Weeden began the year with Dallas and recently said in an interview that it would be “sweet” to advance to the playoffs with Houston, given that the Cowboys have been eliminated. He added that he felt his teammates had his back, and also mentioned comments made by Jones earlier in the season regarding the team’s backup quarterback situation, in which he discussed his preference for Matt Cassel over Weeden (the team acquired Cassel on Sept. 22, and he replaced Weeden as the starter Oct. 14).
Weeden has settled in the past two games with the Texans, helping lead them to consecutive wins and to the verge of wrapping up a playoff berth and the AFC South. He made three starts for the Cowboys after Tony Romo went down with injury early in the season, in which the team went 0–3.
Jones went on the radio with 103.5 The Fan in Dallas and discussed Weeden’s success.
“I thought, believe it or not, [Weeden winning a start for the Texans] shows to some degree that he was worthy of the opportunity that he got with us,” Jones said. “I’ll never forget we were in the draft room the year before and we were looking at quarterbacks at that particular time in the draft room. And Coach [Scott] Linehan walks in and we look at quite a few, he was out with the team during OTA’s, our equivalent of spring practice. And we looked at some of the best ones that were there, and he said we got a better one than that right out here on the practice field in Brandon Weeden. So, he didn’t get that shot just because he was chopped liver. And I’m not anointing him necessarily one way or the other. I’m proud for him and I’m proud for Houston that they’ve come up with a way to use him in a way that can win a game.”
The Cowboys are 4–11, and have turned to the untested Kellen Moore at quarterback to finish the season.
- Jeremy Woo