In the months leading up to, and the weeks after the NFL Draft, one of the primary conversations was the dream scenario linking of Johnny Manziel and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
And for all the downplaying of it afterward, it appears the Jones was rather torn as to whether he should draft Manziel to back up Tony Romo for the time being.
Via the Dallas Morning News, Jones admitted it was “hard” passing Manziel, while speaking at an event honoring former Arkansas coach and athletic director Frank Broyles.
“Well, it was. Yes, it was,” Jones said. “First of all, I couldn’t believe he had fallen there. And secondly, we had spent a lot of time, I’d spent a lot of time. He’s the kind of player that can be that kind of difference-maker. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be a successful player. We have in Romo what I consider to be the better quarterback. But there’s also the future, there’s also insurance if you don’t have him. If anybody could have adjusted to Manziel’s style, we could have because we’re a lot like that with Romo.”
That seems like a 180 from “That’s why we didn’t spend a lot of time considering Manziel,” or ““No, frankly that [picking Manziel] wasn’t even a thought.”
But given as many times as this story has changed, it will inevitably change again.