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Cowboys so confident in Romo they’ve talked extension

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The Cowboys are 3-4 and quarterback Tony Romo leads the league with 13 interceptions.

So naturally, they want to keep him forever.

According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, team vice president Stephen Jones has begum preliminary talks on an extension that would keep him in Dallas until he retires. Romo’s under contract through the end of the 2013 season.

“We still feel that way,” Jones said. “We’ve got a lot of confidence in Tony. Tony has a lot of confidence in himself. He is going to be fine. He is not the problem.”

That’s fine, but it seems like a funny time to lash yourself to his mast. He looked like a much cleaner player last season, but has reverted to the boom-or-bust guy from earlier in his career.

Of course, there’s also the fact that the Cowboys could just be trying to buck him up to keep his confidence from flagging.

Head coach Jason Garrett pinned the blame for two of his four picks last week on mistakes by receivers, something which could takes the heat off Romo and drops it squarely on others.

Jones took it a step further, comparing Romo’s career arc to John Elway and Brett Favre.

“I think he is going to get better,” Jones said. “There are a lot of quarterbacks it doesn’t happen right way for them as far as winning championships and that type of thing. You don’t have to look any further than some of the Hall of Famers like Elway and Favre. It came late in their careers.

“They had some of the same issues that Tony has had. They had some really great games and some tough ones in terms of turning it over and that type of thing. It’s all part of the process. There’s a lot of expectations. He welcomes that. He will thrive.”

And if he doesn’t, they won’t either.

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53 Responses to “Cowboys so confident in Romo they’ve talked extension”
  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Nov 2, 2012 4:57 PM

    This is GREAT news…to Redskins fans.

  2. bradybbgoat says: Nov 2, 2012 4:58 PM

    Ah, the old Mark Sanchez approach, eh?

    They’re bubble might burst with all that hot air.

  3. jhein23 says: Nov 2, 2012 4:59 PM

    Brett Favre won the Super Bowl when he was 26 years old. John Elway went to multiple Super Bowls before he turned 30. Yes they both struggled at times in their 30′s like Tony. But they had MVP’s and Super Bowls already unlike Romo.

  4. marcher16 says: Nov 2, 2012 5:01 PM

    I would take 32 yr old Romo over 23 yr old Cam any day. Total panther homer speaking.

  5. jimnaizeeum says: Nov 2, 2012 5:01 PM

    Leads the league in ints this season…one playoff win for career…lock him up Jerry

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 2, 2012 5:02 PM

    TRomo picks.

  7. hartcarluncarlun says: Nov 2, 2012 5:02 PM

    Only Jerry……Only Dallas!!!

  8. teamobijuan says: Nov 2, 2012 5:04 PM

    They’ll want to give him Alex Smith money. Wonder what he’s wanting.

  9. randyschwimmer7 says: Nov 2, 2012 5:07 PM

    Last I checked, John Elway went to five Super Bowls and won two. Romo couldn’t carry Elway’s jock strap. The Jones’s crack me up.

  10. jpb12 says: Nov 2, 2012 5:14 PM

    Can Jerry get a tax credit for his contribution to NY for this?

  11. phreakin says: Nov 2, 2012 5:15 PM

    You guys are idiots. Not even a Cowboys fan and I agree with locking him up. All of you armchair quarterbacks need to look at some of the other teams in the league and their searches for qualified QB’s. Seattle, San Fransisco, Arizona, Minnesota, KC, Buffalo, etc, etc. They’d take Romo in a heartbeat and give him a max deal along with it. Romo has been a better QB than a lot of teams will even sniff in 20 years. Redskins fans should understand this more than anyone. The only people who might not get it are Colts fans and only the young ones. Romo is a legit QB and everyone so far in this thread bags on him because he has a star on his helmet. If you had him on your team you’d be frustrated too, but there would be about 5 maybe 6 QB’s in the league you’d trade him for and that’s about it.

  12. tigrrrr says: Nov 2, 2012 5:19 PM

    amazing…simply amazing! All you cow fans, whats it going to take? Doesnt this tell you anything?

  13. ripster65 says: Nov 2, 2012 5:21 PM

    Congrats ‘Skins, G-men and Eagles! That deal would turn the NFC East into a 3 team division. Romo’s play and decision making are way to flaky to expect a championship out of him. Sure he has decent numbers but ask Dan Marino how important numbers are.

  14. jssgriffi says: Nov 2, 2012 5:24 PM

    Good stay confident in him, who the hell cares. Keep on losing!

  15. bobhk says: Nov 2, 2012 5:26 PM

    Romo does not belong in the same sentence as Elway and Favre.

