Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach thinks the Cowboys should stick with Dak Prescott.
A long-time supporter of Tony Romo, Staubach told the Dallas Morning News he thinks Prescott would keep the momentum rolling for Dallas after a 4-1 start. The controversy reminds him of his quarterback battles with Craig Morton in the 1970s.
“Tony is a fantastic football player,” said Staubach, who was at AT&T Stadium early Friday morning to speak to about 600 Air Force cadets who spent the night on the field ahead of the New Mexico-Air Force football game Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. “We won the Super Bowl in 1971 and I separated my shoulder in the exhibition season of ’72, and Craig Morton was the quarterback and took over and when I came back healthy probably eight or nine games later — that was a 14-game schedule — Craig was winning. We were winning as a team. I understood it. The momentum was there and you don’t want to mess around with the quarterback position and Craig was playing very well. I didn’t really play very much until the playoff game against the 49ers that year and I understood it. ‘I’m still a good player and they’re hopefully still going to need me sometime.’
“Tony is going to heal. He’s going to be ready to play if they need him if something happens to Dak. I think Tony wants to win and he’ll do what it takes to win and if they keep Dak in there to keep the momentum going I think he’ll understand that. But he hasn’t told me that, by the way.”
Staubach hasn’t met Prescott in person yet, but he’s enjoyed watching the young quarterback.
“What I have seen and what others have said about him, his work habits they say are phenomenal. That’s great,” Staubach said. “What I see on the field is exceptional. He has great poise. He can sense what’s going on out there and that’s what’s hard. Going from the college to the professional level, you really don’t know for sure what a quarterback can do in those few seconds has to make a decision. Dak is very good at that and he’s obviously a great athlete. You can be a great athlete but if you can’t sense things that are happening over there as a quarterback it’s not going to work. He’s got both. He’s got that sense of understanding of what’s going on with defense and also he’s very talented. He has a good arm and can run. Everything else I hear about him is great.
“I have some friends at Mississippi State that said, ‘You guys hit a home run.’ They said, ‘You got Dak in the fourth round and he should have been in the first round.’ I said, ‘I don’t know him,’ and they said, ‘Well, you wait and see.’ And man, that was before the exhibition season, so they were right.”