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What Dak Prescott Has Made Me Realize About Being a Cowboys Fan

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"Dak Prescott has earned the right to be our quarterback, as hard as that is for me to say." - Tony Romo

With these words, along with many other powerful statements made by Tony Romo in his address to the media yesterday, a changing of the guard happened at the most scrutinized position in sports - quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.

Out was Tony Romo, the man who embodied this scrutiny over the course of a decade as this team's starter - rising to the occasion each time to keep America's Team relevant through some tough stretches.

In was Dak Prescott, an almost mythical rookie who's said all the right things over the course of his nine starts, including the constant reiteration that this was in fact Tony's team. Now, it is his team, because Romo himself has seen enough in the fourth round draft pick.

Not only was this a tough pill to swallow for Cowboys Nation, and the football community alike, but it was a moment in time that brought me to a greater realization when it comes to the amazing football team I've cheered for since coming into this world on the day they won Super Bowl XXX.

I love Tony Romo, but more importantly, I love the Dallas Cowboys. You CAN (and should) love both. 

Tony Romo has always been my quarterback. He always will be my quarterback. There is simply no way to rightfully put into words how much his presence on this team has meant to me, as the only quarterback I've known growing up a Cowboys fan.

For the longest time, the Dallas Cowboys were my football team, and they were Romo's team - making Romo my quarterback that I would fight to the death to defend. Now, Dak Prescott's team is still my team - and they always will be.

Prescott has this team in first place, and I've enjoyed every second of this truly remarkable 2016 season thus far. I've realized that, because of my clear love for Romo, I've overlooked other greats like Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, or DeMarcus Ware.

For a while, those stars were all just part of Tony Romo's team. They helped Tony Romo win, instead of helping their team win.

Now, 53 players call themselves Dallas Cowboys, and I can proudly say I support them all as members of my football team. Anyone that runs out onto a football field with the greatest logo in the world strapped on their head has my full support, not just Romo.

It is perfectly alright to irrationally love Tony Romo more than any other athlete you've ever respected. I've certainly been there and done that. It is also in your best interest to love any quarterback that can win games as the starter in Dallas, which Prescott is certainly doing right now.

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I am a firm believer that we are all part of teams throughout our life. You have your family, your classmates, your co-workers, and friends. These teams often work best as a cohesive unit that understands their roles on the team.

Tony Romo, one of the greatest players to ever wear the star, reduced his role on his team to a backup QB behind Prescott - in the best interest of this team.

I support Tony Romo's decision, and now I support Dak Prescott as the starting quarterback of my football team. Tony was right, he deserves this.

Let's go beat the Ravens. For Tony Romo. For Dak Prescott. For America's Team.

Tell us what you think about "What Dak Prescott Has Made Me Realize About Being a Cowboys Fan" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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15 Comments
  • Mike

    Well said. Like you I’m a big Romo fan. But I will not jump on the wagon with the rest of the bandwagoners. Dak came in at a perfect time. Came in with the #1 offensive line and and a great running back. Cadillac for Dak.

    • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

      Thank you so much, Mike. Was hoping that these words would resonate to people besides me. Happy to see they did. Appreciate you reading and responding! Go Cowboys!

  • billy hill

    the thing of it is Tony Romo did not lose the job he had the team to take to the Superbowl and just cuz of the injury Jerry Jones strips him of the right to have won the Superbowl as a cowboy over the 14 he did not have the team and players around him to take him to the Superbowl and that was not his fault so hope Jerry Jones is happy with his his decision Romo win a Superbowl as a cowboy much love and respect for Romo not Jerry Jones

  • billy hill

    I think Jerry Jones is making one biggest mistakes he has ever made as owner and GM he’s going to do to Romo thing of it what goes around comes around and I hope for Jerry it’s a big pallet crap it hit. Him right in the Jerry Jones will be sorry he did this to Romo Romo is a good guy and teammate but it should think of yourself first that’s that’s what Jerry Jones is doing he still trying to be Romo’s buddy but it needs to take the knife out of his back before he says he loves Romo and cares about him so I hope Jerry Jones sleeps real good at night hahaha not really

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

    I have been a die hard Cowboys fan for 47 years through the good and bad. Saying that I’m disgusted as to how the Romo situation has been handled by management and the coaching staff. Don’t get me wrong I really like Dak and truly believe that he’s the future. I do believe he did get lucky, coming in at the perfect time. It’s unknown how many championships Tony could have brought the Cowboys if he had this much talent around him. So much for not losing your job because of injury. Guess we will never really know how explosive this offense would have been with Romo’s knowledge of the offense and ability to push the ball down the field. GO COWBOYS!!

