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Jerry Jones praises Tony Romo, talks playoffs

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After Saturday night’s win over the Buccaneers, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said quarterback Tony Romo is playing so well right now that it’s hard to see how Dallas could be left out of the playoffs.

And if the Cowboys don’t make the playoffs, Jones makes no secret that it would be one of the most disappointing results in his time as the team’s owner.

“At the end of the day, [Romo’s play] is why we can’t not get in the tournament, because he is playing so well,” Jones said, via the Star-Telegram.

Romo is playing well: On Saturday night he went 23 for 30 for 249 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Jones says that having Romo on the field is what makes the difference between this year’s Cowboys and last year’s.

“This time last year, he wasn’t playing. With him playing at the level he is playing, it would be a real serious career disappointment for us not to get to the playoffs,” Jones said.

Still, the Cowboys aren’t a lock for the playoffs by any means. Next week they play the Eagles, who blew them out in October, and whether they win or lose against the Eagles, Week 17 against the Giants is probably going to be a must-win. Romo is going to have to keep playing well for Jones to avoid that career disappointment.

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48 Responses to “Jerry Jones praises Tony Romo, talks playoffs”
  1. dawkattack says: Dec 18, 2011 7:19 AM

    Uh…..It was the bucs

  2. rajuncajun28 says: Dec 18, 2011 7:22 AM

    The Cowgirls are like the Falclowns…you beat 2 bad teams and now you are SB worthy….jokes and frauds…..Saints and Packers would beat you down…Falclowns will soon see…..

  3. i3addog says: Dec 18, 2011 7:29 AM

    Tony’s a playoff tease.

  4. jimmysee says: Dec 18, 2011 7:32 AM

    It would be great to see thew Cowboys knock the ‘Niners out and get a date at Lambeau.

  5. pjamdragon says: Dec 18, 2011 7:32 AM

    I hope they don’t make it in.

  6. tndiver says: Dec 18, 2011 7:34 AM

    Umm Jerry, it was a win against the Bucs and it’s December! Expect disappointment there buddy!

  7. tombrookshire says: Dec 18, 2011 7:35 AM

    Eagles and Cowboys moving in two opposite directions. Cowboys hammer in the final nail next week, and put the birds out of their misery.

  8. bootguy says: Dec 18, 2011 7:36 AM

    It’s not that tough to see how the ‘Boys ” can’t not get in ” , Jerry . It’s because the ‘Boys have been one of the most overhyped overrated bunch of CHOKE ARTISTS in the NFL for the last dozen or so years !!!

  9. sgt50 says: Dec 18, 2011 7:42 AM

    Hey Jerrah, they played the bucs, not the packers, remember the giants

  10. jdandcoke says: Dec 18, 2011 7:50 AM

    the bucs didnt show up and josh freeman has become a SORRY excuse for an nfl qb. just a pathetic performance by them last night. romo did make some very nice throws…but that is to be expected, the kid is a heck of an athlete.

    despite that though, the boys beat one of the lousier teams in the game, and one which has certainly quit…..nothing for the boys to get that excited about. if they beat a philly team next week that will be gunning for them….then maybe i’ll start to get impressed.

  11. pencilmonkeymagic says: Dec 18, 2011 8:07 AM

    Way to put all the pressure on one guy, Jerry. Would you like him to be placed under the bus now, or later?

    Proof, if it were needed, that billionaires can also be morons.

  12. RussianBreadMaker says: Dec 18, 2011 8:13 AM

    Jerry Jones: 82 going on 17

  13. dd393 says: Dec 18, 2011 8:21 AM

    Last week he was gnashing his teeth over a loss, trying to blame (fill in the blank). This week he’s overwhelmingly happy about winning against Tampa Bay. Next week, well, you get the idea. He’s still never going to field a playoff team until he stops drafting like he’s in a fantasy football league. And he’ll never go anywhere in the playoffs until he hires a general manager who knows what he’s doing.

    Keep up the good work, Jerry. The rest of the NFL and their fans appreciate your good work.

