Even in the face of tremendous adversity, Jerry Jones’ commitment to Dak Prescott never wavered.
Of course, that adversity could have been Jones’ own feelings for Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Tony Romo, but Jones was able to push those feelings aside for the good of the team, which had committed to Prescott as its new leader several months ago.
But as the Green Bay Packers’ lead grew and grew, eventually reaching 21-3 in the first half, one has to wonder how quickly Jones’ thoughts were turning toward replacing Prescott with Romo, if he thought so at all.
“No, I didn’t think about that,”Jones told Pro Football Talk after Dallas’ eventual 34-31 heartbreaking loss to the Packers.
Jones’ decision was a good one, too, considering Dallas’ defense was a far bigger culprit for the team’s troubles than Prescott.
The rookie QB, who was drafted by the Cowboys last spring in the fourth round of the NFL draft following a tremendous career at Mississippi State, finished the game 24-of-38 passing for 302 yards with 3 touchdowns and an interception, good for a 103.2 passer rating. He was on par with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (28 of 43, 356 yards passing, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, 96.7 rating), who it felt like was having the game of his life.
Prescott was at the center of Dallas’ furious 15-point fourth quarter comeback, too. He’s not Tony Romo, but he didn’t have to be — and there probably wasn’t much more, if anything, Romo could have done better.
Jones knew that Sunday night. Love for Romo notwithstanding, this is Prescott’s team now. And it bodes well both for his and the Cowboys’ future that everyone remembered it.