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Jerry Jones wants Tony Romo to work like Peyton Manning

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Now that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has given quarterback Tony Romo a six-year, $108 million contract, Jones wants to see Romo make his entire life revolve around football.

Peyton Manning-type time on the job,” Jones said he wants Romo to work, via the Dallas Morning News.

Jones said he and Cowboys coach Jason Garrett would love to see Romo spend the majority of his waking hours at the team facility.

“If Tony, for instance, would be here Monday through Saturday . . . from seven in the morning to six o’clock at night all over this place then that’s better than the way it’s been,” Jones said. “We’ll have more success, and Jason believes that. It’s certainly at quarterback but he believes it at the other positions. Tony is going to have more time, more presence, not only in the offseason but when the season starts, beginning Monday, assuming we played Sundays. He’s going to have more time on the job. A part of what we agreed with was extra time on the job, beyond the norm.”

Fair or not, Romo has taken criticism at times in his career for a perception that he doesn’t always have all his focus on football: Whether it’s working on his golf game, dating celebrities or going on vacations during bye weeks, Romo has heard talk that he has too many outside distractions.

Jones recently called that criticism “ridiculous,” but Jones also says he admires the way Manning doesn’t just do what is required of an NFL quarterback, and he hopes Romo will use Manning as his role model.

“Anybody will tell you that Peyton Manning’s involvement in what they do is a bonus as opposed to what the general commitment is of top quarterbacks in the NFL,” Jones said. “That’s a bonus. Again, because I haven’t been in meetings with Peyton for a long time, but we’re committed and [Romo’s] committed to that type of in-season and off-season approach for these years under his contract.”

Romo is certainly being paid enough to work overtime.

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61 Responses to “Jerry Jones wants Tony Romo to work like Peyton Manning”
  1. lennydpocketqb says: Apr 28, 2013 10:36 AM

    For once Jerry is correct.

  2. newjerseygiants says: Apr 28, 2013 10:37 AM

    Meanwhile, Tony Romo wants Jerry Jones to work more like an owner and hire a real general manager.

  3. nivekred says: Apr 28, 2013 10:39 AM

    Tony Romo wishes Jerry Jones would draft like Kevin Colbert or Ozzy Newsom!

  4. paperlions says: Apr 28, 2013 10:39 AM

    Tony Romo wants Jerry Jones to let people that understand football to make football decisions, like Robert Kraft.

  5. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 28, 2013 10:39 AM

    Now after signing him to a huge contract, you want to discuss his work ethic? It’s a little late for that now Jerry. Romo is going to continue to be Romo.

  6. explosionsauce says: Apr 28, 2013 10:40 AM

    Seems like you want that in a player before you give him a $100 million contract. But what do I know I hate math.

  7. andrewproughcfe says: Apr 28, 2013 10:41 AM

    Can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Romo is not going to suddenly transform into a dedicated qb.

    Jones should have thought this through before giving him the money.

  8. gloryfromheaven says: Apr 28, 2013 10:41 AM

    That’s a good one…

  9. samquix says: Apr 28, 2013 10:42 AM

    So does the rest of cowboy nation. And?

  10. GenXJay says: Apr 28, 2013 10:44 AM

    So does every owner.
    Yes, even the the “novelty” stock owners in cheeseland & their #12.

  11. whatjusthapped says: Apr 28, 2013 10:47 AM

    Romo throws INT’s just like Peyton Manning, its the rest of his game he needs to work on.

  12. philwauke says: Apr 28, 2013 10:51 AM

    Shouldn’t you have told him this before the 100 million dollar contract?

  13. wtfchiefs says: Apr 28, 2013 10:51 AM

    Romo work hard? But won’t that hurt his golf game?

  14. CKL says: Apr 28, 2013 10:56 AM

    If Jones really feels this way the best thing for him to have done was not pay Romo right now, make that expectation clear and let him prove it. Though I’ve never heard of a guy 30 at QB who has started for the better part of 7 years improving his work ethic. At this point you are signing the guy as is. Also, it’s not really wise of Jones to make this public.

  15. inyofaceagain says: Apr 28, 2013 10:56 AM

    He can work like Peyton Manning all he wants,
    he’ll never play like Peyton Manning!

  16. bricorn27 says: Apr 28, 2013 10:58 AM

    It will not matter how much work Romo does if he doesn’t have an offensive line to block for him.

  17. rajbais says: Apr 28, 2013 11:03 AM

    And yet you still extended him???

