Jerry Jones has said repeatedly that the Dallas Cowboys are in a great situation with the pending quarterback controversy between Dak Prescott and Tony Romo.
He reiterated that again Friday during his radio show on 105.3 The Fan, saying: “This is an absolute great thing for our team, our fans, our future, our franchise. It’s a great thing to have this issue.”
But there’s no simple solution to the problem.
Prescott, the rookie out of Mississippi State, continues to impress each time he takes the field. He has the Cowboys sitting at 4-1 and has yet to throw an interception.
Romo, meanwhile, has more experience in the NFL and is getting closer to returning from the compression fracture in his lower back he sustained in the third preseason game at Seattle.
Is it simple enough to say Prescott keeps the job if he leads the Cowboys to another win Sunday at Green Bay?
“I really don’t know that I would at it that way,” Jones said. “I look at it – how Dak is evolving? How it is evolving now, not necessarily in the future, but also in the future? All of those things come to play.
“But I would say the error in your question is there’s nothing simple about this.”
Jones said he is very familiar with the quarterback controversies the organization has faced in the past.
In 1972, a year after Roger Staubach had led the Cowboys to a Super Bowl title, Staubach separated his shoulder in the preseason. That paved the way for Craig Morton to win the job and Morton played well enough to keep Staubach sidelined even when he was healthy.
Staubach spoke about that situation earlier Friday, saying he understood why coach Tom Landry made the decision to keep the momentum with Morton. And Staubach said the Cowboys should do the same now with Prescott.
In 1991, the Cowboys faced a similar situation between riding the “hot hand” going into the playoffs with Steve Beuerlein, or giving the job back to a now-healthy Troy Aikman. Coach Jimmy Johnson opted to stick with Beuerlein, although Aikman would eventually enter off the bench in the second playoff game.
“I’m really familiar with both those situations,” Jones said. “We do have precedent of injury. I might add that Tom Landry’s in stone policy was if you lose your job because of injury, or can’t play because of injury, you get it back when you come back.
“But quarterback is different. It’s got a lot of nuances that the other positions don’t have.”