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Jerry Jones outlines Tony Romo’s role in game-planning


The Cowboys still haven’t made a call on who will be calling their plays on offense this season, a saga that’s been playing out long enough to make you wonder if they wouldn’t just be better off kicking it old school by letting quarterback Tony Romo call the plays.

That probably won’t happen, but it does sound like Romo is going to have a lot to do with what the plays that do ultimately get called in Dallas this year. We’d heard reports earlier this offseason that Romo would play a role in game-planning, but we hadn’t heard anything about it straight from the horse’s mouth until Cowboys owner Jerry Jones went on Sirius XM Radio with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt.

“He certainly had a lot of time on the job before he ever started and played. He has a unique grasp of our offensive concepts. The people who are around him the most — his coaches — tell me he’s never had a bad idea,” Jones said. “If you think about where he’s at right now, he’s 10 years older than most of the players we have on the field. We think his skill level right now is very much where we hoped it would be and will be for several years to come. But what we want to use more than we ever have is the kind of thing that (Roger) Staubach contributed – input into designing a plan that helps us beat that opponent.”

Jones said that Romo has had input in the offense in the past, but nothing like what they want to see him have this season. That fits with the owner’s desire to see Romo take a page from Peyton Manning’s playbook and it also offers further explanation for why Romo’s decided to cut back on his golf game for the near future.

We can’t know how all of this is going to play out, but we can be pretty sure that you’re gonna be left with some tough choices to make next offseason if an expanded role for your highly paid quarterback leads to the same or worse results.

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53 Responses to “Jerry Jones outlines Tony Romo’s role in game-planning”
  1. whatnojets says: May 14, 2013 9:53 AM

    Owner Jerry Jones is waiting for General Manager Jerry Jones to finalize the play calling duties.

    Head Coach Jerry Jones is flabbergasted that neither the owner or the general manager have yet made that decision.

  2. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: May 14, 2013 9:58 AM

    hopefully Tony holds onto that kid better than he holds onto the ball, when he’s getting pummeled for a sack!

  3. liveandcrywithbills says: May 14, 2013 10:00 AM

    However it ends up, no one can say the The Cowboys did not try everything with Romo throughout his career. The Cowboys are in a tough division and 10 and 6 would be a huge victory. Nothing less than a playoff win will make this a failure. I am a BILLS fan so i have 2 HUGE REASONS to enjoy the sorrows ‘Americas Team’ have endured since the original team Jonhson and Jones created together.

  4. zack2482 says: May 14, 2013 10:06 AM

    This why I hate Jerry Jones. He does everything backwards. When Romo was negotiating his contract, Romo wanted more input in the game plan and play calling responsibilities. This should have been mentioned first and not the comments that Jerry made asking him to put more time in like Peyton.

  5. illiniftw says: May 14, 2013 10:07 AM

    How long until Jerry announces that he’s calling the plays?

  6. 509seahawks says: May 14, 2013 10:08 AM

    I’d say his number one role should be to quit throwing the ball to the other teams defenders.

  7. grantgoodman93 says: May 14, 2013 10:11 AM

    A big part of the problem is we talk to the media too much. Just shut up please.

  8. jaybrosch says: May 14, 2013 10:19 AM

    “he never had a bad idea”

    So is Jerry saying he never had an idea at all? Because everyone has had a bad one.

  9. stoutfiles says: May 14, 2013 10:22 AM

    So does Jason Garrett do anything?

    -He doesn’t call offense plays.
    -He doesn’t call defensive plays.
    -He doesn’t get to pick his staff.
    -He doesn’t get to draft the players he wants.

    Oh that’s right…

    -He takes all the blame.

  10. MyTeamsAllStink says: May 14, 2013 10:25 AM

    Honestly it makes you wonder if Jason Garret’s headphones are even plugged in during games.The only reason they aren’t called the Dallas Jerry’s is the league wouldn’t approve it.

  11. apmn says: May 14, 2013 10:29 AM

    The Cowboys organization wouldn’t know a bad idea from a hole in the ground.

  12. spookinjack says: May 14, 2013 10:32 AM

    How many years of this now? What else are you going to promise me, Jerry?

