Cowboys Rookie Quarterback Dak Prescott has turned a lot of heads with his stellar, record setting play to begin his career.
Through six games, Prescott has led the Cowboys to a 5-1 record ad is doing it in a fashion that we haven’t seen since Tom Brady. Before Prescott threw his first interception versus the Packers on Sunday in the third quarter, he broke Brady’s 2001 record for most pass attempts without pick to begin his career with 177. Ironically enough, it’s Brady that people have been comparing Prescott to, as we can recall how Brady took over for Drew Bledsoe in 2001 and hasn’t looked back since.
When Tony Romo got injured during the preseason, the Cowboys signed Mark Sanchez as a backup plan because they didn’t know what Prescott could truly bring in his first year. Despite this, it was evident from his first preseason start that he was ready for the big time.
During the preseason, Prescott shined passing for 454 yards, five touchdowns, no interceptions, and completing 78 percent of his passes. But you know the old adage, “it’s only preseason”? Well, Prescott has started the regular season right where he left the preseason off. In six games, he has thrown for 1,486 yards with seven touchdowns to only one interception. Add three rushing touchdowns and you have a quarterback who has this Cowboys offense rolling in a major way being second in the NFL in offensive efficiency averaging 26.5 points per game.
Now, despite this great start, you can’t possibly start him over Tony Romo, right?
I mean, even Jerry Jones has made a statement regarding the quarterback situation by saying “Tony is our number one quarterback,” according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. Jones is known for being extremely loyal and almost like a father figure to his players, and Romo is his number one guy.
This comes as no surprise, though. Romo has been one of the NFL’s top quarterback since he took the reigns of the Cowboys offense in 2007. He ranks third all time in passer rating with a 97.1, he has thrown for over 34,000 yards, tossing 247 touchdowns to only 117 picks. He has led the Cowboys to a bevy of playoff appearances, but has come up short only winning two of his six playoff games.
The playoff win-loss record is a concern, but the biggest concern is his health. At 36 years of age, Romo has had the injury bug hit him in a major way the past few seasons. Romo has had a total of eight different injuries, most notably his back and shoulder, that has caused him to only play four full seasons out in his nine year career.
This along with Prescott’s great play is the reason why this will be a difficult decision.
For one, Prescott and this Cowboys offense seem to be hitting on all cylinders and have developed an undeniable chemistry that shouldn’t be tinkered with. The vaunted offensive line has been more than dominant, allowing Rookie Running Back Ezekiel Elliott to shine and slice and dice his way to the top of the rushing yards ranking in the NFL so far. The offense is converting 47 percent of their third downs (34/73), averages over six yards per play, and dominates the ball every game, staying on the field for an average of 33 minutes and eight seconds.
This is not to say that Romo couldn’t do the same thing. We only have to go back recently to the 2014 season to see the impact that Romo can have as he threw for 3,705 yards, 34 touchdowns to only seven interceptions while completing 70 percent of his passes. So, it wouldn’t be a bold statement to say that he can produce just as much as Prescott is, maybe even more.
We have to remember that this offense was built to succeed in a major way this season. Dominant offensive line, versatile running back who can run and catch, and a star wide receiver in Dez Bryant who is flanked by key role players like Cole Beasley, one of the best slot receivers in the game. Prescott came into a perfect situation on a team that was built to win. What’s setting Prescott apart and what has me believing that he should continue to play even when Romo is healthy is the complete control he seems to have of the system already and the ability to not only take care of the football, but also the ability to make big plays with his arm and legs.
Prescott should be starting until there’s a reason not to start him. If he continues to play well and the Cowboys keep winning, he deserves that right to continue to lead the offensive attack much like Tom Brady got that right in 2001.
No disrespect to Romo, I believe he’s an excellent quarterback, but Prescott has earned his playing time. If you’re a good teammate, then let the good times roll for your team.
Do you think Prescott should continue to start over Tony Romo? Let’s talk about it here or find me on Twitter @Phenombc3.