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Jerry Jones denies report that Romo was ripped in team meeting

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The entire Cowboys organization is lining up to deny a report that defensive tackle Jason Hatcher called out Tony Romo in front of his teammates.

Hatcher was particularly adamant that he has nothing against Romo, saying that he loves having Romo as a teammate and wouldn’t want any other quarterback.

He’s the best quarterback in the league,” Hatcher said, via the Dallas Morning News. “So I love Romo to death. That’s my brother.”

If Hatcher really thinks Romo is the best quarterback in the league, perhaps he hasn’t heard of Peyton Manning. Or Tom Brady. Or Aaron Rodgers. Or Drew Brees. But if Hatcher is insisting that he didn’t rip Romo in a team meeting, he has plenty of company. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett called the report “completely inaccurate,” while Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones said on KRLD-FM that the confrontation between Hatcher and Romo simply never happened.

“There was absolutely – and I emphasize absolutely – no reference in any way to another player,” Jones said. “It’s absurd to think that a defensive player would be critical of anybody specifically on offense, or an offensive player be critical of anybody on defense. That just doesn’t happen, wouldn’t happen and didn’t happen.”

Jones has made no secret that he loves Romo and thinks Romo is the man to lead his team to a title, so it’s not surprising that Jones would adamantly deny a report that Romo was an unpopular man in the locker room. Whatever happened behind the scenes, Romo is playing well this year: He’s on pace for career highs in completion percentage and passer rating, and a career low in interceptions. If Romo can keep that up, no one in Dallas will criticize him.

At least until he fails in the playoffs.

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49 Responses to “Jerry Jones denies report that Romo was ripped in team meeting”
  1. chiadam says: Sep 25, 2013 1:00 PM

    Great. Now ESPN has something else for Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith to scream about for the next three days.

  2. breakroomboredom says: Sep 25, 2013 1:01 PM

    “Yo Romo, yo shoes untied fool”

    And the national media pounces..

  3. jason9696 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:01 PM

    “He’s the best quarterback in the league”. Now that’s laughable.

  4. steelerben says: Sep 25, 2013 1:03 PM

    Hatcher added, “That’s my team mate, man. That’s my quarterback.” ::sniff, sniff::

  5. bennyb82 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:03 PM

    Totally thought you meant blazed…

  6. askyeshua says: Sep 25, 2013 1:04 PM

    Someone doth protest too much.

  7. agelardi says: Sep 25, 2013 1:07 PM

    ” ‘He’s the best quarterback in the league,’ Hatcher said…”

    Someone’s cheating on their drug tests.

  8. tvguy22 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:08 PM

    So where did this mystery report come from?

  9. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Sep 25, 2013 1:13 PM

    Hatcher was particularly adamant that he has nothing against Romo, (this is true)

    saying that he loves having Romo as a teammate (this might be a stretch)

    and wouldn’t want any other quarterback. (this is an outright lie)

  10. razzmatazzcomics says: Sep 25, 2013 1:13 PM

    Who cares. The Eagles will beat Dallas twice this year and win the division with a 6-10 record. Pity the NFC Least. Pity it.

  11. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 25, 2013 1:14 PM

    @steelerben

    Lmao! That one never gets old. Thumbs up

  12. footballwithoutpolitics says: Sep 25, 2013 1:15 PM

    Romo’s the best, in the first quarter of some regular season games.

  13. socalmaverick says: Sep 25, 2013 1:17 PM

    When Jason Hatcher is released, I hope the Chargers can sign him.

  14. mikemccarthyhof says: Sep 25, 2013 1:18 PM

    lol america’s team high?

    O beautiful for jason’s eyes,
    For amber waves of weed,
    For purple nugget majesties
    Above the fruited mary jane!

  15. eljefe322 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:19 PM

    I thought this article was going to be about Tony being drunk in the meeting. Darn.