  13. seabreezes51 says: May 14, 2013 10:37 AM

    I hope Jerry Jones lives forever.

  14. blutbaddenbill says: May 14, 2013 10:42 AM

    he looks like he is about to take out a big chunk of room’s kid there!

  15. romo4life says: May 14, 2013 10:44 AM

    Just let him call the plays!

  16. alxgmz says: May 14, 2013 10:48 AM

    Either Jerry is not discipline enough or if he is, he is a control freak GM. Can’t have it both ways haters.

  17. buffalomafia says: May 14, 2013 10:52 AM

    What a bust of a QB that keeps making millions of $$$$$

  18. dowhatifeellike says: May 14, 2013 11:07 AM

    Never had a bad idea? Certainly throwing a ball that gets snatched by a linebacker in the flat counts as a bad idea.

  19. citizenstrange says: May 14, 2013 11:22 AM

    The only logical next step is for Jerry, Jason and Tony to start doing trust falls with other.

  20. murraysons says: May 14, 2013 11:26 AM

    What could go wrong? If he fails miserably, they have the ammo to cut him. If he succeeds, Jerry looks like a genius.

  21. wryly1 says: May 14, 2013 11:27 AM

    When the owner has a role in game planning, or even deciding who does, your team ain’t going anywhere.

  22. ncheelsboysfan says: May 14, 2013 11:28 AM

    All this JJ running things w/o others input is soooo old tired overblown. Say wht you like Cowboys detractors and media peeps but we are on the right path and its because JJ has listened to JG largely – in running the team and drafting and FAs. JG has instituted a process and systems making the Cowboys younger and loooking more at a long term future and JJ has come to support him. If it werent for critical def injuries last year wed have been Division Winners. This year we will be. Go Cowboys!

  23. ilovefoolsball says: May 14, 2013 11:29 AM

    This just keeps getting better.

    Hey Jerry, I think you can call the plays!

    Come on Jerry! You’re a great football mind!

  24. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 14, 2013 11:36 AM

    Romo is intelligent enough to contribute to a game plan and actually I’m surprised that any experienced QB in the NFL is not already playing this role.

    Romo should have a good grasp of the offense and most opponents defenses.

    This role could make Romo more accountable for the errors he has been prone to make.

  25. tsizzlesucks says: May 14, 2013 11:37 AM

    Take heart Cowboy’s fans…now the great T Romo is going to have a bigger impact on your offense. Wow! If you get real lucky, the Jets will release Sanchez sooner rather than later and all your qb problems will be solved! Jerry J will scoop him up in a NY minute.

  26. tremoluxman says: May 14, 2013 11:44 AM

    Jones will have a hand up the Head Coach’s and Offensive Coordinator’s butts working them like ventriloquist dummies.

  27. majormeatcurtains says: May 14, 2013 11:45 AM

    That photo needs a caption above Jerrys head that reads “Umm, fresh stem cells…”

  28. caeser12 says: May 14, 2013 11:46 AM

    Jerry Jones outlines Tony Romo’s role in game-planning.

    That pretty much sums it up right there.

  29. folkcrusader says: May 14, 2013 11:56 AM

    I love me some Jerruh. The best part is every year from now on it’s going to get weirder. In May of 2016 he’ll announce they are going to roll two cats on the sidelines and decide what to do based on how they land. April of 2019 he’ll be drafting kids off the local High School Lacrosse team because “they have that great skin” you just can’t get in the SEC. It’s only going to get better.

  30. geetee52 says: May 14, 2013 12:17 PM

    There are not enough Jerry Jones articles on this site. We’d like to know so much more.

    How does he pick which suit he will wear on game day? What does he normally eat for breakfast? Does he send out Christmas cards? Who designed the owner’s suite at the stadium? Does he play golf and if so what is his handicap?

    Come on…pick up the pace.

  31. kerryc21realty says: May 14, 2013 12:34 PM

    The redskins corrected the problem with the owner meddling in player and coaching decisions. Now the owner stopped doing that the skins team record has improved as well as the whole organization… Take note Jerry

  32. hawkforlife says: May 14, 2013 12:37 PM

    The people who are around him the most — his coaches — tell me he’s never had a bad idea,” Jones said.

