The Dallas Decision
Could keeping Tony Romo AND Dak Prescott be the right move?
Well before the day Dallas was bounced out of the playoffs in January, speculation had run amok as to where Tony Romo would play in 2017. Houston, Denver, and many stops elsewhere in the league have been thought of as potential landing spots for the four-time Pro Bowler, but there is one spot not getting enough consideration.
The Dallas Cowboys.
Given the year Dak Prescott had in his rookie campaign, it’s seemingly his job to lose going forward, but no one outside of Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett knows that offense as well as Romo and allowing Tony and Dak to battle it out in the spring and summer could vault Dallas into title contention.
But for an enigmatic team owner who is fiercely loyal, is Jerry Jones ready to turn his back on a decades worth of production in favor of a 17 game resume?
Jones loves Tony, and even as recently as January stated he believes “Romo will be playing in a Super Bowl – If he remains healthy”.
But for a franchise that has only won two playoff games in the past 21 seasons, is it worth holding onto the past to preserve its immediate future?
Reason #1 why to hold on? Lets face it, Dak Prescott isn’t going anywhere. A second year regression is natural, and a bit expected. A 13-3 record, 67.8 completion percentage, 23-4 touchdown to interception ratio? Those are lofty numbers for sure fire Hall of Fame quarterbacks to compile in any season, let alone their second season in the NFL. Of all of the current NFL quarterbacks, only Russell Wilson and Jameis Winston had second year numbers close to their rookie campaign. Not Big Ben, Cam, Matty Ice, RGIII, or Andrew Luck saw their numbers improve in year two.
Would Dallas be happy with a 10-6 season with a 2:1 touchdown to interception ratio from Dak knowing Romo is out somewhere else making a title run?
Reason #2 why to hold on? Teddy Bridgewater, Cam Newton, Jay Cutler, Ryan Tannehill, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Derek Carr, and Marcus Mariota all missed regular season or playoff games in 2016 alone. 12 starting quarterbacks missed games in 2015. Franchise quarterbacks just don’t grow on trees, and Dallas has a luxury to have two competent signal callers. Having Dak or Tony as an insurance plan is something no NFL team has.
Reason #3 why to hold on? Teams are not exactly falling over themselves offering up trades for Tony Romo. Why give up a commodity for pennies on the dollar. There are only a handful of teams out there who don’t have a boatload of money tied up in their current quarterback situation, or have their franchise guy already in place.
Reason #4 why to hold on? Competition. No doubt Dak learned from having Tony in meetings, in the film room, and on the practice field, but is it possible that Tony could have learned a bit from Dak? Prescott’s decision making was something that Tony could have benefited from in previous seasons, and having been served a slice of humble pie having to sit on the sidelines for all but one drive of a season could make Tony relish the chance.
In the end I think Jerry Jones will end up dealing Romo to a mutually beneficial opportunity, or just flat out releasing him, but I think in the back of his head Jones has considered all of these possibilities.
Free Agency begins March 9th, and we could be witnessing the end of an era in Big D.