Stephen Jones doesn’t slam the door on Romo getting Bledsoe’d

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A decade ago, the Cowboys benched quarterback Drew Bledsoe for a guy who had arrived three years earlier as an undrafted rookie out of Eastern Illinois. Moving forward, there’s a chance that Bledsoe and Tony Romo will have something else in common: Both could end up losing a starting franchise-quarterback gig due to injury.

In comments to Peter King of TheMMQB.com, Cowboys executive V.P. Stephen Jones didn’t dismiss the possibility of Dak Prescott playing so well that Romo can’t get back on the field after the broken bone in his back heals.

“I can’t imagine a scenario where Tony’s not our quarterback when he’s ready,” Jones said, seemingly closing the door on Prescott taking the job before jamming it open. “But things happen. You know that. You know what happened to Bledsoe and [Tom] Brady. I’m sure Tony’s aware of that. But the reality is Tony’s going to come back for us and play great, we believe.”

Compare Jones mentioning (without prompting) the possibility of Prescott seizing the job to Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s taking-the-Lord’s-name-in-vain reaction to efforts by one of the various reporters assembled for an audience with the Great and Powerful Oz to dare suggest that Jimmy Garoppolo could hold the starting job for even one game beyond Brady’s looming four-game exile. Belichick has completely and totaled ruled out any sort of Brady-Bledsoe dynamic. Jones, while still expressing faith in Romo, surprisingly went there.

And for good reason. As explained on Sunday, the Cowboys eventually have a decision to make about Romo. How well Prescott plays will be a factor. How much Romo makes in comparison will be, too. Whether he ultimately can be relied upon to remain healthy once he gets healthy could be the biggest factor of all.

Speaking of Garoppolo, here’s another chance to provide an answer to Monday’s PFT Live question of the day.

44 responses to “Stephen Jones doesn’t slam the door on Romo getting Bledsoe’d

  1. Did the Owner’s son not get the memo from Garrett that Romo is not ruled out for week 1? or , like the rest of the football world, did he not care what Garrett said?

  2. I’m Flattered that EVERY story boils down to BB and the Pats, some way some how they end up being part of the story.

  3. Romo needs to hang them up. His body can’t take it. DAL needs to move on, this is a recurring theme every year

  4. although to the disdain, dismay of the trolls ( when they eventually wake up from their cheap beer and/or boxed wine comas to see notifications for their daily cowboys article (s)), this scenario could be rather fitting for the cowboys–the parallels are very similar, but of course this all hinges on how Dak is able to transcend his game to the regular season. As a cowboys fan, I am rooting for the kid to do well–he has a great attitude, work ethic, his teammates all seem to trust and believe in him, and he has some real arm talent.

  5. The difference between the two is that Brady is suspended 4 games, he’s not facing paralysis. Of course Belichick would respond that way. Romo may very well get “Bledsoe’d”, and it might be good for him in the long run. I’ve got nothing against Romo, but at some point you gotta say goodbye.

  6. Damn. Sometimes it seems that Stephen is actually almost intelligent at times. Has to come from his mother’s side, because Jerry has never been known for his common sense.

  7. Dak has played well & I hope he succeeds. But let’s pump the brakes a bit. NFL QB is the hardest job in sports. Let’s see how he plays when the games start to count.

  8. Compare Jones mentioning (without prompting) the possibility of Prescott seizing the job to Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s taking-the-Lord’s-name-in-vain reaction to efforts by one of the various reporters assembled for an audience with the Great and Powerful Oz to dare suggest that Jimmy Garoppolo could hold the starting job for even one game beyond Brady’s looming four-game exile.

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    well the first comparison is that there really is no comparison in the way the responses were prompted.

    As you say Jones was not prompted.

    Belichick was being badgered.

    Why can’t Jones’ comments be discussed on their own merit (or lack thereof)?

  9. This is “hope” at work. And hope is not a plan. Hope will take most of a season to prove as something good, but can be dashed within two drives by the Cowboys on opening day. For the sake of the fans, I “hope” the Cowboys stop dreaming and get a real plan.

  10. The Cowboys won’t win another Super Bowl as long as that clown car of an ownership family is running the asylum.

  11. It’s reality. Everyone has thought about it happening and it might, but it might not. Let’s see what Dak can do, if he’s playing lights out then leave him in.
    #DC4L

  12. I wouldn’t slam the door on it either. As much as I like Tony, and what he means to the team, no one can play forever. If Dak is playing head and shoulders above him, you have to go with the hot hand. Ultimately, you want the team to win, and however you have do to it, you do it.

  13. Mike, I like you but you have to let go of Bill’s scolding of the reporter over a question he had been asked and answered several times already.

