Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said he never considered the possibility of pulling rookie Dak Prescott and inserting veteran Tony Romo during a 10-7 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night in New York.
“No, not at all,” Jones said when asked the question by the media postgame.
On Tuesday, Jones was asked under what scenario would Romo replace Prescott. “You’ll know it when you see it,” he said.
Dallas head coach Jason Garrett echoed Jones in his Monday press conference.
“We have a lot of confidence in Dak Prescott,” he said. “He’s done lot of really good things over the course this year and we believe with all of our players our job is to instill belief in them and instill confidence in them. We try to do that with the preparation we have leading up to the ballgame.
“We try to give them opportunity to show what they can do and he’s certainly done that throughout the year and we’ll continue to proceed that way.”
Prescott, a former Haughton star, had helped the Cowboys win 11 straight games.
Sunday’s loss was the first for Dallas (11-2) since a season-opening 20-19 loss to the same Giants in Arlington, Texas.
Prescott completed 17 of 37 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. He had only thrown two interceptions all season.
His quarterback rating of 45.4 was by far his worst of the season. His rating for the season dropped by about six points but still ranks among the NFL’s best at 102.7.
For the season, Prescott has completed 260 of 395 passes for 3,139 yards and 20 touchdowns.
“It starts with me in the passing game and communicating with the offensive line on protection, getting the ball to those guys out wide,” Prescott told reporters after the game. “It starts with me, so it’s frustrating.”
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who fumbled the ball away late in the game, said Prescott shouldn’t shoulder he blame for the loss.
“It wasn’t our best night,” he said in his postgame press conference. “We all made mistakes, and we’re going to go back in and fix them. Don’t try to single him out.”
Prescott’s lone touchdown pass, a 31-yarder to Terrance Williams, gave the Cowboys a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
But that was all the scoring Dallas could muster against a tough Giants defense.
New York didn’t take the lead until Eli Manning hit former LSU star Odell Beckham Jr. for a 61-yard touchdown with 1:07 left in the third quarter.
The Cowboys had the ball five more times after that. The result was three punts, Bryant’s fumble and a turnover on downs.
Prescott said none of his teammates have talked to him about his recent play.
“I’m hard on myself and I’m my biggest critic,” he said. “That’s the way it is for a lot of those guys. It’s all about moving forward.”
The Cowboys still lead the Giants (9-4) by two games in the NFC East with three to play.
Dallas, which has clinched a playoff spot, hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) on Sunday night at 7:30 in AT&T Stadium.
The Buccaneers are tied with the Atlanta Falcons for first in the NFC South. Tampa Bay defeated the New Orleans Saints 16-11 last Sunday.
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