I couldn’t imagine a worse look for Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones at this point. Hall of Fame and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman said on Thursday “I’m not sure that Tony, if it was left up to the owner, wouldn’t be the starter now, just based on the comments that I’ve heard in the last couple weeks,” Aikman said Thursday on KTCK-AM 1310 The Ticket, per the Dallas Morning News.
Jerry Jones has continuously made comments all season suggesting that he might let Tony Romo finish the season for the Cowboys. Aikman stated that he didn’t understand Jones’ comments and quite frankly, neither do I. Questions have surfaced about Dak’s play after a few poor performances and a loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night. If the media wasn’t getting into the rookie’s head already; Jerry Jones’ comments certainly don’t help. When Jones was asked about the chance for Romo to play in the playoffs he replied with ,“What a story, one for the ages, if he’d step in there and this year help us win a Super Bowl on the field with his skill.” Aikman countered on Thursday saying “know what would be a great story would be if a rookie quarterback takes this team to a Super Bowl championship. That’d be a great story.”
MY TAKE: I completely agree with Aikman and am glad that a Cowboys’ legend had the nerve to speak up and say what needed to be said. For Jerry Jones to take Dak Prescott out at this point of the season because of two bad performances would be extremely idiotic. Not to mention, in one of his two “bad performances” against the Minnesota Vikings, his team came out with a win and he ended the game with 139 passing yards, 1 touchdown and a passer rating of 108.3. I think the thing that people forget is that Prescott is STILL A ROOKIE and for a rookie, he has had an incredible year. He did have a bad game against the Giants ending with 2 interceptions and only a 45.4 passer rating but has been extremely efficient otherwise. Numbers don’t tell the whole story with Dak however, and everyone who watched him play in his first preseason game knew that he had IT. Throughout the season he has showed tremendous leadership qualities and has been making every other team regret passing up on him in the draft. To take him out and ruin all the chemistry he has built with his teammates would be the wrong decision at this point in the season.
I think that the best thing for the Cowboys to do is let Dak Prescott take them as far as he can in the playoffs because to me what he has done this season is impressive as it is, but to add some playoff experience heading into next season would be even more of a threat for the Dallas Cowboys. Not trying to write the Cowboys off this season, but a chance for a rookie to get any playoff experience at all is both rare and valuable.