Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones likely raised a few eyebrows when comparing his team's quarterback situation to that of the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos lost 31-3 on Sunday to the New Orleans Saints with practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton at quarterback. Starter Drew Lock, backup Brett Rypien and practice squad member Blake Bortles were forced to quarantine after they were ruled to have had close contact with quarterback Jeff Driskel, who tested positive for the virus last Thursday.
Hinton completed 1 of 9 passes for 13 yards and two interceptions against the Saints.
"I don't know that Denver had any more of a challenge than we've had with (Ben) DiNucci or with the young quarterbacks that we've had," Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 FM the Fan in Dallas. "And, by the way, two or three of those (Broncos) quarterbacks will be back from the (reserve/COVID-19 list)."
The Cowboys have been forced to use a quarterback carousel after Dak Prescott sustained a season-ending ankle injury in a 37-34 victory against the New York Giants on Oct. 11. When backup Andy Dalton was forced out of two games because of a concussion and COVID-19, Dallas put Garrett Gilbert under center, as well as rookie seventh-round pick DiNucci, who completed 21 of 40 passes for 180 yards in a 23-9 loss to Philadelphia on Nov. 1.
Jones also took issue with the Broncos quarterbacks reportedly not wearing masks as required when they were together. Lock has since apologized for letting his guard down.
"Boy, we have been schooled in the NFL -- the teams have been schooled (by COVID-19)," Jones said. "You had really better pay attention to your protocols. You better manage. Don't just give it lip service.
"Don't just roll your eyes back and say, 'That happens to them. That doesn't happen to me.' ... And I don't mean to be trite about it, but that happens in football. Better be ready to have somebody come in there. All teams are advised that do logical things relative to separation, relative to having your players available when you got COVID challenge and do those things -- because it could make a difference in scoring points or make a difference in how you defend somebody.
"That's part of coaching. That's part of managing the game."
--Field Level Media