In the immediate aftermath of Dak Prescott doubling his season interception total and starting a one-game losing streak, the Cowboys were quick to insist that the rookie quarterback was still their guy.
(The fact those interceptions went from two to four and he had won 11 straight prior to that likely led to their conviction.)
But when questions cropped up in the aftermath about the possible availability of Tony Romo and what it would take for Prescott to lose his grip on the starting job, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was just as forceful.
“You can make it as simple or as complex as you want to make it,” Garrett said, via Todd Archer of ESPN.com. “It’s pretty simple for us: Dak’s going to play quarterback as we go forward.”
As the story said, there’s reason to wonder, as Prescott has failed to top 200 yards in any of his last three games, and was shaky at best against the Giants Sunday night, with Dez Bryant continuing to be a bit of an afterthought in the offense (catching one pass for 10 yards against the Giants).
The Cowboys have clinched a playoff spot with four games remaining, so naturally there will be questions about resting key players in the final weeks if they're able to lock up home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Jerry Jones doesn't sound interested in resting starters.
"No, I see us more as business as usual," the Cowboys owner and GM said Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan's Shan and RJ show [KRLD-FM]. "What it does allow you to do, is when you've got guys on the fence with injury, not pushing them. It just would be smart.
"But I don't know that you gain anything at all with, you just use good sense. The other part of that is the obvious, you don't want to take the edge off. ... You want the team to stay very physical as you enter these playoffs."
Backup quarterback Tony Romo hasn't played in an NFL game in over a year. Does Jones want to see him get some snaps before the team enters the playoffs?
"I want to do what gives us the best chance to have Tony contribute to a championship," Jones said. "I do want Tony to be ready to go in case that Dak [Prescott] should have an issue, health wise. That gives us strength going into the playoffs.
"Not from the standpoint of necessarily protecting Dak ... but from the standpoint of having Tony the readiest to come in and play would be my quick assessment."
Dallas will likely get a bye in the playoffs so it wouldn't make a lot of sense for the team to rest starters in weeks 16 and 17, essentially giving them three weeks off. But it's possible Week 17 could be one where the starters get at least some rest, especially if a bye and home field advantage is clinched at that point.
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“Dak Prescott, and what he’s done, he’s earned the right to be our quarterback,” Romo said in a prepared statement. “As hard as that is for me to say, he’s earned that right. He’s guided our team to an 8-1 record, and that’s hard to do. If you think for a second I don’t want to be out there, then you probably never felt the pure ecstasy of competing and winning. That hasn’t left me. In fact, it may burn now more than ever.”
Related players: Dez Bryant
Not really any issues with Bryant playing this week but he's officially active and ready to go against the Steelers.
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Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back, questionable) took full practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 10. Romo has been cleared to play, though it looks like the Cowboys are going to roll with Dak Prescott for now.
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Related players: Dak Prescott
Fresh off his team’s 35-10 beating of the Browns, the Cowboys’ owner/general manager held his customary interview session with reporters. But when questions turned toward the familiar subject of Romo’s availability, Jones was much more evasive than he was a week ago.
“Unlike last week, I wouldn’t speculate,” he said through a smile.
Related players: Dak Prescott
There wasn't a lot of specifics about Romo as you might imagine, other than he's getting stronger. But it's interesting he's preparing for an increased workload. It's hard to imagine the team going back to Romo after Prescott's great start.
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