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Stephen Jones: Like LeBron, Romo just needs a ring


Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones knows there are some people who criticize quarterback Tony Romo. But Jones thinks Romo is going to make those people eat their words.

Asked on Sirius XM NFL Radio about people who question Romo, Jones said, “You just wonder if they really know what they’re talking about.”

Jones then added that he realizes why some people are upset that the Cowboys haven’t reached a Super Bowl with Romo as their quarterback, but he said that doesn’t mean Romo can’t win the big one. Jones compared Romo to LeBron James, who took a lot of criticism before leading the Miami Heat to the NBA title.

“I completely understand here in Dallas there is a high bar when you look at some of the quarterbacks that we’ve had here and the championships that they’ve won,” Jones said. “I think Tony would be the first to tell you that he’s disappointed that his success in the postseason and winning a Super Bowl hasn’t been better. But if you look at how he’s performed year in and year and year out, I saw some very interesting statistics on him after the first 100 games and I think he ranks with just about anybody in terms of his first 100 NFL football games. But I think in due time he’ll get his justice, his day in court and when he does lead us to a Super Bowl, which I do think will happen, then I think all the doubters will go by the wayside. You look at just the history of athletes in general, whether it’s a LeBron James or anybody, there’s a lot of criticism until you put those championship rings on their fingers. I think Tony will get his and when he does I think history is going to look upon him, look at his career, and say that, hey, he was one hell of a quarterback.”

Judging Romo by whether or not he wins a ring isn’t entirely fair, as winning a ring is a team accomplishment, not an individual one. But Jones is probably right that that’s the way Romo will be remembered. So if Romo wants to be mentioned alongside Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, he’s going to need to deliver in the postseason. And hope his teammates do, too.

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73 Responses to “Stephen Jones: Like LeBron, Romo just needs a ring”
  1. footballgod87 says: Oct 24, 2013 5:34 PM

    Didn’t Realize That Romo was a 4 time MVP and widely considered the best player in the league.

  2. jbl429 says: Oct 24, 2013 5:34 PM

    Except that LeBron won two league MVPs before he won the championship. He also didn’t go the first 8 years of his career with a total of one postseason win.

  3. logicalvoicessayss says: Oct 24, 2013 5:37 PM

    I’ve got to admit that Romo and the Cowboys really have the Skins number and I don’t see that changing ever. I actually secretly root for the Cowboys because my team is irrelevant.

  4. buddysguys says: Oct 24, 2013 5:40 PM

    and talent…..yeah he needs talent too. Oh and be clutch…def needs to be clutch. Oh and he needs 31 other QBs to leave the league.

  5. bennyb82 says: Oct 24, 2013 5:40 PM

    Actually it makes sense if you think about it. If Lebron never got a ring, the media would say he chokes and just has good stats until it matters.

  6. hakunamangata says: Oct 24, 2013 5:40 PM

    So you’re saying for Romo to be good he needs to win superbowls…hmmm is water wet Mr. Jones?

  7. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 24, 2013 5:41 PM

    I’d put money on Dallas making the playoffs this season.

  8. stlunatik says: Oct 24, 2013 5:44 PM

    All Romo needs is a owner who is not a moron.

  9. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Oct 24, 2013 5:44 PM

    steve’s best hope of romo getting a super bowl would be to talk daddy out of being owner/g.m./press spokesman/defacto coach.

  10. paulsmith107 says: Oct 24, 2013 5:44 PM

    All these funny guys talking about romo. Bunch of idiots

  11. bishopbengals says: Oct 24, 2013 5:45 PM

    So…….he’s nothing like Lebron? Gotcha…..

  12. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Oct 24, 2013 5:45 PM

    If he were presented a ring, Tony would fumble the exchange. I’ll be here all week ;_*

  13. 700levelvet says: Oct 24, 2013 5:46 PM

    The most mediocre franchise in sports….

  14. javierjiminy says: Oct 24, 2013 5:46 PM

    Since when did Romo betray his hometown team and took his talents to Southbeach?

  15. javierjiminy says: Oct 24, 2013 5:48 PM

    Since when did Romo have issues with his hairline?

  16. cfeeley52 says: Oct 24, 2013 5:50 PM

    I’ve followed Romo his entire career and bottom line is he simply cannot be trusted with the ball in his hands when the game is on the line. I don’t care how many stats he puts up in the regular season, he’s just not a winner. The Denver game was his entire career in a nutshell…

  17. beardinals says: Oct 24, 2013 5:50 PM

    Shetphen is CLEARLY ready to take over when Jerruh goes. They won’t miss a beat.

  18. cfeeley52 says: Oct 24, 2013 5:52 PM

    assuredmutualdestruction says:
    Oct 24, 2013 5:41 PM
    I’d put money on Dallas making the playoffs this season.
    I would too, then I’d double down on them losing in the first round.

