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Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

Posted on: September 14, 2011 3:35 pm
Jones thought Romo played well against the Jets. (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has his critics, and he did nothing to dissuade them from pointing out his shortcomings after his fourth-quarter performance against the Jets on Sunday night.

(A quick recap in case you're just back from Mars: with 12 minutes to go in the game and the Cowboys leading 24-17, Romo fumbled a yard short of the end zone. Then, with less than a minute to go and the score tied, 24-24, Romo threw an interception. Thirty-seven seconds later, the Jets kicked the game-winning field goal and that was that.)

We gave Romo a name-check in this week's Coach Killers, although former Cowboys great Drew Pearson thinks Romo's intended receiver on that last fateful pick, Dez Bryant, needs to play more consistently.

And while this might buck conventional wisdom, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has only laudatory things to say about Romo. Not just in general, but specifically coming out of the Jets game. Appearing on 105.3 the Fan in Dallas, Jones was asked his thoughts on Romo's Week 1 showing (via

“I thought this may draw a little criticism," Jones began. "I thought Tony played one of the best games I have ever seen him play. You can make a big case that the way he played for three quarters was how we got there at the end and looked like we were for sure going to get the win. He played outstanding, the game has really slowed down for him which is a very good thing, he’s seeing where the ball out to go, all those things bode well for us. He really is a quarterback that has averaged 10 wins for every 16 he has started in the NFL. He’s a winner and we are going to rise and fall based on what Tony Romo is about the next several years and I’m excited about that. We’ve got somebody here where if we can get some other things together we can have a team that gets us in a position to take a shot.”

You know, it's hard to disagree with Jones here (well, except the part about Romo playing one of his best games ever). We mentioned on Monday's Pick-6 Podcast that Romo outplayed the Jets' Mark Sanchez but Sanchez appears to have a knack for avoiding mistakes at critical junctures while Romo is drawn to them. And it's not solely a function of his style of play or decision-making process. It genuinely seems like the gods of chance hate Romo.

Jones isn't buying it. In fact, he thinks Romo "loves pressure" although he concedes that the quarterback has a knack for "trying to make the best play he can instead of doing the kinds of things that don't lose football games. … There's a lot going on at that position," Jones said. "When you get somebody who can really master it, it's something special. He's close."

He better be. We picked the Cowboys to win the NFC East.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:43 am

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Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:20 pm

Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

How much longer until someone has Jones declared mentally incompetent?  I've known it for years, but this proves it!

I'm not a fair-weather fan, but I am so sick of Jerry Jones that I can't even stand to watch an entire game anymore.  

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:13 pm

Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

Jerruh likes it when Tony Romo chokes on his....well, nm.  That's just gross!

Since: Apr 23, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 2:13 pm

Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

If that was one of the best games that Tony romo has ever played, than dallas is doomed. yes he threw for over 300yds, but he also had a critical fumble and a devastating interception to end the game. Typical Romo, horrible in the fourth quarter when his team needs him the most. Romo is talented indeed, but a career choke artist in the fourth quarter and playoffs. Which is odd because he seems to know when to call it quits in his relationships (see Jessica Simpson)

Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 1:30 pm

Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

While I am frustrated with the continual mistakes in critical situations, I have to say that the interception was Dez Bryants's fault.  It looked to me as if the route called for him to get to first down, catch and get out of bounds.  Instead, he hitched then kept going.  Nonetheless, watching this team makes me feel like the early 80's.  Danny White and Co. had an abundance of talent, but lacked that killer instinct or 'it' factor to get over the hump.  I sincerely hope they prove me wrong, God knows, I'm rooting for it.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 5:22 am

Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

What kind of glasses is Jerry looking through. Romo and the coach should be held responsible for the outright stupidity that they exhibited. Dallas shouldnt even be in the NFL if they can't run in from the 1.5 yd line in 3 plays. Romo will never lead them to a title and if Jones doesn't get himself a coach and stay out of the locker room the team will eventually be drafting first. 

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:50 am

Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

@ SithMaster3...shut up...there are so many more things I could say...but none of them works better than STFU.

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:43 am

Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

Romo sucks in every way you want a QB not to suck.  He gives you everything except a big game victory.  He has the stats, the arm, the legs, the vision, but even with all that he seems to choke in big games, and by choke i mean lose his head at the worst possible moment in the game.  He's always 29 good plays, 10 great ones, and one or two mistakes that usually leads to his team losing.  I'm no fan, but the kids good.  I do hate the Cowboys, but they have a good team.  Hopefully he has another classic Romo moment when he plays my Niners this weekend.  Go Niners.

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