Jerry Jones is the boss, and bosses make the big decisions.
So when it comes to the question of Dak Prescott or Tony Romo, Jones will be the judge and jury when the incumbent returns from his injury. Whether or not it’s the Oct. 30 game against Philadelphia coming off the bye or later remains to be seen.
Either way, the owner/general manager/ringmaster will make a unilateral decision without fear of reprisal. Sure, his sons and head coach Jason Garrett will sit down with him as he makes the most crucial decision of the 2016 season, but Jerry has to be smart here and listen to some very important people who know a thing or two about playing at high levels in the NFL.
His choice can either spur the Cowboys on to great things 20 years after their last Super Bowl win or set them back a bit after they’ve become one of the best feel-good stories in the league.
What important people, you ask?
How about the two best quarterbacks in Cowboys history?
Hall of Famer Roger Staubach, a two-time Super Bowl champion, remains a longtime Romo fan, but isn’t a fan of messing around with a winning streak. He understands that Prescott might be 6-0 as a starter had wideout Terrance Williams gotten out of bounds late in the Week 1 loss to the New York Giants.
Staubach went through something similar to Romo in 1972 when he was injured and had to watch from the sidelines as Craig Morton led the team to a 10-4 record. Staubach played in four regular season games as a sub and threw only 20 passes before eventually regaining the starting job in the playoffs, which means he can sympathize with Romo.
With that said, he’s Team Prescott.
“You just don’t mess around with that,” he told reporters last Friday. “You try to keep it really good and keep the momentum going. … Right now the momentum is great, evidently the attitude is good and we have a great quarterback in this young rookie in Dak Prescott.”
How about second best quarterback in team history? What say you, Troy Aikman?
“I think (Prescott) has won the job,” Aikman said on the Dan Patrick radio show Monday. “To get the momentum and confidence that this team is currently playing with is hard to do. Why they would risk disrupting the momentum that they have is beyond me, and I don’t think that they will.”
Staubach gets it. Aikman gets it. Hopefully Jerry will get it.
This may appear to be a tough decision on the surface, but it’s actually pretty easy. The NFL is all about winning and as long as Prescott is winning football games and playing within himself, Jones shouldn’t let Romo’s $18 million annual salary or a misplaced sense of loyalty affect his decision.
Go with what’s working, Jerry.
Play the kid.