If anyone knows the innerworkings of the Dallas Cowboys, it’s probably former star QB Troy Aikman. Not only does he have a strong understanding of the way that Dallas owner Jerry Jones operates, but he’s also plugged into the current NFL scene as a weekly color analyst for FOX Sports.
On Thursday morning, Aikman indicated to KTCK-AM 1310 The Ticket that he believes Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would start Tony Romo over former Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott if the choice were up to him.
“I’m not sure that Tony, if it was left up to the owner, wouldn’t be the starter now, just based on the comments that I’ve heard in the last couple weeks,” Aikman said, per a transcription by the Dallas Morning News.
It’s an interesting statement, in that is implies that Cowboys coach Jason Garrett really does have the final say in the Romo-Prescott debate, even though many assume that Jones is the ultimate decision-maker on such things.
Jones has been coy in the way that he talks about a potential quarterback controversy, indicating that he’d know the time to put Romo back in the lineup when he sees it, and that it could make for a great story if he returned to the lineup to lead the Cowboys to a championship.
“If Tony ends up getting in the game at some point, great,” Aikman told The Ticket. “But to dismiss what a young rookie quarterback has done — know what would be a great story would be if a rookie quarterback takes this team to a Super Bowl championship. That’d be a great story.
“Whether Romo is a part of that ultimately and gets on the field and plays, if he does that’d be great. I mean he’s put a lot of time in this city and he’s meant a lot to the organization. But if he doesn’t and they do it a different way, then that’s great, too. The bottom line is winning games, so I just don’t understand it.”
Prescott has been pretty remarkable as a fourth-round rookie who inherited the starting role in Dallas after both Romo (back) and former backup Kellen Moore suffered preseason injuries.
Prescott is 11-2 as a starter, which included an 11-game winning streak after beginning the season 0-1. Most recently, Prescott turned in a dud performance in a 10-7 loss to the Giants on Sunday that got Jones and the media talking about the quarterback situation once again.