    • Gary Barrett

      We have a body of work on what Romo could do w/this offense and we’re in better shape w/a qb that isn’t so inclined to throw it to the other team. Romo was Danny White w/a little better engine but he never was Troy or Roger. Dak looks like he could take the boys where Romo never really could. Go Cowboys

      • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

        Go Cowboys is right, although I still think Romo is potentially the greatest QB in team history. Happy to have Dak here too. Appreciate the reply.

      • billy hill

        I’ve never said that didn’t like Dak just Romo have spent the last 10 years getting the hell beat out of him open Sunday J will get smart enough the tribe build a team around him that could win he’s gave his body up he’s always been super loyal to the team he doesn’t get in trouble because I help people in the community was helping him fix flats when it’s snowing or a hard and I slip off the highway I’ll help him push your car back on the road what you should have done cuz he could hurt his hands back four legs that was the end of his career we try to do everything I can to be right and did good in his community then people s*** on him that’s one young guy comes in its Lucky for the time being after playing the Ravens it might not look that good he’s played subpar defenses he’s had five to eight seconds in the pocket all the time so don’t tell me he’s a god he might be a future the right now Romo is a prism they deserve a chance at the Superbowl are you pressurize intake stick your head up Jason Garrett Steve Jones and Jerry Jones butt and kiss off

  • billy hill

    this weekend we’ll see how good Dak really is when he has to face number one defense in the NFL right now there’s a guy defense it loves to hit quarterbacks he said Dak has been too comfortable in the pocket with no pressure he wants to see how good he is when he does get pressure and get hit so I think Dak might be in for a long day they might really find out what it’s like to play QB in the NFL

  • Mike Young

    The only talent difference between the 2014 team and the 2016 team besides Dak is Zeke. Yet, the 2014 team had a similar rushing attack. The 2014 team didn’t get the job done. Let’s see what happens with this team. The energy and diversity of this is palpable.

  • billy hill

    so you don’t think Romo could take his team and win take him to the playoffs and win the Superbowl when was 10 times the quarterback the Dak is and for people to say you can’t do something like winning Super Bowl is crazy is one of the top quarterbacks let’s play the game say the third highest quarterback rating ever I think Romo could do about anything when he had the right team and he had one this year and now he’s being robbed feel like I said before thank you Jerry Sade’s like a son to you I hate to see what do somebody this just an employee or player or even a family member cuz you’re not very loyal to the people did you say you care about PS I’m not sure I want to be a Cowboy fan anymore because wherever Romo plays this is all root for hope they show more loyalty to him that you do

    • http://twitter.com/IntheClutch75 DaProphet (@IntheClutch75)

      Holy smokes. Do you know what “illegible” means?

      • billy hill

        I guarantee you I guarantee you you give Romo one game to knock the rust off and I’ll guarantee you he will take his team to the Superbowl and when it guaranteed

      • billy hill

        holy smokes do you know what blowing me means if not you can just kiss my ass understand good enough for you probably not dumbass I was kidding about blowing me you probably like it too much I hear you need some kind of rusty from it

  • billy hill

    Everybody says Prescott that’s one of the job outright but how come when Tony asked if he could compete for the job back they said no why does Tony Romo will take his job back they would be proven wrong so all the little heaters you know where the sun don’t shine don’t you stick it

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Travis Frederick Regains Strength in Hands, Influence in Cowboys OL Room

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The Dallas Cowboys are coming off their most impressive win of the season, keeping playoff hopes alive on the road with a 27-20 victory at the Philadelphia Eagles. Entering the hostile home of the defending Super Bowl champions with three previous road losses already on their record, the Cowboys performance on Sunday night was truly about getting back to their roots. In their second week with Marc Colombo as the Offensive Line Coach, the Cowboys rushed for 171 yards and protected Dak Prescott very well. It was revealed after the game that Frederick was on a coaches headset with Colombo and his new assistant Hudson Houck.

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Travis Frederick just told @BenRogers on @1053thefan that Marc Columbo has him on a coaches headset now helping him and Hudson Houck. That's a smart move from Columbo. Smartest guy on the line

The anchor of the Cowboys offensive line since being drafted in 2013, Frederick is regarded as the smartest linemen on the team. It's his mental edge that's made up for a slight lack of size at the position, regarded as one of the worst first round picks in his draft because of this oversight.

Not only is Frederick a welcome addition to the Cowboys brain trust at offensive line, but he did receive some great news on his battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) that's kept him out this season. Frederick was placed on injured reserve on October 6th, announcing publicly his GBS diagnosis on August 22nd.

Frederick has a long way to go before he's playing football again, not eligible to do so until week 14 at home against the Eagles. Regaining feeling in his hands is about the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee getting as healthy as possible away from football. If a return to the Cowboys is possible through his recovery, the team would of course welcome Frederick.

