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Jerry Jones pushes back on Dak Prescott criticism, saying Cowboys QB is more than a 'bus driver'

Jerry Jones pushes back on Dak Prescott criticism, saying Cowboys QB is more than a 'bus driver'
Published On: Thu, Oct 18
Nov 13, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and quarterback Dak Prescott (4) greet each other before their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe you, too, saw this as a make-or-break type of season for Dak Prescott.

Think again.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesna€™t flinch in declaring that regardless of how this season turns out or what mediocre statistics suggest, Prescotta€™s status as his franchise quarterback is no type of jeopardy.

a€œHea€™s long-term,a€ Jones told USA TODAY Sports while in New York this week for NFL owners meetings. a€œAnything we need to see and need to know, I see with him.a€

This seems a bit presumptuous in the competitive climate of the NFLA and with Dallas (3-3) heading into an NFC East showdown at Washington with the leaguea€™s 29th-ranked air attack. In aA league that has hit all-time high markers through six weeks for severalA major offensive categories, includingA TD passes (328), Prescott has thrown for just seven scoresA and passed for 200 yards just twice.

Jones has essentially concluded that Prescott a€“ coming off his best game of the season inA a 40-7 rout of the Jaguars in Week 6A a€“ isna€™t the big problem. The biggest issue is that Dallas hasna€™t done enough to support its young quarterback.

Of course, the day will come, perhaps next offseason, when Jones can add substance to his long-term commitment by signingA Prescott to aA contract extension. Prescott is in the third year of a rookie deal that expires after the 2019 season, and NFL teams typically dona€™t let quarterbacks they intend to keep play outA the final year of a contract. At this point, Jones hardly seems worried about giving up any leverage in contract negotiations by stating that his starting passer's job is secure.

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