Jerry Jones denies report that Romo was ripped in team meeting

AP

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.

49 responses to “Jerry Jones denies report that Romo was ripped in team meeting

  1. 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)

  2. They got it wrong…

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

  3. 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

  4. “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!

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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..

  11. 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’).

  12. 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….

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. “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.

  16. 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.

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