Jerry Jones defends Dak Prescott, raises bar for play-caller

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said quarterback Dak Prescott was between Jared Goff and Cam Newton. Geographically at least, he nailed it.

But after a lackluster opener, the owner’s pumping up of his quarterback also seemed like an indirect shot at the team’s play-calling, though he remained positive.

“I think we have a dimension in Dak with him being able to run the ball, you saw what Cam Newton does with that,” Jones said during his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan. “Norv Turner, who can be as traditional a play-caller as you can ever imagine, was doing a great job of using Cam.

“We’ve got a quarterback that is somewhere between [Jared Goff] and Cam Newton. He can do some of what both of those guys do. You’re going to see it.”

It’s hard to see it after Sunday’s 16-8 loss to the Panthers, in which the Cowboys gained 60 yards in the first half, didn’t cross midfield until the third quarter, and Prescott finished with 170 passing yards and was sacked six times.

It was the seventh time in the last nine games Prescott threw for under 200 yards, and after jettisoning Dez Bryant and the sudden retirement of Jason Witten, it’s hard to see enough targets for a significant reversal.

But when asked about the team’s receivers, Jones said they didn’t play poorly: “They did get separation. We just didn’t get the ball to them.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has defended offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, saying he had “a tremendous amount of faith” in his play-caller, and had no intention of taking that job over. But it’s clear the owner thinks something needs to change, if only their utilization of Prescott as a runner.

39 responses to “Jerry Jones defends Dak Prescott, raises bar for play-caller

  1. so maybe “armchair quarterback” Aikman was onto something? The dumbest comment I’ve ever heard a Jones make, and that’s saying something lol

  2. He’s happy with Prescott ? THIS is why this team is doomed to failure. I’d trade that stiff straight up for darnold, rosen, Mayfield watson, goff or any of these young guns.Jones needs to wake up and stop blaming everyone else for Prescott’s failures. should have his scouting dept focusing on 2019 draft. no worries dak excels against tomato cans and with the giants on tap he’ll look at least competent

  3. Jerry, just own the team. Run the business side. You’re good at it. Let the football people run the football side. I bet your team would do much better.

  4. Jones is delusional. Prescott is really just another guy at QB. He’s nothing special. It’s not the play calling. Prescott can succeed if he’s got the NFL’s best line and a dominant running game. Take those things away and he’s Geno Smith.

  5. What amazes me is that Jerry plays the long game by gifting Garrett Marvin Lewis like forgiveness and he says trust this process but the guy is becoming senile so you would think he would be snapping his fingers and wanting results ‘Rat now’!

  6. The Truth says:
    September 11, 2018 at 12:03 pm
    He’s happy with Prescott ? THIS is why this team is doomed to failure. I’d trade that stiff straight up for darnold, rosen, Mayfield watson, goff or any of these young guns.Jones needs to wake up and stop blaming everyone else for Prescott’s failures. should have his scouting dept focusing on 2019 draft. no worries dak excels against tomato cans and with the giants on tap he’ll look at least competent
    ………………………..
    Is he throwing in two 1st round picks as well? Who in their sane mind would trade for a backup QB and give away their talented QB?

  7. Jerry also thinks he fields a Super Bowl team every year, and his fan base eats it up. This is no different even though we all know it isn’t true.

  8. bringbackkosar says:

    so maybe “armchair quarterback” Aikman was onto something? The dumbest comment I’ve ever heard a Jones make, and that’s saying something lol
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    His son said that.

  9. The Truth says:

    He’s happy with Prescott ? THIS is why this team is doomed to failure.
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    He never bashes players publicly. That’s why you never hear a player say anything bad about him. Even Dez still loves him.

  10. So Jerry Jones thinks the WR’s played well and got separation, but that Dak is between Cam Newton and Jared Goff. The only problem with those two statements are they are mutually exclusive, as both Cam and Jared get the ball to their receivers when they get separation. Jones doesn’t even realize that if the WR’s are getting separation but they are getting receptions, the problem is the QB.

    Additionally Cam Newton is huge compared to Dak, so you might want to rethink using him consistently as a runner. He already took 6 sacks with what is suppose to be the best O-line in the NFL. Throw on top of that 4 or 5 hits like a RB takes and he won’t be playing very long.

    Jerry Jones does the Cowboys a great disservice by playing GM and forcing the coaches and scouting department to be yes men!

  11. As a Cowboys fan I am so sick of listening to Jerry. He can’t even make a cogent statement half the time. Listening to Red J is even worse. When asked about the conservative offensive scheme Red J and Linehan cooked up, Garrett replied, “I wouldn’t really put that in the conservative category.” Really? You played 61 offensive snaps and had tight ends in on a total of 88 snaps. In other words, you keep running a 2 tight end set when they have 8 guys in the box. No wonder Zeke couldn’t get going. How about putting 3 receivers out there, and sometimes 3 wide with one in the slot? Watch those running lanes open.

    If the Cowboys lose to the Giants next week, I think I’ll go into full-on rooting mode for anyone that plays the Boys. Piling up losses and missing the playoffs again seems to be the only way that puppet Red J and Linehan get fired.

  12. To say Dak can’t push the ball downfield is dumber than what is felt Jerry said

    His first 1-1/2yrs stats have proved that

    To call him a 1 hit wonder is premature to say the least

    Both Mannings struggled far more with getting sacked & int’s in their 1st 2 yrs
    Other great SB QB’s looked terrible for years before finally striking gold
    &
    They were all 1st rd picks

    Bad game
    Team loss
    Coaches share the blame

    Time will tell sooner than later

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