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Travis Frederick regains sensation in his hands: "There is some light at the end of the tunnel" https://t.co/wvQhB6KUQp

What Frederick has gained in upper body strength, he must remain patient for in the lower body. While pointing out that over 95% of patients make a full recovery from GBS, Frederick is still waiting to feel sensations in his feet.

The Cowboys have been optimistic that Frederick's condition was caught early enough for a full recovery to be probable.

Dallas' schedule doesn't get any easier following their uplifting win. Returning to the site of last year's demoralizing loss at the Falcons, Frederick likely wishes he could make a miraculous return just a bit more this week.

To make matters worse, Left Tackle Tyron Smith did not practice on Wednesday due to back spasms. It's unknown if rookie Connor Williams will reclaim his starting left guard spot on Sunday, or if Xavier Su'a-Filo has earned another opportunity.

Despite the patchwork nature of a Cowboys offensive line once regarded as the best in the league, and still vital to the entire team's success, Dallas has an abundance of hope that Sunday in Atlanta can be much better than 2017. This starts with Frederick's strength to fight GBS and attempt to rejoin his teammates, wisely given some added game day influence on them by Colombo.

If elevating their level of play up front was all it took for the Cowboys to play up to their potential and pull off an upset on prime time last week, the NFC East is certainly still within reach for a team that must now sustain the level of play on offense to match what this defense has given all season.

Tell us what you think about "Travis Frederick Regains Strength in Hands, Influence in Cowboys OL Room" 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 Playoff Scenarios; Week 11 Impact Games

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We've reached Week 11 and the playoff picture is continuing to be unveiled. Most of the NFC has seven games to go, and there's still a lot of ways each week can impact the overall landscape.

The Rams and Saints are the clear runaway teams in the conference this year. After them, though, a lot of up for grabs both in division races and the Wild Card spots.

We're not including Detroit and Tampa Bay, both 3-6, given the strong unlikelihood that they will turn things around. Detroit is the worst team in a stacked NFC North and will likely keep losing, and a head-to-head loss to the Cowboys will be tough to overcome. The Bucs can't decide on a quarterback right now and are going nowhere.

If the season ended today, these would be your NFC playoff standings:

  1. Los Angeles Rams (9-1)
  2. New Orleans Saints (8-1)
  3. Chicago Bears (6-3)
  4. Washington Redskins (6-3)
  5. Carolina Panthers (6-3)
  6. Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1)
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  7. Green Bay Packers (4-4-1)
  8. Atlanta Falcons (4-5)
  9. Seattle Seahawks (4-5)
  10. Dallas Cowboys (4-5)
  11. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)

TIEBREAKERS

  • The Bears are ahead of the Redskins thanks to a better record against NFC opponents.
  • The Falcons are ahead of the Seahawks and Cowboys thanks to a superior record against NFC opponents.
  • The Seahawks are ahead of the Cowboys thanks to a head-to-head victory.
  • The Cowboys are ahead of the Eagles thanks to a head-to-head victory.
  • The Eagles' tiebreaker loss to Dallas, because it occurs within the division, drops them below the other 4-5 NFC teams automatically. Their head-to-head win over the Falcons this year is invalidated.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how winning the NFC East would likely be Dallas only road to the playoffs. That is still the case; the Cowboys are three games behind the Panthers (they lose in a tie because of their head-to-head loss) and two games behind the Vikings for the Wild Card spots.

It will be much easier for Dallas to catch Washington, who are more lucky than good with their 6-3 record, than either Carolina or Minnesota.  The Cowboys can still hang a loss on the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day, plus Washington has both games with the Eagles left to play.

Those opportunities are further down the road, though. For now, let's see how the Week 11 schedule can help improve the Cowboys playoff positioning:

Green Bay Packers @ Seattle Seahawks

With a head-to-head loss to Seattle this year, Dallas needs the Seahawks to keep losing. Both teams are currently 4-5, and the Cowboys don't need that tiebreaker hanging over them at the end of the year.

But a Seattle loss means a Green Bay win, and that doesn't do much to help the Cowboys either. The Packers's tie gives them a slight edge on the 4-5 teams, and that advantage could keep them ahead of Dallas the rest of the way.

You could argue that the Packers are a team more likely to make a late-season push than the Seahawks, so a Green Bay loss here could ultimately benefit the Cowboys more than Seattle. It really  comes down to which team, between the Packers and Seahawks, you have more faith in the rest of the way.

Dallas Cowboys @ Atlanta Falcons

This is obviously a huge game for both teams. Both are 4-5 and trying to stay in the conversation, and a loss here could be a death knell for either. It would also create a head-to-head tiebreaker for the winner over the loser; essentially a two-game swing.

The Cowboys won their first road game all season last week in Philadelphia. They have some good vibes and momentum headed into Atlanta, who are coming off an ugly loss to the Browns.

