FRISCO, Texas — Jerry Jones wanted no prompting.
The Dallas Cowboys crew proprietor and normal supervisor wasn’t to start with requested a few doable quarterback controversy must Cooper Rush stay successful like he did Sunday in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals. He additionally hadn’t but been requested about franchise quarterback Dak Prescott’s go back from a thumb fracture in his throwing hand. In reality, he wasn’t even scheduled to meet Thursday with media.
But Jones stopped for a dialog in the hallway of crew headquarters. Soon, on his personal accord, he introduced up the Cowboys’ 2016 season, when Prescott took over for an injured Tony Romo and not relinquished the beginning quarterback activity.
Could historical past repeat itself?
“Wouldn’t it be something if the same thing happened? This is the way I think,” Jones mentioned. “Wouldn’t it be something if you had a dilemma as to which way you go? You do that if [Rush] gets 10 wins. Same thing that happened with Prescott.
“I think like that.”
The Cowboys struggled on offense of their season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 11, with Prescott finishing 14 of 29 passes (48.3%) for 134 yards and an interception in an uncharacteristically off night time. In the fourth quarter of that recreation, Prescott suffered a fracture close to the joint of his thumb when Tampa Bay outdoor linebacker Shaquil Barrett hit his throwing hand. He tried to play via the harm sooner than knowing he used to be not able to grip the ball.
Prescott underwent surgical treatment the following day, with an anticipated restoration timeline of 4 to six weeks. The Cowboys declined to position him on injured reserve, indicating a want that he follow, if not additionally play, faster than 4 weeks.
Rush began vs. the Bengals on Sunday, guiding Dallas to his 2d win in as many profession begins (he additionally received at Minnesota ultimate October). Rush finished 19 of 31 passes (61.3%) for 235 yards and a landing.
Nonetheless, Prescott’s 53-33 profession document and $40 million-per-year contract talk to the distinction between him and Rush, a 2017 undrafted unfastened agent who has thrown fewer NFL passes (94) than Prescott has thrown touchdowns (143).
So would Jones truly welcome an issue?
“Of course I would,” he mentioned Thursday. “Of course, that means we’d have won. If he comes in and plays as well as Prescott plays? If Rush played that well and over these next few games ahead? I’d walk to New York to get that.”
He’d truly imagine holding a wholesome Prescott on the sideline?
“I don’t want to go that much in the weeds with that,” Jones mentioned, after all tapping the breaks a bit of.
Headlines like those for sure give a contribution to the Cowboys’ score as the most dear franchise in sports activities, Jones usually talking a minimum of thrice every week all the way through the NFL season atop impromptu and eyebrow-raising remarks like those.
A call to roll with Rush would qualify, without reference to the following couple of weeks’ consequence. Jones stated that Prescott’s restoration timeline is shorter than Romo’s used to be, and Rush is not going to play 10 video games sooner than Prescott is to be had.
Running again Ezekiel Elliott, who used to be additionally a rookie in 2016 and ended up the league’s speeding champion, mentioned he doesn’t center of attention on such hypotheticals.
“People on TV who get clicks, get views are going to say the most outrageous stuff to get attention,” Elliott mentioned. “That’s their job. Who knows if they even believe that?”
Elliott used to be then informed that Jones, in the Cowboys’ personal construction, had contemplated a quarterback “dilemma.”
“There you go, that’s a classic example,” he mentioned. “He wants y’all to be clicking and listening to him, too.
“It’s all marketing, man. It’s all marketing.”
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