On Tuesday, Tony Romo announced to the world what everyone more or less already knew: that Dak Prescott is the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Yes, three months after suffering a compression fracture in his back, which sidelined him for the first nine games of the season, Romo read a heartfelt statement during a press conference, saying that Prescott has “earned the right to be our quarterback.”
Odds are, Romo has known that for quite some time.
“I think it happened about a month ago,” Dallas’ 105.3 The Fan voice R.J. Choppy said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “When they beat Green Bay on the road, that was sign No. 1 – like, hey, you know what, guys? We really got a decision to make here.”
Prescott threw for 247 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in a 30-16 win against Green Bay. He then led Dallas to a 29-23 overtime win over the Eagles on Oct. 30. Prescott threw for 287 yards that day and accounted for three touchdowns (two pass, one rush).
“He didn’t play very well against Philadelphia in the first half – really, the first three quarters,” Choppy said. “(But he comes) back to win that game. At that point, you know that they were not going to be able to go back to Tony as soon as he got healthy, just because this team was going to keep rolling. They had a gimme game against Cleveland after that. They had a bye week thrown in there. And then a Pittsburgh team that was playing (below expectations). That’s a tough road place to play, but Ben had only played one game before that. I think they had really tinkered with this idea for about a month, a month-in-a-half right now.”
Romo, 36, has spent his entire 12-year career with the Cowboys. But the 23-year-old Prescott – a fourth-round pick out of Mississippi State – is officially The Man in Big D.
“Oh, I think he’s feeing as devastated as you possibly can be,” Choppy said of Romo. “Even if you weren’t a team-sport player – anybody in an office position, anybody at work somewhere, you want to be the one (who’s) out there helping everybody else in your office. You want to be helping all your teammates. For him not to be able to do that (is tough). And beyond that, when you’re injured, you’re like a ghost in an NFL locker room. You don’t necessarily go through all the meetings and certainly not the practices. You’re spending most of your time on the training table with conditioning, and I think that makes it even more devastating. He is a competitor, and for him not to be out there for the last 10 weeks, it’s got to be difficult for him.”
Dallas (8-1) hosts Baltimore (5-4) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.