  19. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 24, 2013 5:53 PM

    LeBron doesn’t fumble.

  20. squapity says: Oct 24, 2013 5:59 PM

    This “esteem offensive” that the Jones’ continue to blow up Romo’s arse would be embarassing if they had any modicum of perspective on how people see the Cowboys organization.

  21. dolphindubs says: Oct 24, 2013 5:59 PM

    Just because something hasn’t happened, doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Anyone who says Romo (or any other athlete) can’t win the big one WHILE they are still active players are idiots. Can’t make a blanket statement like “he can’t win the big one” until a career is over.

    How many idiots harped on Phil Mickelson saying he couldn’t win a Major? Or said the same thing about LeBron not winning a championship?

  22. serkeljerks says: Oct 24, 2013 6:02 PM

    assuredmutualdestruction says:
    Oct 24, 2013 5:41 PM
    I’d put money on Dallas making the playoffs this season.


    Yeah, because someone has to from that division!

    Don’t kid yourself. Romo is about as clutch as a missing donut tire in the trunk.

  23. bert1913 says: Oct 24, 2013 6:04 PM

    Unlike Romo, LeBron doesn’t choke in the playoffs

  24. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 24, 2013 6:05 PM

    If Romo is Lebron (and in the theme of who a particular star athlete resembles from a different sport), then Russell Wilson has to be Magic Johnson. (Minus the titles for the time being…maybe a very short time being)

  25. bengalskuta82 says: Oct 24, 2013 6:05 PM

    It would suck to play for a franchise that has a owner that is so full of himself.
    Let your coaches and players play the game. Leave them alone and stay the heck away from the media. You are hurting your QB and your team. Just hide in your owners box and go home.
    Tony shouldn’t worry about the media. Sure he says he doesn’t but its hard when the guy the pays him, loves the cameras.
    Jerry Jones is the problem.

  26. eaglefan94 says: Oct 24, 2013 6:05 PM

    I’m not a Romo basher, but comparing him to LeBron is ludicrous as he is nowhere near as dominant in the NFL as LeBron has been in the NBA. Not to mention that basketball is one of the only team sports where you can feasibly judge individuals on the amount of championships he’s won. One player can often take over a basketball game, but in football it takes a complete team to win.

  27. bluebongzilla says: Oct 24, 2013 6:07 PM

    “So you’re saying for Romo to be good he needs to win superbowls…hmmm is water wet Mr. Jones?”

    Quick, somebody tell Dan Marino that he was never any good. SMH.

  28. hyzers says: Oct 24, 2013 6:08 PM

    Stafford will win a Super Bowl before Romo does.

  29. dalcow4 says: Oct 24, 2013 6:08 PM

    LeBron?? Romo is more like Greg Norman– likable guy, all the talent in the world, but for whatever reason he chokes in crunch time a heck of a lot.

  30. 4greatestvikingever says: Oct 24, 2013 6:08 PM

    So are they going to trade him to a contender?

  31. bluebongzilla says: Oct 24, 2013 6:09 PM

    “I don’t care how many stats he puts up in the regular season, he’s just not a winner.”

    Except for the fact that he has a winning record as a starter.

  32. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 24, 2013 6:09 PM


    I think Dallas looks the best. Kiffin will get that defense playing at a high level. And whatever team Vick is on seems to be cursed…it always gets worse each year he’s there.

  33. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 24, 2013 6:18 PM

    I would put money on the Cowboys being eliminated from the playoffs. I would also put money on Andrew Luck getting a ring before Romo.

  34. cboys4life says: Oct 24, 2013 6:19 PM

    @buddysguys “31 other QBs would have to leave the league?” How many of those 31 QBs are actually good enough to beat tony romo? And how does tony romo lack talent? Like most romo bashers I’m sure you have no answer for that other than bringing up interceptions which no other QB in the history of the nfl has ever thrown besides tony romo. Or his postseason record which is of course the worst ever for an nfl QB including Matt Ryan.

  35. stuartscottslazyeyeball says: Oct 24, 2013 6:24 PM

    What’s the best thing about dating a Cowboys fan?

    You know she isn’t looking for a ring.

  36. bradyandthethebandaidcrew12 says: Oct 24, 2013 6:28 PM

    It could be, but Romo isn’t clutch. Period. I like him, but not clutch enough

  37. wimpyburgers says: Oct 24, 2013 6:33 PM

    Okay; somebody has to go on the record here to say that the Cowboys will never win a
    Super Bowl with Tony Romo as their quarterback

    And btw, how innovative are the Cowboys? They have Monte Kiffin as DC trying to replicate what he did for the Bucs. I don’t here Garrett’s name being mentioned with the head coaches from New England, San Fran, Seattle, or Philly

  38. teal379 says: Oct 24, 2013 6:34 PM

    paulsmith107 says: Oct 24, 2013 5:44 PM

    All these funny guys talking about romo. Bunch of idiots

    That “idiot” happens to own the team, well his dad does but it will be his one of these days.

