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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 CBSSports.com 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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Comments

Since: Feb 2, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:35 pm
 

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

That sums it up! (And that has made rooting against them a pleasure!)



Since: Feb 27, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:11 pm
 

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

Romo is NOT the problem at all. The offensive line sucks, and if Romo was less elusive, it would have shown up even more. The defense was average at best, and I don't know who decided that Ryan is a defensive genius, he isn't. Garrett is an issue, too. I'm not convinced in his leadership. He may be a good disciplinarian, but the guy's playcalling aggressiveness, actually the LACK of it at times, illustrates a lack of confidence in success that winners have. You know, that cocksure attitude that says we're gonna win, despite being down...despite WHATEVER has been causing troubles. He "coached" away how many victories this year? Two? Three? Stupid playcalling with a large lead cost them vs the Jets and the Lions, conservative playcalling when a first down late in a game WINS it for you cost them at LEAST one more game. And then, in an NFL first, he iced his own kicker...I mean, please.

Cowboys offensive line: sucks, but there is hope because they are young and could improve
receivers, including Witten: GOOD, but Miles Austin's hammys are a concern
running backs: Murray looked good until he was hurt, we'll see...Felix is looking like a disappointment
ROMO: GOOD...but get him a backup

Defensive line: GOOD
Linebackers: AVERAGE, at best...some athleticism problems here (speed is lacking), and WARE as a linebacker? He's a defensive end.
Secondary: They are put in so many man coverage schemes, they don't have the talent to handle that pressure.

Kicking game...there were some painful misses this year

Until the offensive line becomes stronger, the offense will be less than it should be with the talent they have at the skill positions. You HAVE to fix that, Jerry. Add TWO impact players on defense, one in the secondary, one at linebacker...and you'll have a defense that can play in January. PUT the coaches on notice...get it done, and you'll have job security. Fail...



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:57 pm
 

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

The Dallas Cowboys have done less with more over the last 15 years than any franchise I've ever seen. Rooting for them has become a chore.




Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:56 pm
 

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

Someone cue Jerry Jones in... Eli is a big reason the Giants are where they are, but far from the only reason.  The Giants have a good GM and a solid coach, who doesn't make bone-headed decisions.  The Giants don't have immature primadonna types (see Dez Bryant), who check out of games mentally when it isn't smooth sailing.  Last, the Giants owner is not a loud- mouthed know-it-all, who likes to see himself on TV and to hear himself talk all day.  Eli is a cut above Romo, but even Eli might struggle a little in the Dallas enviroment. 



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:56 pm
 

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

Jerry needs to flush most of the secondary...the Cowboys were awful and gave up too many big plays. The Gianst beat them with two scores in the 4th quarter in Dallas and that should never happen...the defense needs to be a bit simpler, because there were always players out of position in Rob Ryan's scheme...yeah, he put our guys in the wrong place. Very bad...the Boys also need some offensive line help. I think Tony Romo had a pretty good year and stepped in many games, but again, it's a team game, and the Cowboys didn't always play like one.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:38 pm
 

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

Pupstar, I didn't Romo played defense.  That was the glaring weakness for the cowboys this year.  Romo was not the reason the boys failed again.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:30 pm
 

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

this teams needs to rebuild the defense. I would keep Ware, Ratliff and Lee and gut the rest of the defense. Last year they should have let Newman go and would have been able to sign Jonathan Joseph for the same exact salary



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:25 pm
 

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

Thank you Jerry Jones for Tony Romo. May his reign in Dallas last for ten more years. As a Giants fan I love Tony Romo. Pls Jerry get him more recievers and another running back to go along with Murray. And please don't fire Coach Garrett. Also I agree the guy who signs the checks should also be the one who evaluates the talent and negoegiates the salaries. I love the organiztion, only Dallas fans would leave home to watch the biggest TV in creation.   Too Much? Too Soon?



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:25 pm
 

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

Thank you Jerry Jones for Tony Romo. May his reign in Dallas last for ten more years. As a Giants fan I love Tony Romo. Pls Jerry get him more recievers and another running back to go along with Murray. And please don't fire Coach Garrett. Also I agree the guy who signs the checks should also be the one who evaluates the talent and negoegiates the salaries. I love the organiztion, only Dallas fans would leave home to watch the biggest TV in creation.   Too Much? Too Soon?



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:21 pm
 

Jones: Romo competing, others need to play better

Thank you Jerry Jones for Tony Romo. May his reign in Dallas last for ten more years. As a Giants fan I love Tony Romo. Pls Jerry get him more recievers and another running back to go along with Murray. And please don't fire Coach Garrett. Also I agree the guy who signs the checks should also be the one who evaluates the talent and negoegiates the salaries. I love the organiztion, only Dallas fans would leave home to watch the biggest TV in creation.   Too Much? Too Soon?


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