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Stephen Jones: “It’s not all on Tony’s shoulders”

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In case the $108 million contract wasn’t enough to convince you — and him — the Cowboys have full faith in Tony Romo.

After signing the quarterback to a massive extension Friday, which includes $55 million guaranteed, ownership said they thought it was money well-spent.

Absolutely, we feel that we can win a championship with Tony,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told Jarrett Bell of USA Today. “We wouldn’t be doing all of this if we didn’t think we could win with him.”

Of course, there’s the small matter that they haven’t yet, with one playoff win in Romo’s four postseason appearances.

In the short term, the deal clears a little salary cap room that will help them add some parts to help him change that record, but even while the ink was drying, Jones made sure everyone knew the money didn’t make Romo solely responsible.

“It’s not all on Tony’s shoulders,” Jones said. “He has to do his part, but the team around him as to play better, and we also have to coach better. . . .

“We’ve always looked at him as a great quarterback. He wants to win a championship as much as anybody. But it’s on all of us.”

But along with the money comes expectations, and the Cowboys only added to the pressure that Romo has never handled particularly well.

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32 Responses to “Stephen Jones: “It’s not all on Tony’s shoulders””
  1. lawrencetayloristhebestever says: Mar 29, 2013 8:35 PM

    giants fans everywhere are rejoicing tonight

  2. coolgato13 says: Mar 29, 2013 8:36 PM

    The Cowboys are going from being a joke to being a laughingstock!

  3. bigbluemagoo says: Mar 29, 2013 8:36 PM

    romo handles pressure the same way he handles snaps at the goal line with the game down to a chip shot… it takes matters into his own hands like the leader he is! #epicfail

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 29, 2013 8:38 PM

    I’m so thankful that football guys like Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen guide the ship here in DC. Dan Snyder is a patient man with a young, phenomenal Superhuman at QB ready to dominate this league for the next decade. #BurgundyandGoldStandard

  5. denverallday37 says: Mar 29, 2013 8:44 PM

    I like that its never the guys drafting the players that are around Romos fault

  6. watchdawg1103 says: Mar 29, 2013 8:45 PM

    Hard to say it but in the prior years Romo was even worse. Get the man a OL and dependable RB…and less obvious play calling….and he could do ok probably. Then we wouldn’t have to depend on his arm, scrambling ability or worry about costly mistakes as much. No QB is perfect, but when you put a mistake prone QB in this situation, failure is bound to happen. Plenty contributed to Dallas not making the playoffs besides Romo.

  7. nfloracle says: Mar 29, 2013 8:48 PM

    I’d like to hear Jimmy Johnson comment on this deal.

  8. hartcarluncarlun says: Mar 29, 2013 8:48 PM

    It is when he chokes and throws the ball to the LB’s and corners…

  9. skns2thend says: Mar 29, 2013 8:49 PM

    But it is all on Tony’s shoulders. He’s the team leader. He’s the one who has to produce and keep his team in position to move forward. The task that he’s not been able to perform thus far as the Cowboy’s team leader. And as long as the Dallas franchise doesn’t bring in another QB to make Romo have to compete and step up to keep his job, then he’ll remain a comfortable, but mediocre quarterback.

    HTTR

  10. remyje says: Mar 29, 2013 9:07 PM

    I’d throw away games for cheaper than that…..

  11. imaduffer says: Mar 29, 2013 9:08 PM

    $55 million guaranteed, hope he dosen’t get hurt

  12. dalucks says: Mar 29, 2013 9:08 PM

    6 more years of 8-8 football. Congratulations on extending the misery in Dallas.
    Remember, you get what you overpay for.

  13. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Mar 29, 2013 9:17 PM

    Romo is not only 1-3 in playoff games, but he is also 0-3 in win-or-go-home games to win the division.

  14. abninf says: Mar 29, 2013 9:20 PM

    I still wonder how different history would have been if he hadn’t bobbled that damn snap. At the least it would have been a playoff win. Seems like it jinxed him.

  15. divan22 says: Mar 29, 2013 9:20 PM

    You either know football and understand that TEAMS win and lose games (and not QBs), or you don’t. It’s that simple.

    If you don’t think Romo’s a very good QB, then the former applies to you.

  16. dalucks says: Mar 29, 2013 9:52 PM

    How much money would Tony Romo get if he would the Super Bowl? Probably A-Rod money.

  17. mumfio says: Mar 29, 2013 10:54 PM

    Romo the last 4 years:
    2012-4903 yds/28tds/19ints/65.6 %/90 rating
    2011-4184 yds/31tds/10ints/66.3%/102.5
    2010-1605 yds/11tds/7ints/69.5%/94.9 (injured)
    2009-4483 yds/26tds/9ints/63.1%/97.6 rating

    compared to another so called franchise QB
    Jay Cutler

    Cutler the last 4 years:
    2012-3033 yds/19tds/14ints/58.8%/81 rating
    2011-2319 yds/13tds/7ints/58%/85.7 rating
    (injured)
    2010-3274 yds/23tds/16ints/60.4%/86.3
    2009-3666 yds/27tds/26ints/60.5%/76.8

    Quit saying Romo is a mediocre QB, his numbers put him in elite QB class.

