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Too late for a Dak Prescott-Tony Romo QB switch?


We've heard the Tony Romo-Dak Prescott debate from just about every angle.

But how about from a Super Bowl winning head coach who benched a quarterback en route to the playoffs? While the scenario isn't exactly the same, NFL Network's Brian Billick thinks Dallas is running out of time to make the switch.

Billick, for reference, benched Tony Banks in favor of Trent Dilfer on the way to a Super Bowl XXXV win.

"This an absolute no-win for Dallas because no matter what they do, if they stay with Dak Prescott, anything short of a Super Bowl win: 'Oh you did the wrong thing,'" Billick said Sunday on NFL GameDay Morning First. "Well, the last two weeks have not been good. They're playing a Tampa team that can do some damage here. They're 2 and 24 on third down over the last two weeks. If this should continue -- and it's not necessarily all Dak -- but the thing I keep thinking is if I have in the back of my mind that Tony Romo maybe is the guy for us in the playoffs, I've got to give him some (playing time) before that. I got to get him in the game. That's not fair to Dak -- that's if they have that in the back of their mind. You can't wait until a playoff game to say, 'OK, Tony, go win for us.'"

Billick is right in that it would be difficult to ask Romo to come in cold amid a hectic playoff game and produce. It is why I suggested a couple weeks ago that Dallas play him in Week 17 in order to give him a realistic chance to prepare as a starter one time before the postseason. But, as NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport noted last week, that role is more likely to go to third-string quarterback Mark Sanchez if at all. Dallas wants to get Prescott as many snaps as possible.

Rapoport added Sunday that Prescott would have to have endure a slump of about four games before the Cowboys would consider going to Romo.

For the often impulsive Jerry Jones, this seems to represent a turning point. First, it was eschewing the impulse to draft Johnny Manziel in favor of a cornerstone offensive lineman. Now, it's avoiding the urge to pivot away from your rookie quarterback, potentially destroying his confidence in the process.

If he was going to do it, he would have needed to by now.