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NFL morning after: No debate, Dak is better than Romo

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws a pass as guard Ronald Leary (65) blocks against pressure from Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins) AP

Dak Prescott is a better quarterback than Tony Romo.

I’m not saying the 23-year-old Prescott is going to be better than the 36-year-old Romo some day, and so the Cowboys should be thrilled to have Prescott take over for Romo down the road. I’m saying Prescott is better than Romo right now, and should remain the Cowboys’ starting quarterback even after Romo recovers from the broken bone he suffered in his back in the preseason.

Prescott completed 18 of 24 passes for 227 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions, as the Cowboys whipped the Bengals on Sunday for their fourth straight win. For the season, Prescott has completed 107 of 155 passes for 1,239 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating of 101.5 is better than Romo’s career passer rating of 97.1, and much better than Romo’s passer rating last year, which was 79.4. (Even when he was healthy, Romo didn’t play particularly well last year.)

Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, who leads the NFL in rushing, obviously deserves plenty of the credit for the Cowboys’ four-game winning streak as well. But you can’t separate Elliott’s success from Prescott’s. On Elliott’s 60-yard touchdown run Sunday, Prescott faked a bootleg, and it was the threat of Prescott running that kept the Bengals from closing to the middle of the field, where Elliott ran free. Romo doesn’t have the same running threat as Prescott, and I would expect Elliott’s production to decline if Romo returns.

The Cowboys, from all indications, disagree with my assessment: Head coach Jason Garrett, owner/G.M. Jerry Jones and his son and right hand man Stephen Jones have all said that Romo remains the franchise quarterback and will start as soon as he’s healthy again.

I think that’s a mistake. Prescott is an outstanding young player who’s only going to get better. When you have a quarterback playing the way Prescott is playing, you don’t bench him.

After the Cowboys scored a touchdown to go up 28-0 in the third quarter, Romo could be seen celebrating on the sideline and saying, “It’s over.” He meant the Cowboys’ game against the Bengals. But he also could have been talking about his tenure as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback. Romo has had a fine career in Dallas, but there’s now a younger, better player ready to replace him.

Here are my other thoughts on Sunday’s games:

Speed up the game, refs. One of the real issues the NFL needs to address is the pace of its games. The best way to improve the pace would be for the officials to speed up their rulings, which often take way too long. It reached a ridiculous level yesterday in Oakland, when the officials talked and talked and talked some more after initially ruling that the Raiders had caught a touchdown pass in the end zone. After the officials got together and debated it for what seemed like longer than Hillary Clinton debated Donald Trump, referee Gene Steratore finally announced a penalty. I re-watched the whole thing on my DVR and timed it. Three and a half minutes elapsed between the end of the play and Steratore announcing, “After a brief conversation, we have pass interference.” But it wasn’t over there. Steratore then went to the sideline to talk to Raiders coach Jack Del Rio. By the time Del Rio decided to challenge the play, four and a half minutes had elapsed. At that point, CBS went to a commercial while Steratore reviewed the replay. But when CBS came from the commercial, Steratore still hadn’t made a decision. By the time Steratore announced that the ruling on the field would stand, and the Raiders lined up for their next play, nine minutes had passed. If the NFL is wondering why TV ratings are declining, perhaps it should consider how many fans turned off the TV during that nine-minute delay.

Sammie Coates is something special. Coates, the Steelers’ second-year receiver, got things started for Pittsburgh yesterday with a 72-yard touchdown pass. Coates now has six catches of 40 yards or longer this season, more than any other receiver in the NFL. (Only three players had more than six 40-yard catches all of last season; Coates already has six in Week Five.) Coates finished the game with six catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

The Colts better fix something soon, or Andrew Luck will break. Luck was sacked five times in yesterday’s win over the Bears, bringing his season total of sacks to an NFL-high 20 — and putting him on pace to get sacked 64 times this season, by far the most of any season of his career. “It’s obviously a big concern for all of us,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said after the game. “You never want to get your quarterback hit and sacked.” The Colts better do something about that big concern soon, or else they’re not going to have Luck on the field much longer.

Another good game for Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer. Although the Bears lost to the Colts and Hoyer missed an open receiver on his last pass of the game, the reality is Hoyer has played well in his three games as Chicago’s starting quarterback: He has 300 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in all three of his starts for the Bears. Jay Cutler has only had 300 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in two of his 99 starts for the Bears. Hoyer should remain the Bears’ starter even after Cutler gets healthy. Hoyer is also playing better than Brock Osweiler, who usurped Hoyer as the Texans’ starting quarterback. The Texans could have kept Hoyer for $5 million this year but instead chose to cut Hoyer and give Osweiler a four-year, $72 million contract. That’s not looking like such a good idea.

Why did Jets coach Todd Bowles punt? Midway through the fourth quarter, the Jets trailed 24-13 and had the ball at midfield. On fourth-and-2, Bowles decided to punt. That is a preposterous decision. According to Pro Football Reference, no team has ever won a game when it punted on fourth-and-1 or fourth-and-2 in the fourth quarter while trailing by 11 or more points. Punting in that situation is essentially giving up. Why do it?

Brady’s back. Tom Brady was outstanding for the Patriots on Sunday, showing no rust from his four-game Deflategate suspension and playing a nearly flawless game against the Browns. “The team played really well,” Brady said. “It’s been a fun week getting ready to play and doing what I love to do. I’m proud of the way the guys played. The line played great.” Some day the Patriots may want to replace Brady with Jimmy Garoppolo, but there’s no doubt that Brady is still the starter in New England. Save the quarterback controversies for Dallas.