Will Dallas ride their positive wave for another week, or will the Falcons be hungrier and enjoy returning home? The answer could be season-changing for both teams.

Houston Texans @ Washington Redskins

The Texans have won six straight and the Cowboys hope they can keep it going. A Washington loss, coupled with a Dallas win in Atlanta, would narrow the gap between them to just one game. It would also make next week's Thanksgiving matchup in Dallas a chance for the Cowboys to pull even for the NFC East lead.

As I said before, the Redskins aren't as good as their 6-3 record indicates. They have only a +1 point differential in 2018, having scored just one point more than their opponents all year. Comparatively, the Cowboys are a +10 despite the losing record.

A few weeks ago, the Redskins got pounded 43-19 by the New Orleans Saints. The Texans are arguably the next-best team they've played this year. Hopefully, we'll see a similar result.

Carolina Panthers @ Detroit Lions

The Panthers' slipping would be nice for the Cowboys, though they'd have to fall hard the rest of the way for Dallas to catch up in the standings. With the Cowboys having a head-to-head win over the Lions, a Detroit win here wouldn't hurt us nearly as much as a Carolina loss helps.

Philadelphia Eagles @ New Orleans Saints

New Orleans appears set on being one of the top two seeds in the NFC this year, which puts them well out of Dallas' range. As such, an Eagles loss is clearly better for the Cowboys in terms of our own playoff positioning.

Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears

The Packers and Vikings are both slightly easier to catch than the Bears. The best scenario for Dallas is for Chicago to keep winning and take the NFC North, hanging losses on their division rivals on the way and making things easier for the Cowboys in the Wild Card hunt.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Rams

This one is almost irrelevant from Dallas' perspective. The Rams will probably clinch their division soon and should have a first-round bye. But the Chiefs are in the other conference, so there's absolutely nothing to be gained by them losing.



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#ATLvsDAL: Betting Preview, Trends, And Prediction

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This week's gambling preview focuses on the Cowboys week 11 opponent, the Atlanta Falcons. Dallas beat the now 4-5 Eagles last Sunday to improve their own record to 4-5. Atlanta lost on the road to Cleveland last week to drop their record to 4-5 on the season.

It's an 8-8 league, isn't it?

Dallas returns to the scene of the 2017 crime this Sunday, traveling to Atlanta where Chaz Green and Dak Prescott were destroyed almost exactly one year ago. Let's take a look at the line and the quality of these teams to see which way it could go.

The Line

Cowboys +3, O/U 48 points. 

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas saved their season on the road last Sunday night, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles and getting right back in the thick of things in the NFC East race. Still, we can't simply ignore what the other 8 games of data have told us about the Cowboys and their offensive quality.

The addition of Amari Cooper has clearly helped the offense, opening up the passing game a bit and allowing for Dak Prescott to have a reliable "number one" receiver. The team's results overall have been mixed the first two games of the Cooper-era, but he has been consistently good in both match-ups.

Defensively the Cowboys continued to impress last week, though "cornerback opposite of Byron Jones" is quickly becoming a potential need. Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith stole the show last Sunday, and both the present and the future of the Cowboys' linebacking corps is strong. It could be argued the Cowboys have yet to see a passing attack like the one Atlanta brings, however, making Sunday a big test for them defensively.

Atlanta Falcons

Similar to the Cowboys, Atlanta has been very much up-and-down this season. In a way, though, they are just the opposite-day Cowboys, with their offense putting up insane numbers most weeks and their banged up defense often letting them down.

Though it looked like they were turning it around in recent weeks, Atlanta had probably their most disappointing loss in quite some time, losing at Cleveland to the young Browns. Still, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones lead a prolific passing attack which can strike fear in any defense.

Byron Jones and company will have their hands full with the Falcons' cast of skill players on Sunday, and as usual, stopping their passing attack will all begin up front with the pass rush. Hopefully Randy Gregory can build on his week 10 performance to produce even more results this week.

Trends

  • Surprisingly, the score total has now hit the over 4 of the Cowboys' last 6 games.
  • The Cowboys are 2-5 against the spread their last 7 games against the Falcons.
  • The Cowboys are also 2-4 against the spread their last games at Atlanta.
  • Dallas is just 1-4 straight up on the road this season.
  • The score total has gone over 4 of Atlanta's last 5 home games.
  • The Falcons are just 2-5 against the spread their last 7 games.

Prediction

Who the hell knows, man.

This team is incredibly difficult to project week to week, probably about as volatile as they've been since all those 8-8 seasons. This line started at Cowboys +4.5 and has since moved down to just +3, meaning they are valued as a pick 'em on a neutral field.

Given how inconsistent, yet talented, both teams are this line feels exactly right. I'll take the Cowboys and the points because why not? I expect this to be a tight game throughout, and could come down to the kicking game in the fourth quarter.



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