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Jerry Jones on Dak Prescott taking Tony Romo’s job: ‘Too optimistic’


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has attempted to temper the arguably unreasonable expectations being thrust upon Dak Prescott as the young quarterback prepares to fill-in for the injured Tony Romo.

Given Romo’s myriad injury issues — along with Prescott’s arguable upside — some have suggested it’s possible that Romo won’t get his job back should the rookie signal-caller dazzle in his stead.

Jones, who has been fiercely loyal to Romo over the years, quickly blew off such a notion.

“This is the first time I had really heard that,” Jones said during a Tuesday appearance on 105.3 The Fan’s Shan and RJ show [KRLD-FM], via The Dallas Morning News. “That’s too optimistic — if you really want to know the truth about it — to think about.”

Speculation that Romo — who is expected to be out between six and 10 weeks after suffering a broken bone in his back in preseason action — potentially could lose his starting job to Prescott should the rookie signal-caller dazzle in his extended showcase has been fueled in no small part by intriguing comments made earlier this week by Stephen Jones.

The Cowboys executive vice president, while also clarifying he expects Romo back, mentioned how a Drew Bledsoe injury allowed Tom Brady to seize the New England Patriots starting quarterback job and never relinquish it.

While Jones downplayed any possibility of Romo losing his job, he did nevertheless express optimism for the 2016 season, mainly due to Prescott’s perceptible upside.

“I do because the promise of his future has created a lot of energy,” Jones said. “There’s no doubt. That’s reality. You can feel it and you can see it. … We’ve got a lot of energy here and we can win with this.

“We’ve got a chance to develop that energy, that asset so to speak, with Dak, and have both, because Tony will be back.”

An inordinate amount of pressure has been placed on the inexperienced shoulders of Prescott. And while the expectation is that Romo will automatically take his job back when healthy, should Prescott rise above the challenge and duplicate the success he has enjoyed in the preseason? Nothing’s impossible.