Just over a month ago Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor member Darren Woodson was announced as a semifinalist for the upcoming Pro Football Hall of Fame class. We’ll find out in January whether or not he makes it to the next phase.
January will also feature Dallas Cowboys football as the current squad is headed to the playoffs as NFC East Champions. Obviously the 2018 team is led by the likes of Ezekiel Elliott, DeMarcus Lawrence, and, of course, quarterback Dak Prescott.
There are a lot of thoughts about the Cowboys signal-caller and as an NFL analyst Woodson has some himself. During a pre-Christmas appearance on The Russillo Show he spoke of the warts that he sees in Dak’s game (he cited interceptions and fumbles), but he also added that he believes the team believes in Dak... more than they ever believed in Tony Romo.
There are some warts you see with Dak... I wish he could play four quarters of just error-free football. You’re not going to get that with Dak Prescott. You’re not. But what you are going to get is a leader of men. You’re going to get a guy who this team firmly believes in. Every player on that football team. I don’t care if they’re playing the Indianapolis Colts and they’re down by 23, when he’s on the sideline they believe in him.
I can’t say the same thing about Tony Romo when he was here a few years ago. I can’t say that this team and these players thought “okay well Romo’s going to bail us out,” “okay well we’re down by 14, Romo’s going to do this,” or “we’re up by 14 and Romo’s not going to turn the ball over.” No no no. They didn’t believe. There is something about this guy in that locker room that they all rally behind. And it’s not just the players. It’s the equipment staff. It’s the training staff. It’s the weight coaches. He has that ‘it’ factor about him and that’s the reason why Jerry is going to pay him.
Darren Woodson is a worthy member of the Hall of Fame and his opinions on football, specifically the Cowboys, are noteworthy. It’s quite a statement to make in saying that the Cowboys players never quite believed in Romo the way that they do Dak, belief is a hard thing to measure.
What do you think? Is Woody fair in his remarks? Coming out of left field? We can have this conversation in a civil manner.