Jerry Jones on Cowboys backup QB Weeden: ‘You won’t see a more gifted passer’
Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones doesn’t think the sky is falling for the Cowboys even after the team lost Tony Romo to a broken clavicle. That’s because Jones is expecting big things from backup quarterback Brandon Weeden.
“This quarterback Weeden can drive the ball downfield,” Jones said, on 105.3 The Fan’s New School show [KRLD-FM], per the Dallas News. “He’s a thing of beauty on throwing the football. His passing motion and his arm, frankly, you won’t see a more gifted passer, power, accuracy, the entire aspect of it. If he can basically prepare, be the starting quarterback, come in and execute and keep his head right, then I feel good about Weeden.”
Weeden replaced an injured Romo for parts of six games during the 2014 regular season, but he only started one game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cowboys scaled back the offense for him, but he struggled to consistently move the offense and hold onto the football. Weeden finished that game 18 of 33 for 183 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Throughout Weeden’s career in the NFL, his major flaw has been operating with defenders in his face. While the Cowboys boast one of the NFL’s elite offensive lines, defensive coordinators can scheme ways to get to him by sending extra blitzers. The Cowboys hope that another year in the same offensive scheme will help Weeden work through his reads and keep the offense moving.
"Certainly we think Weeden has really progressed," Jones added. "As [quarterback coach] Wade Wilson said, he’s just not the same guy that we had last year. He’s progressed that much. He said that before we had this issue with Tony. I think we all feel good about what we got."
Weeden is certainly off to an excellent start. He entered Sunday’s Week 2 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles late after the Romo injury, and he finished the game completing all seven of his pass attempts for 73 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 20-10 win.
(h/t Dallas News)