With the injured veteran QB taking a step on the road to recovery, do the Cowboys need the distraction?
Whatever way you look at it, there’s a situation brewing in Dallas. Interestingly enough, it’s a problem most franchises in the NFL would give up any number of picks to have; two quarterbacks capable of starting and leading a team into the playoffs.
While the initial plan – after Romo broke a bone in his back during preseason – was to have him restored by Week 8 to turn the season around, it’s fair to say things have changed quite dramatically since. Rookie QB sensation Dak Prescott, along with fellow rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott and a Pro-Bowl littered Offensive Line, have set the league alight.
With the Cowboys going 5-1 to start the season and Prescott playing at a historic level for a rookie, including an astonishing active passer rating of 103.9, the team have a very tough decision on their hands, one that isn’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future.
Although Romo’s return to practice on Thursday has been regarded by most as a ‘baby step’, it will only continue to build speculation around whether he will return straight to the starting line-up when 100% healthy. For what it’s worth, Dak Prescott – as he has done this entire season – is doing and saying all the right things.
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“That’s a vet who takes care of himself and is going to get back healthy and is doing all the right things to do that,” Prescott told reporters on Thursday.
What this does mean is that for the first time in what feels like forever, the Cowboys have the luxury of taking their time with Romo and preventing any re-occurrence of the back injuries that have plagued his career. Not that you can blame them for rushing him back previously, considering Dallas have only won twice over the past five years when their ‘franchise’ quarterback has been absent.
So, does the team bring Romo – who most would agree is slightly more accurate throwing downfield and can read defences better than his younger counterpart – back into the fold? Or do they completely avoid upsetting the momentum they’ve built this season and keep him as a very handy back-up to the impressive rookie? Although a decision won’t technically need to be made until Romo is a full participant in training, you get the feeling it needs to be made sooner rather than later.