Connect with us

Player News

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

Jess Haynie

Published

on

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!

Advertisement
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!”

Player News

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

Mauricio Rodriguez

Published

on

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.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?" 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!


Continue Reading

Player News

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

Sean Martin

Published

on

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.

https://twitter.com/thejaylonsmith/status/964606764619624453

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.

Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense? 3

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.

Tell us what you think about "Watch: Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Goes Bowling for First Time Since College Injury" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


Continue Reading

Player News

Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats

Mauricio Rodriguez

Published

on

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 NFL.com, 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.

Tell me what you think about "Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats" 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!


Continue Reading

Reader Survey

Want to help make Inside The Star better?

We’re collecting feedback from our readers about the site. It only takes <2 minutes to complete, and can be done from any device.

> Take the survey now

Don’t worry, your information will not be shared with anyone but me (Bryson T.).




Enjoy 40% commissions on officially licensed products as a FanPrint affiliate. You can even make your own, fully licensed Cowboys and player designs! Get started here

Trending