  39. lance19 says: Oct 24, 2013 6:39 PM

    The Manning Brothers remind us that the number of Lombardi trophies owned can be VERY misleading…

  40. whatjusthapped says: Oct 24, 2013 6:43 PM

    I’m no Romo fan but the comparison is fundamentally flawed. In basketball, there are 5 players on the court so if one is really special, there is a much greater opportunity to impact the outcome of a game.

    Football, on the other hand, is the ultimate team sport. The Cowboy team is less than dominate and I understand that Romo is going to be blamed more than he deserves but he too has performed poorly in the playoffs.

    His GM is a complete tool and that has the biggest impact on their Superbowl chances.

  41. cboys4life says: Oct 24, 2013 6:56 PM

    Yea I hear Jim harbaugh mentioned mostly when he’s bitching about something and what Philly coach? Chip Kelly? Or the better coach they let go to make way for an overrated college coach?

  42. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 24, 2013 6:58 PM

    Terrible!!! Horrible!!! Laughable!!! Comparison

    And I’m no LeBron James fan.. But com’on man you have to be joking!

  43. gpete1962 says: Oct 24, 2013 7:07 PM

    So did Froto Baggins!!

  44. johnnyb216 says: Oct 24, 2013 7:09 PM

    …And that’s where the similarities end!

  45. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Oct 24, 2013 7:23 PM

    And just like LeBron, Romo will have to leave his first crappy team that is a perpetual non-contender for a real contender before he will ever have a legitimate shot at winning that championship.

  46. 1rockyracoon says: Oct 24, 2013 7:28 PM

    LeBron took a mediocre Cleveland team to the Finals. Plus, add in the league MVPs and measure that against Romo’s 1 playoff win. Yeah, it’s exactly the same.

  47. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 24, 2013 7:44 PM

    Not with Skeletor at GM.

  48. ripster65 says: Oct 24, 2013 7:52 PM

    Unlike LeBron, Romo isn’t nearly the game changer for the NFL that LeBron is for the NBA (doubt he ever will be). Unlike LeBron, Romo will NEVER be mentioned as possibly one of the best athlete’s his league has ever seen. That list goes on.


    Like Marino, Romo has great numbers and …well, Romo has great numbers.

  49. grizzz2 says: Oct 24, 2013 7:57 PM

    Doesn’t that moron know that Tony is a Warren Moon clone? Oh I am sorry, Warren had one at least one playoff win at this point and went 9 times in a row into the post season. His statements actually clarify that he is exactly like his father and nothing will change ever. No Super Bowls for the Cowboys for the next 40 yrs.

  50. broadstbully says: Oct 24, 2013 8:00 PM

    Jesus f#€&!^£ Christ.

    He didn’t compare the two. He cited LeBron as evidence of a star player (which Romo is) being overly criticized due, in large part, to a lack of championship hardware (which Romo is). And he’s right. If Romo wins a ring, people will chill with the criticism.


  51. cboys4life says: Oct 24, 2013 8:01 PM

    And every year tony romo has taken a sorry ass cowboy team and led them as far as one man can lead a team with 10 other guys by his side not contributing much and 11 other guys playing a facet of the game he has no control over. To compare lebron James accomplishments in basketball to tony romos in football is stupid lebron James has fewer guys he has to depend on for help and in basketball your offense is also your defense

  52. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Oct 24, 2013 8:02 PM

    dallas will be stuck at five rings for atleast a few decades..

  53. thegonz13 says: Oct 24, 2013 8:05 PM

    Won’t get it. Not in this lifetime.


  54. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 24, 2013 8:06 PM

    I’m not sure this Lebron comparison works but sure, a super bowl win would do Romo some good.

    To even think about getting to that point he must keep the INTs low and stop giving the ball away late in games when it’s all on the line. Otherwise this super bowl talk is wack.

  55. ianijm says: Oct 24, 2013 8:14 PM

    So now we all know what the next headline is coming out of Cowboys camp …

    “Stephen Jones busted for possession of drugs!”

  56. 808raiderinparadise says: Oct 24, 2013 8:26 PM

    LeBron was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 15 yrs old.

    He was talked to the next great to challenge MJ’s air.

    #1 pick

    He had to live up to that, drew criticism till he won, and will until he retires and after too.

    Tony Romo went to eastern illinois, nobody expected him to even sniff an NFL roster, what he has done is amazing !!!! he draws criticism in a much different light that LBJ.

  57. ivanpavlov0000 says: Oct 24, 2013 9:23 PM

    Romo being like LeBron is delusional. I understand that team execs have to spin things, but … this is like Fox News saying people liked the government shutdown.

