That is the record that currently leads all other NFL teams. First place in division, first place in conference, first place in league.
That is the record of a team lead by a rookie quarterback who is paid $680,000 a year.
The record of a team not using an injured, veteran quarterback being paid a guaranteed $18 million a year.
I am sure that you get the picture I am attempting to paint by now. Between rookie phenom Dak Prescott and veteran Tony Romo, there is a lot of Quar
terback drama happening for the Dallas Cowboys. The puzzle has been laid out before Jerry Jones and the dilemma is becoming a real threat to his managerial decisions.
It was announced early this week that Romo is now healthy enough to play quarterback again. What shocked many NFL die hards was that his status was listed as a backup. After many weeks of media dodging, Jerry Jones has finally decided to go with the rookie, and here is why that is the right choice.
Why change a good thing?
Dak has done the one thing that Tony has avoided doing in his tenure as QB… win. Tony Romo took over the starting quarterback role in 2006 and since then has only gone to the playoffs four times for a total of two playoff wins.
Tony has had eight, eight or more win seasons since 2006, but only five, nine or more win season. Dak in his first year has started 8-1 which is an incredible feat. The Cowboys are solidly in first place not only in division and conference but in the entire NFL.
Though Romo’s stats aren’t terrible, he has consistently proven that he cannot win when it counts the most. So again I ask, why change a good thing?
Money Talks… Until it Gets Hurt
I get it, leaving $18 million on the bench is a lot to swallow. It can be difficult to digest such a large chunk of the Cowboys salary not doing anything week after week. Injury is one thing, but now that Romo is healthy it will become increasingly difficult to let him sit.
Meanwhile Dak is on his rookie contract, making him the obvious penny saving player. For the next four years, the Cowboys have the luxury of keeping him at an extreme discount. Romo’s contract expires in 2019, which does give the Cowboys one huge benefit in the
form of the trade.
They have the ability to watch the QB battle play out and see if Dak continues to grow or decline. At the end of the day the Dallas Cowboys are a business and money is money.
The Current Dilemma
Tony Romo gave a limited hearted effort this week saying that Dak had earned the starting role. He doesn’t mean it. How could he? He has worked tirelessly for months to rehabilitate an injury with the hopes of walking right back onto the field as the hero. Now that work is for nothing and he gets to watch a younger, better QB take the reigns of his team.
One opinion on the issue that I really liked was former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis’. While on Fox Sports show ‘Undisputed’, Lewis claimed that he wished that Romo had meant his words. “I applaud him for what he done. Like I said I just wish it would have came from his heart,” said Lewis.
It’s obvious Romo is hurting. Not physically anymore, but now emotionally. That is what is deadly to a team. It can become a cancer inside a locker room if his emotion leads to bitterness, and for the Cowboys that will not be a quiet home on the range.
The future only holds one week at a time for now, and this week its the Baltimore Ravens (a game I will personally be attending, wearing my Ravens jersey). The Cowboys will be facing arguably the best defense that they have seen thus far in the season. The Ravens can stop a run better than anyone in the game, so Dak will have to pass with accuracy and show Dallas that they made the right choice.
The future is bright for the young guns. Now let’s sit back and see what happens.
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