Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was fairly furious when running back Ezekiel Elliott was finally suspended for suspected domestic violence. He wanted the NFL to let Elliott continue playing and felt he was treated unfairly.
Now, with just one more game to go, he’s looking for the silver lining. He thinks the team might be better in the long run, especially quarterback Dak Prescott.
“It hurt us to miss Zeke, but as far as Dak is concerned, we’ve got a better player for having gone through this,” Jones said, per Clarence Hill of the Star Telegram. “I don’t recommend it for the Cowboys of course, but we got a better player. We got a better future because he’s gone through this period of time without Zeke.”
He has a point. Prescott had to learn and grow as a player. In the first three games, the Cowboys lost all three while Prescott threw 5 interceptions and 0 touchdowns. Since then, they’ve won two in a row against division rivals – the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins – and Prescott has thrown 5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
He’s completely flipped the script. Granted, the Giants and Redskins aren’t any good, so there’s something to be said for level of competition, but it’s also clear that Prescott has learned to succeed without relying on Elliott. That is good for the future of the franchise, especially since a lot of quarterbacks can play for over a decade, whereas running backs are lucky to still be effective for 5+ years.
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