Jerry Jones: No timeline set to decide between Dak Prescott, Tony Romo
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones again on Tuesday remained noncommittal on what the team intends to do at the quarterback position when Tony Romo is ready to play again.
The Cowboys obviously are rolling at 5-1 with rookie signal-caller Dak Prescott playing spectacular football. With Romo’s return becoming more and more imminent, Jones was asked during a radio interview Tuesday whether there has been a timeline determined regarding when the ultimate decision between Prescott and Romo needs to be made.
“I have no idea,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “I don’t have any idea. No one does, as to what the situation will be a game or games down the road. We don’t have any idea.
“… Everybody feels good about what we’re doing. But we all feel equally as good based upon the best thing you got in the past, about Romo. We don’t have to be definitive in drawing any bright lines right now.”
There is no question that Prescott has filled in more than capably in Romo’s stead. In fact, the case can be made — which it has by countless analysts, pundits and NFL insiders — that Prescott has earned the starting quarterback job regardless of Romo’s pedigree and imminent return to health.
Jones mentioned during the interview that Romo and Prescott are of the same mold and get along well, which he believes helps out in such an awkward situation. But when asked if a player, seemingly Romo, deserves anything, Jones alluded to how Tom Brady got his job back after serving a four-game suspension.
“That’s why he got back on the field. That’s the decision, what gives you the best chance to win? When you can see that or feel that that’s the case, everybody is for that,” Jones said. “This isn’t a vote. This is just when you feel like who gives you the best place to make a decision and win the game.”
It goes without saying the conundrum Dallas faces is a good problem to have. But it remains a problem nevertheless. Jones throughout Romo’s career has been fiercely loyal to the quarterback. But Prescott unquestionably has far exceeded any and all expectations and arguably deserves to keep the job.
Whether that’s how it plays out, however, is another story. With Jerry Jones calling the shots, anything’s possible.