Cowboys QB controversy? Jerry Jones raises the idea with the media – not the other way around

FRISCO, Texas — Jerry Jones needed no prompting.

The Dallas Cowboys team owner and general manager wasn’t initially asked about a potential quarterback controversy. Cooper Rush continues to win like he did on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. He also hadn’t yet been asked about the franchise quarterback. The return of Dak Prescott from a broken thumb in the throwing hand. In fact, he wasn’t even scheduled to meet the media on Thursday.

But Jones stopped for a chat in the hallway of team headquarters. Soon, on his own accord, he reminisced about the Cowboys’ 2016 season, when Prescott took over from an injured Tony Romo and never gave up the starting quarterback job.

Could history repeat itself?

“Wouldn’t it be something if the same thing happened?” That’s how I think,” Jones said. “Wouldn’t it be something if you had a dilemma about which direction to take?” you do this if [Rush] gets 10 wins. The same thing happened with Prescott.

“I think like that.”

The Cowboys struggled on offense in their season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 11, with Prescott completing 14 of 29 passes (48.3%) for 134 yards and one interception on an uncharacteristically night. off. In the fourth quarter of that game, Prescott suffered a fracture near his thumb joint when Tampa Bay outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett hit his throwing hand. He attempted to play through the injury before realizing he was unable to grab the ball.

Prescott underwent surgery the next day, with an expected recovery time of four to six weeks. The Cowboys declined to place him on injured reserve, indicating a desire for him to practice, if not also play, before four weeks.

Rush started against the Bengals on Sunday, guiding Dallas to its second win in as many career starts (he also won at Minnesota last October). Rush completed 19 of 31 passes (61.3%) for 235 yards and a touchdown.

Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones, uninvited, asked if Cooper Rush would take his opportunity to be the starting quarterback like Dak Prescott did in 2016: “Isn’t that wouldn’t be something if the same thing happened?” (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Still, Prescott’s 53-33 career record and $40 million-a-year contract speaks to the difference between him and Rush, an undrafted 2017 free agent who threw fewer passes in the NFL (94) than Prescott has thrown for touchdowns (143).

So, would Jones really welcome controversy?

“Of course I would,” he said Thursday. “Of course, that means we would have won. If he comes and plays as well as Prescott plays? If Rush played as well and in these next games to come? I would walk to New York to get it.

Would he really consider keeping a healthy Prescott on the sidelines?

“I don’t want to get into the weeds too much with this,” Jones said, finally patting the breaks a bit.

Headlines like these no doubt contribute to the Cowboys’ ranking as the most valuable franchise in sports, with Jones typically speaking at least three times a week during the NFL season atop off-the-cuff, eyebrow-raising remarks like these- this.

A decision to ride with Rush would be allowable regardless of the outcome over the next few weeks. Jones acknowledged that Prescott’s recovery schedule is shorter than Romo’s, and Rush is unlikely to play 10 games before Prescott is available.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was also a rookie in 2016 and finished as the league running champion, said he doesn’t focus on such assumptions.

“People on TV who get clicks, get views are going to say the most outrageous things to get attention,” Elliott said. “It’s their job. Who knows if they even believe that?

Elliott was then told that Jones, in the Cowboys’ own building, had pondered a quarterback “dilemma.”

“There you go, that’s a classic example,” he said. “He wants you to click and listen to him too.

“It’s all marketing, man. It’s all marketing.

Follow Yahoo Sports’ Jori Epstein on Twitter @JoriEpstein

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