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Stephen Jones: Cowboys still think Tony Romo can win a Super Bowl

Cowboys quarterback Romo talks with quarterback McGee during a timeout against the Eagles in Arlington, Texas Reuters

The Dallas Cowboys remain committed to Tony Romo as the quarterback to lead them to the Super Bowl.

Although Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said Eli Manning is the difference between the Super Bowl-winning Giants and the home-for-the-playoffs Cowboys, Jones’s son Stephen Jones made clear that the ownership is behind Romo. Stephen Jones, who has the title of executive vice president of the Cowboys, said the franchise is fully behind Romo.

“We are firmly in the corner that that’s not our issue,” Jones told the Dallas Morning News. “If you’re a Cowboy fan, if you’re somebody who wants the Cowboys to do well, that ought to be what you’re happiest about because if we didn’t have a quarterback we would have a real problem. I just believe Tony is as good as anybody.”

There aren’t many people who will agree that Romo is as good as anybody. Does Jones really believe Romo is as good as Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady?

Apparently so. And Jones insists that he does believe Romo is good enough to bring a title to Dallas.

“I think he plays that position well enough for us to win a Super Bowl, period,” Jones said. “He’s that good. We’ve got to some things differently in other parts of it and Tony has to do his part, too. He’s got to be a leader and he’s got to pull those guys in. But the way he plays quarterback isn’t our problem.”

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  1. dopesimms says: Feb 23, 2012 7:38 AM

    Yes, Romo can win a superbowl. After that Jets and Lions game. Romo was the most clutch player in the NFL behind Eli Manning. If you watched every Cowboys game like I did, ROMO by himself ALWAYS brought the Cowboys into a winning position.

    He had no offensive line, he would run for his life and still find an open wide receiver, and sometimes those receivers would drop the ball or simply not catch it.

    I.E. Miles Austin vs. the Giants could have stretched out for that football. He gets elite WR money, make elite WR plays and don’t give me that “The ball got caught in the lights” crap.

    Romo had just as many touchdowns and just as few interceptions as the Superbowl QB Eli Manning. And if his teammates around him made plays, he would have just as many 4th quarter comebacks.

    And please don’t let the Giants defense aka Eli Manning’s saviors mask that Eli Manning still has flaws. Eli Manning did a great job on the LAST drive in the 4th quarter, but those drives before he played like crap and the defense kept it close all the way till the end. Eli is like a reverse LeBron James, at the end is when he turns it on. Other than that, he’s so-so. Not elite, not bad.

  2. jimr10 says: Feb 23, 2012 7:42 AM

    But, Stephen, Jason Garrett is still the head coach..Never happen..

  3. clownsfan says: Feb 23, 2012 7:42 AM

    Of course that’s what they’re gonna tell you. But deep down, in their heart of hearts, they know it’s never gonna happen.

  4. ampats says: Feb 23, 2012 7:42 AM

    The bigger question is “Can the Cowboys Win Another Super Bowl With the Jones’s As the GM ?”

  5. geetee52 says: Feb 23, 2012 7:44 AM

    I just love the fact that the two exclusive mouthpieces for Dallas…Jones Sr. and Jones Jr. never even consider the possibility that the Cowboys problems might be related to the guys wearing suits and ties.

    Dallas, the city…is a terrific place for a young athlete to make a living. The mild winters…beautiful women…vibrant nightlife…the best stadium…good hunting, fishing, and golf…all give the Cowboys an advantage when looking for players. Add to the fact that Texas has no state income tax…and it is almost unfair how many advantages Dallas has over the other teams.

    If Jerry Jones was running a franchise in someplace like Cleveland that does not have the advantages that Dallas, Texas has…it would compete to be the worst franchise in all of sports. Jones does a bad job of running the Cowboys, but Dallas, the city covers up just how poor of a football man Mr. Jones is.

