Maybe Starting Dak Over Romo In 2016 Was A Bad Decision…

[Every week I will be doing a column about the Dallas Cowboys. They are a team I follow and I feel like I have a good grasp on the coverage of the team. Yes, I am a Cowboys fan. At the same time, I am fair and objective. If they are terrible I will say they are terrible, if they are good then I… actually I don’t remember how that feels.]

November 16, 2016, Tony Romo announces he will accept the backup spot to Dak Prescott. In an emotional press conference, Tony Romo hands over the keys to the future of the Dallas Cowboys franchise. He announces how tough it is to do this.

“Getting hurt when you feel like you have the best team you’ve ever had was a soul-crushing moment for me.”

Rookie Dak Prescott lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 13-3 season, with the help of rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliot with a league-leading 1,631 yards along with 15 touchdowns. The season, unfortunately, ended at the hands of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional round of the playoffs.

The future looked promising, with a young quarterback that looked unstoppable and a work-horse running back that will lead to 1,000 yard rushing seasons on a regular basis. I had my doubts. With a healthy Tony Romo ready to return, Jason Garrett and the Cowboys coaching staff decided to go with the “hot hand”. Why not sit Dak Prescott, let Tony Romo lead the most talented team he has ever played for, and let Prescott sit and learn from one of the best quarterbacks in the game?

I kept hearing people say things like, “go with the hot hand”, “you don’t want to hurt Dak’s ego”, “Romo is just going to get hurt again”. Yeah, Dak was definitely the hot hand. Throwing 23 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 104.9 is no small feat. As far as hurting his feelings, dude you are the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, you are going to get your feeling hurt all the time. Last point, which is the dumbest point. If Romo gets hurt again, then you put Dak in again! I was getting into these long debates with fellow Cowboys fans telling them this could come back to bite us in the ass. They wouldn’t listen.

Have you heard of a guy named Josh Freeman, or how about Brock Osweiler, or even Matt Schaub. All were celebrated because of early success, then they were eventually figured out. NFL teams are full of guys that watch hundreds of hours of tape weekly. You can’t fool NFL scouts for long, if you have a deficiency in your game, it will be exposed.

Fast forward to September 9, 2018. The Carolina Panthers dared the Cowboys to throw on them. The Panthers stacked the box and had one-on-one coverage against the Cowboys receivers all game long. They knew they were going to run it most of the time. In the play below, Dak sees an 8-man box but doesn’t check out of the play. The play results in no yards.

The Panther’s are not scared of Dak throwing on them, AT ALL. They know he doesn’t have the skill to beat them through the air. He was missing passes all day. He missed throws to wide open Connor Jarwin and rookie Michael Gallup.

Not only is he missing easy throws, he is not seeing the field like how an NFL quarterback should be seeing the field. On the last offensive play of the game, Prescott misses a wide-open Cole Beasley because he looked down and tried to make a play with his feet. When I see that, I see one thing, he has lost confidence in his arm. That is not good.

I know, it sounds like I am just a Dak Prescott basher. Really I am not, I am a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. I would be a much happier person if Dak Prescott was a better quarterback at this point. From what I have seen in his last 6 games, it does not look good. I hope the Cowboys coaching staff can figure this out (I almost spit my coffee out thinking that).

If there is a positive, I would say the defense looked very good on Sunday. We will see if there are any improvements this Sunday night verse the Giants. If Dak Prescott puts in another performance like last week, then the Cowboys better start thinking about who they are going to draft next year. I hope I am wrong, but things are looking bad. Benching Tony Romo might be one of the great “what-ifs” in Dallas Cowboys history. What a time to be a fan!

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