And just like that, the quarterback controversy that fizzled out a little while ago in Dallas seems to be back on again.
A mere two days after Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott reverted to his fledgling self, plummeting to his worst showing of the season in a 10-7 loss to the New York Giants Sunday, team owner Jerry Jones is already sounding uncertain about Prescott’s status as the starting quarterback.
If you ask Jones, the possibility that Tony Romo could replace Prescott moving forward seems much more plausible now than it did several weeks ago — when Prescott was in the midst of an MVP caliber season and Romo had just been medically cleared to take the field again.
“…It’ll be pretty obvious that when you see it with Romo sitting there and playing at the level he’s playing at right now, practicing at the level he’s practicing, got the experience…” Jones said via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “…We’re going into these last three games as well as the playoffs, we’re really going into it at good shape, good depth at quarterback.”
And it’s a good thing. Clearly, the Giants have the fourth-round draft pick’s number. They stifled Prescott in week one, which could easily be explained away as a rookie with zero experience at that point making his first professional start.
But Sunday was a different story.
On the heels of eleven straight wins and a season that was shaping up to be maybe the best any rookie quarterback in the NFL has ever put together, New York made Prescott look out of his depth. He connected on 17-of-37 attempts for 137 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for a quarterback rating of 45.4, eclipsing his previous worst of 69.4 in week one against the Giants.
But as Jones so often boasts, having two solid options under center is a dilemma that few other teams in the league, if any, can claim.
“We’re so fortunate to have that legitimate discussion,” Jones continued. “Most teams, as a matter of fact I don’t know of any, that if they lost their starter right now that they’ve got an alternative who could take them as far as they can go as a team. So I think it’s a beautiful position to be in.”