  14. dervytimmons says: Dec 18, 2011 8:28 AM

    Jaguars, Panthers, Cowboys. The list of elite play-off bound teams who have beaten the mighty Bucs this December. Other than the week 2 win at San Fran they haven’t beat anybody even close to being playoff contenders: Washington (2), Seattle, St. Louis, Buffalo, Miami and Tampa. Jerry Jones is delusional. Dallas finishes 8-8 with one of the easiest schedules of the season.

  15. joetoronto says: Dec 18, 2011 8:29 AM

    joetoronto says: Dec 18, 2011 6:21 AM

    The heat Romo has taken this year is really unjust.

    The guy is playing lights out football.

    It’s too bad the Cowboys blew so many games this year or everyone would be talking about Romo being one of the very top QB’s in the league.

  16. jpb12 says: Dec 18, 2011 8:29 AM

    OMG –
    They beat Tampa Bay!!

  17. polegojim says: Dec 18, 2011 8:34 AM

    Not only was it the Bucs…. but the Cowboys did their best to keep the Bucs in the game.

    Romo – typical meltdown we’ve come to expect with a goofball play at the 10 yard line.

    Good news – Rob’s defense held the explosive Bucs in check. Nice improvement Rob, hang your hat on that one buddy… sarcasm intended.

    My respect for this team is… gone.

  18. arm57romg says: Dec 18, 2011 8:37 AM

    Uhhhh…The Bucs have beaten the Saints AND only lost to GB by like 10.

    I can see where the Cowboy haters are at only because they are saying its only the Bucs. Yeah, it is. But they did it with a lead in the 4th quarter and held that lead without their 2 best Defensive Players. A confidence builder is a confidence builder no matter what team is across from you.

  19. arm57romg says: Dec 18, 2011 8:39 AM

    @pencilmonkeymagic

    The pressure has always been on Romo, you’re really just making that statement now?

    He’s having the best season of his career and is still being criticized.

  20. tigrrrr says: Dec 18, 2011 8:53 AM

    Here comes the romocoaster… I see a turn of events just around the bend!

  21. dervytimmons says: Dec 18, 2011 9:04 AM

    @arm57romg

    Guess who else beat the Saints. St. Louis.

  22. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 18, 2011 9:05 AM

    “a career dissapointment.” Did anyone else read between the lines on this? I think he’s got one more Romo-related crash-and-burn left before its over and Dallas deals for a QB.

  23. bkeating51 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:11 AM

    Who the hell determines the NFL schedule.

    Neither the Giants nor the Cowboys made the playoffs last year, so how come they play Detroit at home and Tampa Bay while the Giants have to play the Packers and the Saints in New Orleans.

    There wouldn’t be any contest if the schedules were the same.

  24. rjwalnuts says: Dec 18, 2011 9:19 AM

    polegojim says: Dec 18, 2011 8:34 AM

    Not only was it the Bucs…. but the Cowboys did their best to keep the Bucs in the game.

    Romo – typical meltdown we’ve come to expect with a goofball play at the 10 yard line.

    =======================

    Yeah so one play is a “typical meltdown” lol. Kid played lights out football last night. Haters gonna hate.

  25. howley1 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:26 AM

    Not only was it the Bucs…. but the Cowboys did their best to keep the Bucs in the game.

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    Right, when never getting closer than 16 points in the second half is “keeping the Bucs in the game”.

    Cowboys sat Ratliff and Ware for the second half, by the way. The offense spent the entire second half eating the clock.

  26. abninf says: Dec 18, 2011 9:26 AM

    Dallas is in first place in the division in the middle of December, JJ mentions the obvious (Romo is playing great), and says something about the playoffs. What do yall expect him to say?

  27. howley1 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:28 AM

    “a career dissapointment.” Did anyone else read between the lines on this? I think he’s got one more Romo-related crash-and-burn left before its over and Dallas deals for a QB.

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    That’s dumb. Over the last 7 games Romo has thrown 18 TD passes and 2 INTs. If you think that Romo is the problem, you don’t know what you’re watching.