  58. thebiblestudent says: Oct 24, 2013 9:34 PM

    So…Lebron had to go to another team to win a ring, Romo is getting traded?

  59. axespray says: Oct 24, 2013 10:03 PM

    Rodgers, Brees, Lebron, Eli, Flacco …. all of these guys got no love from Skip Bayless and Colin Coward.

    All of these guys recently won a Championship.

    Meanwhile, Brady hasn’t won a superbowl since they started nutting all over him, Romo seems to have garbage luck – he gets love from ’em.

    Tebow… is garbage – yet got hate from Colin – so 1 playoff win…

  60. bluenose1965 says: Oct 24, 2013 10:35 PM

    I wish the Cowboys would realize they are irrelevant.

  61. pieromania says: Oct 24, 2013 11:12 PM

    Romo will never have a Superbowl ring as a starting quarterback. Only way he gets one as a player is if he’s riding the bench behind someone who can actually win in the playoffs and can finish hard fought games.

  62. nflmadnness says: Oct 24, 2013 11:56 PM

    Romo!, play’s all sport’s, but master of none..

  63. grandpoopah says: Oct 25, 2013 12:50 AM

    Stephen Jones: Duhhhhh!

  64. lordjoshington says: Oct 25, 2013 1:02 AM

    I’ll put money on RGIII winning a Super Bowl before Romo.

  65. raiderufan says: Oct 25, 2013 7:22 AM

    I think he would have been better served pointing to the commentary regarding Peyton Manning before he got his ring as opposed to Lebron….the things said about Peyton now that he has just one compared to just the year before is night and day.

  66. buddysguys says: Oct 25, 2013 7:22 AM


    yes i would bring up his untimely interceptions that he throws. His multiple choke jobs. Thats not elite. He is a run of the mill QB with no meaningful wins in his career. Until then Lebron and him should only be mentioned when they golf together…..maybe he meant golf and this whole article is wrong???

  67. 1historian says: Oct 25, 2013 8:03 AM

    compare Tony Romo to Lebron James

    what’s the punch line?

  68. raven0024 says: Oct 25, 2013 8:19 AM

    He just has to justify the millions they are paying this loser. Comparing him to LBJ in any way is just stupid. LBJ has talent that is out of this world & he’s a leader & he can motivate his players & make them better. Other teams fear him, they might say they don’t but I’m sure they do. He is a proven winner & always comes up big when he’s needed unlike the other one that is guaranteed to choke when they need him the most.

    I agree that Luck will get a ring before Romo, I even think RG3 probably will too.

  69. virgilcole says: Oct 25, 2013 8:58 AM

    Trent Dilfer has a ring also.

    Does that make him a great QB?

    No, he has to send thank you cards to the Ravens defense every month.

  70. tonyovertroy says: Oct 25, 2013 9:25 AM


    If you’d pay attention instead of just repeating lazy media nonsense so you feel smart, you’d realize that Kiffin is NOT running his old Tampa-2 in Dallas. They have adapted to the strengths of their team and are playing almost exclusively a nickel package with 2 LBs. The corners are playing press-man (Tampa-2 is a zone defense) and their performance has reflected that.

    As for all of this discussion about comparing him to LeBron, it’s dead-on. People dismissing this comparison because Romo isn’t as dominant as LeBron is are missing the forest for the trees.

    Stephen Jones (who IS – not WILL BE – doing a helluva job as GM) was only saying that the stereotype for LeBron changed after he won his ring. I DISTINCTLY remember all the trash talk heaped on him when he “choked” against Dallas in the Miami 3’s first trip to the Finals. (There was a joke: “Why didn’t LeBron James graduate college? He didn’t show up for the Finals!) All of a sudden, the Heat put a ring on it, and now everyone can’t help but talk about James as a clutch performer, blah blah blah.

    The message from this statement is simple: When Romo wins the Super Bowl, the lazy narrative will no longer be that Romo can’t perform when it matters. Just like Peyton, who sucks royally in the postseason but does have a ring, he will have “proof” that he can win the big one, and the haters will disappear.

    It’s amazing how many of you are too lost in trying to get thumbs up from Cowboy non-fans to actually get the point of the article.

  71. dankil13 says: Oct 25, 2013 9:47 AM

    Tony Romo is the Bobby Abreu of the NFL… he is all-world on the stat sheet, but rarely comes thru in the clutch when he is needed the most.

  72. keepyerstickontheice says: Oct 25, 2013 10:15 AM

    Romo’s only playoff win was over the Eagles, who they beat by a similar score a week earlier. His nationally televised chokes however, are too numerous to mention.

    Jerry’s brain perfectly cancels out Jerry’s money, leaving the team in 8-8 (+/- 1 game) purgatory until he sells the team or rapture, whichever comes first.

  73. cincinasty87 says: Oct 25, 2013 11:05 AM

    Bahahahaha Jones has jokes

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