Jerry Jones on ever turning to Tony Romo: ‘You’ll know it when you see it’
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was somewhat cryptic when addressing the team’s quarterback position by not explicitly envisioning a scenario where the Tony Romo would replace Dak Prescott.
“I really don’t want to get into the scenario, it goes too far in talking about what we don’t want to talk about,” Jones said Tuesday during an interview on 105.3 The Fan’s Shan and RJ show [KRLD-FM], as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “Given the need for him, we want him ready on the spur of the moment to be a part of any effort we make – to be trite – to win the ball game.
“It would be when we all probably thought it was time for him to come in and play. I don’t want to give you those circumstances because I don’t like either one of the discussions.”
The Cowboys have made it clear the team is sticking with the rookie Prescott following perhaps his only bad outing of the season during Sunday’s 10-7 loss to the New York Giants.
Jones was also asked what kind of situation could arise where the Cowboys would bench Prescott for Romo.
“I don’t have a definition for it, but you’ll know it when you see it,” Jones said. “It’s kind of like the definition I heard one time of another issue — trying to define a negative topic — and they said: ‘I don’t know how to say it, but it’s just something that when you see it, you know it’s there.’
“We’ll see it.”
It’s arguably comical that some Cowboys fans are calling for Romo despite Prescott leading the team to an NFC-best 11-2 record. But as the old saying goes, the most popular player on a struggling team is usually is the backup quarterback. But the Cowboys aren’t struggling, obviously, which is why it would make no sense to bench Prescott, even if he possibly is hitting the so-called rookie wall.
The Cowboys did an admirable job of managing the quarterback situation as Romo returned to health and Prescott excelled. And Romo deserves credit for how he handled his demotion. But it’s clear the Cowboys are Prescott’s team now, and one bad game shouldn’t change that.