In the immediate aftermath of Dak Prescott doubling his season interception total and starting a one-game losing streak, the Cowboys were quick to insist that the rookie quarterback was still their guy.
(The fact those interceptions went from two to four and he had won 11 straight prior to that likely led to their conviction.)
But when questions cropped up in the aftermath about the possible availability of Tony Romo and what it would take for Prescott to lose his grip on the starting job, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was just as forceful.
“You can make it as simple or as complex as you want to make it,” Garrett said, via Todd Archer of ESPN.com. “It’s pretty simple for us: Dak’s going to play quarterback as we go forward.”
Of course, there’s reason to wonder, as Prescott has failed to top 200 yards in any of his last three games, and was shaky at best against the Giants Sunday night, with Dez Bryant continuing to be a bit of an afterthought in the offense (catching one pass for 10 yards against the Giants).
“We’re just focused on Dak playing quarterback for us,” Garrett said. “And we’ll continue to do that in our preparation this week and as we go forward. He’s done a really good job for us up to this point, won 11 of 13 games that he’s started, and he’s handled really every situation as well as you can handle it. So we’ll just continue that way. Tony will be in a backup role for us and he’ll be ready to go if he’s called upon to play.
“But Dak’s done an outstanding job up to this point. [I’m] excited to see him continue to play.”
It’s hard not to ride the streak, but it’s also hard to deny Prescott’s limitations as a passer at the moment — particularly when there happens to be a guy on the bench who has been quite good in that regard in the past.