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Tony Romo, quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, has been out since week 3 of the preseason with a back injury. Since then, fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Dak Prescott, has been filling in place of the injured Romo.
Prescott has, astoundingly, led the Dallas Cowboys to an 8-1 record this season. This is not only the best record in the NFC, but the best record in the NFL so far. Prescott’s playing this season has not particularly been superb, although 2,339 passing yards and 14 passing touchdowns through 10 weeks is nothing to sneeze at. However, what really is the standout stat for Prescott is his ability to win in the places he has played this season.
Prescott and the Cowboys first and only loss came at home in a 20-19 nail-biter against the New York Giants in week 1. Since then, the Prescott led Cowboys haven’t lost a game. As stated before, the most impressive part about Prescott this season is he and the Cowboys are undefeated on the road. Prescott led the Cowboys in Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packer and threw for 247 yards and 3 TD, commandingly beating the Packers 30-16.
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Prescott’s most impressive win came in week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Throwing for 319 yards and 2 TD’s, the Cowboys won on their last drive. In the final minute of the game Prescott led the team downfield; the drive was then capped off with a 32 yard TD run by rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot.
With Prescott playing so well, it should have seemed fairly obvious who the starting quarterback should be for the rest of the season.
Tony Romo, 36, has been the Cowboys starting quarterback since 2006 after taking over for Drew Beldsoe. Since then, Romo has led his team to the playoffs 4 times. Romo has played pretty much above average throughout his career. However, injuries have always been a nagging problem for him. Such was the case in week 3 of the preseason when Romo went down with a back injury and was projected to be out about 8-10 weeks.
Nobody expected Prescott to play as well as he has in place of Romo. This left the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff and front office with a difficult choice to make. Do they start the veteran with the experience, or do they keep the rookie in and keep this magical season going? A lot of people would choose the latter, because at this point it looks like Dallas caught lightning in a bottle with this season. However, many analysts and skeptics believed that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ love and respect for Tony Romo would lead the Cowboys to start Romo no matter what, once he’s healthy.
Well Tony Romo proved that for him, football is about the team, not the individual. Romo released a press statement yesterday, November 15, stating that he would concede the starting quarterback job to Prescott.
Romo stated, “Football is meritocracy. You aren’t handed anything, you earn everything, every single day. You have to prove it… A great example of this is Dak Prescott and what he’s done. He’s earned the right to be our quarterback… He’s guided our team to an 8-1 record, which is hard to do.” Romo continues, “I was that kid once. Stepping in, having to prove yourself… I think you all know something magical is happening to our team… I think Dak knows that I have his back, and I think I know that he has mine. Ultimately it’s about the team.”
In the statement, Romo also expressed his still burning desire to compete and win. Clearly emotional or saddened during the reading of the statement, it is clear that Romo does not want his NFL career to end here. No doubt, Romo showed a great amount of class and respect with this statement. However, as far as winning and competing goes, it looks like this the end for Romo in Dallas.