  28. lilrob10201 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:30 AM

    Would it be funny if the game came down to the Cowboys vs Giants and it came down to a field goal by the Cowboys and Tony Romo fumbles the snap ?

  29. pencilmonkeymagic says: Dec 18, 2011 9:31 AM

    arm57romg says:
    Dec 18, 2011 8:39 AM
    @pencilmonkeymagic

    The pressure has always been on Romo, you’re really just making that statement now?

    He’s having the best season of his career and is still being criticized.

    ——

    Err, no. I was directing my criticism at the buffoon in charge. Yes Romo has always had pressure upon him. What Jones is effectively now saying is “Whatever happens from now on, Tony, I’ll be blaming you” Hardly what Romo will want to hear, is it?

    Jones is a moron. I wouldn’t trust him to run a bath, much less an NFL franchise.

  30. howley1 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:34 AM

    @ rajuncajun28… beating bad teams is better than losing to them.

    Week 6… 26-20… then week 8… 31-21. now go slam your head in a car door.

  31. cmarsh64 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:41 AM

    Let’s remember out of the last 7 games the Giants and Cowboys have player Dallas is 5-2 while the Giants are 3-4…The Giants had a 2 game lead and control, now they have to win this week and next to make the last game count. Dallas at home against the Eagles they will win and the Giants still have to beat the Redskins and Jets, if they lose today and to the Jets there done.

  32. howley1 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:47 AM

    Neither the Giants nor the Cowboys made the playoffs last year, so how come they play Detroit at home and Tampa Bay while the Giants have to play the Packers and the Saints in New Orleans.

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    The NFL obviously determines the schedule using a formula. This formula dictates that each team plays six division games, and four games vs. opponents from another division in their own conference and the other conference on a rotating basis. Each team also plays once against the other teams in its conference that finished in the same place in their own divisions as themselves in the previous season, not counting the division they were already scheduled to play: one at home, one on the road. The Giants were second place in the NFCE, so they got to play the Packers (who were second in their division last season) and the Saints (who were second in their division)

  33. howley1 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:49 AM

    “My respect for this team is… gone.”

    Somebody alert the press.

  34. vikescry1 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:59 AM

    did someone say crust the niners and a date at lambo? slow down there cowboy’s fan. be careful what you ask for jerry. no need to wake a sleeping giant.

  35. db105 says: Dec 18, 2011 10:02 AM

    The cowpokes need a GM.

  36. paulsmith107 says: Dec 18, 2011 10:22 AM

    Ha ha ha love the comments about who it was he put te numbers up against. Haters tampa’s d is statistically head and shoulders above the saints and the packers retards so what his team sucks and it’s been riddled with injury and he is putting up better numbers than Eli manning who everyone is in love with now so keep hating haters

  37. thefiesty1 says: Dec 18, 2011 10:23 AM

    Are the CowBabies going to get off the bus next week? It was only the Bucs last night. They are the bi-polar team of the decade. Good luck with that, Jeruh!

  38. bleed4philly says: Dec 18, 2011 10:26 AM

    Anyone with common sense cannot wait to see how this ends.

  39. itsmammoth says: Dec 18, 2011 10:49 AM

    Oh look, a bunch of comments talking trash.

  40. bamasleeper13 says: Dec 18, 2011 11:02 AM

    It was the Bucs,duh.

  41. 20bust11 says: Dec 18, 2011 11:19 AM

    I understand people wanting to root for the Cowboys, and Romo. Yes, they looked stellar last night. Problem is, history repeats itself. Romo has yet to prove he can win big, when it counts. The schedule the Cowboys had this year was perfect for an SB run, but the two back to back losses, that were senseless, and horrific, have to remind Cowboy fans of what to expect. Does anyone really believe the overtime win against San Fran was NOT luck. And it’s the only good team they have beaten. If Dallas is that lucky again, it will involve not going near Green Bay, or New Orleans. The fact that they couldn’t beat the Giants, in their own stadium, and have to go to New York to try, yet, again, should tell rational thinkers that the Cowboys are done. As good as the Boys appear, against teams falling apart, they don’t stand a prayer against solid teams. If Romo is the solution, he still has to provide proof, at some point in his lackluster career. And it isn’t “Hater gonna hate”, it’s “History repeats itself”.