  6. pedrovillegas21 says: Feb 23, 2012 7:46 AM

    He cant even win you a Fantasy Football Championship as in week 16 (0 Points) knocked out with an injury…FAIL

  7. fatcamper says: Feb 23, 2012 7:47 AM

    As a Cowboys fan I am very bias, but I do agree that with the right team he could win a Super Bowl. He has made more than his fair share of mental mistakes, but plays pretty well most of the time. He isn’t Brady, Brees, or Rodgers; but it isn’t always the best QB that wins the SB.

    Unfortunately most of our roster is a hot mess, Garrett doesn’t appear to be the red-headed genius he was made out to be, and Rob Ryan is a buffoon.

  8. alewatcher says: Feb 23, 2012 7:53 AM

    Good luck with that.

  9. edhochuli says: Feb 23, 2012 7:54 AM

    A team that stands behind its QB…shocking.

    Bash him all you want, but right now I’m sure the Jets would love to have Romo rather than the bum they have at QB now.

  10. cowboysfromdallas says: Feb 23, 2012 7:54 AM

    Dallas can win a Superbowl with Romo at QB, what they need is a GM not named Jones.

  11. dkdal says: Feb 23, 2012 7:54 AM

    every Cowboys knows that he can lead us to a SB. No mather what people says, Romo is clutch and he has the 4th quarter comebacks and gamewinning drives to prove it. Just last year, he had 4 fourth quarter comebacks. i’ts not his fault that the Cowboys defence keeps giving away the win..

    he had great stats last season. and that is with what was one of the worst o lines in the NFL last season. Our center couldnt even snap the ball right… how Romo could threw that few INT’s with that pressure on him all the time is something that I’ll never understand.. also remember that he didnt have a running game to help him before Fiammetta became healthhy. Tony Romo played as one of the best last season! he’s defintly a top 5 QB.

    and all of you Cowboys haters, please watch the games instead of just hating.. you’ll find out that Romo is not the problem on this team. defence and o line is.

  12. qmizzle says: Feb 23, 2012 7:56 AM

    He’s better than the average… But the average is catching up.

  13. sj39 says: Feb 23, 2012 8:02 AM

    I guess Stephen is so rich he gets to smoke the really good stuff.

  14. 12strikes says: Feb 23, 2012 8:02 AM

    As long as the Jones boys keep Romo around, the whole NFC East breathes a collective sigh of relief.

  15. krose91 says: Feb 23, 2012 8:05 AM

    The only way I see Romo getting a ring is as a back up of a real QB.

  16. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Feb 23, 2012 8:05 AM

    Sorry but I’m not hearing all that much more confidence out of his comments than what his daddy has said.

    The Cowboys are suffering in other places more than at QB. Romo makes mistakes but isn’t as bad as he’s made out to be. 75% of the NFL teams would love to have him under center.

  17. 49erstim says: Feb 23, 2012 8:06 AM

    I don’t think the way Tony plays QB is the problem either. With Romo people call into question his dedication and preparedness. I believe he has the skill-set to be an upper echelon QB.

  18. hendawg21 says: Feb 23, 2012 8:06 AM

    Boy that Texas manure is pretty strong…and I see the old son is just as nutty as papa Jerruh! Ok Jerruh world wake up it ain’t happening and if teams like Washington would quit giving you 2 wins a year you’d realize you’re not as good as you think you are…

  19. hooks024 says: Feb 23, 2012 8:07 AM

    Romo could be as good as anybody, but he lacks discipline. He wants to be mr. front page above all else. The days of broadway joe are over. You gotta put down the golf clubs and get your arss into the film room. Great quarterbacks have to be a quarterback 24/7/365.

  20. dolphins4 says: Feb 23, 2012 8:11 AM

    He is very right the Cowboys are loaded with talent and Romo is good enough to win a Super Bowl.

  21. contract says: Feb 23, 2012 8:12 AM

    Are there any Cowboy fans still blaming Jessica Simpson?

  22. nokoolaidcowboy says: Feb 23, 2012 8:12 AM

    Jerry and Stephen run this team and they are certainly entitled to their beliefs. But here’s a couple of questions…

    1. How much tread do you believe is left on Tony?
    2. Who is Tony’s competition on the depth chart?
    3. Were the past seasons filled with reasons or excuses?

