Jerry Jones after ugly loss to Cardinals: ‘We missed Dak’ Prescott
The Dallas Cowboys were humiliated on national television Monday night, going down at home to the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 38-10. It was of course the Cowboys’ first game since Dak Prescott suffered a devastating and season-ending ankle injury last week, and Andy Dalton threw two interceptions in his first start in the franchise quarterback’s stead.
Making an appearance Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn’t avoid addressing just how much the team misses having Prescott on the field.
“We missed Dak,” Jones said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Yes, we missed Dak. That was a glaring difference out there last night. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. On the other hand, we can get the most out of our team, and it could be enough with Andy Dalton. We didn’t last night. And he contributed to the turnovers early.”
Jones isn’t the first member of the Cowboys organization to state the obvious regarding Prescott’s absence for the balance of the season, nor will he be the last.
That being said, Jones has previously expressed nothing but confidence in Dalton’s ability to lead the Cowboys, but the veteran did suffer through an inauspicious starting debut Monday night. It also merits noting that Dalton — who completed 34 of 54 passes for 266 yards — wasn’t solely responsible for the Cowboys’ sputtering offense.
Ezekiel Elliott had an awful night, fumbling twice in back-to-back possessions in Cowboys’ territory early on, turnovers that allowed the Cardinals to take a 14-0 lead.
Jones went on Tuesday to deflect blame from head coach Mike McCarthy, who he said has “great football fundamental basics.” He also provided a lukewarm endorsement of embattled defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who Jones characterized as “okay.”
The NFC East is the worst division in the NFL, evidenced by the fact that the 2-4 Cowboys currently sit in first place despite their woeful record. This provides little comfort to Jones, however,
“I’m not in the feel-good mood, frankly, that we’ve got manna from heaven being in the East,” Jones said. “When you’re not playing any better than we are, it’s hard [to] get excited about…‘We may be slow but we’re better than you’ syndrome.”