Dallas Cowboys

A giddy Jerry Jones ups QB controversy talk to playoff talk

Jerry Jones calls a possible QB controversy a ‘dream.’
Jerry Jones calls a possible QB controversy a ‘dream.’ mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

The surprisingly strong play of rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has the Cowboys 3-1 after four games and has many wondering if there is a chance he might keep his job even when Tony Romo returns from a fractured bone in his back.

Romo is expected to return against the Philadelphia Eagles Oct. 30 following the bye.

The Cowboys, who are riding a three-game winning streak, have two tough games against the Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) and at the Green Bay Packers (2-1) in the interim.

If Prescott is somehow able to keep the streak going then the Cowboys may have a decision to make regarding the quarterback position.

As of now, the company line is that Romo will return to the starting lineup when he’s healthy and ready to go.

At issue is, how do you bench the rookie Prescott, who is playing well behind his years, while setting records along the way?

Prescott has set an NFL record with 131 passes through his first four games to open a career without an interception. The Cowboys have never opened a season without an interception in their first four games -- not with Hall of Famers Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman. And not with Romo.

Not ever.

Well, rather than worry about an impending quarterback controversy, owner Jerry Jones upped the ante by talking about how good it would be to have two good quarterbacks in the playoffs. Yes, playoffs.

A Cowboys team that went 4-12 last year, including 1-11 without and injured Romo, is waxing whimsically about the playoffs four games into the season.

“We know we that we dream of having that kind of dilemma,” Jones said. “I know that everyone associated with it prays that we have that kind of dilemma. I would love to have that problem. But the way I look at it is that we are working toward getting pretty sound at that position. That is a good place to be as you look at the next 12 games in the NFL and playoffs is to be really sound at that position. I think we aren’t out over our skis a little bit to think that way.”

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