NFL icons call for Prescott to take the reigns

Green Bay -- While Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tries to manage the message in terms of the Cowboys looming quarterback dilemma, a few NFL icons are calling for Dak Prescott to take over the reigns in Dallas.

When asked if he could say unequivocally that Prescott would start against the Eagles in two weeks, even if Tony Romo were healthy, Jones was evasive.

"I wouldn't say unequivocally anything other than we just beat the Green Bay Packers," Jones told a media scrum after the Cowboys beat the Packers 30-16 Sunday.

Jone won't say it but his two-time Super Bowl winning former coach made it crystal clear.

"Prescott's a perfect guy for this team," said former Cowboys head coach now Fox football analyst Jimmy Johnson during halftime of the Cowboys game. "He's a running threat.  He's healthy.  He protects the football and he keeps that defense out of bad situations."

And during the game broadcast, Prescott drew praise and the full endorsement of Hall of Fame quarterbacks Brett Favre and Troy Aikman.

"I think to break that chemistry," said Favre, while watching Prescott complete a key red-zone pass to Jason Witten, "like this, {he makes} clutch plays in clutch times.  I just feel like you can break that right now."

Aikman's long been an ardent Romo supporter but says the difficulty associated with creating the kind of momentum the Cowboys are enjoying now, makes it a no-brainer to stick with the Cowboys rookie  round pick.

"Dak doesn't know how hard it is to get this kind of momentum as an offense or as a team," said Aikman.  And if you have it, you better ride it.  And why anyone would want to disrupt that I don't know."

The Cowboys have used the uncertainty surrounding Romo's return from injury to stave off being able to make a clear cut decision, but time is running out on that strategy.  Romo will likely be ready for the Cleveland game November 6th.

In the meantime, beating the Packers has legitimized the Cowboys as a championship contender, with Prescott's poise, play-making, and leadership providing game-winning fuel.

He made mistakes at Lambeau, but the way Prescott bounced gave his teammates inspiration; the kind he and fellow rookie Zeke Elliott have brought to this team.  The kind Jones can't deny.

"As much as I believe in motivation and passion, then I'm not for doing anything to throw any cold water on that," said Jones.

So, whether the owner admits or not, it's clear Prescott should be the starter.   And should he struggle, we'll re-visit then.

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