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109 Responses to “NFL morning after: No debate, Dak is better than Romo”
  1. sportmigos says: Oct 10, 2016 9:42 AM

    dak prescott has 17 cats in his apartment

  2. jjb0811 says: Oct 10, 2016 9:44 AM

    I’ve never understood the fascination w/ Romo. He’s a 500 QB for a decade plus. That’s not good, its average. I’d leave the rookie in & dump Romo after the season.

  3. ctiggs says: Oct 10, 2016 9:47 AM

    The girls will be back to Earth soon the refs help them beat my niners and cincy. Pulled a cincy… green bay will not make that mistake

  4. raaz227httr says: Oct 10, 2016 9:52 AM

    But when Jerry Jones is the coach/owner you’ll see Romo back on the field.

  5. stairwaytoharvin says: Oct 10, 2016 9:55 AM

    Why do we not just let the refs look at the jumbotrons after plays? Would allow them to actually make correct calls if they got another look at some of these plays in slow mo and would be way quicker than some of these conferences that take minutes.

  6. jgedgar70 says: Oct 10, 2016 9:56 AM

    There are far too many officials that think people are in the stands and watching on TV to see them. They probably get that from the top; Blandino always seems to be on a dead sprint to find a camera to get in front of.

    Memo to all y’all: WE ARE THERE TO SEE THE PLAYERS!!!!!!

  7. clayton268921 says: Oct 10, 2016 9:57 AM

    2012. Ravens Play Redskins. Redskins Win. Ravens Fire OC. Ravens Win Superbowl

    2016. Ravens Play Redskins. Redskins Win. Ravens Fire OC….

  8. boido says: Oct 10, 2016 9:58 AM

    Sounds a lot like “Kaepernick is the better quarterback and should remain starter even when Alex Smith is healthy” we heard a few years back.

    Once there’s some more tape on this kid, then judge him as the better QB, until then he’s still just a flash in the pan.

    Elliot, however, is a monster!

  9. stonedwhitetrash says: Oct 10, 2016 9:58 AM

    Apparently Dak Prescott can not throw downfield

  10. polegojim says: Oct 10, 2016 10:00 AM

    This should be… should be… a NO BRAINER… and Tony should decide he wants to be able to walk when he’s 60.

    Dak is the man, go with him and don’t mess it up over sentimentality Jerry.

  11. lewp says: Oct 10, 2016 10:03 AM

    Folks, you are about to see why we here in Dallas can’t stand Jerry. He is about to proove why he is the ultimate buffoon. He’s gonna bench Dak and put his little buddy Tony back in the lineup, and lose the locker room, and the rest of his fans when he does this. Wait, you will see him do this…it’s why I gave up on the Cowboys many moons ago.

  12. falconfan2 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:03 AM

    Trade Romo to LA for a 2nd round pick and tavon austin. Romo is washed up GARBAGE

  13. ipdaily69 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:04 AM

    Romo is made of glass. Banking on him surviving even a half season is a formula for decline. Therefore Jerrah will choose decline…he can’t help himself

  14. cowboylover says: Oct 10, 2016 10:07 AM

    I think Dak is better than a ton of the qbs currently playing. As long as he’s winning and the team has cohesion I think we should ride it out.

  15. nyfootballgiants says: Oct 10, 2016 10:08 AM

    I am a Giants fan – so i don’t have a dog in this fight.

    But to be fair, Romo didn’t play with a RB as good as Elliot last year – so to say that Prescott (who has played with Elliot and has taken pressure off of Prescott to make things happen) is better than Romo now may not be a fair comparison.

    That being said, Romo has proven to be brittle – so he may be at the end of his career whether he likes it or not.

  16. cosmicredneck81 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:09 AM

    Plain and simple it all boils down to this romo was an undrafted quarterback Jerry simply wants to look like the football genius that won it all with the undrafted player but it’s never going to happen I swear if they put romo back in I will be furious he is a progress stopper at this point

  17. dkeucd says: Oct 10, 2016 10:09 AM

    Big Romo fan here. He carried the Cowboys for a lot of years but Dak at this point is the way to go. I heard Denver needs a QB and Dallas could use a pass rusher. Take the cap hit away and you have a RB and a QB making rookie salaries for the next 3 years. Dallas could have a run like the Hawks had.

  18. vikingsdefineaverage says: Oct 10, 2016 10:12 AM

    Is this a joke?

    He is better than Romo after 5 career games?

    I am a Dallas fan, love the confidence he brings to the team, they are playing better all around, but he does not make passes Romo makes

  19. topcide says: Oct 10, 2016 10:13 AM

    If jerrry were smart, he would deal Romo to a team that’s got pieces and a good D and can win with average to above average QB play and is in win now mode.

    Even if Dak dooesn’t up being the answer, how long does Romo realistically have left, 2-3 seasons tops? might as well get something for him when he has a shred of value.

