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Jerry Jones: Quarterback is the strength of our team

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The Cowboys’ first-string quarterback, Tony Romo, is rehabbing from back surgery, and their second-string quarterback, Kyle Orton, has skipped all of the team’s offseason work. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says that the quarterback position is the strongest position on the roster.

Jones said that with Romo as the starter, Kyle Orton as the backup and Brandon Weeden as the third-stringer, he feels great about where they are at the most important position in football.

“That’s the strength of our team, position-wise. Tony, Kyle Orton and then Weeden — we like him as a development project,” Jones said. “We feel good about Tony’s health. His back is everything we would want it to be at this time. So we feel very strong about the edge that our quarterbacking gives us.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett agreed with that, saying he was on the field with Romo today and that Romo has progressed to the point where he can drop back and throw.

“We’re really just working day by day through his rehab, he’s done an excellent job in his rehab,” Garrett said.

As for Orton, Garrett said that in a perfect world he’d prefer for Orton to participate in offseason work, but he believes Orton will show up when it’s a job requirement.

“We expect Kyle to be here at some point in the offseason,” Garrett said. “These are not mandatory workouts and meetings that we’re involved in right now. There is a mandatory minicamp toward the end of the offseason program. We anticipate him and all our players to be there for that.”

Asked whether the Cowboys will use a draft pick — maybe even a first-round pick — on a quarterback, Jones declined to answer. But he did say that he doesn’t think the Cowboys need any more quarterbacks. Jones likes the ones they have.

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83 Responses to “Jerry Jones: Quarterback is the strength of our team”
  1. squirrelthomas says: May 6, 2014 2:47 PM

    Compared to every other position – he’s actually right.

  2. Lord Oswald Bupkis III says: May 6, 2014 2:48 PM

    A 30 year old QB is a developmental project?

  3. changsteinelgamal says: May 6, 2014 2:48 PM

    What was he gonna say? Front Office?

  4. citizenstrange says: May 6, 2014 2:48 PM

    At least he didn’t say GM.

  5. primenumber19 says: May 6, 2014 2:49 PM

    And that is why the team is weak

  6. floratiotime says: May 6, 2014 2:50 PM

    … and the GM is a genius.

  7. hamiltos777 says: May 6, 2014 2:50 PM

    Too bad ownership’s judgement isn’t.

  8. araidersfan says: May 6, 2014 2:51 PM

    “I see” said the blind man in agreement with Jerry’s expert assessment of his QB situation.

  9. upperdecker19 says: May 6, 2014 2:51 PM

    I thought that the General Manager was the strength of the team?

  10. elway6532 says: May 6, 2014 2:51 PM

    Orton is a perennial choker. Terrible. The guy will throw for 400 yds and three TD’s, but a pick six in the last two minutes is a certainty. I never like neck beards either.

  11. vtown77 says: May 6, 2014 2:52 PM

    Classic Jerry bs

  12. mckestner says: May 6, 2014 2:52 PM

    Tony Romo never gets enough credit. If put a supporting cast around him you can go far. All of this coming from a Redskins fan.

  13. thepftpoet says: May 6, 2014 2:53 PM

    PEDs are the strength of the Seahawks team.

    #Cheaters

  14. readysethike says: May 6, 2014 2:53 PM

    If Jerrah wants star power, attention, and to be talked about, why doesn’t he just sign Tebow.

  15. beerbudsnbevo says: May 6, 2014 2:53 PM

    You know what the sad part is fellow Cowboys fans…

    When Jerry finally turns it in, his idiot son will be taking over.

  16. bcfalcon says: May 6, 2014 2:54 PM

    Well GM definitely isn’t!

  17. officialgame says: May 6, 2014 2:54 PM

    Romo just had his second back surgery in two years. Orton hasn’t decided he will even play next season and the mighty Cleveland Brown have moved on from Weeden. Does this man define stupid? Hell JJ used to at least be a good liar.

  18. tennesseeoilers says: May 6, 2014 2:59 PM

    1. True–it’s certainly not ownership.
    2. That’s not saying much.

  19. vikesr4reel says: May 6, 2014 2:59 PM

    We love Jerry Jones!!

    Signed,
    All cowboy httrs!!

  20. barneyrumble says: May 6, 2014 3:00 PM

    Gonna have my second spinal surgery in under a year tomorrow, Hope I am as good after it as Jones seems to portray Romo to be after his!

  21. thegreatgabbert says: May 6, 2014 3:00 PM

    Jerry is right, that is a pretty deep QB crew.

  22. seabreezes51 says: May 6, 2014 3:02 PM

    December is Tony time……

  23. Dogsweat says: May 6, 2014 3:03 PM

    Johnny Manziel will look good in the Silver and Blue.

