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Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

Posted on: September 14, 2011 3:35 pm
Jones thought Romo played well against the Jets. (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

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

“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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Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:43 pm

Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

Well Romo did march the cowboys offense up and down the field against the vaunted Jets defense all night long, using his superior weapons on the outside.  Not until the punt block(special teams issue), questionable play calling on 2nd and 1, on the one yard line, if you remember that play almost went for a 99yrd pick 6, then Romo tried to make a play(the good vs bad of having an extremely moble QB)  But the last INT was an inexpierenced QB mistake(which Romo is not) or an extremely over confident one assuming the split second Dez turned his head, that Dez did see him rolling out in trouble and was supposed to come back to the ball..  Hey, it's the first game of the season and I'll take an aggressive, over confident QB that gives it his all anyday.  I already feel sorry for San Fran and the Redskins home opener the next week, they're both in trouble!

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:30 pm

Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

Jerry Jones is a goober.

Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 6:22 pm

Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

Jerry Jones states that this was one of Romo best games. If you look at the two touchdown passes he threw, you would see that they were bad passes. Dez and Miles had to correct his error. The one to Miles was way under thrown. I would hate to see when he has a bad game. Next game S.F

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 6:14 pm

Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

Jerry Jones thinks we cant see thru the crap. Your full of sh*t Jerry and you know it. 

Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 5:29 pm

Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

What else is jones gonna say .. He has to cover up that he is one of the worst owner/general manager in the history of pro sports

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 4:00 pm

Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

This is Romos 9th season in the NFL.  Romo has a proven track record of being one of the wrost Prime Time QBs ever.  Every big game Romo will turn the ball over time and time again at the worst possible moment.

It is what it is.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 3:57 pm

Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

The only difference between Romo's game and Sanchez' game Monday night was that Alan Ball dropped the interception of Sanchez where Romo's was held onto.  They both made mistakes, Romo played better overall, and Sanchez got lucky with the drop.  I'm not even sure the interception was Romo's fault, or if Dez Bryant was responsible for quitting on the route.

Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2011 3:49 pm

Jones on Romo: One of best games he's played

Tony make mistakes what Qb doesn't he just happens to make them at inopertune times hopefully this will be his last time doing this. i think up to the 3rd qtr he did play the best football I have seen him play and the defense played well until the DB's got hurt and that goes to show you that you always have to be game ready no matter if you are on the bench or a stater the backup Db's were terrible if we if the front 7 are getting pressure they have to do there job giving Plaxico a reception and a Td killed us they have to play better and then Tony can make a mistake but he is not gonna be perfect. The defense backfield has to play better. Turn your head and look for the ball hell you might pick it off once in awhile how many times was the ball on the way and they never looked back because they were playing catchupif you can't play headup backoff.

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