the 6'6" TE Gathers could help improve.

Gathers may be a long way off from becoming Prescott's version of Witten to Tony Romo, but there is still hope for the 2016 draft pick, according to now football analyst Jason Witten.

Tell us what you think about "Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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David Irving to be Present at Dallas Cowboys Minicamp

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David Irving has been a notable name throughout the offseason for the Dallas Cowboys, for both on the field and off the field headlines. First, his RFA tender had fans and analysts wondering just what the Cowboys would do with him. Many, myself included, thought placing anything lower than a first-round tender on the stud defensive tackle would mean he was collecting sacks for someone else in 2018.

Thankfully, the Dallas Cowboys' gamble paid off and they were able to save some money by only having the second-round tender applied to 2018.

Then came the accusation of domestic violence from his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child, catching us off-guard just before OTAs began in May. Which was then retracted not long after the initial report.

After all of that had quieted down, most of the talk revolved around David Irving not being in shape for OTAs. Not having been around for much of the offseason work the last several weeks before OTAs would keep Irving from working out.

He's had a lot going on in his life lately away from the game of football, and understandably so. As a father to a young child, I can see how you'd get distracted from your job when family stuff comes into play that affects the well-being of your child.

On the football side of things, at least, we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

Today, it's being reported that David Irving will in fact be present for this week's mandatory minicamp.

Brandon George on Twitter

Also, the Cowboys expect DL David Irving to participate in the 3-day mandatory minicamp that begins today at The Star, a source said. The Cowboys could have both Irving and RG Zack Martin back on the practice field if Martin's contract extension gets finalized this morning.

You may be asking yourself, "what's the big deal? Irving isn't Aaron Donald."

Well, you're mostly right.

Perhaps next to Donald, David Irving was the most disruptive interior player in the NFL last season. David Irving had seven sacks in the eight games he played in.

Read that again. Seven sacks in eight games. That would be 14 sacks over the course of the season if that pace were to continue to play out.

Aaron Donald had 11 sacks in 2017.

Pro Football Focus rated David Irving as its third best pass rusher among interior defensive linemen.

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Dominant interior defenders.

To go along with Irving's seven sacks in eight games -- every time I read that I'm floored -- he recorded six passes defended. That was good for second in the NFL at the defensive tackle position and was second on the Dallas Cowboys.

Again, in only eight games played.

Even if you were to pace out his tackle numbers over 16 games, they aren't very spectacular -- 26 solo and 18 assisted -- but he'd still finish in the top 30 among defensive tackles.

Only two other players in the NFL had seven or more sacks and six or more pass breakups; New Orleans Saints Defensive End Cameron Jordan and Cincinnati Bengals Defensive End Carlos Dunlap. Both of those guys played in all 16 games and, while I hate to keep bringing this up, Irving only played in eight.

He's an elite interior defender who has only gotten better since joining Rod Marinelli and the Dallas Cowboys.

If he's able to get his personal life in order -- and that most assuredly comes first -- he's going to be a wrecking ball for the Dallas Cowboys defensive line.

Getting Zack Martin's contract extension completed was probably the most important task of the summer, but getting David Irving back into the practice fold is a close second.

With him and DeMarcus Lawrence coming off a tremendous 2017, the sky is the limit for those two in 2018.

With all the improvement that was made on the defensive side of the ball, I can't help but think of the sign that Greg Hardy paid for several years ago.

"Sacks Comin'."



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