Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stands firmly with his decision to let Dak Prescott lead the team in the playoffs. Jones reiterated that he will not gamble on letting veteran Tony Romo call the snaps with the high risks of injury.
ESPN’s Todd Archer writes Jones will not respond to calls of having Romo on the field next week. The Cowboys will play their last match for the regular season traveling to Philadelphia to meet the Eagles. Jones added that he does not like the circumstances that come with the option of playing Romo.
“We don’t feel like that any game we’d get for him [Romo]. Letting him step out there, running a few plays or series would be worth the risk,” Jones said.
Cowboys plan against the Eagles
The Cowboys are already assured of a playoff run this season, a division title, and a first-round bye. There are reports of Prescott starting the match against the Eagles. Then, they will activate their backup which includes Romo and Mark Sanchez.
If that happens, it would be the first time to see Romo back on the field after suffering a back injury. Despite getting healthy, Romo got limited to the sidelines and had rookie Prescott take credit for leading the team. Romo then got named as Prescott’s backup in Nov. and this week scored his 13th victory.
Prescott’s performance made his mark in NFL history tying Ben Roethlisberger for the most win by a rookie. It is with this that Jones wants Prescott to continue to start for the Cowboys even going into the playoffs.
Prescott as the Cowboys main weapon
Since calling the snaps for the Cowboys, Prescott already made a name for himself. His performance even got New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Cowboys’ fan, impressed. ESPN Senior Writer Ian O’Connor reported that Christie talked with Prescott after the Cowboys victory and has all praises.
“The guy every week just sounds under control and looks under control on the field,” Christie said. “He’s only going to get better, and I think it says a lot about kids who stay in school. He had five years at Mississippi State, and he came in ready to respond to the pressure week after week.”
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Christie has no doubt that the Cowboys could make it to the Super Bowl. He added that Prescott will be the Cowboys’ main weapon with Romo waiting on the side. Christie thinks the Cowboys have what it takes to make it to the Super Bowl this season.
Aside from Prescott and Romo, they also have Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant which makes them a tough contender. But for Cowboys’ coach Jason Garrett he does not want his team to play over-confident. He wants to take it one game at a time.
The Cowboys are enjoying this season and Jones does not want to waste any of that opportunities. Jones clearly wants Prescott to continue what he started this season which clearly downgrades Romo’s chances of playing.
Could this be the end of the line for Romo? Or an opportunity for rival teams to start lining up to snag the veteran quarterback by the offseason?
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