  16. jjb0811 says: Nov 2, 2012 5:28 PM

    If Dallas locks him up, the fans shouldn’t buy tickets anymore. Who wants to spend $400+/game to see average football (at best)?

  17. mn2long says: Nov 2, 2012 5:34 PM

    As a Cowboys fan it makes me sick to hear this gushing over him even when he is playing ridiculously sloppy football. And Jerry wonders why the players never improve in Dallas. No accountability whatsoever…

  18. barbeaux says: Nov 2, 2012 5:35 PM

    Tomorrow never dies. Potential is an expensive love object for coaches and owners. Sometimes that potential never comes to fruition, but they keep throwing money at it while hoping that it does.

  19. seahawks4alltime says: Nov 2, 2012 5:37 PM

    They are just going through the motions to boost his morale.

  20. kylexitron says: Nov 2, 2012 5:37 PM

    Romo is already overhyped, overrated, and over-covered by the media. May as well make him over-paid as well.

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 2, 2012 5:38 PM

    lol Jerry Jones just can’t stand to admit he’s made a mistake. I feel sorry for Cowboys fans if there are stuck with several more years of this loser just so Jerry’s ego won’t take a hit.

  22. datageek94 says: Nov 2, 2012 5:41 PM

    Tony Romo’s a quality quarterback by the stats. I believe the Cowboys have severely underperformed for their talent the last 5 or so years.

    The Cowboys of recent years have just seemed to lack the focus and determination, the “killer instinct” that a team needs to have to win the Super Bowl.

    I don’t know that replacing Tony would make any difference, I think the head coach is too mellow.

  23. mathomp3 says: Nov 2, 2012 5:45 PM

    i never want to be lashed to anybody’s mast…

  24. theandy59 says: Nov 2, 2012 5:46 PM

    Romo = Steve Grogan. He’s just good enough to fool you into thinking you can win with him. You can’t. (And I loved Steve Grogan)

  25. yaryers says: Nov 2, 2012 5:49 PM

    As a Cowboy hater, I will readily admit that he’s better than most QBs in the league. People hate just to hate. The dude is actually good.

    How many other QBs have thrown for 4,200 yards and 36 TDs? Not many.

  26. sd1024 says: Nov 2, 2012 5:55 PM

    As a Giants fan, this news made my day.

    Stephen…get this deal done.

  27. therealhook says: Nov 2, 2012 6:06 PM

    You guys are idiots. Not even a Cowboys fan and I agree with locking him up. All of you armchair quarterbacks need to look at some of the other teams in the league and their searches for qualified QB’s. Seattle, San Fransisco, Arizona, Minnesota, KC, Buffalo, etc, etc. They’d take Romo in a heartbeat and give him a max deal along with it. Romo has been a better QB than a lot of teams will even sniff in 20 years. Redskins fans should understand this more than anyone. The only people who might not get it are Colts fans and only the young ones. Romo is a legit QB and everyone so far in this thread bags on him because he has a star on his helmet. If you had him on your team you’d be frustrated too, but there would be about 5 maybe 6 QB’s in the league you’d trade him for and that’s about it.

    Only trade 5 or 6 for romo….. really? Sooo Peyton, Brady, Bree’s, Eli, Big Ben, schuab, cutler, luck, newton, rg3, Rodgers,stafford, Matt Ryan and Andrew dalton. There’s an easy 13 qbs that are either already better or have more potential than romo. He’s a sub par qb surrounded with talent, and is still 24th in passer rating, behind guys like hasselbeck, Wilson, Bradford, flacco, Palmer, ponder, and Fitzpatrick. You gotta stop listening to John elway so much man.

  28. fmwarner says: Nov 2, 2012 6:08 PM

    Romo is an above-average long term starter in a league where about a third of the teams have such a thing. They’re doing the smart thing and buying low while he’s in a slump.

  29. jwreck says: Nov 2, 2012 6:12 PM

    I don’t know why everyone’s so up in arms about this: clearly Romo is taking 2012 to get all the picks out of his system, it should be nothing but smooth sailing and 100+ passer ratings from here on out.

  30. dvdman123 says: Nov 2, 2012 6:13 PM

    Jerry Jones GM legacy continues…..LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. everyonethinksitimsayingit says: Nov 2, 2012 6:21 PM

    This actually makes sense. Lock him up now while his value is lower than ever, then take a qb for the future in one of the next two drafts, grooming him as a replacement. If he struggles, replace him with the younger qb and ship Romo off to a team in need of a QB.