  24. nonetruerthanblue says: May 6, 2014 3:03 PM

    Pure comedy…does he know who he currently has at the position?

  25. baltimoresnativeson says: May 6, 2014 3:04 PM

    Romo is a good qb. He’s had top 10 defenses and good running games. He’s just one of those guys that can’t get over the hump when it really matters.

    I.e. Schaub, Palmer, Ryan, etc.

  26. pittsburghfan71 says: May 6, 2014 3:05 PM

    Weeden knew his NFL career would suck when he was drafted by Cleveland… Just ask Brady Quinn

  27. 700levelvet says: May 6, 2014 3:05 PM

    Does he EVER make sense?

  28. theclink12 says: May 6, 2014 3:05 PM

    He is actually right.

    That is why they finish 8-8 every year.

  29. mazenblue says: May 6, 2014 3:05 PM

    I guess. A mediocre QB is the strength.

  30. InFact says: May 6, 2014 3:07 PM

    Of course, if nearly 30-40% of your cap $ is tied up in an aging QB who has no NFC Championship or SB wins, then he BETTER BE the strength of your team.

    Unfortunately, he is not.

    Romo is a Top 10 to 20 NFL QB, but not in the highest echelon (yet….and time is running out).

  31. realnflmaster says: May 6, 2014 3:11 PM

    Weeden is a waste of a roster spot, at 30 years old you cannot play. Of course he would dominate 20 year old kids, the guy was a 27 year old grown man!

  32. chaseutley says: May 6, 2014 3:11 PM

    The Cowboys’ backup QBs make me feel better about the Eagles’ signing of Mark Sanchez.

  33. jpk6044 says: May 6, 2014 3:16 PM

    Good to hear that Romo has progressed to the point where he can drop back and throw. Interceptions, of course.

  34. jjackwagon says: May 6, 2014 3:16 PM

    Please forgive Jerruh he is in the advanced stages of Alzheimers and he still thinks its 1992.

  35. whatnojets says: May 6, 2014 3:17 PM

    The man is a genius!! I would have never guessed that :(

  36. bighomiemathews24 says: May 6, 2014 3:18 PM

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha good one jerry. You got jokes boy

  37. jaygruntboston says: May 6, 2014 3:21 PM

    Aaaaand this is why the Cowboys won’t be a playoff contender for a long time. Why would someone pay Romo as a top QB, then give him another high priced contract for 5 years, when he has won one playoff game in 11 years? These are the team moves of a senile old man. Jones is the new Al Davis.

  38. thestrategyexpert says: May 6, 2014 3:24 PM

    So then draft a position that is weak? What did they do the last few years?

    Well they haven’t won a Super Bowl or come close so maybe he needs to find a new system of evaluating needs, or maybe he needs to hire somebody to tell him what his strong and weak positions really are.

  39. ragnarthegreat says: May 6, 2014 3:24 PM

    I felt bad for Weeden going to Cleveland. Now I feel worse he is headed for Dallas. If he had the talent and skill to play in the NFL, he needed to be in a good situation to sit and learn in a stable organization. JJ keeps Dallas a perennial soap opera and if Weeden had anything for the NFL, we will never know now.

  40. seahawkhuskyfan says: May 6, 2014 3:26 PM

    Yes, Romo is who I would want in the must need win……… oh wait, maybe NOT

  41. kosarkid says: May 6, 2014 3:26 PM

    Weeden is not that much younger than Romo. Most people don’t call a QB in their 30′s that is that bad a project. They call them into their office and tell them to bring their playbook because they’ve been cut from the the team instead.

  42. thegonz13 says: May 6, 2014 3:30 PM

    If QB is considered a strength, I’d hate to think about the other positions.

  43. cincyalldaway says: May 6, 2014 3:32 PM

    Just when I thought Mike Brown was the most clueless owner in the league….along comes Jones! ABSOLUTELY CLUELESS! He still thinks people think of the Cowboys as “America’s Team”! What a load crap! On the flip side he has a promising career ahead in his golden years as a comedian! He’s the essential Cowboy Comedian! LOL

  44. boisestatewhodat says: May 6, 2014 3:36 PM

    Well that’s pretty sad Jerry…your biggest strength is a QB that hasn’t won crap! What’s worse is that, the rest of the team…is lousy!

  45. sd619tripleog says: May 6, 2014 3:37 PM

    Smoke and mirrors… unless jerry is going senile. Romo is a top tier qb despite all the naysayers but I’m pretty sure aikman retired at the same age romo is now because of back issues, so we’ll see. Weeden is a joke and Orton has one foot out the door

  46. alewatcher says: May 6, 2014 3:41 PM

    That’s kind of scary.

  47. jakubosky12 says: May 6, 2014 3:42 PM

    Tony Romo is not mediocre. He is a great QB, jot elite though. I’d like to here 10 better?

