Jerry Jones on Brandon Weeden’s success: ‘I’m proud of him’
Jerry Jones insists he’s happy for Brandon Weeden over how the quarterback is enjoying success with the Houston Texans after the Dallas Cowboys cut him loose following an unsuccessful stint serving as the replacement for the injured Tony Romo earlier this season.
In fact, the owner even pointed out that his original glowing endorsement of Weeden’s talent arguably was spot-on, despite the fact things didn’t go as planned during his time with the Cowboys and that his success with the Texans proves he deserved a shot at replacing Romo.
“I thought, believe it or not, [Weeden winning a start for the Texans] shows to some degree that he was worthy of the opportunity that he got with us,” Jones said during an interview on Dallas’ 105.3 The Fan, as transcribed by Pro Football Talk. “I’ll never forget we were in the draft room the year before and we were looking at quarterbacks at that particular time in the draft room. And Coach [Scott] Linehan walks in and we look at quite a few, he was out with the team during OTA’s, our equivalent of spring practice. And we looked at some of the best ones that were there, and he said we got a better one than that right out here on the practice field in Brandon Weeden. So, he didn’t get that shot just because he was chopped liver. And I’m not anointing him necessarily one way or the other. I’m proud for him and I’m proud for Houston that they’ve come up with a way to use him in a way that can win a game.”
Jones expressed regret over playing Weeden and not Matt Cassel after his original decision on how to shore up the quarterback position in the wake of Romo’s first collarbone injury did not go anywhere near as planned. Weeden said this week he is relishing the fact that Jones will watch the playoffs from his couch while the Texans have a great chance of playing in the postseason.
The last laugh, indeed.