  32. jwreck says: Nov 2, 2012 6:25 PM

    phreakin says: Nov 2, 2012 5:15 PM

    You guys are idiots. Not even a Cowboys fan and I agree with locking him up. All of you armchair quarterbacks need to look at some of the other teams in the league and their searches for qualified QB’s. Seattle, San Fransisco, Arizona, Minnesota, KC, Buffalo, etc, etc. They’d take Romo in a heartbeat and give him a max deal along with it. Romo has been a better QB than a lot of teams will even sniff in 20 years. Redskins fans should understand this more than anyone. The only people who might not get it are Colts fans and only the young ones. Romo is a legit QB and everyone so far in this thread bags on him because he has a star on his helmet. If you had him on your team you’d be frustrated too, but there would be about 5 maybe 6 QB’s in the league you’d trade him for and that’s about it.
    __________
    Love me some Romo bashing, but this guy doesn’t have a horrible point.

    Problem is that Romo will be 33 in April. If he could keep playing at his current level (last week’s game aside) for the next ten years, most NFL teams would be happy to have him, but based on the decline in his level of play from last season to now, it wouldn’t be dumb to assume that he’s in the downswing of his career.

    Given the extreme depth and talent of the 2013 quarterback class, the safest move the Cowboys could make would be to reevaluate the situation at the end of the season and again in March/April. A hasty move with a quarterback over thirty, especially a remarkably inconsistent quarterback, is usually a stupid one.

  33. skinsfaninnebraska says: Nov 2, 2012 6:47 PM

    Yeah, this is GREAT news!

    I hope they give Jason Garrett a long extension while they’re at it.

  34. edhochuli says: Nov 2, 2012 6:49 PM

    How is this great news to Skins fans again? Washington is the ONE team that Dallas has owned since Romo has taken over as QB.

  35. bruno1433 says: Nov 2, 2012 6:55 PM

    Since you guy dont like romo maybe we should bring back chad hunthingson or ryan leaf or quincy carter should i go on idiots nobody out there and orton would get killed behind roms the best qb in dallas since aikman so get used to it cuz hes not goin anywhere and he will win us a super bowl.

  36. goldrush36 says: Nov 2, 2012 6:57 PM

    I’ve talked contract extension with some underperforming employees too. Doesn’t mean they are gonna get it either lol. Now with that said Romo isn’t the problem.. Yes he isn’t always clutch but there is a certain QB in the league with one ring and a spotty postseason win-loss record that is regarded one of the best ever. Now this obviously isn’t Romo, but you give him a Jim Harbaugh, Mike McCarthy, Sean Payton or a few other coaches and the smack talk would end. He simply isn’t put in good situations enough and that starts at the very top and heads downhill like a locomotive that’s lost its air brakes

  37. mazblast says: Nov 2, 2012 6:58 PM

    As a Cowboys fan it makes me sick to hear this gushing over him even when he is playing ridiculously sloppy football. And Jerry wonders why the players never improve in Dallas. No accountability whatsoever…
    ——————————————–
    Actually, there’s plenty of accountability with the Cowboys. Every time things go wrong (which is every season), Jerry holds somebody accountable. That it’s almost always someone not responsible is another issue. That the accountable person is ultimately Jerry the GM is the problem.

  38. bobhk says: Nov 2, 2012 7:00 PM

    everyonethinksitimsayingit says:
    Nov 2, 2012 6:21 PM
    This actually makes sense. Lock him up now while his value is lower than ever, then take a qb for the future in one of the next two drafts, grooming him as a replacement. If he struggles, replace him with the younger qb and ship Romo off to a team in need of a QB.
    ———
    Good thinking except, even now with the stock being low, he’ll command a large signing bonus and with the cap hits that would ensue he’d be virtually untradeable.
    Better to trade him now for a 1st round pick and package this one with their own to get into top 2 or 3 to get a premier passer.

  39. ripster65 says: Nov 2, 2012 7:06 PM

    So what if Romo’s better than alot of QBs out there. Nobody’s saying he’s not. What’s he ever done for the Cowboys? no! Really? What? Heck, they’ve only won the division twice. After this year, Alex Smith will have done that. Oh, and Smith has exactly as many playoff wins as Romo so how good is he, really? Romo hasn’t gotten them to the Super Bowl, NFC Championship…nothing. What he has done is single handedly cost them games that may have gottem them somehwat closer.

  40. SparkyGump says: Nov 2, 2012 7:10 PM

    Romo has his share of dumb plays but he’s the best the Jerryboys have unless they tank the season and can draft high. Maybe they can make a trade on draft day with Ware or Murray and move up. I say sign him now and groom a prospect while they can. It doesn’t matter who they have under center while Jerry runs the show.

