Tag:Stephen Jones
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:57 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2012 9:59 pm

Jones wants Romo, not trading up for Luck, RG3

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 DallasCowboys.com 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, PFT.com'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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Posted on: January 29, 2011 12:43 pm

Stephen Jones: 2010 Cowboys 'worst one we've had'

Posted by Will Brinson

No doubt about it -- the 2010 Dallas Cowboys were bad. They were even worse than their record indicated, though, because the team had such high expectations around it, with many a pundit picking Dallas to represent itself in the Super Bowl.

So it's not unusual to hear Stephen Jones, Cowboys Executive VP and son of Jerry, express disappointment. But are they bad enough to be the worst Cowboys team he and his dad have had since they took the team over? Apparently so.

"In the 21 years we’ve had it, I’d say it’s the worst one we’ve had," Jones said per Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports. "We’ve had bad teams that didn’t do well, but maybe you had that feeling going in. This year, we were so hopeful about our chances, and there we were at 1-5 with no quarterback and pretty much knowing where we’d end up."

So, yeah, that's pretty tough to hear. But it's probably a good thing to make sure everyone know how bad things really were. Doing so helps provide some of the much-needed culture change for Dallas football. But right now, it's especially painful, considering the focus that will center on Dallas for the next 10 days.

"We had such high expectations for this team – and that’s why this is the toughest season we’ve had," Jones said. "The overwhelming thing you think about is what went wrong. And to sit there and have to chew on that, there’s not a lot of happiness."

2011 seems like it should be more fun, if Jason Garrett's run as interim coach is any indication of his future production for the team. The team struggled some after the departure of Wade Phillips, but part and parcel of that is having Jon Kitna at quarterback.

It's clear the offensive and defensive weapons are in place for a return to the postseason, and with an early-round pick, it's possible the Cowboys only get better.

But, as Jones pointed out, talent doesn't always necessitate production.

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 1:28 pm

Cowboys open camp today

In honor of the Cowboys opening training camp today, we have some news for you.

So, what will Dallas’ players be in store for today, beginning with their first practice this afternoon? Lots of running probably. As the Dallas Morning News points out this morning, the first day of camp is devoted to conditioning and determining what kind of shape the players are in as they report.

"I expect them to come in in good shape,'' coach Wade Phillips said. "When they left the off-season program, they were all at least pointing toward coming in at a good weight.”

According to the Morning News, quarterback Tony Romo weighed in at 226 pounds, five pounds under his assigned weight.

-Two players who won’t be involved in workouts today are linebacker Stephen Hodge and rookie safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – who have been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, meaning they won’t be available to play for the first six games of the season.

From the team’s official web site :

Hodge is still recovering from last year's season-ending microfracture knee surgery, and Owusu-Ansah missed every offseason practice following his March shoulder surgery. Head coach Wade Phillips said Owusu-Ansah appears close to returning, but Hodge's timetable for medical clearance is a bit more uncertain.

-With the official beginning of training camp, Dallas executive vice president Stephen Jones sat down for a preseason news conference. He had good news to report. Now that the Cowboys have signed second-round pick, LB Sean Lee, they’ve secured contracts with all of their draft picks. That means no hold-outs for Dallas.

How in the heck did that happen?

“We knew initially we were going to have to be the first ones out of the bag in terms of getting these guys signed and so we came up with a strategy to work with the agents on what those increases will be from last year," Jones said. "Rather than typically what we would do is just go slide it, the guy in front of you the guy in back of you, sometimes a couple of slots, but it’s much easier to get it done that way. We had commitments from the agents and I think it speaks to the players as well. Both Dez (Bryant) and Sean Lee are obviously more difficult players to get done because you’re dealing with a larger magnitude of money and that first and second round is usually a little more complicated in terms of the deal. But both Dez and Sean are the type of guys who don’t want to miss anything and who really want to help contribute this year and didn’t want to miss anything.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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