  18. totallyuselessme says: Apr 28, 2013 11:05 AM

    Every owner would like their quarterback to work like Peyton Manning.

    But not everybody’s Peyton Manning. That guy eats, sleeps, breathes, and thinks football 24/7. I can’t really blame other people for not being like that, even if they’re paid the same. Other people have lives, but Manning has football. Football is his life.

    It’s part of what makes him so damn good.

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 28, 2013 11:07 AM

    If he’s expecting that kind of effort, he should pay overtime.

  20. ibreathefootball says: Apr 28, 2013 11:08 AM

    And Tony Romo wants Jerry Jones to draft like Ozzie Newsome. It just won’t happen.

  21. fthrvic says: Apr 28, 2013 11:10 AM

    Don’t we all want our QB’s to work like Peyton Manning?

  22. profootballwalk says: Apr 28, 2013 11:15 AM

    Communication through press release is not exactly the best management style. There’s a reason why Belichick never tells anyone anything ever. The reporters hate him for it – and he doesn’t care.

  23. canetic says: Apr 28, 2013 11:15 AM

    Nobody works like Peyton Manning. But Jerry should have probably cleared that up with Tony BEFORE signing him to that huge contract.

  24. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Apr 28, 2013 11:16 AM

    Why doesn’t he fine somebody else who is more committed instead?

  25. sampsonswag01 says: Apr 28, 2013 11:17 AM

    Ummmmm, Peyton Manning works like Peyton Manning because he’s a perfectionist almost to a fault. It’s part of his fundamental make-up as a person that just rolls over into his work life and other areas.

    Sorry ‘Jerr-uh’ but a person doesn’t become a perfectionist unless they’re born one. Romo can, though, expect and demand high expectations for himself and try to reach those expectations.

  26. wryly1 says: Apr 28, 2013 11:28 AM

    If Jerrah were there a lot less and all over the place, Cowboys would have a lot more success.

  27. bonerchamp says: Apr 28, 2013 11:30 AM

    Ironically, if JJ spent less time at the Cowboys facilities they might actually win.

  28. seatownballers says: Apr 28, 2013 11:31 AM

    Time to retire those golf clubs tony

  29. turtlehut says: Apr 28, 2013 11:33 AM

    Hey Jerry, as my grandfather used to say “people in hell want ice water” but that doesn’t mean they are going to get it (no matter how rich or important you think you are)

  30. bujuman69 says: Apr 28, 2013 11:35 AM

    Jerrah has not been happy with Romo’s work ethic for years and yet he rewards him with a six-year, $108 million contract!?!?

  31. prmpft says: Apr 28, 2013 11:36 AM

    man – 24/7 work would not change a thing – romo is a second tier guy no matter how much you apologize or him or try to shove him into a round 1 hole – he CAN’T be elite – move on jerry…

  32. wnstonchill says: Apr 28, 2013 11:38 AM

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander….. Romo has every right to insist that Jerry Jones work like a franchise owner and put his pride on the shelf and equip the Cowboys with a legit football GM and end this circus act.

  33. imaduffer says: Apr 28, 2013 11:44 AM

    When Romo heard this, he almost rolled hs golf cart.

  34. ninthwardfriend says: Apr 28, 2013 11:54 AM

    Jerry is crazy, that’s the kind of stuff you keep in house.

  35. thebadguyswon says: Apr 28, 2013 11:56 AM

    Pretty much nails it.

  36. garyhd01 says: Apr 28, 2013 11:56 AM

    guys I tried to read the whole article but jerry jones continues to show his gm skills with another soso draft at best after signing romo to 106 mil now he wants his work ethic to improve he should have thought about the fact that in 9(what is it 10 years ?) hes led the cowboys to as many playoff wins as tim tebow can you say get a new gm cause its too late to get a new qb

  37. thejuddstir says: Apr 28, 2013 11:59 AM

    Kind of like giving a kid (and Romo is a kid) his allowance before he earns it, but then who are we to questions Jerrah’s talents as a GM, afterall, he did reach “just a tad” for that offensive lineman.

  38. theuglitruth says: Apr 28, 2013 12:11 PM

    The funny part…is it is probably true. The reason Romo is not getting it done…is lack of desire & leadership. He’s the “get along with everyone” kid.

  39. hawkforlife says: Apr 28, 2013 12:18 PM

    Right after Romo lines up behind a fourth round center drafted in the first round. Sure.

