Tony Romo is hailed for his brilliant football mind, but Dak Prescott is resulting a casting in Dallas that cant stop winning
One of the things the Dallas Cowboys have always loved about Tony Romo is his football mind. Three years ago he played a significant role in developing the teams offense, doing far more than most quarterbacks by sitting in most of the coaches offensive installing meetings during that offseason. Few quarterbacks have the patience or the understanding to attend those endless sessions and help design the offense. In the Cowboys offices he is seen as a football genius even if this grandeur doesnt always appear in the waning moments of the most important point games.
But now that the broken bone in Romos back has recovered and Jerry Jones has said Romo will have his starting undertaking back when healthy, the Cowboys should consider leaving Romo on the sideline where he can serve as an extra coach for Dak Prescott. For no matter how wonderful Romo is at breaking down tape and depicting plays on a whiteboard, Dallas should not pull Prescott. Their future quarterback should probably remain their current quarterback.
What hasnt he done? Thrown into one of the most-scrutinized roles in sports quarterback of the Cowboys with little time to prepare, the rookie Prescott has been outstanding. He has led Dallas to a 5-1 record no one expected them to have when Romo went down late in the preseason. He has hurled seven touchdowns for merely one interception, and his passer rating has been over 100 for five straight weeks. Rookies dont do this often. They really dont do it when they have been dumped into the starting line-up days before the seasons start.
After the Cowboys beat Green Bay 30 -1 6 on Sunday even Jones wasnt ready to hand the job back to Romo, avoiding questions on who will be starting at quarterback following the teams bye next week.
What I think we do is wait until the next card is played, Jones said. A few moments afterward he was even less specific: Id hate to end up with two winning quarterbacks and a tough decision as to “whos going to” win video games, he said and then winked.
His Cowboys are in first place in the NFC East and definitely sounds like Super Bowl contenders, a known fact that startled even Jones as he stood in the locker room beneath Lambeau Field early Sunday evening. Im surprised that we are playing as well as weve played, he said. How can anyone change this by inserting Romo into the success that has come behind Prescott? These are not hard times, Jones said.
And yet they are. One wrong move can destroy everything, especially with Dallass rival, Washington, merely a game behind at 4-2. Right now the Cowboys are playing with confidence, outscoring adversaries by 52 phases, the fourth-best rate in the league. But their wins behind Prescott are more squad victories than individual monuments. The Cowboys have been conservative with him, putting him in those instances where he can be confident. So far that has worked, but there will come a period when it doesnt, when teams will build moving the ball difficult and where reference is will have passes intercepted. Dallas can return to Romo then. For now, they should ride the one who has get them to a place they never imagined theyd be. Why ruin a winning formula? Surely even Jerry Jones knows that.
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Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was cornered by geekwire.comafter an event in Seattle on Friday and was asked what he made of Donald Trumps remarks about the NFLs concussion laws being soft . Sherman was patently not impressed by Trumps supposes. Then again, Sherman has never been a Tom Brady when it comes to the presidential candidate.
Sherman transferred his fury toward his defensive team-mates and defensive coordinator Kris Richard after Atlantas Julio Jones scored on a 36 -yard touchdown reception on Sunday. When Richard tackled Sherman about the score, seemingly connoting the miscommunication that allowed the touchdown was Shermans fault, the cornerback exploded, hurling his helmet to the turf and screaming at Richard. When team-mates tried to intervene he screamed at them too.
Apparently the whole workout worked. Despite allowing Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to hurl for 335 yards and three touchdowns, the Seahawks came back from a 24 -1 7 fourth one-quarter deficit to win 26 -2 4, albeit after a controversial call at the end of video games. The winning field goal was set up by Shermans tip of a pass to Jones that then ricochetted into the hands of team-mate Earl Thomas for an interception.