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Jerry Jones: Romo injury “a setback,” but not a fatal one this time

Dallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones talks with reporters after arriving at the team's headquarters and training complex on his new personal helicopter, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) AP

Jerry Jones ought to be used to playing without quarterback Tony Romo at this point.

But while the Cowboys owner admitted it was difficult being without his starter, the progress of rookie backup Dak Prescott has him hopeful the Cowboys won’t flatline without Romo in the past.

Yeah, Tony is a setback,” Jones said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Tony’s injury and him not starting Sunday is a setback. Make no mistake about it, and I don’t care how you gild a lily. We would be a better team with him out there. On the other hand, what I didn’t expect was Dak to come in and have the kind of offseason and build the kind of confidence he’s done with the staff and his teammates. So that has tempered the setback and the disappointment there with Tony’s injury.

“Given the choice to start Romo or Dak, then there would have been no issue and you’d have to say that’s uncomfortable. But this is a different deal. Make no mistake about it, it’s a different tempo, different challenges for a quarterback, but if we are going to not have Romo, this is the way that I would like to play the games.”

The questions don’t begin and end at quarterback for the Cowboys, who will begin the year without three suspended starters on defense (defensive ends Randy Gregory and Demarcus Lawrence and middle linebacker Rolando McClain). But Jones thinks the enthusiasm over Prescott is enough to keep them afloat in Romo’s absence because of a broken bone in his back.

“Of course, I’m excited,” Jones said Thursday. “We’ve got a lot of unanswered questions. especially when you look at starting a rookie quarterback. I think we certainly understand that we’ve got to play above expectation on our defense. I think we can. And we’ve got to play to expectation on offense. And then know what our expectations are on our quarterback being a rookie, I think that’s been tempered appropriately and hopefully he’ll come in and be above expectation.”

Of course, they went 1-11 without Romo last year, so the question of being able to meet expectations is probably relative.

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14 Responses to “Jerry Jones: Romo injury “a setback,” but not a fatal one this time”
  1. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 9, 2016 7:58 AM

    can anyone translate idiot into english for me?

    “Given the choice to start Romo or Dak, then there would have been no issue and you’d have to say that’s uncomfortable. But this is a different deal. Make no mistake about it, it’s a different tempo, different challenges for a quarterback, but if we are going to not have Romo, this is the way that I would like to play the games.”

    jerrybabble is usually a little more understandable, no matter how jerry gilds the lily…

  2. alcondragonblog says: Sep 9, 2016 8:01 AM

    Oh Jerrah, please pack in the teeth and sell the team!
    You sure are one heck of a business man, but as far as running a NFL team, sir, you couldn’t hit water if you fell out of a boat. And get off Tony’s back, you already done did broken it!

  3. jasons81 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:11 AM

    He’s right, this injury wasn’t a fatal one. No that will be the next injury.

  4. dansardo says: Sep 9, 2016 8:25 AM

    The one setback that the Cowboys organization can’t recover from is jerrah’s continued ownership. The team has been in icu for 20 years because of it.

    He still makes a ton of money thanks to the gulability of cowboy fans and gets to spout any nonsense that comes into his head and have it covered as “news”

    How nice for him. How turgid it is for his team’s fans

  5. mrjdon says: Sep 9, 2016 8:33 AM

    Blithering idiot when it comes to football matters!

  6. mindelm42 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:56 AM

    Does anyone really care what Jarrah thinks and says anymore?

  7. eazeback says: Sep 9, 2016 9:02 AM

    if dak can play half as good as he played in the preseason we should at least be able to splits the games tony misses 3-3 at worse then the bye week and tony is back unless he gets drew bledsoe’d

  8. jolly1234 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:07 AM

    Romo is done. Only question is how long it will take Jerra to realize it…

  9. dirtydrynn27 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:28 AM

    Over rated!!!!!

  10. firecracker87 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:54 AM

    He has hope that QB wheel chair capable of scrambling out of the pocket will be ready for Romo soon!

  11. mrba4775 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:17 AM

    Jerrah is so starry-eyed with Romo, that Jerrah can’t see straight, because of his obsession with Romo. In the end, it will be Stephen Jones, that will make the decision to depart from Romo. If, it was up to Jerrah, Romo would be the starting quarterback for the Cowboys forever.

  12. scrp2 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:17 AM

    Jerry continued the interview and said “regardless of a another 4-12 season, Jason Garrett will still be the coach of the Dallas Cowboys.”

  13. finfansince68 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:46 AM

    and Dr. Jerry Jones has spoken….lol

  14. BringBackTheFlex says: Sep 10, 2016 1:02 PM

    You can’t knock an owner for being optimistic. Carolina is the only losing team right now, so everyone else is doing well.

    If he came out and said, “Everything sucks. We have no chance.” everyone would be all over him for throwing Prescott and the team under the bus.

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