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Rookie resiliency builds team character on big stage

The debates are over and votes are in

The previous 7 weeks consisted of debates about weather or not to start Tony Romo upon his return. Well that debate is concluded. On one of the biggest stages on national television, rookie Dak Prescott displayed resiliency as he led the Cowboys to an overtime victory against the Philadelphia Eagles.

It is my firm belief that after Jerry Jones announced that Dak would remain the starter against Cleveland in week 9, that we are witnessing a new era in Dallas. Shortly after declaring Dak as the starter, he followed up by adding that Tony’s health concerns are not resolved as a result. OK, we will play this game with you Jerry.

NFL: Preseason-Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys

Aug 19, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) and quarterback Tony Romo (9) talk during the pregame warm ups against the Miami Dolphins at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Now a new conspiracy arises that all along Tony’s return was dependent upon Dak’s success or lack of. It is also my firm belief that had Dak not came up big against the Eagles, that Tony would start against Cleveland. This problem that we have is a great one I might add. That over the last 10 years Tony played without having to look over his shoulder. Now not so much.

Dak clearly looked human in this game. It comes at a great time, against a great division opponent who have their own budding rookie in Carson Wentz. A match up that has potential to last for years to come. I have often heard, and experienced adversity. As a result it built character.

Adversity building character

This team received a good dose of that. Adversity. Overcoming many obstacles from self inflected mistakes, officiating, and the stout defense and pressure that was being placed on Dak. It did not come easy.

It was this gutsy play call by head coach Jason Garrett on a fake punt executed with precision to swing the momentum in Dallas’ direction.

Dallas is now currently the leader in the NFC standings, and the clear contender heading into the remainder of the season to enter the playoff’s. All along I have predicted this team to take it all the way to the Superbowl in Houston. wk-8-standings

That trajectory hit a little turbulence last night, but our young pilot Dak landed us safely on victory lane. As we head into week 8 in Cleveland things are looking to be a much smoother ride.  If you had any doubt last night about what this team is made of, watch this.

In conclusion this is a team sport. We did take 2 casualties on the defensive side of the ball in light of the victory. We must rely on the next men up to carry the load this team presents each week.

Lastly, you have to love the way Dak interviews with media, and gives all the credit away to his team mates. Truly a humble leader. Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Move over Tony, the student has now become the teacher.

 

 

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About Barry Gipson (57 Articles)
Social media branding coach. Barry leverages his technical knowledge of social media platforms, team building, and leadership attained from his 23 year career in the United States Navy. Founder & Owner of Game Changers LLC, a Social Media Agency. An avid fantasy sports fan who loves blogging about small business social media, emerging sports applications, and the Dallas Cowboys.

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