  48. axespray says: May 6, 2014 3:52 PM

    Remember when cowboy fans were debating whether Romo was better than Rodgers?

  49. themonster661 says: May 6, 2014 3:53 PM

    You may be right in a small way for the next yr or two but the cowboys should still draft a younger qb who isn’t in there 30′s. We need a qb of the future and there is a lot of talented ones in this draft. Don’t be stupid Jerry Jones and draft a qb in the 4th or 5th rd. But knowing your dumbass you won’t draft one. SMH!!!

  50. vaughnjoe says: May 6, 2014 3:56 PM

    Yeah Jerry but you can only have one QB on the field at a time. I wonder when the fans will realize this owner/GM is the reason their team is spinning its wheels for the past decade. Sure they have a great stadium. But thats like pouring cheap wine into a champagne bottle.

  51. steelcurtainn says: May 6, 2014 3:57 PM

    LOL……qb strength of the team…..Jerrah, you gotta give it to him….he does have some comedy in him.

  52. thefirstsmilergrogan says: May 6, 2014 3:58 PM

    i don’t know why anyone would question jerry’s assessment after seeing kyle orton come to the rescue and very nearly almost save the cowboy’s season in week 17 last year…..and most heartening of all, the tv ratings are still very good…..

    and sorry to be the one that has to tell you, jerry, but orton is coming back and taking your money unless you cut him and then he gets to keep all the signing bonus and retire….

    and weeden is nearly as old as the other two….

  53. stinkfingers says: May 6, 2014 3:58 PM

    The question I have is…. Is this a compliment for Tony Romo, or an indictment against the rest of the team?

  54. tvjules says: May 6, 2014 3:59 PM

    Go pour yourself another drink, Jerry.

  55. ErikW65 says: May 6, 2014 4:00 PM

    Translation: “I want to draft Manziel.”

  56. iamkillerfin says: May 6, 2014 4:03 PM

    #2 SILVER & BLUE if you wanna win!!!

  57. tremoluxman says: May 6, 2014 4:09 PM

    Hoo-ee, Jerruh. Boy howdy, that was a good ‘un. You have a future in comedy.

  58. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: May 6, 2014 4:17 PM

    Regardless of how they are playing today… they all were starters in the NFL at one point.

  59. truths4all says: May 6, 2014 4:17 PM

    IF he speaks the truth, then it means the Cowboys will be working hard to earn the first pick in next years draft. Remember how bad the Cowboys were before they drafted Troy Aikman and how bad they were his first year (and that bad record also gave them high draft picks for the second year in a row.)

  60. whatjusthapped says: May 6, 2014 4:24 PM

    99% of the time, I disagree with Jerry. This time he is right if only because all the other positions stink.

    Dallas will never, as in ever ever never, contend for a Superbowl with that nitwit at the helm.

  61. boisestatewhodat says: May 6, 2014 4:29 PM

    Jaku…here are 10 better than Romo:

    1.) Drew Brees
    2.) Peyton Manning
    3.) Eli Manning
    4.) Tom Brady
    5.) Big Ben
    6.) Russel Wilson
    7.) Aaron Rodgers
    8.) Joe Flacco
    9.) Phillip Rivers
    10.) Matt Stafford

    I would even say there’s more but you asked for 10. Romo is a good qb but will never win anything in Dallas. Pair him with a good GM and a good coach and he’d be much better. Remember, Sean Payton drafted him…imagine his success if he’d been with a squad like NOLA for the past 8 years with Mickey Loomis as GM.

  62. 8to80texansblog says: May 6, 2014 4:29 PM

    So the Cowboys are trading their entire draft to move up and get Manziel…. Check.

  63. weepingjebus says: May 6, 2014 4:38 PM

    Kind of a weird dynamic where the only people who will miss Jerry when he retires/crumbles to dust are fans of every other team in the league.

  64. eaglesnoles05 says: May 6, 2014 4:48 PM

    Am I the only one who wakes up every morning and goes straight to PFT to see if Jerry said something else today? This guy is comedic gold.

  65. guiness17 says: May 6, 2014 5:15 PM

    Not sure how JJ opening his mouth warrants a story, but judging by the number of comments I guess it’s news…

  66. tvguy22 says: May 6, 2014 5:19 PM

    Stay healthy, Jerry. Don’t ever sell.

