Tony Romo is a lock to retain his job whenever he’s healthy, right? Maybe not so much. Dak Prescott could potentially win the gig permanently, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, though that scenario remains a long shot.
#Cowboys thought: Whenever Romo returns, he returns. They’re moving forward with Dak Prescott… with the door cracked slightly for Romo’s job
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 11, 2016
This idea seems a bit far-fetched. Especially when you consider the Cowboys would rather keep Romo on the active roster because there is nobody else in their mind that would be as valuable to the team than him — even when he cannot play.
Still, the idea that Prescott could wrest the starting job away from Romo is something executive vice president Stephen Jones has already adressed. Jerry Jones’ son recently compared the situation in Dallas to the Tom Brady-Drew Bledsoe transition in 2001 with the New England Patriots. He didn’t say he’s expecting it to happen but did not rule it out, either (more on that here).
Of course, all this is a moot point if Prescott does what all rookies do and turns the ball over a lot while Romo is away.
This isn’t what we saw from the fourth-round pick out of Mississippi State during the preseason, but things are a whole lot different when the games matter in September.
It’s going to be fascinating to see how Prescott performs under pressure this season. Romo could be out anywhere from six to 10 weeks, so the rookie will have plenty of time to show if he’s ready to take over or if the Romo era still has some legs.