While Tony Romo has been out injured, Dak Prescott has been playing quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and he has been playing magnificently. Much to the surprise of many that thought he would crumble after his impressive preseason performances.
After five games, the Cowboys are sitting on a 4-1 record, which could have been 5-0 if it wasn't for a costly mistake during their week one game against the New York Giants. Prescott has been poised, great under the pressure, and accurate with the football, going 155 pass attempts without an interception.
Yet despite these great shows, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says Romo is still the number one quarterback, meaning he will have his job back when he is healthy. Here are three reasons why Jones is right in not playing the hot hand in Prescott when Romo is ready to come back.
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Romo is the better quarterback
The stats don't lie. Prescott has been good this season. Romo, however, is better.
In the 2014 season, the four-time Pro Bowler completed nearly 70% of his passes, a mark he was on pace to match in 2015 as well before he got hurt. If he comes back and is unable to match those numbers, then the Cowboys should give the starting job to Prescott.
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If their top quality offensive line is able to protect him as well then there's no reason why he can't reproduce these numbers when he comes back later this year. If he can't despite the line, then obviously adjustments will be made.
Prescott will be there if needed
Prescott isn't going anywhere. The rookie was only recently drafted by Dallas in the fourth round of this year's draft, so he has a nice contract that lasts until 2019 as well. There is no rush to start due to a short time remaining on his contract to evaluate his worth or anything like that.
Whether or not Romo is able to come back and play at the same level, it doesn't matter, because they have the talented 23-year-old quarterback waiting in the wings for the call if needed at any time.
Romo can't be traded yet
This is probably the main reason why Jones is allowing Romo to start under center when he is healthy. Due to his contract still having a hefty sum left to pay and his injury proneness over the past few seasons, the 36-year-old is currently untradeable.
The four-time Pro Bowler becomes further untradeable if Dallas decides to start Prescott over him because outsiders looking in would see him as a player with his best days behind him.
However, if Romo is able to come back and play like he used to, then he becomes a trading option if the Cowboys decide they'd rather go ahead and play Prescott ahead of him in 2017. He would have shown his worth to other teams in the league that is only missing a quarterback to go on a Super Bowl run.