The Dallas Cowboys owner again made headlines with controversial comments.
The Dallas Cowboys‘ three-time Super Bowl-winning owner and general manager Jerry Jones once again waded into controversy with comments he made during his weekly radio interview on 105.3 The Fan.
The 78-year old tried to draw comparisons between the Denver Broncos quarterback situation during their matchup against the New Orleans Saints this past Sunday and the time Dallas was forced to start rookie quarterback Ben DiNucci against the Philadelphia Eagles earlier in the year.
The Broncos were forced to call up a wide receiver from their practice squad after the rest of their quarterbacks were put on the COVID reserve list. Wideout Kendall Hinton played quarterback at Wake Forest and finished his college career with eight passing touchdowns and a 53% completion percentage.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys’ seventh-round draft pick, DiNucci, was given a shot under center after the team’s first and second string quarterbacks suffered injuries. The organization’s starting quarterback, Dak Prescott, suffered a season-ending ankle injury against the New York Giants in Week Five. And their backup quarterback, Andy Dalton, was ruled out with a concussion that he suffered against the Washington Football Team two weeks later.
The 24-year old rookie was given the starting nod against the Eagles in Week Eight. DiNucci played at James Madison for most of his college career and finished his tenure there with 5,716 passing yards and 45 touchdowns. Those marks allowed him to leave with the fourth-most passing yards and touchdowns in the history of the Dukes.
Here’s what Jones said during his recent interview with 105.3 The Fan when comparing the two situations.
"“I don’t know that Denver had any more challenge than we’ve had with (Ben) DiNucci or any of the young quarterbacks we’ve had,”"
In his start against the Saints, Denver’s Hinton finished the game completing only one of his nine attempted passes with two interceptions. The 23-year old was thrown into the fire against a really good Saints team and ended up getting blown out, 31-3.
DiNucci finished his start against Philadelphia completing 21 of his 40 pass attempts for 180 yards with neither a passing touchdown nor an interception. The team lost that division matchup 23-9 despite being competitive for most of the game.
It should be noted that Hinton played tougher competition while at Wake Forest and had a more challenging debut matchup against the Saints. However, the insinuation that Jones made that the two situations were by any means comparable is laughable at best. Putting aside the fact that it was a wholly unnecessary shot at the rookie signal-caller, it should also be mentioned that DiNucci was drafted in Dallas under his watch.
The Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager should stop making headlines off-the-field and should start putting his efforts into making his team functional on it. The fact that Jerry Jones felt compelled to take a shot at one of his players days after the team got humiliated by the Washington Football Team on Thanksgiving should tell fans of America’s Team everything they need to know about his style of leadership: All-flash, no substance.