Dak Prescott may have the Cowboys out to a 4-1 record and breaking kinds of NFL rookie records along the way, but from the sound of things, that doesn’t mean the fourth-round draft pick will be in the driver’s seat for much longer. According to David Helman for the team’s web site, Jerry Jones says the starting quarterback job in Dallas still belongs to Tony Romo.
Not only did Jones seemingly confirm that Romo is still the starter on Sunday, the club owner revealed the four-time Pro Bowler has an MRI scheduled for Monday to check on the progress of his injured back.
Results of the test not withstanding, Jones’ proclamation that Romo’s name is still atop the depth chart is a little puzzling. It was only one week ago when ownership was unwilling to pour cold water on the brewing quarterback controversy, saying only it was a good problem to have. Now the same day that Prescott led the Cowboys to their fourth straight victory, and impressive fashion over a quality Bengals opponent, Jones’ tune seems to have changed some.
It’s also difficult to argue it would be the right decision if Prescott continues to play this way. We’ve seen time and time again that the old saying “You can’t lose your job to injury” isn’t true, and while nothing about Romo’s on-field performance warrants a benching, the fact that the team is hot and the 36-year-old can’t stay healthy anyway is certainly something to consider.
If the Cowboys go back to Romo, and he’s rusty or gets hurt within a few games again, what might that do to their momentum?
Of course, a lot could happen between now and when Romo is able to return, which remains unknown. He could suffer a setback. Prescott could come back to earth, or play so lights out he becomes impossible sit. All the more reason not make a decision about the quarterback situation now.
Jones may want to wait and see, not to mention take the temperature of the coaching staff and locker room before settling on anything. The way Prescott is playing, the Cowboys might be playing with fire in terms of chemistry and even on-field performance by going back to Romo. As good as he is, the team is rolling on just fine without him.