NFL: Jerry Jones Doesn’t Think Broncos Had ‘Any More Challenge’ at QB Than Cowboys

by Suzanne Halliburton

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones really does believe his team’s shaky quarterback situation is similar to the Denver Broncos.

However, it’s difficult to make the comparison for this one main reason. At least the Cowboys sport active quarterbacks on the roster.

The Broncos played their game Sunday against New Orleans with a practice squad wide receiver taking snaps under center. That’s because their four quarterbacks were benched because of Covid-19 contact tracing.

On Tuesday, Jones told Dallas radio station 105.3 the Fan:

“I don’t know that Denver had any more challenge than we did with (Ben) DiNucci or young quarterbacks we’ve had,” Jones said.

Does Jerry Jones Remember That It Was Receiver Who Played QB with Denver?

On Sunday, the Broncos lost 31-3 to the Saints. Kendall Hinton started at quarterback. He literally was Denver’s emergency quarterback.

Hinton last played the position during his junior year at Wake Forest. He switched to receiver his senior season to give him a better chance at making an NFL team.

In the loss to the Saints, Hinton completed only one pass out of his nine attempts. The Saints intercepted him twice.

“He did everything he could,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said after the game. “That was a big, big ask.

Cowboys QB Situation Is a Step Above Dire

Jones has reason to bemoan what’s happened to the Cowboys quarterback. Injuries and illness forced Dallas to start four different quarterbacks in five games.

Starter Dak Prescott suffered a horrific ankle injury in mid-October. He needed surgery to repair a compound fracture and dislocated ankle.

Veteran Andy Dalton started in Prescott’s place. But he suffered a concussion and caught Covid. The Cowboys tapped Ben DeNuzzi as the starter. DeNuzzi was a seventh-round draft pick back in April. Dallas also promoted Garrett Gilbert, who had his career revived playing in the AAF.

Now, Dallas is back to Dalton. He’s been a starter in the league for a decade. He was the starter on Thanksgiving in the Cowboys’ loss to Washington. Dalton has way more experience than Hinton with his one career completion.

Denver’ was forced to bench its quarterbacks after backup Jeff Driskel tested positive for Covid last Thursday. He’d been in close contact with starter Drew Lock, back up Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles, who was on the practice squad.

ESPN reported that the Broncos likely will sign Kyle Shumur, the son of Denver’s offensive coordinator Pat Shumur,