Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is all smiles on the sidelines before his team

Jerry Jones continues to support Tony Romo


Despite another collapse by Tony Romo late in a ball game, Dallas Cowboys’ owner/general manager Jerry Jones is sticking by his quarterback.  Considering there are only two weeks left in the regular season, throwing him under the bus would be counterproductive anyway, at this point.

As has been widely circulated, Romo changed a run to a pass late in the 4th quarter against the Green Bay Packers – and subsequently threw an interception.

When asked if he thought Romo had too much say in what the offense does, Jones told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas-Ft. Worth that he didn’t think so.

“No I don’t,” he said, via ESPN.com’s Calvin Watkins. “No, not at all.”

Green Bay erased a 23-point halftime deficit and overtook the Cowboys 37-36, dropping Dallas to 7-7 on the season.  The comeback – which matched the largest in Packers’ history – was due in no small part to two late Romo interceptions.

Jones further explained his thinking.

“When it basically has to unfold for him (Romo) out there, the defense gets out of their structure, we get out of our structure on pass routes,” Jones said. “All of a sudden, you’re into a little more sandlot-type football. In doing so, there’s more risk that’s involved. Make no mistake about it: With where we are with our personnel, we’re going to have to take risks.”

Considering Romo signed a 6-year, $108 million contract this past offseason, and that he received $55 million in guarantees and a $25 million signing bonus — via NFL.com – it certainly behooves Jones to continue his support of the embattled QB.

Dallas still has a shot at the playoffs despite their .500 record.  Should they win their final two games, including in the final week against the Philadelphia Eagles, they will claim the NFC East crown.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys Green Bay Packers Jerry Jones NFL Philadelphia Eagles Tony Romo

  • SmartThinking

    Jones and Romo: Two really rich dudes trying to out-BS each other … and, themselves.

  • Old Frog

    Someone needs to tear up the CBA and make player salaries performance and incentive based. Only Super Bowl and Pro Bowl players should get “rich” playing football; everyone else should do it for about $500,000/year guaranteed and the love of the game. If every team had a $30,000,000 salary cap (mandated $500,000 per player regardless of position or tenure) but kicked in $100,000,000 each to be divided by the Division Champs, Conference Champs, and Super Bowl Champs we’d have some seriously motivated players in the NFL. Give each Division championship team 5%; each Conference champ 15%; and the Super Bowl champs 30%. That means if your team wins the Super Bowl the owner gets to divy up almost $2 billion in performance bonuses as he sees fit. And if you miss 50% or more of the season’s games due to injury all you get is your “measley” $500,000 salary and the replacement players get $30,000/game. Romo, Ware, Carr, Austin, Spencer, etc. are not worth anywhere near the money they are being paid and that’s just for the Cowboys. I know….I know….It’ll never happen but it would sure make things interesting.

  • Wayne Zeman

    As I was reading Old Frog’s comment, I first thought was “who is this guy to determine what players make”? Really it’s not a bad idea, it would also address things like winning. The more the team wins the more the pay. Maybe they really start giving a crap on week one instead of week five, maybe they’d really fight as a team and not come down with all these crazy injuries. Maybe, but your right, it will never happen. Remember they are infact union members and with that Logic you only progress as the slowest guys. But either way, Tony Romo is definitely not worth the $108 million contract.