Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones yesterday called Tony Romo the “consummate team player,” indicating that the veteran quarterback would handle a demotion to No. 2 with grace. But does the possibility exist that Dallas could use both Romo and Dak Prescott, depending on game situation? That question was posed to Jones by Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk Live.
“We obviously feel good about what our team’s doing right now but at the same time when you got a great player like Tony, if you feel like he could infuse some energy and pull something out for you that maybe things aren’t going your way then certainly that’s a coaching decision that can be made by Jason [Garrett] and Scott [Linehan],” said Jones. “Right now, we’re focused on being positive and looking not past Pittsburgh at this point and we’ll just kinda take each day one day at a time.”
Here’s more from around the league as Week 10 looms:
- Heading into Sunday’s game with a 2-6 record, the Jaguars don’t appear to have a shot at the playoffs, but the club can still use the rest of 2016 to evaluate itself, as Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com writes. The primary goal for the remainder of the year should be to determine the root cause of quarterback Blake Bortles‘ struggles, opines DiRocco, but Jacksonville also needs to look at its offensive line. Specifically, the Jaguars must decide if they want to exercise left tackle Kelvin Beachum‘s option bonus, which would kick in four more years on his contract.
- While the Jets reportedly wanted a first-round pick in order to part with pass-rusher Sheldon Richardson at the trade deadline, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com (Twitter link) believes New York is more likely to acquire a second- or third-rounder for its mercurial defensive lineman. The Cowboys and Broncos both apparently checked in with Gang Green and inquired on Richardson, but neither club was able to pull off a deal.
- The Packers have relied on continuity in the front office, on the coaching staff, and at the quarterback position for years, but Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com examines what happens — and who takes the blame — when the team struggles. General manager Ted Thompson is famously silent, and doesn’t respond to media inquiries except during the summer when he’s obligated by league rules to do so. Thompson also avoids free agent additions, leaving head coach Mike McCarthy to figure out what to do when injuries strike.