Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was furious when running back Ezekiel Elliott was finally suspended six games 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 on the suspension, he’s looking for the silver lining. He thinks the team might be better in the long run having played without Elliott, especially second-year 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 without his best weapon. In the first three games, the Cowboys lost all three while Prescott threw 5 interceptions and no touchdowns passes. 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 without any 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.