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.