  18. j0esixpack says: Mar 29, 2013 11:26 PM

    Man, that Jerry Jones sure is one shrewd negotiator.

  19. cowboys1980 says: Mar 30, 2013 12:00 AM

    Saved 5mill in cap space in2013 and 10 mill in cap space in 2014 by doing this deal.. Fix the oline and add a safety and the sky is the limit!!
    #embrace the hate

  20. gary15217 says: Mar 30, 2013 12:23 AM

    I didn’t think Jerry Jones could be that stupid. I was mistaken. Nothing like paying a Mercedes price for Ford.

  21. enrifer says: Mar 30, 2013 1:22 AM

    Not bad for an undrafted free agent out of eastern Illinois….making top dollar like a top five QB.

  22. CP says: Mar 30, 2013 2:09 AM

    Its not on Tony. With 55 million guaranteed the Cowboys cant cut him, bench him, and likely cant trade him. They have hitched their wagon to a guy in his 30’s, who was benched last season in a 5 interception game, played horribly in a few others including the season-ender, and has a history of under achieving in big games. At the end of last season, there was real speculation on Romo’s future, and now he has a superstar contract and is neing labeled elite. Its fascinating to watch I’ll give it that.

  23. rmal83 says: Mar 30, 2013 4:06 AM

    Go Cowboys!

  24. TheWizard says: Mar 30, 2013 6:11 AM

    I can understand them keeping him, but at that money?

  25. knzx636 says: Mar 30, 2013 6:17 AM

    People think that your not a good qb till you win a Super Bowl. Would you rather have a guy like brad Johnson or how about Trent dilfer? 2 guys that couldn’t move the ball down field to save their lives but they had a consistent team around them and a defense that forced turnovers. How about Matt Ryan? Nobody says anything negative about him but he has just as many playoff wins as romo.

  26. EJ says: Mar 30, 2013 8:12 AM

    mumfio says: Mar 29, 2013 10:54 PM

    Romo the last 4 years:
    2012-4903 yds/28tds/19ints/65.6 %/90 rating
    2011-4184 yds/31tds/10ints/66.3%/102.5
    2010-1605 yds/11tds/7ints/69.5%/94.9 (injured)
    2009-4483 yds/26tds/9ints/63.1%/97.6 rating

    compared to another so called franchise QB
    Jay Cutler

    Cutler the last 4 years:
    2012-3033 yds/19tds/14ints/58.8%/81 rating
    2011-2319 yds/13tds/7ints/58%/85.7 rating
    (injured)
    2010-3274 yds/23tds/16ints/60.4%/86.3
    2009-3666 yds/27tds/26ints/60.5%/76.8

    Quit saying Romo is a mediocre QB, his numbers put him in elite QB class.

    You are comparing two totally different types of Offense. Romo and the Cowboys are a pass-first run-second type of team. They barely have a running game. Compared to Cutler and the Bears which are a run-first pass-second type. Having a running back like Forte will give you that option.
    So using the Bears to compare with doesn’t jive. Try the Patriots, Green Bay, Ravens or Giants for your comparison. Romo is barely over the average line.

  27. fissels says: Mar 30, 2013 8:53 AM

    Yeah Steve. Now its up to you and your dad to get the players he needs. I hope you do it.

  28. cliverush says: Mar 30, 2013 12:07 PM

    The history of the Cowboys with Romo guiding the team in win or go home games is very poor. Attempting to compare him with other QBs misses the point of, “What has he done for the Cowboys when the team is in a position to win?” This young man makes game killing mistakes, not ones a team can recover from. These mistakes display his ability to handle pressure. Sorry to say.

  29. CKL says: Mar 30, 2013 2:03 PM

    EJ,

    mumfio’s right and anyone who saw Cutler in Denver where he had one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, one of the best play callers on offense and a bunch of weapons around him in the passing game yet still chucked 18 & 14 ints and never hit 30 td passes or a 90 passer rating should agree. Cutler is what he is, and to date Romo is better.

  30. ephillips122 says: Mar 30, 2013 3:03 PM

    No one is paying Cutler $55 million.

  31. Dan O says: Mar 31, 2013 6:33 AM

    I wish oh wish I had a boss who believed in over-paying for wanted results. See Roy Williams, Joey Galloway, etc…

  32. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: Mar 31, 2013 11:09 AM

    Dallas needs an o-line, not all on romo! A running back like Murray behind a decent o-line migt be less injured as well. Reload on both lines and you will see marked improvement overall. Neither wash or nyg is out of their reach, and philly is in rebuild mode. Must pay attention to men in the trench’s!

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