The collapse of Cowboys’ rookie Dak Prescott does not appear to be imminent. After Sunday’s 30-16, four-quarter sleeper hold of the Packers on the road at an amped up Lambeau, it’s impossible to deny that the Cowboys, with Prescott under center, are rolling downhill.
Against the Packers, Dak led the Dallas offense with three touchdown passes, including a first-half ending, 5 play, 97 yard touchdown drive that would make Joe Montana blush.
After the impressive win, the calls for the Cowboys to continue to ride the downhill momentum they are currently playing with behind Prescott continue to grow louder by the day.
Prescott has Cowboys nation, including Cowboy Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, firmly in favor of him keeping the starting job, even if Tony Romo is healthy and able to play.
For his part, Colin has been slow to come around on Prescott, but he believes at this point, there’s no denying he’s a franchise quarterback. He’s been impressed with Dak’s poise, leadership, control of the huddle, and his accuracy. He still thinks if Romo is healthy and ready to play, he should get the starting job back, but there’s no denying Prescott is the truth.
The man of the hour joined The Herd yesterday, to discuss his meteoric ascent from backup rookie to center of the NFL universe with one his most staunch media critics.
Prescott said that while he doesn’t care about the critics who have doubted him in the NFL, he does carry a Brady-esque chip from being the seventh quarterback drafted when the Cowboys selected him in the fourth round.
“I like to call it competitive jealousy, watching 7 other guys that play the same position as you, go way before you, just kind of allows that chip on my shoulder to grow. It just allows me to go out there and prove everybody wrong.”
When asked about his relationship with Tony Romo, Prescott said that Romo has been helpful, while still allowing him to lead the offense and put his own stamp on his team.
“I think he’s kind of stepped back a little bit and just let me go, but he’s definitely helpful. On the sideline he’s always giving me positive feedback. Telling me to, ‘Watch this on this play’, ‘They like to do this’. On certain play calls we’ll draw up on the sideline, he’ll tell me to make sure I’m looking for this and that in it. He’s another coach on the sideline. I’m very fortunate.”
When Colin asked Prescott, point blank, if he should keep the starting job, even if Romo is healthy and able to play, he said it’s not his call. But, like any competitor, he wants to stay on the field.
“Everybody wants to play. Everybody wants to get out there on the field. So I’ll have that in me, that wants to be out there and itching to play. But, as long as we’re winning and the offense is doing well and the team does good, I’m happy.”
As each week passes with Dak and the Cowboys rolling, it becomes harder and harder to envision Jerry Jones pulling the plug on the Prescott experiment in favor of Romo. See Drew Bledsoe.