The Dallas Cowboys have found themselves with a strange problem to have. Their franchise quarterback, Tony Romo, hurt his back in the pre-season and missed several games. In that time, their young rookie, Dak Prescott, emerged as perhaps the best rookie in his class. He’s done a tremendous job so far, exceeding all expectations for a rookie who got thrust into the starting position after his starter got injured.
But now Romo is healthy and ready to return. The Cowboys have a problem that a team like the Browns could only dream of; they’ve got two excellent quarterbacks and can only start one. While conventional wisdom would say that the team should bring Romo back onto the field, a move that even Dak Prescott seems in favor of, there’s also an argument to be made for Prescott. He’s played excellent so far and the team seems to be clicking well. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Cowboys owner is adamant that Romo will return when he’s ready and that the starting quarterback job is his. But he may reconsider after hearing the words of one of the NFL’s all time great quarterbacks, Hall of Famer Brett Favre. Favre talked about the situation on SiriusXM recently, and he actually came out in favor of the rookie.
“You have to look at the dynamics right now and they really are hitting on all cylinders,” Favre said on his SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday.
“So, this is hypothetically thinking, if you are Tony you say, ‘You know what, as much as I want to play, I don’t want to press the issue. I want to play, but I’m going to let it play out right now and it is probably better if Dak starts struggling and then they bring me in rather than they put me in and then all of a sudden we’re not hitting on all cylinders and everyone’s like, ‘Ah, they should have got rid of Tony, blah, blah.’ You know what I mean?
“I’m not saying that you tell [Jason] Garrett or Jerry Jones, ‘Look, I don’t want to play.’ I think, you want to play but, look, I don’t want to mess up the dynamics of the team. If we get to a point where we’re struggling then it is time for me to come in. Now, I know that’s a hard thing to do. … I just think you are better if you wait ‘til you are really needed. And I mean no disrespect whatsoever to Tony.”
He’s got a good point. If the team can put aside egos and Tony Romo doesn’t mind sitting out for a few more weeks, it might be smart to let the Prescott train keep rolling. While Prescott has looked phenomenal so far, rookies tend to hit a wall at some point. That’s not to say that Prescott isn’t good, but even Aaron Rodgers has a slump period. When you hit a slump, it can be hard to handle, especially as a rookie. So for the Cowboys, it may be a good idea to let Prescott start until he hits a slump, and then let Romo step in to keep the offense on track.
Either way, the Cowboys are lucky. They’ve got two great options to start, and the best offensive line in football to keep them both protected.