  40. duncanthecat says: Apr 28, 2013 12:23 PM

    And if he can find nothing to do, start washing that fine traveling bus Jerry just purchased.

  41. theuglitruth says: Apr 28, 2013 12:27 PM

    If only Romo loved winning football games like he loves golf….

  42. dwnhillwhaler says: Apr 28, 2013 12:31 PM

    Yea and i want my honda to drive like a ferrari

  43. danalt613 says: Apr 28, 2013 1:06 PM

    Now he’ll be doing Buick commercials.

  44. jpb12 says: Apr 28, 2013 1:07 PM

    Romo responded yesterday, but his message was intercepted

  45. axespray says: Apr 28, 2013 2:00 PM

    remember hard knocks, jerry kept patting himself on the back for the terrifying “3-headed” monster running game he acquired in the 08 draft (Felix/Tashard to compliment Marion) and …. then the cowboys went nowhere.

  46. trippymane says: Apr 28, 2013 2:08 PM

    I like how when Russell Wilson was a rookie last year he did all of this, yet romo has been in the nfl for like 8 years and still doesn’t take responsibility. This is why he will never win a superbowl and kolin, Russell, luck, and RG3 will all at least have a superbowl win.

  47. nobreak1269 says: Apr 28, 2013 2:16 PM

    Why bother Tony-Jerry already agreed to pay you $55 million regardless?

  48. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 28, 2013 2:16 PM

    You can take a cowboy to water but you can’t make him humble.

  49. nobreak1269 says: Apr 28, 2013 2:25 PM

    Sorry Jerry-Tony says he’s gonna be too busy planning vacations with the $55 million you GAVE him to make it to the office much.

  50. tsizzlesucks says: Apr 28, 2013 2:28 PM

    If someone paid me 100 plus million to be a loser then what would I be worth if I was a winner? Jerry, the horse is out of the barn, as they say. In this case, you don’t get what you stupidly paid for…you get exactly what you had before. You’ve got no Manning, Brady, Rogers…hell, and for sure you have no Luck!

  51. cometkazie says: Apr 28, 2013 2:34 PM

    Tony is no Peyton.

  52. med515 says: Apr 28, 2013 2:49 PM

    Lol. Since Peyton chokes in the biggest games just like Romo, everyone pretty much knows what Jerry wanted to say, which was “be like Eli.”

  53. officialgame says: Apr 28, 2013 3:52 PM

    Tony Romo at 33 is what he is and he ain’t Peyton Manning.

  54. BringBackTheFlex says: Apr 28, 2013 4:14 PM

    It’s amazing how many people must follow Romo around and peak into his home to know exactly what he is doing at all times. Do you KNOW he isn’t watching film at home during the off-season? He is in as many golf tournaments as Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.

    Speaking of Brady, with all the extra preparation he was doing while Romo was at Cabo, he still LOST to the same Giants that Romo did.

    An event that makes no difference IS not difference.

  55. rmal83 says: Apr 28, 2013 6:52 PM

    Go Cowboys!

  56. TheWizard says: Apr 28, 2013 9:23 PM

    Don’t talk about Brady and Romo in the same paragraph please.

  57. rawhide101 says: Apr 28, 2013 11:20 PM

    I am a Cowboy fan for life, good or bad I am there. Letting others help in decision making is good. My only hope is that all these grown men will learn from there poor past decision making. I love the Cowboys, but like Romo, I too am getting old and need to see some results. I don’t pray for the Cowboys because it does’nt help. I need victories, not victims.

  58. BringBackTheFlex says: Apr 29, 2013 12:50 PM

    TheWizard says:
    “Don’t talk about Brady and Romo in the same paragraph please.”

    Yeah, facts are sometimes hard to deal with.

  59. jasonculhane says: Apr 29, 2013 2:04 PM

    Romo will need a bigger forhead and helmet for all the extra info

  60. distantfire says: Apr 29, 2013 10:28 PM

    Jerry Jones is not a football guy, he’s a check writer. Before the salary cap he spent more than other teams to buy ringers and stuff his roster with the beter players so it was a winning team. Ever since salary cap it’s become a competion of football knowledge and since then the Cowboys have won, what?, just one first level post season game? Now he’s still trying to buy quality? buy work ethic? Cowboys will always be simply average as long as Jerry Jones owns them.

  61. spideronprofootball says: Apr 30, 2013 10:05 PM

    Jerrra!! Your suppose to pay him 110mil AFTER he works like Manning! Boy don’t be a fool ya whole life! LOL

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