  20. vikingsdefineaverage says: Oct 10, 2016 10:13 AM

    ctiggs says:
    Oct 10, 2016 9:47 AM
    The girls will be back to Earth soon the refs help them beat my niners and cincy. Pulled a cincy… green bay will not make that mistake
    _______________________________________
    I don’t recall a single questionable call the entire game

  21. seanleemvp says: Oct 10, 2016 10:15 AM

    So many people with short memories it blows my mind. Romo played with no offensive line from 2010-2013. that’s when he got beat to hell and could take it but it has taken its toll now. Dak has walked into a perfect situation, just reference Bill Parcells quote to help understand that . He’s got 4 passing tds in 5 games and people think he’s Joe Montana. He’s don great managing the game and playing with That O line and Zeke.

    ROMO brings the deep passing game Dak has yet to have any success with, the red zone passing game Dak has done just okay with. He also has the 2nd highest 4th quarter QB rating ever and most comebacks since he started his first game in 2006 of any QB. Dak is the future, Romo is the now. Dak hasn’t been winning games with his feet, he’s been managing the game. Romo can do that even better with this team. He’s earned the right to come back and go out his way. If he doesn’t play well or gets hurt again Dak is there in the wings. It’s a good problem to have. Declaring someone better than Romo after 5 games vrs mostly poor teams is as short cited as it gets.
    Then again, anything Cowboys gets you clicks even when the Cowboys themselves know Romo will start once healthy.

  22. whatjusthapped says: Oct 10, 2016 10:16 AM

    All I know is that if there is a fork in the road, Jerry will choose the wrong one every time. And that is about to happen again, to no one’s surprise.

  23. tonebones says: Oct 10, 2016 10:19 AM

    The Cowboys are being smart. There is no need for a big announcement right now. Just keep everyone talking. I’ll bet the Cowboys’ phones are already starting to ring with teams inquiring about Tony Romo. Picking up good veteran QBs like Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer has proven to pay off. I’ll bet the Jets would like to have Romo. Let the bidding begin.

  24. doomsdaydefensetx says: Oct 10, 2016 10:19 AM

    If Dak and company get a win at Lambeau. You treat Romo like the fine piece of China glass, and leave him in that cabinet so it doesn’t break.
    23 year old who can take some hits and we are winning ball games. Why mess up chemistry the team has now. Romo sit down bud if you are needed you will be called up.

  25. daysend564 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:20 AM

    Last time Romo had NFL’s leading rusher, he had 4200 yds, 34 TD, 9 INT

    Right now, Prescott has 3 TDs and projects to 3800 yds, but just 15 TDs

    He’s not as good as Romo yet. He’s a great game manager that won’t throw the ball down field yet (hence 0 ints)

  26. domain7722 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:21 AM

    is jason garret jerry jones’ 14th head coach after jimmy johnson? the cowboys are perrenial losers after johnson, and probably only lucky to have won the SB under switzer. jones is a bum.. he even had parcells(!) but frustrated him into quitting..
    the cowboys will NEVER go anywhere with jones after johnson, there is no chance, he’s a meddler.
    the days of landry are a ghost..

  27. selldannysell says: Oct 10, 2016 10:23 AM

    Trust Jerrah to mess things up when the Cowboys are (FINALLY!) moving in the right direction on the field. I’m not even a Cowboys fan and I think starting Romo as soon as he gets healthy is a HUGE mistake.

  28. cadreamer1969 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:26 AM

    At the beginning of the season those same media experts were criticizing Jerry Jones for relying on a rookie QB. NOW they are touting that Jerry Jones shouldn’t start Romo. The same Romo who is signed to a huge contract. It’s good to see the Cowboys are set at RB and QB for quite a while. What a fake issue.

  29. doomsdaydefensetx says: Oct 10, 2016 10:29 AM

    To the guy who said Dak can’t throw downfield? Dude you have a RB and O line who is crushing the competition *literally* why in the world would you want to throw the ball down the furled when the run game is A taking time off the clock. B it has been successful through this season. Only reason to take shots downfield if you are the eagles down 2 against Detroit and you decide the go long and a 1st down play. Guess what happened guys? Oh Carson wrong player INTERCEPTION!

  30. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 10, 2016 10:29 AM

    Usually, with rookie quarterbacks, you wait a few games to see how they handle it when defenses have seen more tape on the guy before you put them in the Hall of Fame, but I guess that’s not the way we do things anymore.

  31. dallasfanindc says: Oct 10, 2016 10:32 AM

    For all of you fair weather fans who want to step on the Dallas Cowboys all time record quarterback for Dak Prescott are tripping. The quarterback position hasn’t been the issue in Dallas to be a SuperBowl caliber team again Romo was 1 pass away from the NFC Conference game in 2014 so 2015 Romo, Dez go down and sinks the season and 2016 we draft Ezekiel Elliott and form the new version of The Triplets that hasn’t even played yet. This team could improve more with a healthy Tony Romo I love Dak Prescott since the day we drafted I knew he was special we finally have 2 good quarterbacks in Dallas so let Romo finish his career Dak isn’t going anywhere he’s the future and it’s bright but don’t throw all the work Romo put into putting this together COWBOYS 4 LIFE

  32. scmems07 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:32 AM

    No debate that Dak is better than Romo, huh? Yet in your rambling about the great Dak Prescott you mentioned that Elliot had a lot to do with his success and that his QB rating for 5 games is better than Romo’s career. How about comparing Daks 5 games to a season where Romo had a dominant run game, let’s say 2014 where Murray ran wild and Romo played 15 games and has a 113 passer rating with 34 TDs and 9 int’s. How many TDs in Dak on pace for, 18? Do some research before making ridiculous claims for one.

