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Cowboys Must Find A Way To Win Without Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett addresses team and Tony Romo PAUL MOSELEY VIA FLICKR.COM


Another Year And Another Injury For Tony Romo

Lighting has struck twice on the Dallas Cowboys’ Quarterback, Tony Romo.

Once again, the Cowboys will have to endure the majority of the season without their start Quarterback at the helm. Tony Romo’s back injury leaves the Cowboys coaching staff and offense with much to think about as they prepare to open the 2016 season in a few short weeks.

All off-season there was high hopes for this Cowboys offense to have extraordinary achievements. With a healthy Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, adding Ezekiel Elliott would put them over the edge as a lethal offense. Those hopes have since diminished quite a bit after Tony Romo suffered a serious injury to his spine during their third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.

In one moment, an entire fan base and franchise completely deflated. A long road lies ahead with a question mark to the most important position in professional sports for the Cowboys. Who would fill in as their starting quarterback? Who is going to be good enough to deliver and satisfy a starving fan base that craves success?

The answer isn’t yet known, but there remains a glimpse of hope for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans for the 2016 season.

Rookie quarterback, Dak Prescott has played very well throughout the 2016 preseason and has shown flashes of elite play. Although it is only preseason, he has shown he knows the offense and can get the ball to his play makers. Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, and Jason Witten provide a strong and steady supporting cast for Prescott.

Prescott will only be asked to do so much, after all he is a rookie. He has the benefit of a strong receiving core and an eager backfield of running backs.

2015 was a disaster for the Cowboys at the quarterback position. Between Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden, the Cowboys earned a grand total of one victory. That’s right, one. The reasoning could have been due to the fact that Dez Bryant also missed eight games with a broken foot. Lacking in athleticism also contributed to Cassel and Weeden’s struggles as they had difficulty avoiding the pass rush.

With a highly suspect defense, poor quarterback play, and other numerous injuries, the Cowboys finished with a bismal 4-12 record. This record is why so many questions have arose regarding the 2016 season. Without Romo, the Cowboys simply look lost. His leadership, competitiveness, confidence, and knowledge of the game impact his team more than anyone knew. That showed last season.

Dak Prescott has been named the Cowboys’ starter for week one and likely the remainder of the season , or until Romo can return . With only a few games of NFL experience Prescott is being tossed into the fire to start the season for the Cowboys. When asked about his new starting role, Prescott said, “I have confidence in myself and my teammates around me to go out there and play relaxed and play as myself”.

The Dallas coaching staff knows that life without Tony Romo certainly isn’t easy and they will have to figure out a solution. With the experience of going through the 2015 season and getting some key players healthy, the expectations will remain high.

Football is a team game. The cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliott for a reason. They want to dominate opponents by running the ball effectively. Even without Romo, there’s no need to change the game plan or formula to how they were going to succeed this season.

Dallas should stick with their physical mentality and dominate the line of scrimmage. With arguably the league’s best offensive line, a top three wide receiver in Dez Bryant, and Ezekiel Elliott on their roster, there is no excuse to not put up numbers on offense.

Dak Prescott will fill the void left behind by Romo’s injury. He has to step up and show why he was drafted in the first place. It’s America’s Team. Prescott has earned his right to be there and play for Cowboys Nation.