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Jerry Jones says there’s no timetable to make quarterback decision

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is in no rush to decide on a starting quarterback after the team’s bye this weekend.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is in no rush to decide on a starting quarterback after the team’s bye this weekend. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Owner Jerry Jones reiterated that the quarterback decision facing the Dallas Cowboys isn’t a problem. It’s a great situation to be in with a rising star in rookie Dak Prescott and a veteran on the mend in Tony Romo.

Prescott has exceeded everyone’s expectations in leading the Cowboys to a surprising 5-1 start. Romo, meanwhile, is getting closer and closer to returning after sustaining a compression fracture in his lower back in the preseason.

But Jones didn’t have a timetable on when the Cowboys may have to make a decision on whether to stick with Prescott or insert Romo back into the starting lineup.

“I don’t have any idea, no one does as to what the situation will be a game or games down the road,” Jones said on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday.

“We don’t have any idea. The main thing is we’re all looking at the same music and we all feel the same thing. The team is positive with each other. We feel like we can make mistakes and overcome them. Everybody feels good about all of what we’re doing.

“But we also feel equally good based upon the best thing you go in the past about Romo. So we don’t have to be definitive in drawing bright lines right now.”

Prescott is coming off his most impressive performance in leading the Cowboys to a 30-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field. He completed 18 of 27 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns. He also had an interception, but it came after he passed Tom Brady and set a new record for most pass attempts without an interception to start a career with 176.

Romo has more experience. He’s started 127 games and has gone 78-49 in those games.

Jones has repeatedly called it a great situation to be in and did so again.

“I don’t use the word ‘problem’ in this conversation,” Jones said. “This is a great situation. To be sitting there with the team coming on the way that it is on both sides of the ball, improving like it is, then to have Romo with his ability sitting there healthy, ready to play. Then to have Dak Prescott playing at the level he’s playing with the future standing there, motivating us. All of that is a great situation.”

Jones went on to praise Romo and Prescott off the field and how well they are handling the situation.

“If you can’t get along with either one of those two men, you better look in the mirror hard,” Jones said. “Both of them are really individuals who are easy as an old shoe to be around. They have a very down to earth touch about the way they go about things. Both of them love this game. You can hardly have any type of proximity to them without talking and completely dominating it with football.

“That’s the way it should be. Both of them are equally hard workers.”

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison

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