|Jones thought Romo played well against the Jets. (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)|
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 SportsRadioInterviews.com):
“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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