Big Controversy in the Big D: Tony Romo or Dak Prescott?

[Here is another solid piece from Adam Shemesh, looking at the drama playing out in Jerry Land. Jones has a big stadium in a big state with a big appetite for football.  He also has a big QB controversy.  

Adam gives us a fresh, timely set of thoughts from past QB controversies.  We believe the past offers real insights into the future here at  Adam ends the article asking for your input.  Let’s hear what you have to say!]

A little over a week before NFL kickoff, the Cowboys received some devastating news. To their dismay (and Internet pranksters’ delight), Tony Romo suffered a spinal fracture and was expected to miss a good chunk of the 2016-17 season.


Fans of “America’s Team” grumbled and viewed this diagnosis as another season flushed down the toilet. Who was Romo’s replacement?  Enter Dak Prescott. After taking most of the second-team snaps during the preseason, the rookie out of Mississippi State made his NFL debut for Dallas to start the season. Dak- and the Cowboys- haven’t looked back.


Prescott’s numbers are dazzling. He broke the record for most passes thrown without an INT to start a career (163) and has thrown for four touchdowns, while rushing for three. Most importantly, Dallas is 5-1, which puts them atop the NFC East. Presently, with Romo ready to get back on the field, the ‘Boys have opted to start Dak for their Week 8 contest against the Eagles. Given this tricky QB situation, I thought it would be a good time to look back at a few other QBs to lose their starting job thanks to an injury.

#3). Drew Brees and Philip Rivers (Chargers)

The Chargers had possession of Eli Manning, Drew Brees, and Philip Rivers at one point. Oh, what could have been for a franchise that is now searching for a new home. After two good seasons in San Diego that saw Drew make his first Pro Bowl appearance and lead the Chargers to a 20-11 record, the Chargers let Brees walk after the young QB injured his shoulder during the final week of the 2004-05 season. Rivers has done well in his own right, having made four Pro Bowls over his career. However, San Diego is mired in mediocrity, as they haven’t had more than nine wins in a season since the 2009-10 campaign. As for Brees, he was signed by the Saints in 2006 and took home the franchise’s first and only Super Bowl trophy in 2010, and continues to play at an extremely high level for New Orleans.


#2). Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe (Patriots)

These two are perhaps the most memorable duo of the bunch. After a solid career in New England in which Bledsoe was named to three Pro Bowls and made one Super Bowl appearance, everything came to a crashing halt after Drew suffered a huge blow (literally) thanks to the Jets’ Mo Lewis in 2001. Tom Brady stepped in for him and proceeded to win the first of his four Super Bowl titles that season. Meanwhile, Bledsoe was shipped off to Buffalo the next year. Tom is arguably the greatest NFL player ever, and things could have turned out much differently for him had Bledsoe not been injured.


#1). Joe Montana and Steve Young (49ers)

Having to choose between these two is a good problem to have. Hardly do you ever see two Hall of Fame quarterbacks on the same team. After Montana had etched his name into the record books by winning a then-record four Super Bowls in San Fran, he was replaced by Steve Young to start the 1991 campaign. Young went on to win his second Super Bowl in 1994, putting up 49 points in the Niners’ dominant win over the Chargers. Montana was traded to the Chiefs and finished his career respectably by posting a 17-8 record over his two seasons in Kansas City.

Do you agree with this list? What are some quarterback swaps you remember? Let us know in the comment section!

Adam Shemesh

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7 comments on “Big Controversy in the Big D: Tony Romo or Dak Prescott?
  1. QB Is the Leader says:

    I like the article on this site back at the beginning of college football. It was quoting the book about making of the QB. The basic point is that it is not about just arm strength, mobility and vision. You have to be a leader to play QB for a team, particularly at the NFL level.

    It is very hard for us to judge who is the best leader without being in the huddle or in the locker room. Coaches know. Players know. They share that thinking with management. You are counting on them to make the right decision on talent.

    The W-L, along with the stat line, ultimately allow the fan to determine if they were right or wrong. AWESOME PIECE!

  2. Romo Rejection says:

    I think it takes a lot of guts to make these big decisions when you have an icon like Montana or Brett Favre. A marquee coach like Bill Walsh can do that or you can have a coaching change like Mike Sherman getting fired in Green Bay. Then the new guy calls a different play.

    As for Romo, does any one in Dallas really “love” Tony Romo? He is old, has been injury plagued and has never won a Super Bowl.

    Jason Garrett is a puppet for Jones. Jerry will decide. I agree with Sturges: the pick is Dak.

  3. Big Blue Wrecking Crew says:

    Hey Adam,

    I love your baseball piece a couple of weeks ago. I am a New Yorker like you. How can you make a list like this one and not put Simms and Hostetler on it? You had the Super Bowl. You had Bill Parcells right in the middle of this dang thing. It had very thing you could ever want in a controversy!

  4. Sturges says:

    I am big Dallas fan, but Jerry has really ruined this team. My bet is that they go with Dak. As you say, he has been incredible. He also represents the profile of QB that we are now seeing dominate the NFL. Romo is yesterday’s scheme.

  5. Alfred says:

    I am not a big Packers fan. You definitely have to consider the Brett Farve and Aaron Rodgers a big deal. Farve was an icon in Green Bay and they are probably one of the five best fan bases in the NFL.

    It seems like it makes your basic point too. These things usually tend to favor keeping the young guy and letting him become the future of the franchise. It is a big bet for Dallas.

  6. DC Dude says:

    What about all of the noise around RG III in Washington? It was a pretty big deal. I think we forget how awesome RG III was during his first year in the NFL. It was ridiculous.

  7. Arrowhead Addict says:


    Nice piece! I love the list. One that meant a lot to people in KC was the controversy with Elvis Grbac and Rich Gannon. The Chiefs made the wrong decision. Gannon went on to play for division rival Oakland and I regretted it ever time we played against them.

    It wasn’t as big a deal as the ones you mentioned, but it mattered a lot to KC fans.

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