  33. bosco264 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:34 AM

    Believe me, Dez will decide who the QB is. When he returns
    and Dak doesn’t feed him, he’ll divide the locker room.

  34. b4utoo says: Oct 10, 2016 10:36 AM

    Sounds like Fisher saying Keenum is our starting quarterback….

    Unfortunately….Keenum isn’t injured too…(Sorry Case)

  35. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 10, 2016 10:37 AM

    Romo has more experience and has faced more defensive schemes throughout his career. A rookie QB maybe more gifted but he doesn’t have the experience. Romo if healthy still gives the Cowboys better chance to win.

    On another note, John Elway’s decision to trade up for Paxton Lynch so the Cowboys wouldn’t get him will end looking really bad if Dak Prescott continues to have success. It appears at least so far, Jerry Jones ended up with a better QB.

  36. str82dvd says: Oct 10, 2016 10:39 AM

    Running QBs NEVER help running backs. Being able to pass downfield opens up running lanes, guy. Who is writing this stuff?

    Play Dak until he loses, then put Romo in.

  37. fordman84 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:41 AM

    No way is Dak better than Romo. Romo still best chance to win.

  38. cardinealsfan20 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:41 AM

    So disappointing, no comedic comments yet stating: “It’s not lengthy ref conferences, it’s those coddled players disrespecting my flag that’s causing the low ratings “.

    Guess we’ll have to wait for this week’s rating results.

  39. patriots123456 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:43 AM

    No doubt Dak is playing well.

    But to me, the whole team is playing much better.

    The Cowboy, Vikings & Falcons are real this year.

  40. daramsman says: Oct 10, 2016 10:43 AM

    You do not disrupt the train when its rolling. Play the kid until you can’t…and if that means Romo has to sit Romo has to sit. Is it about the team winning or is it about Romo’s feelings and contract? There is zero guarantee Romo is going to come out and light it up. He has been out for 2 1/2 months or so…so what happens when he comes out rusty for 3 or 4 games? They are winning without Romo and DEZ for petes sake!They should’ve never extended Romo that long for that much money with his injury history and this is the classic case why…This offesnse as it currently stands acutally helps this average to below average defense. There is a renewed energy on this team and it goes out the window if Romo comes in and the lose 2 or 3…

    And I am saying all of this as a person that despises the cowpokes and Jer-rah Jones.

  41. codythao35 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:44 AM

    He’s not going to win anything for the Cowgirls. He doesn’t have the it factor like great qbs do.

  42. firecracker87 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:47 AM

    The Cowboys, from all indications, disagree with my assessment: Head coach Jason Garrett, owner/G.M. Jerry Jones and his son and right hand man Stephen Jones have all said that Romo remains the franchise quarterback and will start as soon as he’s healthy again.
    ———————————————————————

    Humm…let me see. The dude in the wheel chair vs. the hot hand. Yeah, i’m going with wheel chair guy.

    smh

  43. gallopinghost says: Oct 10, 2016 10:50 AM

    jjb0811 says:
    Oct 10, 2016 9:44 AM
    I’ve never understood the fascination w/ Romo. He’s a 500 QB for a decade plus. That’s not good, its average. I’d leave the rookie in & dump Romo after the season.

    —————————

    Romo has a career passer rating of 97.1. That’s third all time. Better than Brady. Better than Manning. And unlike Dak, it’s over 127 starts.

    And his record is 78-49, not .500

    #factcheck

  44. najacoo22 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:50 AM

    NFL reporting is so reactionary. Let’s hold our horses on Dak Prescott. Kaepernick, Foles, and RG3 both looked pretty good at a point in time. Dak is probably a better choice at this point because Romo is always hurt, but I don’t think there’s really a debate to be had about who is better, when healthy.

  45. JSpicoli says: Oct 10, 2016 10:53 AM

    Jano kicked a 56 yarder below sea level that would have been good from 60+

    Should be mentioned somewhere.

  46. varnbo says: Oct 10, 2016 10:55 AM

    Why don’t you list all your years as a scout, coach, and talent evaluator that enables you to proclaim a rookie QB who is playing well is better than a pro bowl QB with gas left in the tank.

    Don’t give up the day job.

  47. sportoficionado says: Oct 10, 2016 10:57 AM

    all the haters chirping about this and that..bottom line is that the Cowboys are a better team with both Dak and Romo(how many teams have 1 legit starter?) on the team healthy. Locker room loves both and all that matter is the W’s and not the QBs.

  48. bheikkila86 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:57 AM

    If he ran the Patriots Jerry Jones probably would have kept Drew Bledsoe as the starter over Tom Brady too.

  49. kissbillsrings says: Oct 10, 2016 10:58 AM

    Start Romo when healthy…. Better arm, better leader, more upside to make big plays out of nothing….

  50. honkeyt says: Oct 10, 2016 11:02 AM

    LOL! No wonder you write opinion pieces about football and don’t work for a team. You would run it into the ground.

