Texans quarterback Brandon Weeden started the year as a member of the Cowboys and he reflected on that time during a radio interview by saying it would “be sweet” to do the expected and advance to the playoffs while the Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones are sitting on the couch.
Jones has made some disparaging remarks about the Cowboys’ plan at backup quarterback this season, saying more than once that he thought the season would have played out better if the team had made a move for Matt Cassel in the offseason. During an interview on “RJ and Shan” on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Jones didn’t have anything bad to say about Weeden, however.
“I thought, believe it or not, [Weeden winning a start for the Texans] shows to some degree that he was worthy of the opportunity that he got with us,” Jones said. “I’ll never forget we were in the draft room the year before and we were looking at quarterbacks at that particular time in the draft room. And Coach [Scott] Linehan walks in and we look at quite a few, he was out with the team during OTA’s, our equivalent of spring practice. And we looked at some of the best ones that were there, and he said we got a better one than that right out here on the practice field in Brandon Weeden. So, he didn’t get that shot just because he was chopped liver. And I’m not anointing him necessarily one way or the other. I’m proud for him and I’m proud for Houston that they’ve come up with a way to use him in a way that can win a game.”
Jones couldn’t answer a question about why the Cowboys weren’t able to find a way to win games with Weeden, but promised the Cowboys will “do a better job” of filling the backup role for the 2016 season.