    Nobody is taking the Cowboys seriously until the GM commits himself to less hype and more substance.

    GET A REAL GM!

  23. lunarpie says: Feb 23, 2012 8:19 AM

    “He’s got to be a leader” means he’s not a leader and never was a leader.

    “He’s got to pull those guys in” means the rest of the team don’t believe he’s a leader.

    The only person that thinks Romo can win a title is Jerry Jones.

  24. n0hopeleft says: Feb 23, 2012 8:20 AM

    Here come all the Romo defenders with QB rating stats.

    Dude is a wannabe.

    Eli OWNS Tony.

    Eli has repeatedly taken a dump in Tony’s backyard, and Tony has done nothing about it.

    SOFT!

  25. ocho says: Feb 23, 2012 8:21 AM

    If thats the case, I’ve got some beachfront property in Wyoming that I’d like to sell Stephen.

  26. majorcowboyfan4life says: Feb 23, 2012 8:23 AM

    The Cowboys can win a Super Bowl with Tony Romo..he is correct! We need to shore up the offensive line to protect him and get some better blocking schemes. We have shown that the problem is also in our defense..how many times could we have won this season if not giving up big plays when it mattered most? How many times did that put the offense in a hole and Tony showed that we could get right back in the game offensively. Let’s quit talking..spend the money we need to make us a contender!!

  27. thegonz13 says: Feb 23, 2012 8:23 AM

    A little delusional, aren’t we?

  28. bopar411 says: Feb 23, 2012 8:24 AM

    “Although Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said Eli Manning is the difference between the Super Bowl-winning Giants and the home-for-the-playoffs Cowboys …”

    Jerry Jones was complimenting Eli’s play, not putting Romo down about his play. The Giants had a more complete team and a much better defense that came together in time for their Super Bowl run. They deserve credit for having had the better team.

    JJ & Son need to bolster Dallas’ Defense and O-line, come the Draft and FA. Romo isn’t the problem.

  29. xxwhodatxx says: Feb 23, 2012 8:28 AM

    I’ve gotta get ahold whatever they’re smoking.

  30. thedudesnotin says: Feb 23, 2012 8:28 AM

    File this under “What Did You Expect the Cowboys to say?”

    “Yeah he’s crap..he’s no Scottish….”….right…..
    ;)

  31. adantsa says: Feb 23, 2012 8:30 AM

    I think Romo is a much better QB than a lot of people think. The problem is he has that Brett Favre “I have to make a play” kind of mentality going on, which has hurt them in big spots. This guy is tough, this guy is a leader and he could bring a Super Bowl to Dallas….but it probably won’t happen in that division, in the NFC conference which seems to be getting significantly better than the AFC conference.

  32. commonsensedude says: Feb 23, 2012 8:34 AM

    Wow. Maybe Stephen Jones has suffered as many concussions as his dad.

  33. rubbernilly says: Feb 23, 2012 8:39 AM

    Step 1) Talk him up.
    Step 2) Trade him away.

  34. mrslay1 says: Feb 23, 2012 8:42 AM

    Geez people, with the right team anybody can win a Super Bowl! Look at Dilfer. The point here is that Romo is a good QB, but that’s like a C+ to a B-. This overall team is a B. With a Peyton Manning You win a Super Bowl with a B- team. If not you have to have a A or A- team. Now I wonder, which one of those is easier to buy?

  35. winskins says: Feb 23, 2012 8:45 AM

    That’s awesome. Keep thinking that, please.

  36. cowboysfaninpatriotsland says: Feb 23, 2012 8:49 AM

    pedrovillegas21,
    Tony was pulled in the week 16 game because the Giants had already won. The game against the Eagles became a meaningless game. Beating the Eagles would not have given them the division, it would only ensure they could possibly come in second and not third.

