Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones signs autographs for fans before an NFL game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, October 21, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)
Jerry Jones, as hes apt to do, created some waves earlier this week when he assured listeners on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] that quarterback Dak Prescott would be getting a contract extension. The team owner elaborated on that statement, his reaction to Hall of Famer Troy Aikmans criticisms and his thoughts on Dez Bryant landing in New Orleans during his radio appearance Friday morning. The 3-5 Cowboys visit rival Philadelphia on Sunday.
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“First of all, as to the timing, as to when, was not addressed. …Im thinking Dak is our quarterback now and in the future without equivocation, and thats the reason for making that statement.”
Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman said this week that the organization needs an overhaul. Jones noted that as the owner/general manager, he expects criticism. He tries to built a competent team, but the organizations decisions are ultimately his, he said.
“Weve been through tough stretches when he played here. These are tough stretches. People are going to be critical. Take their shots. Im fully aware that this is a time that we should be criticized.”
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On former receiver Dez Bryant landing with the Saints and what he expects when New Orleans visits Jerry World on Nov. 29:
“I havent talked to him, no, but I do congratulate him. Im really proud for him. I think a lot of those guys in New Orleans. …I want the very best for Dez and the very best for Dez is for him to be on that football field and doing what he loves to do the most. …Theyre having an outstanding year, and so I think it will be a great spot for him. …
“I expect him he might have a lot of fans cheering for him. I would hope so. …Hes given our fans and given the Cowboys and given us some great days, great plays, great moments.”
“I just know that it would be impossible for everybody not to take ownership of the disappointment that we had against Tennessee. Everybody should have that ownership. Every person associated with the organization. Theres no question that weve all done that. …
“This can happen to you. You can lose a ballgame in the NFL. Im being trite, and I know it, but it can happen to you. The real test is how you come back from those setbacks.”
Graham Foley Good morning, Eagles fans! Happy Friday. The Birds have one more full practice today before squaring off against Dallas at home on Sunday night. Head coach Doug Pederson will speak to the media at 10:30 a.m. and we will carry that live. Here's what you need to know in today's Morning Roundup presented by Microsoft beginning with the significant quarterback faceoff.
The defense didnt play to the standard that they set at the start of the season, but the offense couldnt capitalize on the turnovers that the defense forced in the beginning of the game.
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When the Eagles face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday for the first time this season, it will be the third meaningful faceoff between two quarterbacks, Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz, taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. Dallas took the first one in a 2016 overtime win in Dallas and the Eagles took the second with a 37-9 drubbing on the road.
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It's safe to say that the Eagles believe they made the right pick with the second overall selection in 2016. But in that first season, there were questions about if the Eagles made the right move taking Wentz as the Cowboys went 13-3 with Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. The Eagles finished 7-9. Eagles' Insider Dave Spadaro revisits that debate and fills in some context with what we know now:
Both Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan were given just about everything they could ask from ownership. Even when they admitted they made a mistake at receiver, they were rewarded with the addition of Amari Cooper at the price was next years first-round pick. When you consider how young this team is and the pieces they have, now is not the time to blow up the roster. So far, we have seen much more creativity in their ability to lose games rather than win games. Every single decision that has been made over the past three seasons was at the behest of the current regime and they have failed. If Garrett and Linehan cant win with these players, its time they find someone who can.
Dallas has not had the same kind of success offensively, or from a team perspective. Elliott was suspended last season and played in only 10 games as his numbers plummeted to 983 rushing yards and seven touchdowns scored. Prescott threw 22 touchdown passes last season, not far off from his rookie year, but his interception total skyrocketed to 13. The Cowboys slipped out of the playoff picture after a preseason of hype and huge expectations.
The 75O is officially back, and unfortunately under some pretty bad circumstances. The Dallas Cowboys are 3-5 and just suffered one of their worst losses in the Jason Garrett era, there isnt a whole lot of good to say about it. Listen in as 2-Time Super Bowl Champion Tony Casillas (@tccasillas) and RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) go through what exactly is wrong with the Cowboys, how they got here, and how they can conceivably pull themselves out of it all.
The Cowboys' offense hasn't put up tremendous numbers this season but it still has prolific playmakers. The most dangerous of all is Elliott. His ability to get downhill yards behind a tough offensive line is the foundation of the Cowboys' attack. His ability to break free for big gains is what makes him one of the best backs in the league. Fran Duffy broke down the tape of the Dallas offense in his Eagle Eye column to show fans what to look out for when the Eagles are on defense:
The run game always comes back to Elliott though. Hes a player who the Eagles obviously must account for at all times. The Cowboys rank fourth in the NFL in rushing yards per carry (4.94) and rushing yards per game (136.9). Stop Zeke on the ground and it goes a LONG way toward stopping this offense and keeping it out of the red zone.
After eight games, Wak Prescott has 10 touchdowns, five interceptions, seven fumbles, zero 300-yard passing games – these are all stats that indicate Prescott is on the verge of greatness. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones should sign him to a contract that dwarfs Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. We’re talking four-year, $200 million with $198 million guaranteed. Jerry, don’t let this kid walk!
The Eagles were without running back Darren Sproles in practice as he sat out with a hamstring injury. He joined cornerbacks Jalen Mills (foot) and Sidney Jones (hamstring) as well as running back Corey Clement (illness) as players who did not participate in practice Thursday. More details about the key injuries on for the Eagles and Cowboys are available in the latest injury report.