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.