  51. littleman8001 says: Oct 10, 2016 11:05 AM

    Allow me to explain why you clearly don’t understand how football works MDS. Rick Smith the g.m. of the Texans and Bill o Brian would’ve been fired in a heartbeat if they tried to justify putting Hoyer on the field again this season after his 5 interception meltdown in the playoffs last season. As for Osweiler, he’s not playing nearly as bad as his stats would indicate. He is more of a gunslinger type of quarterback which is going to lead to a lot of interceptions. Everyone is ready to crucify him for not being amazing against what could prove to be the best afc and nfc team in the league even though the entire team didn’t show up in those games. My final point on this is that Osweiler has no guaranteed money after year 2 making his deal essentially a 2 year 36 million dollar deal which isn’t a bad deal so far considering he has us at 3-2 with a 1 game lead in the afc south.

  52. kayakattack says: Oct 10, 2016 11:05 AM

    To be fair, Blaine Gabbert is better than Romo

  53. myworldurjuslivinit says: Oct 10, 2016 11:06 AM

    WOW…what a great decision to have…but don’t have to make it yet so onto Green Bay.

  54. honkeyt says: Oct 10, 2016 11:08 AM

    Oh and do you remember the Cowboys record when Murray lead the NFL in rushing and broke Smith’s franchise record? Romo had MVP caliber numbers that year.

  55. sportsfan178 says: Oct 10, 2016 11:10 AM

    If Romo played anywhere besides Dallas people would not consider him to HOF caliber, its all publicity driven. He has had less of a career than Bledsoe, How did that work out for the Patriots

  56. QB Film Room says: Oct 10, 2016 11:10 AM

    Dak has been playing exemplar, but he hasn’t had to carry the O like Romo has done countless times. Romo is still the guy. Dak is the future but This is still Romo’s team at least in 2016

  57. gauchosporlife says: Oct 10, 2016 11:11 AM

    You might hate on Romo, but I can assure you that if your team needs a QB…you’d be rooting for Romo to be your QB.

  58. jjb0811 says: Oct 10, 2016 11:12 AM

    @gallopinghost Dallas is 117-95 since 03, when Romo started for the ‘Boys. During that time they have 3 division titles, 3 times they came in 2nd, 6 times 3rd & 2 4th place finishes. That’s average to me.

  59. plum54 says: Oct 10, 2016 11:20 AM

    Romo may have a better career passing rating than Manning & Brady, but I bet he would rather have 4 Super Bowl rings like Tom & 2 like Manning.

  60. cheapseater says: Oct 10, 2016 11:22 AM

    “You can’t separate Elliott’s success from Prescott’s.”

    You can’t separate any of it from that historically stout OL.

  61. scoocha says: Oct 10, 2016 11:22 AM

    Elliott is a monster of a rookie. Rookies have the advantage in sports today. Let’s not get carried away, remember how great RG3 was his rookie year?

  62. mmack66 says: Oct 10, 2016 11:23 AM

    Why are they always in such a hurry to get Romo back in the game? It’s not like they would win any more games than they have with him sitting out.

    Let the guy heal up some more, and if Prescott falls apart, pull him for Romo.

    Of course, there’s always a chance that Prescott doesn’t fall apart.

  63. blikketty says: Oct 10, 2016 11:24 AM

    Young mobile QBs look great the first couple years before defensive coordinators know what throws they can’t make. If you somehow believe the Cowboys D and receiving core are miraculously good enough to get them to the Super Bowl this year or next, then sure, stay with Dak. No one seems to be mentioning the Cowboys strength of schedule, who have they beat that has a shot at the playoffs?

  64. nflrule says: Oct 10, 2016 11:24 AM

    Jones is obsessed with Romo.Dak will be holding a clipboard very soon.Story over…

  65. bspurloc says: Oct 10, 2016 11:32 AM

    .
    romo is a bust, always was always will be, in many ways a bust.

    but JJ paid him and dez big money and its all about saving face.

  66. firecracker87 says: Oct 10, 2016 11:33 AM

    gallopinghost says:
    Romo has a career passer rating of 97.1. That’s third all time. Better than Brady. Better than Manning. And unlike Dak, it’s over 127 starts.

    And his record is 78-49, not .500

    #factcheck
    ——————————————————————

    Perfect case of where stats can only get you so much of a picture. Based on his career passer rating being better than Brady’s can’t honestly lead anyone to believe Romo’ is the GOAT and not Brady?

  67. edelmanfanclub says: Oct 10, 2016 11:36 AM

    Romo was a very good QB for almost a decade, he was never elite. He was very good, I agree that Dak isnt better than Romo in his peak. It should be noted we have no clue how Dak will do if the running game is stuck, (they lost vs NYG in the only instance this year but it wasnt a blowout). Is Dak better than Romo right now? I dont think so but he has led the Boys to a strong start. Romo is likely the better QB but his body cannot hold up anymore. He wasnt the most durable through his peak and it doesnt get better with age. I dont think Tony should be playing, the guy may end up in the wheelchair if he does. I think Daks true test comes against the Packers, and it he falters Romo will start. If he wins you cant really bench him.

  68. goooooobrowns says: Oct 10, 2016 11:45 AM

    I don’t know how you can anoint a guy as THE guy after 4 games. Anyway, Romo will come back and be done again after another 3 games.

  69. haywoodjablomey says: Oct 10, 2016 11:49 AM

    Please put Romo back in! It will be so fun to watch him wince in pain when he’s injured half-way through his first game back. I don’t normally enjoy seeing people hurt, but when it’s Romo I don’t mind. Call me cruel…

  70. thetooloftools says: Oct 10, 2016 12:00 PM

    What if the Patriots had sat Brady down when what’s his face got healthy?