    If his coaches all say this then it’s obviously apparent that they’re afraid for their jobs. Really, not one coach has ever faulted Romo’s decisions on or in game planning !! Delusional.

  33. ceschatz says: May 14, 2013 1:10 PM

    Hahahahahaha. The lack of football knowledge in these comments are nothing but entertaining. Especially when I see Bills and Jets fans talking about a QB being a bust on another team. Hahahahahaha.

  34. grizzz2 says: May 14, 2013 1:15 PM

    Make no mistake. Romo is not interested in Super Bowls or he would have left the circus. Romo and his agent fleeced Jerry in that contract because Jerry knows he can’t draft; how would he find another QB?? They said give us everything or we are gone…..and Jerry did.

  35. scytherius says: May 14, 2013 1:26 PM

    I am SO glad I’m not a Cowboy’s fan. I’d probably give up watching football.

  36. crubenst says: May 14, 2013 1:28 PM

    Ohhhhh! They’ve decided Tony will be Peyton Manning this year. Great idea!

  37. BringBackTheFlex says: May 14, 2013 1:35 PM

    It’s funny reading comments here, like no other QB has ever ended his team’s season with an INT.

    I have no doubt that Romo said, “I’m not signing unless I have input into the game plan. I have to take time to change every play at the LOS because the one sent in won’t work.”

    If the 5th rated QB in NFL history wants more control in play calling and design why would you mock that?

  38. nard100 says: May 14, 2013 1:43 PM

    What’s next? Will Jerry hire a “bodyguard” like he did for Pacman to make sure he doesn’t go to Mexico in the offseason. LOL. As a Giants fan, I love me some Jerruh!

  39. elvis2013 says: May 14, 2013 1:48 PM

    Romo does have an advantage here… He has been in this same system almost his entire career, so it’s not like he’s been changing coordinators every 2-3 years. He should have more input in game planning.

  40. borg30 says: May 14, 2013 2:13 PM

    @flex, he does have great stats, but
    what has he done in the playoffs??????

    @cryingkerry, what, no comments on John Mara and the cap????

  41. MyTeamsAllStink says: May 14, 2013 2:25 PM

    Years ago George Steinbrenner hosted Saturday Night Live and one of the sketches was he was napping and two cast members ( Dana Carvey was one of them )were standing in the same room wondering what George dreams about.So the screen gets blurry and it shows Georges dream.He was dreaming of a Yankee game and George was every position and of course hits the game winning home run.I imagine that is what Jerry dreams of but he’s scoring the winning TD.

  42. BringBackTheFlex says: May 14, 2013 2:32 PM

    borg30 says
    @flex, he does have great stats, but
    what has he done in the playoffs??????
    Pretty much what other QBs have done when they AND THEIR TEAM don’t play good enough. You think Brady and Manning win games by themselves? Oh, wait. Brady and Manning ended their teams seasons last year with 4th quarter INTs.

  43. SparkyGump says: May 14, 2013 2:39 PM

    Jerry sure loves him some scotch on the rocks. He’ll keep up this dog and pony show as long as Cowboys fans keep handing him their money. Jerry Jones is the second coming of PT Barnum and HL Mencken.

  44. londonmondayclub says: May 14, 2013 3:14 PM

    I am sure pretty much every GM, head coach, team owner and fan would love their QB to resemble Peyton Manning in his ability to game plan, call plays, execute them, to have both a fantastic work ethic and to be regarded as one of the greatest of all time.

    The only trouble with this is that hardly any teams have someone of Peyton’s caliber leading the offense. As John Elway might say to Tony Romo, paraphrasing a famous election debate from many years ago, ‘I know Peyton Manning, Peyton Manning is my friend. You (Tony Romo) are no Peyton Manning’

  45. borg30 says: May 14, 2013 3:15 PM


    guess what???
    Brady & Manning have won super bowls..
    How many has romo won???
    you and cowgirls just have no clue about this game…

  46. BringBackTheFlex says: May 14, 2013 3:30 PM

    guess what???
    Brady & Manning have won super bowls..
    The Patriots and Colts have won SBs. Brady and Manning were an integral part of those wins, but by no means did they do it alone. Even if you spoke to them, they are knowledgeable enough to tell you that it is a team effort.

