Jerry Jones: Weeden wasn’t taking chances, Cassel will

AP

When you first look at Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden’s stats, they don’t look worthy of a benching: Weeden completed 72.4 percent of his passes and only threw two interceptions in his three starts. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says there’s more than meets the eye with Weeden.

Jones said on 105.3 The Fan that Weeden was too cautious, and the Cowboys need a quarterback who will take some chances. That’s what next week’s starter, Matt Cassel, will do.

“I think he’s also got experience in basically just stepping up in the pocket and making some plays,” Jones said of Cassel. “Now, he will, with that experience though, do something that Weeden was not doing. Weeden was so conservative, he was coached to be conservative to a degree, but he was not taking chances with that ball. Now, we know you can’t make plays if you don’t take some chances. So, we’ll see more of that. We could see the risk of that hit us a little bit, but hopefully we’ll be getting our share of them over on the defense with this group we’ve got.”

The problem, however, is that Cassel often takes too many chances and therefore throws too many interceptions. Jones acknowledged that he wanted Weeden’s safety-first approach, “until we didn’t win.” Now the Cowboys hope they can win with Cassel. As Jones said, “That’s why we got him.”

51 responses to “Jerry Jones: Weeden wasn’t taking chances, Cassel will

  1. If EJ Manuel starts for the Bills Sunday, it will be very interesting to see which QB does better. It could potentially make Doug Whaley look real good or real bad for trading Cassel (for a late round pick).

  2. If Matt Cassel ACTUALLY took chances, he would have been the starting QB for the Buffalo Bills in week 1 (technically, he was. He was behind the Center on a trick triple option/whatever the hell it was play, but that was the only time he seen the field).

  3. The rest of the NFC East will be encouraging Cassel to take all the chances downfield he likes, they have defensive backs who need help with their INT numbers.

  4. Well they couldn’t just leave Weeden in and lose every game until Romo’s return. Encouraging Cassel to take chances is all we have. He will undoubtedly throw some pics but he just might win a few games along the way.

  5. The last full game Cassel played, he threw four interceptions. It wasn’t just because he was taking chances; it was because he couldn’t throw the ball where he needed to throw it.

    Rick Spielman is a magician for getting a fifth-round pick for him after that performance.

  6. Remember when Jerry was in raptures about Weeden’s beautiful throwing motion? It was only a few weeks ago.
    I think that Weeden has now had something like 12 losses in a row as a starting QB.

  7. He will probably do real well his first game and then he will remember he is Cassel and it is down hill from there.

  8. Everyone in the organization gets a lot smarter when you have a great QB. At least Jerry Jones recognizes this and paid Romo. Most owners just keep hiring and firing coaches, mistakenly thinking that’s the key to success.

  9. The NFL could put on a great comedy act with the likes of Jerrah & Irsay and probably a few others.

  10. Everytime Jerry gets in front of a microphone it adds more evidence it was all Jimmy Johnson when it came to building those Super Bowl champions Jones takes credit for. He sounds more like a fantasy football GM than a real one with statements like that.

  11. Still talking scapegoat. Weeden was doing what he was told, he didn’t make those conservative plays up out of his own head! I agree, as a fair and balanced football fan, that Matt should be starting and I believe that he should’ve started last weekend, but I as a fan don’t blame Weeden for one second for those pee wee playbooks, the breakdown on the o-line, and lack of effort on the d-line front. Rubbish. Dallas coaching is sleeping on the job.

  12. This the funniest thing I heard all day. Cassel doesn’t take chances. His yard per completion was the lowest of the 4 Qbs in Buffalo during the preseason. Manuel was criticized for not taking chances last year and he crushed Cassel when it came to big plays.

  13. J. Jones Talks So Much Crap, I think he’s Actually Starting to Believe himself. Until Dez And Romo come back, It’s gonna be a Struggle, But, If the Defense can Keep the Points to a Minimum, They may stand a Chance, And I’d like to see C.Michael get a Chance too, It sure as hell wouldn’t Hurt, He’s got a Lil more Size on the Other Backs, So he can Break a few Tackles.

  14. It’s not about taking chances. It’s about throwing the football in spots where your receivers can go use their skills to make a play on the ball, but at the same time not putting the ball where the defenders can reach it easy. That’s what separates the best QBs from the bad QBs .