  71. myspaceyourface says: Oct 10, 2016 12:03 PM

    Cleveland needs a Quarterback….

    When don’t they.

  72. v2787 says: Oct 10, 2016 12:07 PM

    The first week of the season I said that Prescott was better than Romo. He still is. Romo should be traded immediately for some defensive help. The Cowboys don’t need Romo anymore, but there are some teams that could probably use him. Frankly, I don’t expect Romo to last much longer anyway. He’s too brittle. Also, and most importantly, he’s never won anything and never will. Prescott is better than Romo in every way. Dallas would be insane to hand the starting QB job back to Romo at this point. Trade him and get something for him while you can.

  73. mmack66 says: Oct 10, 2016 12:08 PM

    gallopinghost says:
    Oct 10, 2016 10:50 AM

    Romo has a career passer rating of 97.1. That’s third all time. Better than Brady. Better than Manning.
    —————————-

    Who cares about career passer ratings, other than fans of players that have nothing else to be measured by?

    Anyone know what Montana’s career passer rating is? Didn’t think so.

  74. blynch67 says: Oct 10, 2016 12:23 PM

    Speed up the game: Let’s cut out half of the commercials.

    Viewership is down because people switch during the excessive commercial bombardments, lose interest and never switch back to the game.

  75. nhpats says: Oct 10, 2016 12:23 PM

    seanleemvp says:
    Oct 10, 2016 10:15 AM
    So many people with short memories it blows my mind. Romo played with no offensive line from 2010-2013. that’s when he got beat to hell and could take it but it has taken its toll now. Dak has walked into a perfect situation, just reference Bill Parcells quote to help understand that . He’s got 4 passing tds in 5 games and people think he’s Joe Montana. He’s don great managing the game and playing with That O line and Zeke.

    ROMO brings the deep passing game Dak has yet to have any success with, the red zone passing game Dak has done just okay with. He also has the 2nd highest 4th quarter QB rating ever and most comebacks since he started his first game in 2006 of any QB. Dak is the future, Romo is the now. Dak hasn’t been winning games with his feet, he’s been managing the game. Romo can do that even better with this team. He’s earned the right to come back and go out his way. If he doesn’t play well or gets hurt again Dak is there in the wings. It’s a good problem to have. Declaring someone better than Romo after 5 games vrs mostly poor teams is as short cited as it gets.
    Then again, anything Cowboys gets you clicks even when the Cowboys themselves know Romo will start once healthy.

    —————–
    Prescott is winning games. Romo has shown to be a mediocre QB even at his best. Have you seen his postseason record? The Cowboys would be wise to move on and let Prescott get all the experience he can get. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, Romo has little to no trade value at this point in his career. Jones should work a deal to get Romo to simply “retire”.

  76. abninf says: Oct 10, 2016 12:26 PM

    boido says:

    Once there’s some more tape on this kid, then judge him as the better QB, until then he’s still just a flash in the pan.
    ====================================

    That sounds like what everyone was saying in 2001 with another QB who replaced Bledsole.

  77. abninf says: Oct 10, 2016 12:30 PM

    bspurloc says:

    romo is a bust, always was always will be, in many ways a bust.
    =========================================

    So the first guy in history to come out of college undrafted, signed as a free agent and still be a bust after a decade+ career.

  78. pittsburghdamned says: Oct 10, 2016 12:37 PM

    Time to jettison “Golfing Gomer Pyle”

  79. rainsarge says: Oct 10, 2016 12:46 PM

    Saying Romo is the starter takes pressure off Dak. He’s not better than Romo yet. But it’s appears they are going to win the division with him starting.

  80. vikingsdefineaverage says: Oct 10, 2016 12:50 PM

    blikketty says:
    Oct 10, 2016 11:24 AM
    Young mobile QBs look great the first couple years before defensive coordinators know what throws they can’t make. If you somehow believe the Cowboys D and receiving core are miraculously good enough to get them to the Super Bowl this year or next, then sure, stay with Dak. No one seems to be mentioning the Cowboys strength of schedule, who have they beat that has a shot at the playoffs?
    ________________________________________
    He is a mobile QB but the Cowboys aren’t running the read option of asking him to run more than once, maybe twice a game. He is playing QB from the pocket mostly.

    Bengals have made the playoffs the last 3 seasons I believe. They had a healthy roster against a Dallas team without a starting offensive lineman, starting quarterback, #1 WR, #1 DB in Scandrick.

    Just think of more excuses every time Dallas wins a game they are expected to lose. I think they will beat Green Bay by 2 possessions as well.

    Have fun hating this young team for the next 10 years

  81. stlouisfan says: Oct 10, 2016 12:57 PM

    If it aint broke , don’t fix it …………… what if Dak keeps winning and there are no signs that say that he wont . They have a good combination working with the running game and the short to intermediate passing. Why change it ? They have lost one game. Unless he totally falls apart , why change what they have. He has looked good since the first snap. Romo could not have done a better job . Time to move on from Romo.

  82. matt14gg says: Oct 10, 2016 1:04 PM

    Has anyone bothered to ask Hue Jackson why he went for the two point conversion when his team was down 17 pts. in the 4th quarter? Not that it mattered but that was a dumb decision, made by another dumb coach in a league full of them. Sorry, but there’s about 4 head coaches in this league that know whet they are doing. At this point it should be obvious that Hue aint one of them.

