Roger Staubach was involved in his share of quarterback controversies in 11 seasons with the Cowboys. This, the Hall of Famer insists, is not one.
Staubach said Tony Romo remains the best quarterback for the Cowboys when Romo returns to health.
“Tony’s right there among the best in the NFL,” Staubach told the Star-Telegram. “If he’s healthy, he’ll be back playing. I think everybody realizes that. But I think Dak [Prescott] is going to keep them very competitive in the division until Tony gets back.”
Prescott became only the fourth rookie to start the Cowboys’ season opener, joining Staubach, Troy Aikman and Quincy Carter. Staubach was the only one of the four to win, though it was the only game he started during that 1969 season.
The Cowboys expect Prescott to start at least six games while the compression fracture in Romo’s back heals.
“I think they found a diamond in the rough there in the fourth round,” Staubach said of Prescott. “He’s just a confident guy, and you’ve got to transfer your own confidence to your teammates or you can’t get it done as a quarterback. That’s one of the most important things you can do is transfer your confidence to them. He seems like that’s what he does. They all believe in him.
“I’m excited. I’ve been watching him, because once Tony got hurt, you need a quarterback to fill in there, and we’ve got a good one.”
Prescott has completed 62.7 of his passes for 519 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He set the NFL record for most pass attempts with no interceptions in a quarterback’s first two games with 75.
“I think he’s surprised everybody because he’s so young. He’s a rookie, but he doesn’t play like it,” Staubach said.