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Jones wants Romo, not trading up for Luck, RG3

Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:57 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2012 9:59 pm
The only way the Cowboys will have RG3 under center is if Tony Romo changes his name. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

There's a perception that Tony Romo isn't an elite NFL quarterback and it comes primarily from one thing: he's been underwhelming in big moments. The Week 1 fourth-quarter interception against the Jets, the two pick-sixes against the Lions, not to mention head coach Jason Garrett opting to run instead of pass late in the game against the Patriots. These are three examples from the 2011 season (all three losses, by the way) and it's enough for some fans to give up on Romo altogether.

One enterprising soul even asked writer Josh Ellis about the possibility the team would trade up in April's draft and take Robert Griffin III.

Ellis' answer, in part: "(Owner and GM) Jerry Jones explicitly said last week he wouldn't trade Romo for Griffin or Andrew Luck. So on draft day, just hope Griffin doesn't end up in Washington."

The best response to Jones' decree comes courtesy our buddy,'s Michael David Smith: "Some might see that as further evidence of Jones’s 50 concussions…"

But Jones' son, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones, said as much in comments to the Star-Telegram.

"There are not many better than him out there," he said. "I hear it -- he hasn't gotten it done yet. I hear it, all of that. But you are not going to find much better than Tony Romo. Every year he improves. As he gets better, our chances get better."

Wait, Tiger isn't a Navy SEAL? (US PRESSWIRE)
Jones, it turns out, it's just making stuff up. Romo ranked fourth in Football Outsiders' QB efficiency metric behind Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. The difference: those players have combined for five Super Bowl rings and their teams all made the playoffs last season. The Cowboys went 8-8 and lost four of their last five games (and their Week 17 no-show performance against the Giants cost them the division and a spot in the postseason).

Romo, meanwhile, has two years left on the six-year, $67.4 million contract he signed in 2007. Although the two sides have yet to discuss an extension, Stephen Jones' comments to the Star-Telegram says plenty.

"Tony is going to play a lot more than two more years," he said. "We are going to take care of Tony. Tony is going to be a Cowboy."

Silver lining: maybe some of Tiger Woods' Navy SEALS training rubbed off on Romo during the Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this month. It can't hurt, right?

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Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:30 am

Jones wants Romo, not trading up for Luck, RG3

Say what you want about Jerry Jones.  I respect him for sticking with guys and giving them a chance.  IMO he gave Wade Phillips far too long, but he stuck with him.  There is something to that...

Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:18 am
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:30 am

Jones wants Romo, not trading up for Luck, RG3

This is a story because Romo is a headcase. You get Brees one week then Henne the next. On top of that he blows the big games. What is Dallas doing? One playoff win in 15 years. Clearly, Romo is not getting it done when it counts. With the Skins drooling all over RG3 Dallas has to pop up in this kind of story. Let's not forget Romo has Austin, Witten and Dez "cantkeepmypantsuporpaymybillsontime

" Bryant to throw to. Add a more brains QB and maybe thet get going again. I like Romo because I love to see Dallas choke it up every year down late.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:18 am

Jones wants Romo, not trading up for Luck, RG3

"Reporting" like this really makes me scratch my head.  One writer comes up with a ridiculous theory, which gives him an opportunity to write a story.  Another writer picks it up, tries to make it sound plausible, but then explains why it won't happen (even though anyone with an IQ above room temperature already knew that), giving him an opportunity to write a story too.  Do these writers work in tandem to help each other out?

Did anyone really think the Cowboys would trade up for Luck or RG3? Really?

Dallas is actually in a decent place this year.  They have to shore up their offensive line, linebackers, and DB's, but they probably have fewer holes this offseason than they have had in a while.  Trading up for a rookie quarterback just might be the stupidest idea I've heard in a long, long time.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:49 am

Jones wants Romo, not trading up for Luck, RG3

Is this news or something? Who in their right mind that knows anything about football thought for even one second the Cowboys would mortgage their future and trade up to snatch a rookie quarterback when they have Tony Romo signed to a deal?

Romo had the 4th best passer rating in the NFL last year, 3rd in the NFC.  He was 3rd in the NFL in completion percentage and 7th in the NFL in yards per play, 4th in the NFL in that category.   How much better would RG3 or Luck do in Dallas?  I highly doubt either qb will do much better then Romo did last year 5 years from now let alone anytime soon.

People blame Romo for late and dramatic losses, but maybe put some blame on the Cowboys D for once.   

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:49 pm

Jones wants Romo, not trading up for Luck, RG3

The difference between the 3 QB's that were better "metrically"...whatever the hell that means, is that those QB's had defenses that had the ability to win a game for the team in the palyoffs if needed. Fact is, Romo is not going to win the SuperBowl from my point of view. But what he does is gives your team the chance to every year as long as he is under center. Those QB's can't be blamed for terrible DB play or crappy protection. I wouldn't deal Rivers just because he hasn't won the SB yet. This is the problem now-a-days, people get the Ole trigger finger too fast. Remember back in the days when QB's would be given the chance to play a long career with one team? Can you imagine if Marino had been traded just because he didn't win one after 7 or 8 years. But with Dan you always had a chance, nevermind the rest of the team. Now by no means is Romo a Dan Marino stat wise, but just like Dan have a great long career and give your team a chance as long as you can toss it.

Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:52 pm

Jones wants Romo, not trading up for Luck, RG3

Hate the cowboys, but no need to get all crazy. Romo isn't THAT great but now that they have a real running game with Murray things might start to come together, just give it another year. Honestly, I would have dumped him a long time ago but I'm not up to speed on the contract info or who is interested in coming to D to replace him. No matter what the situation, Jones is doing way better with Romo than he was with Quincy Carter or Drew Henson. I would say re sign Drew Bledsoe but I think he died already...

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:43 pm

Jones wants Romo, not trading up for Luck, RG3

you woulnt think so with mr. total businessman. it seems jone gets attached to his players. for a few years romo will probbly be as good as eitger rg3 or luck. it was that defense that lost most of those games.

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