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Christian Fuentes, sports journalist for Metro Puerto Rico
We’re back from this strange hiatus we were on! What a dilemma the Dallas Cowboys are facing. I’d bet people inside the organization are saying that ït’s a good problem”. Do they start Tony Romo at quarterback? Or do they keep the sensational Dak Prescott, who led them to the 7-1 start in 2016?
Off the bat, I say keep Dak in. Winning football games is the only thing that matters, right? Well, this is where the waffling comes in. Jerry Jones hasn’t done a great job of keeping a secret the fact that he loves Tony Romo. Dak Prescott gives him wins, but Romo gives the entertainment value. This type of situation is why the Cowboys live vicariously through 1992-1995 and have only two playoffs wins in two decades. My big question is: Where’s Jason Garrett in all this? All the talk is “Jerry this”/”Jerry that”. What about the coach? I mean, under normal cincumstances, the head coach is the one that makes the final decision, right? Looks like it isn’t the case in Dallas.
This reminds me of when Colin Kaerpernick filled in for the injured Alex Smith for the San Francisco 49ers in 2012. Smith was efficient, but Kaepernick ran the offense better. Jim Harbaugh made the call to keep Kaepernick as the starter and they were a favorable bounce away from winning the Super Bowl. There wasn’t any waffling and the head coach put his foot down. Jason Garrett, who I’ve said should have been fired a long time ago, has to put his foot down. Otherwise, he is just another Jerry Jones lackey who lets the owner handing the football stuff. It’s not just that Prescott is playing great; it’s the fact that Tony Romo can’t even be tackled, let alone be on the field. Unless Jones goes out and gets the Avengers as the offensive line for Romo, the rookie Prescott should stay in.
Darío Vázquez, resident expert
The Dallas Cowboys has been a laughing matter for all the NFL fans outside of Texas for two decades now. A franchise who is in my opinion wrongfully nicknamed “America’s Team” always found itself giving the fans and the media reasons to bash and joke. Now 20 years after their last glorious seasons they sit at 7-1 with two of the best rookies in the game leading the way. One of them, Dak Prescott, was expected to just hold the forth until franchise QB Tony Romo returned from injury number 700.
So now the big question is, are the Cowboy ready to be taken seriously by the rest of the league and the fans? Are they about to pull the biggest joke in the last 20 years? Bringing Tony Romo back into the mix is a slap in the face to Prescott, who has been near perfect to start the season. It’s time for Jerry Jones (who we all know makes all the decisions on the team) to embrace the future and let go of his darling Tony Romo. This guy can’t stay healthy on the field even if he isn’t sacked. He will find a way to get hurt again, lose games and bring the Cowboys from being the scariest team in the league sans The Patriots to “an accident waiting to happen” as Stephen A. Smith likes to call them.
Jason Garrett has to keep Prescott as his QB not just for this season, he should be the starting QB from now on, no if or buts. We have seen this situation many times before. Alex Smith/Colin Kaepernick, Drew Bledsoe/Tom Brady. Starting QBs get hurt and their replacements get the job done, forcing the teams to keep rolling with them to success (49ers at least made the Super Bowl). It’s time for Garrett to embrace the new chapter in Cowboys football and accept it’s Prescott’s time. Of course, we all know it’s not him who has the final word on this. Let’s see what news comes out tomorrow from “Jerry’s World”.