  16. n0hopeleft says: Sep 25, 2013 1:21 PM

    Completion percentage and passer rating..

    YAWN.

    Talk to me about WINS and LOSSES when they MATTER MOST.

  17. cwk22 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:23 PM

    Best QB? Wow, that must be good stuff he’s smoking..

  18. patriots123456 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:24 PM

    They got it wrong…

    Hatcher ripped one off during a team meeting, Romo was next to him and ran for his life…

  19. cwk22 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:24 PM

    Owens 2? He’s my QB sniff sniff

  20. gochargersgo says: Sep 25, 2013 1:24 PM

    agelardi says:
    Sep 25, 2013 1:07 PM
    ” ‘He’s the best quarterback in the league,’ Hatcher said…”

    Someone’s cheating on their drug tests.”

    Either that or the NFL doesnt bother testing for LSD and PCP

  21. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 25, 2013 1:27 PM

    “He’s the best quarterback in the league,” Hatcher said, via the Dallas Morning News. “So I love Romo to death. That’s my brother.”

    he then starting crying…

    best qb in the league? Maybe best in dallas, but probably not, I’ve heard they’ve got some pretty good high school qb’s down there!

  22. romo2witten says: Sep 25, 2013 1:34 PM

    This story is a week old and was refuted by everyone involved at the time that Ian Rappaport made it up.

  23. deweyaxewound says: Sep 25, 2013 1:40 PM

    Best QB in the league? Let’s just look at the current overall Quarterback Ratings (QBR) so far this season:

    1 Peyton Manning, 89.7
    2 Philip Rivers 81.4
    3 Jay Cutler 78.1

    5 Brees 73.2

    11 Karen Rodgers 59.9

    15 Romo 52.9
    16 Brady 50.7

  24. svn2011 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:49 PM

    Why do these teams and players talk so much ? People rip belichick for his iron clad structure in the team , but they hardly have to answer and refute BS because they dont talk as much.

  25. mikejsmith32 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:53 PM

    This is a non-story. Hatch addressed the team about accountability and consistency. His speech was to everyone, Romo included.

    It’s relatively easy for that to get blown out of proportion by a Cowboys source or even a player.

    As for Hatch saying the Romo is the best QB in the league — what do you expect him to say? I’d rather have him say that even if he doesn’t believe it, because it shows that he’s smart enough to not let this become a bigger distraction.

  26. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:54 PM

    He’s the best quarterback in the league,’ Hatcher said
    ________________

    Did he say that with a straight face ?

    Or was it more like –

    He’s mmph the gargle best snort quarterback laughter in the splutter league rofl rofl rofl

    Made me laugh anyway.

  27. y2kfxdwg says: Sep 25, 2013 1:59 PM

    When I read this subject… I thought Romo was accused of being drunk (ripped) in the meeting.

  28. kanishj says: Sep 25, 2013 2:00 PM

    Tony Romo the best QB in the NFL. Yea….and I’m bigger than John Holmes.

  29. conners1979 says: Sep 25, 2013 2:00 PM

    “Do you think Tony Romo is the best QB in the league?” should be the first question in the independent concussion test.

  30. itsonlymrsd says: Sep 25, 2013 2:11 PM

    And now this will be the NFL Network’s headline story for Total Access, {or just pick a show}, it doesn’t have to be true, but if it’s about Dallas, they’ll report it.. The headline will start with something like this..
    “Rumors of trouble in the Dallas locker room, have the Cowboys running to Romo’s defense today, so let’s talk about it”.. & on & on & on..
    Love them or hate them, you can always tell when the Cowboys are playing well, someone from the outside gets a big old spoon & tries to stir up controversy between the guys inside that locker room..
    With all the bleeping craziness going on with NFL players lately, not to mention the safety of this game, yet this is what the football media chose to report on, a rumour of a denial of a rumoured incident that may or may not have happened.. wow..

