Cowboys and Packers players run to the center of the field to greet each other as the final seconds of the game wind down to zero. After another impressive performance, Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott is greeted by reporters. Meanwhile, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones walks from his luxury box, knowing that this upcoming week he will be bombarded with the billion dollar question in Dallas now: “What are you going to do when Tony Romo is healthy?”
While Jones has already said that Romo will start once he’s healthy, that was before the impressive wins over Washington, Chicago, San Fransico and Cincinnati. Even after those games, Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott have said that this is still Tony Romo’s team. But after this crushing win over the Packers at Lambeau, it might be time to officially hand the keys over to Dak.
Dak Prescott has been on a record-setting pace as he broke Tom Brady’s record for most completions to begin a career at 177 before throwing his first career interception. Prescott has shown the Cowboys that they can win with him as he has led them to a 5-1 record heading into the bye week. Dak has been praised for his poise and patience as a rookie and has proven to us why he deserves to keep the starting job over Romo.
Of course, we all know how talented Tony Romo is and when he’s healthy he’s one of the best QBs in the league. However, there’s no denying that Dak Prescott has been playing like a franchise quarterback and his time should come soon rather than later. Not to mention that there are some huge risks be taking Prescott out in favor for Romo.
Prescott is one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league now, and his chemistry with the rest of the players is flowing right now. If you take Prescott out, you risk messing up the flow of that team chemistry. You could also risk creating a divide in the locker room by choosing someone who only played in four games last year over someone who currently has the team on a five-game winning streak going into the bye. And why would you take Prescott out; if he is playing this well now, he can only get better from here. He’s a very accurate passer who also has the ability to kill defenses with his feet, an asset that Romo cannot utilize as much due to him being so fragile.
The best option for the Cowboys would be to let Prescott play for the rest of the season (including playoffs if they make it) and if he starts to play poorly, put Romo back in. But there’s no need to put Romo in now if Prescott is out here playing like a 10-year, Pro Bowl vet. And besides, if the Cowboys really wanted Romo back and fully healthy, they should let him rest the rest of the season so he can probably come back next year stronger than ever.