  15. Two weeks ago he was extolling how lucky Dallas was to have a weeden on the sidelines ready to go. One week later he’s selling dogs in the stands while his replacement is ready to take chances.

  16. I rather take chances than to continue loosing and be out of the playoffs give the man a break and a chance to do what he does only opportunity and time will tell

  17. A QB that doesn’t take chances with the ball?

    Sounds like the DREAM QB that the Detroit Lions coaching staff of Caldwell and Lombardi would salivate over.

    I will be looking for a shrewd off-season move with GM Mayhew offering up Stafford straight-up for Weeden.

    Stafford needs to be re-united with Linehan.

    If that day comes, I will become a Cowboys fan and end my misery as a Lions fan.

    In the meantime, I pray every Sunday night that Mayhew, Caldwell and Lombardi will be fired by Martha Firestone Ford on Monday.

    Stafford probably does, too.

  18. Last I remember Jarrah was saying Weeden was the best quarterback ever to play in the NFL. I guess Cassel is now.

  19. He should give the Patriots 3 second round picks for Jimmy Garapolo. The guy broke Romo ‘ s records at his alma mater. And we all know how important a backup QB is now. Having said that, the Patriots are probably unlikely to deal him.

  20. This is Cassel’s last shot at starting I would think.

    With a reasonably decent team around him, he has to come through here. I suspect he will.

  21. The reason Weeden doesn’t take chances is because he KNOWS that he will make a mistake and screw things up. Even with a team like the Cowboys that has more talent than Cleveland did. Weeden is not “the sharpest knife in the kitchen.”

  22. Jones has a QB who takes chances — Tony Romo. How has that worked out?

    Jones is a blithering idiot. The only reason he has any credibility at all is because he was buddies at one time with Jimmy Johnson and hired him as HC. But alas, he was too stupid to hold onto Johnson and his arrogance made Johnson leave.

    The Cowboys will never win another SB as long as Jones is there.

  23. Cassel lost the QB competition in Buffalo because he was afraid to use that pea shooter of an arm. He floats passes like they are punts…talk about up for grabs, someone could come from the stands and get a hand on the ball.

    Dallas is sunk

  24. So it all boils down to a quarterback who is past his prime replacing a quarterback that had no prime.
    What could go wrong?

  25. I wonder how many of the people on here saying that Dallas is now screwed because Romo is hurt, are the ones saying that Romo sucked.

  26. I get so tired of people that think Jimmy Johnson was some sort of coaching God that Jones was lucky to get. The reason Johnson’s teams were so dominant is because he coached the richest team in the pre salary cap era. Jones cut deals with Amex and Pepsi so he could offer Deion Sanders and Charles Haley way more money than anyone else could. They had backups that would start for anyone else making starter’s money on the D line. We saw Johnson’s results at Miami, where he didn’t have the luxury of unlimited payroll.. Johnson’s teams were a product of Jones exploiting an advantage, nothing more.

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    dallascow says:
    Oct 18, 2015 8:57 AM
    I get so tired of people that think Jimmy Johnson was some sort of coaching God that Jones was lucky to get. The reason Johnson’s teams were so dominant is because he coached the richest team in the pre salary cap era. Jones cut deals with Amex and Pepsi so he could offer Deion Sanders and Charles Haley way more money than anyone else could. They had backups that would start for anyone else making starter’s money on the D line. We saw Johnson’s results at Miami, where he didn’t have the luxury of unlimited payroll.. Johnson’s teams were a product of Jones exploiting an advantage, nothing more.

    ^
    Interesting point and probably true. Certainly does not make JJ look any more credible as a football mind, just a shrewd business man. Noone has been able to dominate like that since the salary cap…except of course the Patriots.

  28. Im starting to feel the same way about Garrett that I did during the 8-8 runs; like he should be fired and replaced by Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher. May be too late in Romo’s career for a major coaching change though. I don’t know. It’s hard to believe in a Garret led team that always seems to build you up just to let you down. The Steelers find a way to grind it out and pick up wins with their 2nd and 3rd string quarterbacks in for Ben. Far superior coaching staff.

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