There is no quarterback controversy.
There is no quarterback competition.
After six NFL games, Dak Prescott has earned his role as the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback.
Owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett may not want to admit it, but Tony Romo’s days as the face of the Cowboys’ franchise are over. The preseason gave us an inclination of Prescott’s ability, and the first six weeks have essentially ended the discussion.
Leading the Cowboys to a 5-1 start, Prescott has thrown for 1,486 yards, 7 touchdowns and 1 interception while completing 68.7 percent of his passes. His ability to minimize mistakes runs in stark contrast to Romo, who hasn’t posted a single six-game stretch with one interception or fewer in his 14-year career.
Some may be quick to attribute this to Romo’s propensity to take more shots down the field, but Prescott’s 8.17 yards per attempt is actually better than Romo’s career mark of 7.89. Prescott may not have the experience advantage, but he is more athletic, more durable, a bigger threat as a runner and less turnover prone than Romo has ever proven to be.
Most importantly, Prescott’s tendencies mesh perfectly with the construction of the Cowboys’ roster. Flanked by a dominant offensive line and a dynamic running back in Ezekiel Elliott (who appears to be even better than advertised), Prescott isn’t being asked to be the team’s savior.
Instead, the fourth-round pick is playing smart, efficient football, having already built a strong rapport with Jason Witten and Cole Beasley. Once Dez Bryant returns from his knee injury, it should only make life easier for Prescott as defenses will be forced to pick their poison.
Coming off an impressive 30-16 win at Lambeau Field on Sunday and looking like a serious Super Bowl contender, Dallas’ decision makers can’t disrupt the current momentum with a quarterback switch.
And they won’t.
They’re just afraid to admit it right now.
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