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Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:39 am
Jerry Jones has been impressed with Eli but is very happy with Romo. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Jerry Jones is in Mobile, Alabama this week for the Senior Bowl because, in addition to being the Cowboys' owner, he's also the general manager. The man who wears many hats in Dallas took time out from evaluating the next crop of draft-eligible players to talk about the Cowboys, whose Week 17 loss to the Giants kept them out of the playoffs.

“I thought (Tony) Romo was competing at a level that would’ve given us that opportunity but the rest of us need to play better and get better before we can really gel the way the Giants are,” Jones said via Rapid Reporter Nick Eatman.

Hard to disagree with that. According to Football Outsiders, Romo was No. 4 in quarterback efficiency behind Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Eli ranked sixth (Matthew Stafford was fifth).

After ESPNDallas' Calvin Watkins tweeted Monday that "Jerry Jones said the biggest difference between the Cowboys and Giants is Eli Manning. He did praise Tony Romo," there was some confusion that Jones preferred Eli to Tony. Not at all. In fact, Jones was only implying that New York is in the Super Bowl because Manning is playing out of his mind.

“I don’t want to take anything away [from the Giants] but the big difference was Eli came up here and started what seemed like a pretty significant [stretch]," Jones said. "But the quarterback play with Eli was the huge difference. But I was pretty impressed with how they’ve defense played the last three or four ball games. …

"We had good quarterback play, but I'd say as a team, they just got better and better near the end," he added. "Their depth, that's how I view us. I had counted -- we had counted -- on getting better, and we didn't. We went the other way."

Of course, those personnel decisions rest at Jones' feet. Which, of course, is why he's in Mobile. As for 2012, Jones explains that the Cowboys' plan for success involves "new faces" in the secondary, getting "younger" on defense, but avoiding the trappings of youth on the offensive line.

Seems like Jones is making it more complicated than it needs to be. Either way, here's the bottom line:

"We just want to make sure we don't compromise things because I'm more into not squandering the prime years of Romo, so we want to make sure we're giving him every opportunity in protection," he said, "and we'll work hard on that in the off-season."

Duly noted.

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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:28 pm

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

Tony Romo has exctly what Tim Tebow has.  1 playoff victory.

Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:27 am

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

Just because people want to hate and put all the blame on the QB, it is in no way his fault.  He was (check all the stats you want) the 4 to 5 best QB (and the ones in front of him, had record breaking seasons) in the league this year and out of those 3 to 4 in front of him, he was the only one playing with a broken rib, punctured lung and banged up passing hand (in the final game).  When it comes down to crunch time, all he is trying to do is come from behind to win....due to lack of defensive help, namely secondary.  And Jerry Jones doesnt play on the field....a couple years ago he built a team that went 13-3, with the #1 seed in NFC....he did win 3 Super Bowl rings.  They lost this year, just like 31 teams do every year...todays NFL is exactly like the saying goes, "Any Given Sunday".

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:15 am

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

Im No Romo fan, but god knows, the guy cant do it by himself. I mean, i dont think he has the intestinal fortitude of an amoeba, given his play in meaningful games.... But the guy is not a single person Team... It would help if his defense didnt give up every lead he got them. And also if his Receivers and TE could pitch in every now and then in big games, because they so often DONT.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:43 am
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Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:42 am

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

Dallas deserves a better football team and the Romo is not getting the job done.

Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:45 pm

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

The Dallas defence definately has to step up their game.  Watching Newman down the stretch was hillarious, I'm surpised they didn't key on him all year.  I think his best days are behind him.

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:40 pm

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

First off, i'm impressed with the namecalling or ridiculous back and forth is a pleasant surprise. As an outsider, i do have respect for Jones, and i've always thought Romo took more abuse than he deserved. People (especially those in the media) have short memories, but I hope folks remember that game he played when hurt. That was vintage Favre-ish.
Still, i believe Jones needs to get a handle on his ego and hire a legit G.M. Everything wrong with the Cowboys is summed up in the first few sentences of the article:why is the owner of an NFL team hanging around the site of the Senior Bowl? If he was there to hobnob, that's one thing. But he's his own scout, his own General Manager, and his own ipso facto Head Coach. No one guy can handle all those jobs-competently.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:32 pm

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

It is amusing to read comments that reflect what shock jocks use to make their living. Jerry Jones is among the most succesful owners in the NFL. He is also successful as a GM. Why? Because he learns from his mistakes. This is a very tough league. There are 32 motivated wealthy owners all intent on bringing home the hardware.

Last year the Cowboys did what most teams would not and that is reconstructed the offensive line in one big push. It actually survived the first year far better than most of us expected. One more piece might put this line into a really solid unit. What they did not do was reconstruct the defensive secondary. Perhaps this year? There are enough pieces on offense that one more lineman (3rd or 4th round) and most of the rest of the draft can address a defense that lost momentum as the year progressed. Still the Giants are in the Super Bowl and the Cowboys pushed them hard in Texas. The mantra of the NFL fans is always: wait until next year. Next year should be pretty good for the Cowboys.

Since: Oct 22, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:48 pm

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

Only Jerry Jones doesn't compete. This guy can only even pick his nose. Don't matter who is quarterback! back to
5-11 seasons. Money& Power O.K. He don't know squat about NFL Champioships. Redskins will start kicking our
butts next season.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:45 pm

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

Seriously, Does Jones have such a huge ego, that he can`t admit that he does NOT know how to run the damn team? Face it, Jimmy Johnson built those superbowl teams. Maybe Jones got jealous, fired Johnson. Then hired the worst possible coach (Switzer), knowing they were still good enough to win another superbowl. Then TOOK ALL the credit. As long as Jones is your cowboy hero, leader and GM, this is as good as they`ll be.

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