  37. majorcowboyfan4life says: Feb 23, 2012 8:54 AM

    It is just silly for anyone to question his toughness..or his accuracy..he should of been in the probowl this year ahead of Newton..He doesn’t brag or whine..he wants to win as do the rest of the Cowboy Nation!! Give him the protection and someone that can please..snap the ball!!! Stand behind your team Fans!

  38. ottograham says: Feb 23, 2012 8:56 AM

    Well Jerry thats an awesome dream you were having but its time to wake up. Reality is where you should focus your attention.

  39. qdog112 says: Feb 23, 2012 9:00 AM

    Romo’s best days are behind him and he has always lacked the leadership skills to become elite, despite having shown flashes of elite ability on the field. I say it’s good news for opponents moving forward.

  40. karlpilkington says: Feb 23, 2012 9:03 AM

    Does anybody ever think about how the guy can be a scratch golfer??? The only thing I can come up with is that he is spending waaaay to much time on the golf course and not enough throwing out patterns from the money zone. Please dont tell me what a great athlete he is because he is right up there with some of the greatest golfers in the world and those guys work at it EVERY DAY…

  41. jenniferxxx says: Feb 23, 2012 9:07 AM

    I’m NOT a Cowboys fan, but Tony Romo isn’t the problem in Dallas.

  42. hendawg21 says: Feb 23, 2012 9:18 AM

    Romo is a more athletic version of Sexy Rexy Grossman…just when you need him to make a play he chokes…more importantly cowboy fans have you noticed last couple years Romo has been injury prone??? That doesn’t look good especially since he’s getting older the injuries will take away what was once an attribute his escapability…let’s see broken hand, broken ribs and punctured lungs, broken collarbone etc., what will it be this year and how many games will he be lost for???

  43. pixelito says: Feb 23, 2012 9:21 AM

    Eli Manning just won a Superbowl with the league’s bottom ranked running game and possibly 2 of the worst OT’s in the playoffs. He was under more pressure from the Patriots defensive front than Brady was from the Giants.

    Think about that before you get all, “if we had a team like the Giants” crap.

  44. PanchoHerreraFanClub says: Feb 23, 2012 9:22 AM

    “I just believe Tony is as good as anybody.”

    Football is not about belief, it is about performance and talent. Stephen Jones need to get firm grip on that before he makes another move.

  45. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 23, 2012 9:23 AM

    Is Romo as good as Manning, Brees, or Brady? No. but he is at least as good as Phillip Rivers, Matt Stafford, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, and better than probably more than half the starters in the NFL. But it takes more than a QB…As a matter of fact, through all the rule changes to accentuate the passing game and big plays and scoring, I think the NFL will slowly in the next several years return to more of a ball control style simply to take pressure off the QB and improve chances for success for the teams that don’t have the “All-World QB”, simply because that Tom Brady/Peyton Manning/Aaron Rodgers prototype is so hard to find. Time will tell………
    Anyhow, what the hell am I being nice to that g-damn Cowboy for!!??Naw, he sucks and will choke every time!!!!

  46. jarobinewsome says: Feb 23, 2012 9:31 AM

    He can win a SB…he only needs a GM, a defense, receivers that can catch the ball, and a killer instinct. After that I’m sure he can get it done.

  47. nebster21 says: Feb 23, 2012 9:39 AM

    This is the best news yet for the NFC East. Well the NFC as a whole.

  48. snowpea84 says: Feb 23, 2012 9:50 AM

    If they are sticking with Romo for a few more years it’s a safe assumption they wno’t be winning any big games.

    Oh well, just a poorly run franchise at this point from the perspective of putting together a winning team.

    At least they finally got their acts together and drafted a left tackle about 6 years after they should have. So if thats the trend, maybe 6 years form now they’ll draft a guy with real potential at QB.

  49. kapikofold says: Feb 23, 2012 9:55 AM

    Look at the stats fellas. Romo had his bset season ever and he is the guy for 3 more years minimum. Jer is the owner and does not make any of is decision w/o consulting his scouts and coaches. He is not Al davis God rest his soul.

