That would be rookie Dak Prescott, who played an important role in the Cowboys' 11-game winning streak, but struggled in Sunday's loss to the Giants. Those struggles promptly led to speculation about when the Cowboys would turn the offense back over to Tony Romo, the odd man out during Prescott's breakout season.
On Tuesday, owner and general manager Jerry Jones didn't offer his version of, "It's pretty simple for us: Dak's going to play quarterback as we go forward." Jones, appearing on CBS Sports Radio's 105.3 The Fan, instead entertained scenarios in which Romo would play.
Jerry on @1053thefan on scenario that would see Romo return - "I don't have a definition for it, but you'll know it when you see it."— Roy White III (@RDubThree) December 13, 2016
Jerry Jones said one of the factors that would cause a change at QB: We've got to play better— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) December 13, 2016
Jerry Jones said the Cowboys want Tony Romo to be ready on the spur of the moment to play to win the game if need be— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) December 13, 2016
So yeah, this probably doesn't help Garrett, Prescott or Romo, though it certainly gives credence to this tweet from CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora:
Dak is playing rookie ball tonite. We're about to find out how patient Jerry is. They get stifled by the Bucs and I bet it's Romo Time— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 12, 2016
For now, this remains Prescott's team.
"He's done a really good job for us up to this point, won 11 of 13 games that he's started, and he's handled really every situation as well as you can handle it," Garrett said. "So we'll just continue that way. Tony will be in a backup role for us and he'll be ready to go if he's called upon to play. But Dak's done an outstanding job up to this point. [I'm] excited to see him continue to play."
Jerry Jones on if he's bothered about constantly being asked about Romo or Dak, "No ... I think its a beautiful position to be in"— Troy Hughes™ (@TommySledge) December 13, 2016