    I also think there is a big difference between Tony Romo and Tom Brady. Romo, while a very good (possibly once even elite) NFL quarterback hasn’t been on the field much in over a year with injuries and such. So the Cowboys considering a changes is very much in the air, out of necessity.

    Brady had one his best seasons last year and is completely healthy. He is only out because of the (bogus) suspension and would otherwise be playing. So the two situations are apples-to-toothbrushes.

  14. “Belichick has completely and totaled ruled out any sort of Brady-Bledsoe dynamic. Jones, while still expressing faith in Romo, surprisingly went there.”

    That is because Brady is one of the greatest of all time while Romo, when healthy, is simply pretty good. Of course even if BB was looking to replace Brady he would never say so. Darth Hoodie is not gong to incite a QB controversy.

  15. First, the poll – While it was just a practice game, Garoppolo wasn’t all-world against my Panthers on Friday. The most outstanding unit on the field was the Pats defense. I’ve watched parts of the Pats other practice games on NFLN, and I haven’t seen anything to indicate Garoppolo is ready to be the #1 guy.

    As for Romo, I think it depends on where the team is when he’s ready to return. If he comes back week 8 after their week 7 bye, and the team is 5-1, it would be silly to pull Prescott. If they’re 3-3 or worse, it would be silly to NOT pull Prescott.

  16. With or without romo the cowboys still have the best o-line and rush attack in the nfc east. Dak may make Zeke even more effective because hes way more athletic than romo and can take off and run himself. That said, the Cowboys could have the worst defense in the nfl…then again two years ago jeremy mincey led them in sacks and they went 12-4.

  17. Brady was drafted in the 6th round out of the University of Michigan (having just won the national championship) and was not a UDFA out of Eastern Illinois. Get it right.

  18. Call me when Dak has done something of note in a regular season game. Give them 4 games to get a book on this guy and NFL defensive coordinators are going to make his life very very difficult. Let’s hold off on anointing this kid to anything.

  19. Romo deserves to be “Bledsoed.” After all, it’s not like he’s ever led Dallas to any major success. Think about it: this is his 14th year in the league, and what has he ever won? He’s quarterbacked exactly one playoff victory in his entire injury-riddled career. Plus, he gets hurt every time somebody even gets near him. It’s time to dump this brittle guy with a bad back once and for all. Prescott appears to be the future, while Romo is a not-very-distinguished past.

  20. The Great and Powerful Oz is where the expression the man behind the curtain” comes from, a fraud. Belichick is more like John Wick, who is not the Boogeyman but the guy you send to kill the Boogeyman.

  21. Wait until teams start game planning for Dak. It will look a whole lot different than in the pre-season. While Garrapolo still has plenty of work to do he has been exposed to the defensive schemes of the NFL for a lot longer than Dak.

  22. I hate when people talk fantasy on this site but I’ll ask anyway. For my back up qb situation, I dropped tannehill for Prescott. My thinking is that the waiver wire will be filled with “tannehill types” whereas Prescott could turn into rookie rg3 behind that line. Thumbs up = good risk, good move. Thumbs down = quit drinking the kool aid, it’s only preseason

  23. demskinsbaby says:
    Aug 29, 2016 9:16 AM

    How does the so-called best o-line in football consistently let their quarterback get folded up like that?

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    Did you actually see hot he got hurt? he scrambled out out the pocket, O line protection no longer there once a QB chooses to run.

  24. Darn shame what Belichick did to Bledsoe. Very disrespectful. Bledsoe had great numbers. Patriots could have had a Montana/Young situation. The first couple Super Bowls would have sealed a HoF for Bledsoe. And Brady would have been hungrier for the Super Bowls he lost and wouldn’t have folded so easily because he already had 3 rings in his pocket. Belichick went 11-5 without Brady and has shown he’s the genius and Brady has just been along for the ride. Would love to see that whining, screaming, cheating Brady get Bledsoed by Garapolo.

  25. alaric411 says:
    Aug 29, 2016 11:08 AM

    Brady was drafted in the 6th round out of the University of Michigan (having just won the national championship) and was not a UDFA out of Eastern Illinois. Get it right.
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    Bledsoe got benched by the Cowboys, and replaced by Tony Romo, who was an UDFA out of Eastern Illinois.

  26. The real irony if Romo does get ‘Bledsoe’d: Romo replaced Bledsoe after Drew threw a Drew-like pick at the 2 yard line as Dallas was about to score at the end of the first of vs. the Giants in 2006. Parcells had seen enough and gave him the hook at halftime in favor a young Romo. That was the last pass Bledsoe would ever throw in the league. The rest is history, or sort of.

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