  50. rajbais says: Feb 23, 2012 10:08 AM

    No they can’t!!!!

    He’s not clutch enough and played too many bad football games!!!!

    However I have more confidence in him than Garrett, Rob Ryan, and Jerry Jones!!!

  51. ceschatz says: Feb 23, 2012 10:15 AM

    Number’s don’t lie, offense is not the problem in Dallas. If you honestly believe Romo is the issue, you know nothing about football and are just another cowboy hater.

  52. gmen5280 says: Feb 23, 2012 10:31 AM

    The Cowboy’s can win with Romo, as long as he is on the sideline holding a clipboard.

  53. jam11163 says: Feb 23, 2012 10:32 AM

    romo = mcnabb. tony will never win the big one. he playes well enough to win the games that do not mean anything. than chokes when they need him the most. he is mcnabb jr.

  54. bullcharger says: Feb 23, 2012 10:35 AM

    Dallas has to with the NFC East before Romo can have a chance at a Super Bowl.

    It’s going to another tough year with the Eagles and the Giants both being good. Dallas also play the NFC South and the AFC North. Many tough games, so I doubt there will be a wildcard out of the NFC East.

    The Giants have it slightly worse playing the Packers and the 49ers.

    10-6 will win the division or maybe even 9-7 again.

    The winner of the division will be battle tested like the Giants were this year so they will have a decent chance in the playoffs.

  55. farvite says: Feb 23, 2012 10:47 AM

    I hope the Jones’ run the Cowboys forever!

  56. preventdefense says: Feb 23, 2012 10:47 AM

    You folks (most of you, ironically, fans of teams with sub-par QBs) can hate on Romo all you want, but he hasn’t had a defense that can stop people when necessary (note the first NY Giants game when they game up 14 points in four minutes).

    Kid makes things happen, and is the primary reason Dallas has been even remotely competitive.

    That said, hopefully Jones jumps on signing his replacement sooner rather than later, as he’s not getting any younger.

  57. ppc50 says: Feb 23, 2012 11:51 AM

    Romo had a very good year and put Dallas in position to win games that they lost. The Cowboys should have been in the playoffs, but the defense and bad playcalling by Garrett was their downfall. Trent Dilfer won a SB and Grossman got to one, so I think it is definitely possible that he can win one, but they need to address their CBs, S, depth at LB and add a rushing DE (or put Ratliff at DE and get a big DT, if they stay in the 3-4.) It would also help if Austin played more than 8 games and the team would stay healthy.

  58. trojan33sc says: Feb 23, 2012 11:53 AM

    I’m not impressed with the “silver spoon”; trust-baby, executive vice president ! What does he know about professional football other than what has been hand-fed to him ??? Romo needs to be consistent, healthy receivers and a stronger defense. If he can’t be consistent then bring in the next guy. If the Skin’s draft RGIII then the Cowboys will drop to # 3 in the conference.

  59. solomon151 says: Feb 23, 2012 11:53 AM

    Love the way you a’all are bashing Romo, But besides the clear obvious Payton Manning, Brees, Rodgers, Brady, and Rivers. Whos better?!?! HE has a career QB rating of 96.9 Completion Percentage of 64.5 149 career td’s to only 72 int’s and has thrown over 20,ooo yards in 6 years. And 2010 was a wash because he only played 6 games and in 08 he only played 13. So who’s better than him. By the way for all of you that’s quick to bash Jerry, Who drafted Ware, Witten, Akiman, Smith, Irvin, Etc.??? IF you think he doesnt know football check out his Bio. I think you all should do some research instead of listening to the media, before running off at the mouth about things you have no clue about……

  60. jh500 says: Feb 23, 2012 12:01 PM

    Romo couldn’t even win a playoff game in 07, and that team was loaded. Let’s face it, if he couldn’t win won then, he will never win a SB.

  61. bobhk says: Feb 23, 2012 12:18 PM

    Jerry’s thinking trumps Stephen’s thinking and Jerry thinks Eli was the difference between Dallas and New York.