  42. east96st says: Dec 18, 2011 11:23 AM

    “Jones makes no secret that it would be one of the most disappointing results in his time as the team’s owner.”

    As opposed to the Giants knocking them out of the playoffs when they were heavily favored to be the NFC team facing the Pats in the Super Bowl? As opposed to getting blown out in the last game in the old stadium? As opposed to the Giants winning the first game in their new stadium? Jerry has had so much to be disappointed about over the last five years, I’m surprised he’s putting so much weight on this year. Bottom line, they absolutely have a shot to make the playoffs, but have no shot to go anywhere in the playoffs. Whoever represents the NFC East, will be a deeply flawed team that will, most likely, be one and done.

  43. sportsfuhnatic says: Dec 18, 2011 11:59 AM

    Uh, Jerry…you just played a team that hasn’t won in the two months. Calm that praise down a bit.

  44. howley1 says: Dec 18, 2011 12:08 PM

    If Romo is the solution, he still has to provide proof, at some point in his lackluster career.

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    Sure, because if you’re the third highest rated passer of all-time (96.8) and you have one of the best winning percentages of all time (.626) and to top it off, nobody even considered you worth drafting, your career has definitely been “lackluster”. Buy a dictionary.

  45. californiarestinpeace says: Dec 18, 2011 12:28 PM

    You want answers, I’ve got answers: The Dallas Cowboys have developed a culture of losing because of Jerry Jones. Think about it like this: authoritarian, iron-grip leadership by a guy nobody respects. Jerry’s drunk and disorderly at every Cowboys social function trying to act like one of the guys, hitting on young women. He makes a buffoon out of himself at the Cowboys Christmas party every year, not to mention every bar around Dallas all year long. In effect, he castrates the whole situation. Winning is mental, the Cowboys have had tons of talent but a great year is 10-6. I work for the Cowboys and see this year in, year out. I’ve also known Tebow since we played together at UF. I’m an agnostic too but I know that carrying ones self like a winner translates to results.

  46. Sal Esposito says: Dec 18, 2011 12:39 PM

    I have been a lifelong Cowboy fan and it is painfully obvious that Romo is not the man to lead them back to a championship. Romo is just another QB who plays well when nothing is on the line and when crunch time comes, he folds. He will show flashes of greatness from time to time but he isn’t a leader that can inspire an ok team take it all the way.

  47. east96st says: Dec 18, 2011 12:58 PM

    “Sure, because if you’re the third highest rated passer of all-time (96.8) and you have one of the best winning percentages of all time (.626) and to top it off, nobody even considered you worth drafting, your career has definitely been “lackluster”. Buy a dictionary”

    How’s the postseason worked out for him with those numbers? Would you rather be the third highest rated passer of all time or have a ring? Bottom line, fair or not, people remember the wins in January and February, not in September or October. He still has time to change the perception, but he’s not seen as “the guy” who can get it done in the postseason.

  48. dladd79 says: Dec 19, 2011 2:56 AM

    I hear a lot of criticism for JJ the GM. A GM doesn’t necessarily do the coaching he is more responsible for making personnel decisions. In terms of personnel the Cowboys have just as much talent as any team in the league. Big time moves like picking up L.Robinson, drafting Murray. Thats just this year but also overriding Parcells and grabbing D.Ware b4 D.Spears. Jerry has 3 rusty old rings but what other active owner has more right now? The Cowboys only have 1 playoff win since ’98’. But even if they had 15 playoff wins in that span of time, playoff wins without SB titles are only worth something in towns like Philly or Minnesota. Hopefully when they start winning playoff games again they can grab a title in the process cause that’s all that matters to a real Cowboys fan.

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