I’ve held my tongue since Tony Romo’s press conference this past Tuesday. That’s when he announced to the world he would step aside, for now, and do what’s best for the team by not becoming a distraction.
Romo was noticeably shaken up and emotional throughout the process, and you couldn’t help but feel at least a little bit heartbroken for him. He’s been the face of the Dallas Cowboys franchise for more than a decade and has given everything he could to make the organization as competitive as possible.
I don’t know about you, but I felt as if Romo was kind of being tossed aside, that this entire situation was handled poorly by Jerry Jones and the coaching staff.
They didn’t really leave Tony any other choice.
They weren’t going to allow him to compete with Dak Prescott to win the starting gig back. That could have created inner-turmoil and proved to be a giant distraction. Distraction is the last thing this, or any, team needs with the way they’re playing.
So, they really put Tony Romo in a no-win situation. He did the only thing he could, he swallowed his pride and stepped aside for the betterment of the Dallas Cowboys organization and his teammates.
This heartbreaking situation could’ve been avoided if Jerry Jones and the coaching staff had handled things differently to begin with.
It’s almost as if they were dangling a carrot in front of Romo while he was rehabbing. Each week that carrot started to get closer and closer until it was finally within reach, only to be yanked away once he was ready and able to grab it.
Honestly, I blame the euphoria everyone has felt this season for why this entire situation wasn’t addressed earlier. I guess Randy Gregory isn’t the only one who likes the euphoria that comes from riding on a high.
I think we all pretty much knew Dak Prescott would remain the starting quarterback coming out of the bye week. Yeah, you could say everyone was waiting to see if Romo would get back to 100%, and then see what he looked like in practice, but the odds were already against him.
Honestly, I would have named Prescott the starter coming out of the bye. That way it would have shut down the media from continuously bringing up the subject and also given Romo as much time as he needed to get back to 100%, which would allow Prescott to focus on the task at hand.
Instead, the coaching staff/Jerry Jones allowed the media circus to continue creating somewhat of a distraction because that’s all anyone wanted to talk about. It forced Tony Romo to step up and put the team on his back once again.
Now don’t get me wrong. Dak Prescott is the future of this organization. He’s been playing better than anyone ever envisioned during Romo’s absence, but Tony Romo is still the better QB at this point.
It’s easy to dismiss Tony Romo’s success as the Cowboys QB1 now that Prescott is playing like the future signal-caller for the Cowboys. But don’t forget, Romo is a just one year removed from leading the NFL in completion percentage (69.9) and passer rating (113.2), while leading the team to the 2014 NFC East title.
Prescott may have this offense playing really good right now, but I truly believe Tony Romo would take them to an even higher level, especially in the passing game.
Tony Romo can make plays Dak Prescott simply can’t at this point in his career.
There have been several instances where Prescott has missed seeing a wide-open receiver down the field, instead choosing to check it down underneath. Fortunately, this is something Prescott will learn as he gains more experience, but that’s where Romo has the advantage and why I think he makes this offense better right now.
I don’t blame the Cowboys for wanting to ride the hot-hand right now, I just believe this entire situation could’ve been handled better. Tony Romo deserved better from the organization.
Who knows, maybe we haven’t seen the last of him this season…
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