FRISCO, Texas – If there has been a buzz over the last few days questioning the Cowboys' support system for Dak Prescott, the front office made sure to set the record straight on Thursday.
Both Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones said in separate interviews following an announcement about new tenants coming to the team headquarters, The Star, that there is no current quarterback debate on their hands.
"We completely support Dak as our starting quarterback, unequivocally. That's that," said Jerry Jones. "There's no issue there at all, and we're very fortunate – and I've said that, that we have depth there. You've certainly got depth in a big way when you've got Tony Romo sitting there, and that's not trying to be cute."
Earlier in the week, Jones was asked on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan, what it might take for the Cowboys to make the switch to Romo, prompting his answer of "we'll know it when we see it." Jones also allowed himself to think of the possibility of Romo coming into the game if Dak were to get injured and the chances of a storybook season for his veteran.
Yet, it was rather clear on Thursday the focus remains with the rookie quarterback all the way.
"I have no doubt that he will bounce back," Stephen Jones said. "I would bet on him. Whether it's in the middle of games or the next step, he's up for the challenge. I'm just a 110 percent believer in Dak."
Stephen Jones has often described the decision to go with Prescott as "playing the hot hand." And despite last week's loss to the Giants in which Prescott had his lowest quarterback rating of the season at 45.4, Jones was quick to state his point.
"I'd call 11-2 a hot hand," Jones said. "Dak is our quarterback. I think he's playing at a very high level right now. It's amazing to see what he's done with this team and how he's become a leader in this locker room. He's got the attention of our veteran players and he's had that basically since the first day he got here. That's not an easy thing to do."
[embeddedad0]Stephen Jones added that he's not surprised with the headlines that have occurred this week, agreeing with a reporter that the quarterback position for the Cowboys is the most scrutinized job in sports.
"I think it is. It's so high-profile," Jones said. "You're talking about the most high-profile franchise arguably in the world. And you're the leader of it. When you do well, there's nothing like it. And certainly it comes under a lot of criticism. You're going to get looked over. That's why to me, it's no surprise that Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach and I know Tony will ultimately, be wildly successful after they play ball because they're special people that are tremendous leaders with tremendous intangibles."