Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer isn’t sure if Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will see the field again. But Dilfer’s comments had nothing to do with Romo’s back injury sustained during the third week of the preseason.
Dilfer thinks Romo simply won’t get the job back from rookie Dak Prescott.
“I don’t know if he’ll ever see the field again for the Dallas Cowboys,” Dilfer said of Romo on ESPN’s Mike and Mike.
That’s a bold statement from Dilfer, but context makes it even bolder. Here’s what Dilfer said about Prescott, who will make his regular-season debut Sunday afternoon.
“This kid (Prescott) has something special to him,” Dilfer said. “And it’s not just the stats in the preseason. It’s going back after I was in L.A. and watched the poise, watched the presence, watched the calmness to his body and his eyes, watched him on the sideline, watched him get deep into progressions and said, “Wow, he really played well, let me go back to my notes when he was at Mississippi State, let me go back to my study of him in college.’
“And I went back and realized this is a kid that carried an SEC program on his shoulders. That no moment was too big for him. That always played his best in the biggest situations.”
Dilfer wasn’t done gushing about Prescott either and said he’s heard comparisons between Prescott and legendary quarterback Tom Brady, in terms of competitive temperament.
That is some awfully high praise for a guy who hasn’t taken a regular-season snap. But, it would take tremendous production from Prescott to give coach Jason Garrett and owner Jerry Jones a decision on their hands. The plan has been for Romo to re-assume starting duties once he returns, but sometimes plans change.