  31. araidersfan says: Sep 25, 2013 2:19 PM

    I think most see the similarities between Jerry Jones now and Al Davis in his later senile years in their loony statements, refusal to hire a legit GM and living in state of denial.

    Another similarity is that Jerry seems to have his own set of scholarship players…with Romo at the top of the list. Romo to me seems like an updated version of James Jett (a special pet of Davis’).

  32. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 25, 2013 2:20 PM

    The Cowboys are actually good but a bit under the radar….

    The old addage from Oscar Wilde that Jerry Jones obviously adheres to

    “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about”

    Jones always trying to keep his team at teh forefront whether with good press or bad….

  33. natepalmer1 says: Sep 25, 2013 2:22 PM

    Romo’s a hack, and it started in Seattle in 2007 with a playoff game on the line…The infamous ball bobble…Haha! Go Seahawks!

  34. ccjcsr says: Sep 25, 2013 2:25 PM

    Does it really matter? The NFC East is ours!

  35. conormacleod says: Sep 25, 2013 2:54 PM

    I am a police officer. I have found throughout my career that when I question subjects, the louder they protest, the more guilty they are. The “he’s the best QB in the league” comment is so over the top that you must discount everything else that was said prior to that as well. In short, his entire testimony is impeachable due to that one ridiculous comment.

  36. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 25, 2013 2:58 PM

    “Furthermore”, Jones continued, “I’ve never had a facelift and I was responsible for the Superbowl Wins when Jimmy Johnson was coach.”

  37. conormacleod says: Sep 25, 2013 2:58 PM

    Wait. So Jerry Jones is in all the meetings with the players all week? Or was it just Jerry’s 40 year old brain that was in the meeting while his 80 year old body was napping?

    “There was absolutely – and I emphasize absolutely – no reference in any way to another player,” Jones said.

  38. trollaikman8 says: Sep 25, 2013 3:03 PM

    “Best QB in the league? Let’s just look at the current overall Quarterback Ratings (QBR) so far this season:”

    Stop legitimizing ESPN’s ridiculous QBR metric. Just stop.

  39. tvjules says: Sep 25, 2013 3:20 PM

    “And our owner is the best in the league, too,” Hatcher added.

  40. donnymacjack says: Sep 25, 2013 3:21 PM

    Given the right supporting staff Romo could easily be a Super Bowl QB. Problem is the scheme the Cowboys use. They’re just way too pass happy. Get Romo in a set-up like Seattle, San Francisco, and others that emphasize a physical, pounding running game, and he’d be very successful. Put him in play-action with a run game and watch the points start rolling in.

  41. blackdonnelly says: Sep 25, 2013 3:26 PM

    ‘He’s the best quarterback in the league,’ Hatcher said

    I need to get out more often…..apparently I’ve been missing significant stuff (LOL!)

  42. realdealsteel says: Sep 25, 2013 3:55 PM

    Romo is known for having brain cramps, he should be called out. Someone has to.

  43. ras1tafari says: Sep 25, 2013 4:04 PM

    I was hoping this was a story about Romo being high at a team meeting.

  44. prmpft says: Sep 25, 2013 4:23 PM

    no – you have it all wrong – romo STRIPPED in the meeting.

  45. prmpft says: Sep 25, 2013 4:23 PM

    actually – romo tripped in the meeting – he’s ok though, no worries.

  46. dlk47823 says: Sep 25, 2013 4:30 PM

    Steeler fans should be banned from posting on other teams or players until THEY WIN A GAME.

  47. packersarethebest says: Sep 25, 2013 4:34 PM

    Why is this .500 franchise and it’s megalomaniac owner relevant?

  48. hockeyfan28 says: Sep 25, 2013 6:19 PM

    Because packers their 2-1 your 1-2

  49. mrba4775 says: Sep 25, 2013 7:50 PM

    Jerry Jones will finally receive that 4th Super Bowl Ring in February, GO Cowboys!!

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