Cowboys QB controversy? Jerry Jones raises notion to media — not the other way around

FRISCO, Texas – Jerry Jones didn't need a prompt.
The Dallas Cowboys team owner and general manager was not initially asked about a potential quarterback controversy should Cooper Rush go on to win like he did against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. He also hadn't been asked about a broken thumb in his throwing hand after franchise quarterback Dak Prescott returned. In fact, he wasn't even scheduled to meet with the media on Thursday.
But Jones stopped for a chat in the hallway of team headquarters. He was soon bringing up the Cowboys' 2016 season of his own accord, when Prescott took over for 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 what I think," Jones said. “Wouldn't it be something if you had a dilemma about which way to go? You do this when [Rush] gets 10 wins. Same thing that happened with Prescott.
"I think so."
The Cowboys struggled on offense in their season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 11, with Prescott completing 14 of 29 passes (48.3%) for 134 yards and one interception on an unusually poor night. 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 tried to play through the injury before realizing he couldn't grab the ball.
Prescott underwent surgery the following day, with an estimated recovery time of four to six weeks. The Cowboys declined to put him on injured reserve, indicating he should be training, if not playing, sooner than four weeks.
Rush started against the Bengals on Sunday and led Dallas to his second win in as many career starts (he also won in Minnesota last October). Rush completed 19 of 31 passes (61.3%) for 235 yards and a touchdown.
Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones, unsolicited on whether Cooper Rush is taking his opportunity to be the starting quarterback like Dak Prescott did in 2016: "Wouldn't it be something if the same thing happened?" (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Nonetheless, Prescott's career record of 53-33 and his $40 million-a-year contract speak to the difference between him and Rush, a 2017 undrafted free agent who has thrown fewer NFL passes (94) than Prescott has thrown touchdowns (143) .
So would Jones really welcome controversy?
"Of course I would," he said on Thursday. “Of course that means we would have won. If he comes in and plays as good as Prescott? Did Rush play that well and over those next few games? I would run to New York to get that.”
Would he really consider keeping a healthy Prescott on the sidelines?
"I don't want to get in the weeds with that so much," Jones said, finally patting the breaks a bit.
Headlines like this undoubtedly contribute to the Cowboys' ranking as the most valuable franchise in sports. Jones typically shares spontaneous and eyebrow-raising remarks like this at least three times a week during the NFL season.
A decision to bowl with Rush would qualify regardless of the outcome of the next few weeks. Jones acknowledged that Prescott's recovery time is shorter than Romo's and Rush likely won't play 10 games before Prescott is available.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was also a rookie in 2016 and went on to become the league's rushing champion, said he doesn't focus on such hypotheses.
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