  67. mybudboy says: May 6, 2014 5:21 PM

    Jerry buys bologna and sells steak to Cowboys fans

  68. zack2482 says: May 6, 2014 5:23 PM

    boisestatewhodat says:
    May 6, 2014 4:29 PM
    Jaku…here are 10 better than Romo:

    1.) Drew Brees-agree
    2.) Peyton Manning – agree
    3.) Eli Manning – You got to be kidding me right? A guy that throws 30 interceptions last season and threw more than Geno Smith, yeah right. Eli isn’t a top 10 QB.
    4.) Tom Brady – Agree.
    5.) Big Ben – another guy with top 10 defenses his entire career.
    6.) Russel Wilson – to soon to tell. When he is chucking the ball 40 times a game, come talk to me.
    7.) Aaron Rodgers-agree, he should be top 3.
    8.) Joe Flacco- Here is another guy, that was awful last year and has survived on top 10 defenses his entire career.
    9.) Phillip Rivers
    10.) Matt Stafford – No way is Stafford better than Romo.

    Romo is a top 10 QB. 5th best passer rating of all time. A team game, and his defense has been less than stellar his entire career.

  69. mybudboy says: May 6, 2014 5:25 PM

    Oh and 2 months ago Jerry stated the Cowboys have good depth on defense!

  70. SparkyGump says: May 6, 2014 5:30 PM

    If you don’t agree with Jerry’s delusional Jerryspeak, Cowboys fans, vote with your dollars ‘cuz that’s the only thing that’ll get his attention.

  71. boisestatewhodat says: May 6, 2014 5:40 PM

    Zack…nice take and I see your point. All but 2 of those on my list have something Tony Romo doesn’t…at least one Super Bowl title. I know that there have been greats like Marino and Kelly that never won titles either but like most on my list, they won multiple playoff games. This is another thing Romo doesn’t have. He won’t ever have a title until he leaves Dallas…they have been hijacked by JJ and wins won’t come easy until he’s gone. I stand by my list…quarterbacks are judged by post season wins and Romo has like 1 or 2 I think…in over 8 seasons!

  72. mybudboy says: May 6, 2014 5:46 PM

    Unfortunately, some Cowboy fans treat some Dallas players as rock stars. But you are correct, it’s all about money for Jerry. Cut that off and his head would spin around so fast that something would change.

  73. vipod4ever says: May 6, 2014 5:47 PM

    Translation: ” We are targetting Manziel to keep our rankings at the top!”

  74. somethinghappeninghere says: May 6, 2014 5:58 PM

    I do not want to take Your Name in vain my Father God but please do not let Johnny Manziel of the great Texas A&M Aggies go to Jerry Jones and the blankety-blank Dallas Cowgirls!

  75. rwhited2 says: May 6, 2014 6:06 PM

    Saying that Weeden, a 31 year old quarterback, is a good developmental player is all that you need to know to sum up Jerry Jones’ abilities as a GM. Yep, in a few more years Weeden will be good enough to retire… Smh

  76. usdcoyotesfan says: May 6, 2014 6:25 PM

    Here’s my list of 10 QBs who are better than Romo in no particular order, and they’re not necessarily the only ones:

    1. Aaron Rodgers
    2. Peyton Manning
    3. Tom Brady
    4. Drew Brees
    5. Nick Foles
    6. Ben Roethlisberger
    7. Matt Flynn
    8. Russell Wilson
    9. Colin Kaepernick
    10. Alex Smith

    Also, these aren’t necessarily the best pure passers. You should also take game management into account when you discuss this.

  77. djshnooks says: May 6, 2014 6:48 PM

    lol at the title, or even the thought.

    Poor cowboys need a real GM.

  78. hawkforlife says: May 6, 2014 6:57 PM

    I suppose he said that with one of those leering goofy grins cemented to his face. I heard it’s good for the face lift to try and laugh at least once a day.

  79. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 6, 2014 7:45 PM

    Translation: I will be trying like heck to trade up and get Johnny Football.

  80. craigkintexas says: May 6, 2014 7:47 PM

    And the Allas fans keep feedin ole Jer their money, and he keeps laughing all the way to the bank LOL

  81. bigdaddy44 says: May 6, 2014 11:04 PM

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. That was a good one Jerry, I needed a good laugh.

  82. bpacha77511 says: May 7, 2014 12:35 AM

    my ten qbs… .
    10. kaep… will be napoleon dynamite if he plays well again this year. (not just cuz I bleed green)
    9. newton
    8.luck
    7. big ben
    6.rivers
    5.wilson
    4. rodgers
    3. brees
    2. p manning
    1. brady

  83. rayb47 says: May 7, 2014 12:46 AM

    Jerry is definitely building his team for a run at the SB within the next couple of years. Considering the current depth at quarterbacks on his team. He has as his starter a 34 year old qb who just came off back surgery, followed by a qb who will turn 32 in Nov. {who is not in camp} and their young qb who is in the development stage will turn 31 in Oct.
    When I say SB, I don’t mean Super Bowl I mean Senior Bowl for over the hill players who once were, never was or wanna be’s . The trophy for MVP of this event will be player’s choice between a walking cane or wheelchair

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