Jerry Jones on When to Start Tony Romo Over Dak Prescott: ‘You’ll Know It When You See It’

Bryan Brandom
(Photo: Getty Images)

On Sunday, Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott had the worst game of his young career thanks in part to a New York Giants defense that's looking more and more terrifying.

For the third consecutive game he failed to reach the 200-yard passing mark as his offense got shut out in the second half of the 10-7 loss, their second of the season against New York and the first multiple-interception game of Prescott's career.

Despite sporting four-time Pro Bowl signal caller Tony Romo on the bench, head coach Jason Garrett isn't quite ready to make a change at quarterback.

“He’s done a really good job for us up to this point, won 11 of 13 games that he’s started, and he’s handled really every situation as well as you can handle it,” Garrett said of Prescott earlier in the week. “So we’ll just continue that way. Tony will be in a backup role for us and he’ll be ready to go if he’s called upon to play. But Dak’s done an outstanding job up to this point. [I’m] excited to see him continue to play.”

But owner and general manager Jerry Jones appears to be a bit more on the fence about a change, referencing deceased Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's famed "I know it when I see it" definition of obscenity.

“I don’t have a definition for it, but you’ll know it when you see it,” Jones said. “It’s kind of like a definition I heard one time of another issue, trying to define a negative topic. They said, ‘I don’t know how to say it, but it’s just something that when you see it, you know it’s there.’ We’ll see it.”

Back on Friday, Jones appeared to be hoping for a return to the starting lineup for Romo: "I think Romo is going to get his opportunity. I don't want it to happen. But I think he may get his opportunity to get us a Super Bowl. While that's a mixed bag when I think about it—that means you don't have Dak out there—but it means, what a story, one for the ages, if he'd step in there and this year help us win a Super Bowl on the field with his skill. That can happen here. We're not talking about a bus driver out there. We're talking about a guy who can go out there and move our team."

In other words, any more screw-ups, and the man writing everyone's checks in Dallas will be wishing Romo were starting.

No pressure, Dak.