breaking news

Winter storm warning until 6 p.m.; drivers to face risks of ice, winds

Bohls: Cowboys should sit or, better yet, trade Romo


It may not even matter.

I half-wonder if backup Mark Sanchez could start for Dallas without much dropoff. But just half-wonder.

The Cowboys are that good.

Considering the NFC East leaders have the best offensive line in football, the probable Rookie of the Year in the backfield and an overachieving defense, the decision should be that easy. But of course, decisions like these never are.

This is a delicate time for Dallas, and no one should rock the boat. Somehow, the sense here is Dallas will survive the decision whether to go with a quarterback who has started six games or one who’s started 155.

I’d start Prescott and trade Tony Romo.

Before the Nov. 1 trade deadline, if possible, even though that move would cost Dallas about $14 million in cap space. An offseason deal after June 1 wouldn’t be as financially painful, but it’d be smart to deal Romo to an on-the-cusp Super Bowl contender like quarterback-needy Denver or going-nowhere teams like the Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Bears or New York Jets. All those are desperate for a quarterback, even the Rams, who gave away first- and third-round picks to help land celebrated practice squadder Jared Goff.

Assuming no trade is forthcoming, Dallas should stick with the rookie over the 36-year-old, fragile Romo. Chemistry can be an elusive commodity, and the Cowboys clearly have it now.

Does replacing the red-hot Prescott with Romo divide the Cowboys’ locker room that believes in the youngster? Or does sticking with Prescott make for a more divisive locker room because so many of his teammates have supported Romo through thick and thinner?

Prescott didn’t throw an interception until his 177th career pass, an NFL record. Now he would be fine to sit, content as the future cornerstone of this franchise after as impressive baptism under fire. Would Romo be a team-first guy as well or embittered, knowing the clock on his career is ticking? Romo’s been noticeably silent while Prescott has been perfectly deferential, entirely respectful of his elder.

“This is Tony’s team,” Prescott said. “I knew that going into the situation. I think everybody knew that. I’m just trying to do the best I can to give my team a chance to win week in and week out.”

Or Romo’s team. Slip of the tongue there?

“As long as we’re winning, I really don’t care,” Prescott added. “Obviously I want to play. That’s the competitor in me. But if we’re winning I’m happy.”

Would Romo say the same? I’m not even sure Jerry Jones can screw this up. Stick with Prescott, as he should, and Dallas has the perfect composed, accurate quarterback in a ball-control offense. Reinsert Romo, and Dallas may not miss a beat, at least until he gets hurt again.

The future of the Cowboys is clearly here. The smart move is to leave the past in the past.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Australian Open: Within hours, three top Americans fall
Australian Open: Within hours, three top Americans fall

Did the U.S. Open really end only four months ago? It seemed much more distant than that on the opening day of the Australian Open, as the leading American women fell at the first hurdle, one by one, on the biggest show courts at Melbourne Park. First was Sloane Stephens, the surprise U.S. Open champion last September. Stephens, seeded 13th here, has...
Jaguars spoil Steelers' rematch plans
Jaguars spoil Steelers' rematch plans

The talk among Jacksonville Jaguars players at their team breakfast Sunday was about what Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell tweeted Saturday night. "Everybody saw it," Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell said later Sunday. "In the morning at breakfast, everybody was kind of talking about it like, 'Oh, OK.'. . . It awoken...
What is Joe Maddon’s slogan for 2018 season? Cubs can’t wait
What is Joe Maddon’s slogan for 2018 season? Cubs can’t wait

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was once dubbed “the ambassador of all good times” by former Rays pitcher Jamey Wright, alluding to Maddon’s ability to keep things light during the long, hard grind.   One of Maddon’s traditions with Tampa Bay was coming up with a new slogan every year, which he typically announced at the beginning...
A pass. A catch. A missed tackle. What went wrong for the Saints?
A pass. A catch. A missed tackle. What went wrong for the Saints?

It is a play that will haunt the New Orleans Saints and their fans for a long time. They needed one stop. They needed to tackle a defenseless wide receiver in bounds. Do that, and they would be headed to the NFC Championship. But caught up in the moment, a rookie missed a tackle, and it cost his team everything. Here is what went wrong: It was 3rd-and-10...
If Eagles can bottle their energy again, all bets are off against Vikings
If Eagles can bottle their energy again, all bets are off against Vikings

The footage that emerged from the aftermath looked like a Hunter S. Thompson home video, a football player in full uniform doing interviews in a German shepherd mask, a middle-aged billionaire either dancing or having a seizure or both. A divisional playoff game ended and a fever dream broke out, and all an outsider could do was step back and marvel...
More Stories