Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would welcome a quarterback controversy between franchise quarterback Dak Prescott, who is currently sidelined with an injury, and backup Cooper Rush, hoping that Rush plays so well that is makes life difficult for the organization.
“Of course I would. Of course. That means we’d have won,” Jones said, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. “If he comes in there and plays as well as Prescott played, Rush? Played that well over these next games ahead? I’d walk to New York to get that.”
The questions remains if Rush can do what Prescott did back in 2016 when the then-rookie Prescott filled in for an injured Tony Romo and went on to win a franchise-record 11 straight games which forced the Cowboys to stick with Prescott as their full time starter.
“Well, I don’t know that,” Jones said. “You can’t find on record where I said I thought Dak Prescott could do it when he stepped in and had the chance to do that. But he did it.”
While there is no definitive timeline for Prescott’s return, Jones is hoping that he can be back against the Washington Commanders on October 2nd.
“Well, of course we want Dak to be here next week,” Jones said. “That’s the thing. You do. But Dak and I want Rush to lead the team to a victory here and get another win and get another win. That’s the only way to look at it. Looking back when Dak was playing instead of Tony, it was game by game. It wasn’t the long look we had after two months to look back. It was actually play by play, almost series by series. So do I think that it’s possible for Rush to come in here and play at a level to win games the way Prescott did when he took over for Romo? Yes I do. Yes I do. I certainly think that’s possible.”
“I will tell you that it won’t be because anybody is worried about that getting hurt [again],” Jones said. “If we’re worried [it’s] because of his grip and the strength in his grip. But is it possible for him to play within four weeks and sleep at night with him getting hurt or not getting hurt, the answer is yes.”