The Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo had just as many shots as Dak Prescott has had.
The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott haven’t been able to agree to a long term deal yet, that isn’t news anymore. However, it’s important to the debunking of sorts to a notion, or excuse if you ask me, as to why Prescott isn’t worth the long term deal and subsequent security he seems to be seeking.
When pondering upon the issue in many circles, whether that be social media or online threads, real-life conversations, or in the many comment sections abroad the web, the one thing that always seems to come up is the comparison between Prescott and former Cowboys signal-caller, Tony Romo.
The focus of that comparison is often times the fact that Romo got the big deal, despite not having achieved any more success than Prescott has, relative to as far as they have managed to take their team in any given season. The retort there, mainly to defend the Cowboys giving Romo the deal, is that Tony was able to do as much as Dak has been able to do with less around him as far as his team goes.
Well, in case you hadn’t figured it out yet, I’m here to tell you that it isn’t quite true. While the explanation isn’t anything profound, the issue that it addresses is something that you see come up quite a bit, which makes this relative and important.
To simply make the case, let us look at both quarterbacks’ best seasons and compare the rosters. When you take into account the playoff success in each year, the years would be 2018 for Dak Prescott and 2014 for Tony Romo.
Some seem to think Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Dak Prescott, isn’t worthy of a long deal. They also think Tony Romo was, despite having relatively less success.
Those seasons saw both quarterbacks play two games in the playoffs, both going 1-1. The fact is, if you look at the rankings of both teams that season, Tony Romo had a relatively better team around him than Dak Prescott had around him.
Romo’s 2014 squad had the fifth-ranked offense and the 15th ranked defense. Dak Prescott’s team had the 22nd ranked offense and the 6th ranked defense. While they flip-flopped comparatively as far as which side of the ball was the best in each of the given years, they each had a clear cut strength to their teams.
However, when you look at where Tony Romo’s team ranked on both sides, he had a top offense and a middle of the pack defense, while Dak Prescott’s team had top defense and bottom third of the league offense.
While this is just one season’s worth of evidence, the intended overall point is that although it varied from year to year and at times due to unfortunate circumstances surrounding Tony Romo himself, it wasn’t or isn’t a case of Dak Prescott having more talent than Tony Romo did.
They both have had an equal amount of talent around them, relative to their time with the franchise. Now, as we have seen Dak Prescott have more complete like teams around him to begin his career and for the good part of it, it’s safe to assume that the meter of consistently better teams will eventually tilt in Prescott’s favor, but that hasn’t happened yet.
The reason the “yet” is important there is due to the fact that this is a common argument being used to justify why he isn’t somehow worthy of the long term deal that Tony Romo received, while Prescott has achieved just as much success on the field as Romo ever did.
Now, I am a Tony Romo guy, so this is in no way slander. The truth is what it is though. That’s why this isn’t a valid excuse for Dak to not have received a long term deal yet, because Tony Romo had just as many shots with good teams around him as Dak Prescott has had.