    PS: Brady didn’t kick two SB winning FGs. Who really won those games?

    It’s you who do not have a clue how a team sports is played.

  47. kerryc21realty says: May 14, 2013 3:35 PM


    I can’t forget that John Mara, the giants owner cried to the commissioner and begged them to punish the skins which they did, all because of an owner in their own division.the skins overcame that and won the. Division and the giants are on the decline HTTR

  48. cdan374 says: May 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    @ Flex

    Please tell me that you didn’t just compare Romo to Brady and Manning…

    I love the Cowboys but that is just laughable…smh

  49. BringBackTheFlex says: May 14, 2013 5:24 PM

    cdan374 says

    @ Flex
    Please tell me that you didn’t just compare Romo to Brady and Manning…
    Hmm. They all play QB…. in the NFL….

    Seems to me it’s reasonable to compare them. Is there a reason why you think all NFL QBs should not be compared to each other?

    Romo is just behind Brady and Manning in career performance. See, you get confused by TEAM accomplishments versus INDIVIDUAL accomplishments. In basketball you can compare greatest players because the hoop is the same size it’s always been and players ACTUALLY play against each other. Brady and Manning get to throw against the Dallas defense, while Romo would have to throw against theirs. They don’t play against each other.

    In football at the pro level, giving credit to one person for a championship is ludicrous and shows a complete lack of understanding of the game.

    BTW, before you trot out the “QB rating is bogus” crap, note that 8 of the top ten QBs on the list have won SBs. It’s a very good indication of the quality of the QB and what he means to his team. If 8 of the top ten were NOT SB winners then you could say the rating doesn’t correlate to actual quality.

  50. trollaikman8 says: May 14, 2013 6:11 PM

    Just another fine example of an owner/GM meddling in the game decisions.

  51. borg30 says: May 14, 2013 8:11 PM

    flex wrote: The Patriots and Colts have won SBs. Brady and Manning were an integral part of those wins, but by no means did they do it alone. Even if you spoke to them, they are knowledgeable enough to tell you that it is a team effort.

    PS: Brady didn’t kick two SB winning FGs. Who really won those games?

    It’s you who do not have a clue how a team sports is played.

    Now flex try to understand that the qb put the kicker in position to win the games..
    You proved my point, you still have no clue how the game is played.. Yes a team effort, but you mostly win/lose with the qb. That is why they are the highest paid POSITION in the game..

  52. tigerboye says: May 14, 2013 8:19 PM

    everytime Jones speaks… it’s like he’s trying to convince himself that Romo is the right answer, he’s trying too hard to prove that he made the right decision, he should just sit down & shut up… hell even the lil general (Dan Synder) did that


  53. BringBackTheFlex says: May 14, 2013 9:16 PM

    Borgie scrawled:
    Now flex try to understand that the qb put the kicker in position to win the games..
    You proved my point, you still have no clue how the game is played.. Yes a team effort, but you mostly win/lose with the qb. That is why they are the highest paid POSITION in the game..

    I’ll try to write in simple words. Obviously I am confusing you with the big words. If the QB puts the kicker in position to win, and the kicker misses, the QB gets the reputation as a choker. Sorry, I mean the QB is seen as a loser. (Didn’t mean to use big words like ‘reputation’.) That would be wrong thinking, but that’s how simple minded folk think.

    Point is, I know how the game is played. In the ’92 NFCC game, on SF’s first series Young fires a TD to Rice that might have sparked a big game and possible win for Frisco. But there was a hold called. The Guard blatantly held the DT and that allowed Young to step up and throw the pass. That HoF QB did his job, but the OL did not. Now you and others like you would put that loss on the QB, but there are far more guys on the field for the offense than just the QB. When you actually watch the game and understand how it’s played you know these things.

    Sit down in front of the TV and take off your shoes. Now count the number of big men on the offense – that’s the team that has the ball. You should come up with 11. If all those guys were not necessary then it would just be the QB. Keep repeating until you understand it.

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