    Jones said ” He’s got to be a leader and he’s got to pull those guys in.”

    So Hatcher AND Stephen think Romo’s not a leader. How do the cowboys think they’ll win a superbowl. Guys don’t just suddenly become leaders.

  62. undoubtedtruth says: Feb 23, 2012 1:43 PM

    First off Romos a big play gunslinger and a precision athlete. Look up the stats and you’ll see romos efficiency and 4th quarter stats are amongst the best in the league. Eli played out of his mind in the 4th quarter this year but was the same one-step behind, bad descision, goof ball qb in the first 3 quarters and couldn’t beat the skins….

    Romos not the problem in Dallas, it’s so obvious to see ALL of the secondary and lack of pass rush is is where all the problems are and changes need to be made.

    Romo’s not the problem. If you can’t see that, you don’t watch or understand football.

  63. fmwarner says: Feb 23, 2012 2:16 PM

    Of COURSE he can win a Super Bowl. When people say that X coach or X player “will NEVER win a Super Bowl” it’s one of the most absurd things I’ve ever heard. There’s no Super Bowl gene. It’s dependent on so many more things than one guy.

    Barry Switzer won a Super Bowl.
    Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl.

    Stop romanticizing this as if Super Bowl rings are reserved for some kind of special touched-by-God gladiator class.

  64. shempnet says: Feb 23, 2012 2:52 PM

    About the golf…have you ever thought that the guy just might have some talent? Just because it would take you playing everyday all day for you bust a sub-century. Oh yeah, and he has a hot wife…give it a rest Romo-haters.

  65. mikelou111 says: Feb 23, 2012 4:37 PM

    And please don’t let the Giants defense aka Eli Manning’s saviors mask that Eli Manning still has flaws. Eli Manning did a great job on the LAST drive in the 4th quarter, but those drives before he played like crap and the defense kept it close all the way till the end. Eli is like a reverse LeBron James, at the end is when he turns it on. Other than that, he’s so-so. Not elite, not bad.

    ————————————————————

    dopesimms’ comment might be one of the dumbest I’ve ever read and it’s typical Cowboy delusion. Yeah, like Brady wasn’t moving up and down the field. Welker catches that ball and it’s all over. Eli then seizes the moment with a jaw dropping throw to Manningham that takes GUTS and talent to even attempt… in the freaking SB no less. Romo NEVER makes a throw like that. Don’t pretend like he would.

  66. damnyankee13 says: Feb 23, 2012 5:25 PM

    I love the excuses the cowpies give for not getting to the SB.They never mention that they suck.
    Pretty boy [romo] is only as good as Eli in your dreams.I give Jones credit for trying to work with troubled athletes, but WHAT THE HELL IS HE DOING ON THE FIELD? He should fire his head coach and take over the job. Then after 3 years of going 0-16, he should fire himself and his son[ for allowing him to coach]. Then maybe yall will win again.If he dont want to coach, but on the pads and be part of the team.
    Its all about him and making money.

  67. damnyankee13 says: Feb 23, 2012 5:30 PM

    And O, we lost twice to the ‘skins. so what?? we won the SB. when was the last time YOU won the SB?
    By the way, if the skins beat us twice, and we beat you twice, doesnt that make you cowpie?

  68. mrslay1 says: Feb 23, 2012 6:21 PM

    Not a Romo hater, but a point to be made here. Being such a great golfer, how did he do when the presure was on a few weeks ago with Tiger Woods. I think he choked didn’t he?

  69. krashie21 says: Feb 23, 2012 9:26 PM

    I believe Tony Romo can win a Super Bowl as a quarterback, just not with the Cowboys.

    The problem has never been Romo.

    Since Romo has been the starter the problems with the Cowboys start and end with:
    – Execution
    – Penalties
    – Playcalling
    – Leadership
    – Accountability
    – Talent evaluation

    Romo can fix a few of those things as they relate to his play, but look at the other 52 guys that are put on the field with him.

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