Jerry Jones weighs in on prospects of Cowboys tanking
The Dallas Cowboys fell to 2-6 with Sunday night’s ugly 23-9 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and there have been no indications so far in the team’s nightmarish season that a dramatic turnaround is forthcoming.
With the prospects of a successful 2020 quickly diminishing with every demoralizing loss, the notion has been floated that the Cowboys should accept their fate and tank in order to secure a better pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Jerry Jones has no interest in going down that road.
The Cowboys owner opened up Tuesday during his weekly appearance on Dallas’ 105.3 The Fan radio about the sorry state in which his team finds itself. Despite the ugly record and disheartening start, Jones pushed back on the developing tanking narrative.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on @1053thefan this morning when asked about the idea of tanking for a better draft pick: pic.twitter.com/5DiGfi2vOv— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) November 3, 2020
The Cowboys were obviously left in a precarious position when Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome ankle injury in Week 5 that ended his season. Jones himself admitted the loss of Prescott has left the Cowboys reeling.
The bad situation was only made worse when veteran backup Andy Dalton suffered a concussion on a dirty hit in Week 7 that continues to sideline him in adherence to NFL protocol.
This left the Cowboys turning to rookie quarterback Ben DiNucci on Sunday, who appeared woefully — and perhaps understandably — unprepared for an NFL debut that was nothing short of a complete debacle.
Jones more or less threw his rookie quarterback under the bus during his remarks on Tuesday.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones very blunt on Ben DiNucci in Philly: "I think it was a lot for him. I think we certainly, as a team, paid the price to have him come in under those circumstances, and that’s almost trite.— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) November 3, 2020
"It was, frankly, more than he could handle."@1053thefan
Given the uncertainty surrounding Dalton’s potential availability for a Week 9 showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers, things are looking grim for the Cowboys. The team’s only saving grace is it resides in the NFC East, which has the looks of a historically awful division.
It goes without saying that Mike McCarthy’s debut season as head coach of the Cowboys has been an unmitigated disaster so far, and things don’t look too good going forward. Even if Jones believes tanking is not the right way to go, the case can be made the outspoken owner will have little power over such an endgame coming to fruition.