  41. hatesycophants says: Nov 2, 2012 7:12 PM

    This is hilarious news! But, not nearly as funny as the guy who said he would take 32 year old Romo over 24 year old Newton. You, sir, have issues. Enjoy!

  42. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 2, 2012 7:26 PM

    This is why Dallas has not made the playoffs recently or win in general. The Jones Stephen and Jerry are clueless idiots that will pay players for what they did in the past then realize when it is too late,that they can’t help them in the future.

  43. jwreck says: Nov 2, 2012 7:47 PM

    edhochuli says: Nov 2, 2012 6:49 PM

    How is this great news to Skins fans again? Washington is the ONE team that Dallas has owned since Romo has taken over as QB.
    ____
    Think I can borrow some selective memory bro? I just watched The Dictator and I want to forget the 90% that wasn’t funny.

    Seriously though, since Romo took over in 2006, his record against the Redskins is 6-5.

    Also “owned” is an overly strong word there. To both teams’ credit, they excel at keeping the rivalry alive: no matter how good or bad one or the other are, or happen to be playing that day, in that eleven game span, there have only been two games decided by more than one score: a 27-6 Redskins triumph and a 17-0 Cowboys shutout.

    Boom. Facts.

  44. valman61 says: Nov 2, 2012 7:53 PM

    Bobhk:

    Thanks for breaking up all of this down toned hurricane talk with a great laugh for today. Romo for a first round pick lmao. Try like a third and fifth and call urself lucky to get it.

  45. broncosnative says: Nov 2, 2012 8:54 PM

    phreakin says: Nov 2, 2012 5:15 PM

    You guys are idiots. Not even a Cowboys fan and I agree with locking him up. All of you armchair quarterbacks need to look at some of the other teams in the league and their searches for qualified QB’s. Seattle, San Fransisco, Arizona, Minnesota, KC, Buffalo, etc, etc. They’d take Romo in a heartbeat and give him a max deal along with it. Romo has been a better QB than a lot of teams will even sniff in 20 years. Redskins fans should understand this more than anyone. The only people who might not get it are Colts fans and only the young ones. Romo is a legit QB and everyone so far in this thread bags on him because he has a star on his helmet. If you had him on your team you’d be frustrated too, but there would be about 5 maybe 6 QB’s in the league you’d trade him for and that’s about it.
    ____________________________________________________
    Really, better than most teams? Really? I could think of 20 QBs I would rather have than Romo. He’s not even a top 10 QB. Look at his resume, what has he done for dallas lately? He’s already in his 30s and he’s not getting any better than what he is now. We hear this crap but year after year about Romo being great, Romo is going have a breakout year, Romo is the best QB in the East. Guess what, Romo is just the same ol Romo, pick machine and choker.

  46. broncosnative says: Nov 2, 2012 8:59 PM

    @phreakin, A legit QB has something to show for, Romo only has one, ONE playoff win, nothing else, that’s it! You can ride on his jock strap all you want but when the years go by and Romo decides to retire, he’s gonna alway be known has the QB who couldn’t.

  47. mikefoxtrot says: Nov 2, 2012 9:47 PM

    sure he comes up a little short sometimes, but why would the Cowboys think Romo needs an extension?

    was the medical staff consulted?

  48. nathanbetz91 says: Nov 2, 2012 9:52 PM

    Hmm I was not aware Brett farve was inducted into the hall of fame. I thought they had to wait 5 years after retiring, but I guess not for the senile Jerry jones

  49. flipadelphia77777 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:56 PM

    Lock him up Jerry!

    Love,
    The rest of the NFC east

  50. PhantomsToenail says: Nov 3, 2012 9:18 AM

    Dear Jerry,

    Thank you for this, and please make it happen sooner rather than later.

    Sincerely,

    The rest of the NFC East

  51. larrydavid7000 says: Nov 3, 2012 1:49 PM

    while your add it jerry please rehire Wade Phillips as your head coach.please.

  52. dhmcconniel says: Nov 3, 2012 7:18 PM

    Favre and Elway had both PLAYED IN A SUPER BOWL by their 5th seasons. Is that “late in their careers”?
    Did I miss Romo winning the NFC Championship?
    Love this Jones family.
    On behalf of Giants, Eagles and Redskins fans everywhere, THANK YOU !

  53. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Nov 4, 2012 5:20 PM

    “We still feel that way,” Jones said. “We’ve got a lot of confidence in Tony. Tony has a lot of confidence in himself. He is going to be fine. He is not the problem.”

    He sure ain’t the solution!!!!!!

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