  83. skinsdiehard says: Oct 10, 2016 1:20 PM

    Cowboys barely beat my Redskins. If we convert that drive, already up 23-20, Redskins would have won. Can’t wait to play them again. Prescott only has 4 TD passes in 5 games. Sorry, that’s not more production than what Romo would give.

  84. joetoronto says: Oct 10, 2016 1:21 PM

    Prescott has 4 touchdown passes in 5 games, let’s reel it in a little. That’s not to say he’s not going to be good, but you’re going to use passer rating as an argument for why he’s better than someone who has four 30 touchdown seasons, and in his last full season had a higher passer rating than Prescott has now, but with 34 TDs to go along with it?

    Go Bills.

  85. skinsdiehard says: Oct 10, 2016 1:22 PM

    Cowboys have had an easy schedule and lost to the Giants and should have lost against the Redskins. I don’t get the fascination. Their defense is still weak.

  86. patfanken says: Oct 10, 2016 1:38 PM

    Way to early to crown Prescott the new Dallas QB. I think Dallas has done a brilliant job of creating an offense that suits Prescott’s skills and experience, and he’s done a great job in it. The kid has a great future.

    HOWEVER, the current Dallas offense though effective, is limited in its scope. And if there is one think we all should know about defenses in the NFL is that they catch us to offenses. The Panthers were 15-1 last season and with a superbowl appearance, defenses went to school of what made them good on offense, and currently they are 1-3, and their QB’s are taking a beating.

    This reminds me of some Pats fans going nuts over Jimmy Garapolo after a game and a half, and then you start to see the difference when the real deal arrives. No question that Dak Prescott is the Cowboys future QB, but a healthy Tony Romo gives the Cowboys their best chance to go deep into the playoffs.

  87. bahhh25 says: Oct 10, 2016 1:52 PM

    Lose the wild card game either way with tony or dak.

  88. doggeatdogg says: Oct 10, 2016 2:02 PM

    Remember that other back up QB back east that stepped in and tore up the league when the starter got injured. Hopefully Dak will have similar success. It’s how things work sometimes. Romo had his run and he should be more concerned about his health now than anything.

  89. marmac2768 says: Oct 10, 2016 2:03 PM

    I think that Jerry Jones is not willing to give up on Romo because he honestly thinks that Romo is the best QB in the league and, to put Prescott in is to say that Romo is NOT the best QB in the league and that would only mean on thing; Jerry Jones is WRONG and, like Donald Trump, he doesn’t have it in his DNA to say that. I, like most people, think there is not a nicer guy in the NFL than Tony Romo, but he will NEVER be a Super Bowl QB, particularly that he is now 36 years old. Of course, as long as the Daddy is for him, the son and the coach will be for him. He needs to ride this train as long as he can, because the bridge is out just a little ways. I an hoping that it won’t be from a broken back or debilitating injury.

  90. gallopinghost says: Oct 10, 2016 2:08 PM

    jjb0811 says:
    Oct 10, 2016 11:12 AM
    @gallopinghost Dallas is 117-95 since 03, when Romo started for the ‘Boys. During that time they have 3 division titles, 3 times they came in 2nd, 6 times 3rd & 2 4th place finishes. That’s average to me.

    ————————————-

    The 78-49 record is Dallas’ record with Romo as the starter, which seems more relevant to me than their record including with him on the bench. Unless you want to make the point that health is a skill and he should be docked for those games where he forced a backup QB into play, which is fair. Even then however, their record before he became the starter in 2006 is irrelevant.

    And Romo’s career playoff passer rating is 93.0, which is also higher than both Brady’s and Manning’s. Football is a team sport. Romo makes mistakes, sometimes costly and memorable ones, but so does everyone. He still adds a lot more than he subtracts.

  91. vavikingfan says: Oct 10, 2016 2:31 PM

    It’s delusionary to think Romo has any trade value.

  92. chippys lost binky says: Oct 10, 2016 2:35 PM

    tonebones says:
    Oct 10, 2016 10:19 AM
    I’ll bet the Jets would like to have Romo. Let the bidding begin.
    ++++++++++++=

    Nothing happens in a vacuum. If you could explain how the Jets would fit him under the cap that would just be great. The Boys aren’t going to take Revis in trade and short of his and another starter’s contracts coming off the books the Jets would have to trade enough starters to Dallas to accommodate Romo’s contract that it would be pointless to acquire him even if they could count on him being healthy.

  93. carloswlassiter says: Oct 10, 2016 2:37 PM

    bheikkila86 says:
    Oct 10, 2016 10:57 AM

    If he ran the Patriots Jerry Jones probably would have kept Drew Bledsoe as the starter over Tom Brady too.
    ———————————————————–
    Most people would have.

  94. npadln says: Oct 10, 2016 2:47 PM

    ipdaily69
    Romo is made of glass. Banking on him surviving even a half season is a formula for decline. Therefore Jerrah will choose decline…he can’t help himself

    ***********************
    Maybe that’s what JJ and the the coaching staff is counting on; Romo’s glass body. Look at it this way, everything plays out to its natural conclusion, three games in and Romo limps away from the game and no bad blood to be found anywhere and Prescott becomes “bona fide”.

  95. firecracker87 says: Oct 10, 2016 3:05 PM

    If Jerrah puts Romo in as the starter then it’ll be obvious Romo has some pictures of Jerrah.

  96. saltineamerican says: Oct 10, 2016 3:33 PM

    Leave Dak in. 2 loses in a row, put Romo back in. The train is rolling, why stop it and replace the conductor?

  97. skawh says: Oct 10, 2016 3:43 PM

    Excuse me, but what playoff game has Dak been in? Talk about over reaction Monday. Dak has ZERO experience…4 wins against weak opponents is no test. If Dak was playing behind an ordinary line, Dak would be toast…it’s that line and very short passes that are propping him up. Get real!

  98. pfatalbert says: Oct 10, 2016 3:47 PM

    “Dak” sounds much, much, much better than “Dakota” Prescott

  99. daramsman says: Oct 10, 2016 4:23 PM

    jb0811 says:
    Oct 10, 2016 9:44 AM
    I’ve never understood the fascination w/ Romo. He’s a 500 QB for a decade plus. That’s not good, its average. I’d leave the rookie in & dump Romo after the season.

    —————————

    Romo has a career passer rating of 97.1. That’s third all time. Better than Brady. Better than Manning. And unlike Dak, it’s over 127 starts.

    And his record is 78-49, not .500

    #factcheck
    ______________________________________

    And they both have the same amount of Championships.
    #morefactchecks

  100. djp141 says: Oct 10, 2016 4:38 PM

    Romo will be back as the starting QB. And 5 plays later, after he’s injured again, Prescott will be back on the field.

  101. goattoday says: Oct 10, 2016 4:38 PM

    Trade Romo to the Broncos for Siemian. Elway would do that deal! Romo gets a shot at a ring. Dallas gets a quality backup for Dak.

  102. nhpats says: Oct 10, 2016 4:39 PM

    mmack66 says:
    Oct 10, 2016 12:08 PM
    gallopinghost says:
    Oct 10, 2016 10:50 AM

    Romo has a career passer rating of 97.1. That’s third all time. Better than Brady. Better than Manning.
    —————————-

    Who cares about career passer ratings, other than fans of players that have nothing else to be measured by?

    Anyone know what Montana’s career passer rating is? Didn’t think so.

    ————–

    Exactly. Let’s look at this stat….postseason wins:

    Romo: 2
    Brady: 22

    Yeah…..Romo is awesome….

  103. QB Film Room says: Oct 10, 2016 9:33 PM

    Rodney Harrison has a lot of racial hate in his system

  104. buess21 says: Oct 10, 2016 9:36 PM

    nhpats says:
    Oct 10, 2016 4:39 PM
    mmack66 says:
    Oct 10, 2016 12:08 PM
    gallopinghost says:
    Oct 10, 2016 10:50 AM

    ————–

    Exactly. Let’s look at this stat….postseason wins:

    Romo: 2
    Brady: 22

    Yeah…..Romo is awesome…
    ______

    And how many of those did he have to get balls deflated for so he could throw with his tiny hands?
    Or have video of the opposing defenses signals?

  105. aj66shanghai says: Oct 11, 2016 1:52 AM

    To be traded, Romo would have to pass a physical. Being on the injury report = automatic fail. There will be no trade, it is not possible before the deadline. So, shut up about it already.

    Dak has bought himself an extra week, maybe two, which means he bought Romo an extra week or two to get healthy and limber and back in game form. Romo will start at that point, and no question it is the smart play. You don’t pay top money to the sport’s most important position to start getting cute with the depth chart. No controversy, no question, that’s just the reality of today’s NFL.

  106. coachdre1 says: Oct 12, 2016 12:11 PM

    Romo had a tremendous career with the Cowboys. However, do to injuries and age.. he’s not able to carry the team on his back any longer. Romo can’t continue twisting and getting out of plays when he’s in trouble, he would be taking a beating… He endure too many unnecessary hits by other teams. I personally want him to retire. Romo has a family.. too many more shots in the NFL will keep him from being upright to enjoy some of those joyful moments with his family. True fans would agree.. It has nothing to do with Dak being better or Romo’s successful history with the Cowboys. Yes, Romo has the experience, and seen way more coverage’s and fronts in the game. Dak is playing lights out football, and should continue with his run. Romo coming back now is risking himself to injury again. As a fan what do you say when and if he goes down and can not get up due to a big hit.. I remember the year when Michael Irvins went down against the Eagles. He was the MAN for the cowboys.. I said then.. Mike should retire. He did just that… Romo needs to retire if he wants to enjoy his family.

  107. brendafortheboyz says: Oct 12, 2016 2:22 PM

    “Mike should retire. He did just that…”

    Michael IRVIN found out he had a congenital condition, of which he was not AWARE. He retired because, if hit just right, he could be paralyzed.
    Romo is not in such a position…..

  108. brendafortheboyz says: Oct 12, 2016 2:27 PM

    Dak is NOT better than Tony!!! This is Tony’s team, but I want him to be completely healthy when he returns. We have 2 franchise q/b’s, and that’s is being in a pretty good place to me🙂🙂

  109. 1historian says: Oct 17, 2016 8:38 AM

    Romo is 36 years old, he is injury-prone, he is NOT a winner. He’s ok but nothing special.

    Prescott shows all the signs of being a winner.

    Ergo – JJ will in all probability screw this up.

    To me the mere fact that the owner considers himself the final authority in a decision like this is as good a reason as any for the fact that the Cowboys have not won in a long time.

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