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Jerry Jones would like a version of Favre-Rodgers succession plan in Dallas

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 05: Two fans, one wearing an Aaron Rodgers jersey and one wearing a Brett Favre jersey, wait for the start of practice at the Green Bay Packers summer training camp on August 5, 2008 at the Hutson Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

In Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ perfect world, Tony Romo will be the quarterback of the Cowboys for the next four to five years.

That hasn’t stopped Jones from thinking about what the team will do at quarterback once Romo is no longer in the picture, however. After watching his team’s 2015 season go down in flames with Romo sidelined after breaking his collarbone twice, Jones has also spent some time talking about the team adding better options behind Romo to their quarterback depth chart.

It’s a move that the Packers made in 2005 when they drafted Aaron Rodgers in the first round despite the presence of Brett Favre. Rodgers sat for three seasons before taking over after Favre moved on to the Jets and he’s thrived since ascending to the top job, something Jones wouldn’t mind copying in Dallas.

“If a player came in here and played behind him 3-4 years, he would come out with a Harvard degree in how to play quarterback, in my mind,” Jones said, via “He would be that influential. And it would open up an area of how to play the game that we all would agree has a certain unique style to it, Romo. Just like, say, Favre did with Rodgers. That’s in my mind. That can be very impressionable and really be a big positive. So when I’m sitting there thinking about which way to go here, the ability to with Romo there and the ability to have a top talent learning behind that team and with Romo, it‘s a big asset.”

Romo sat for several years himself before getting bumped up in the middle of the 2006 season and there’s definitely something to be said for giving a young quarterback time to mature before they become a starter. It helped that Romo came to the team as an undrafted free agent without any pressure to play immediately, something that’s hard to mimic given how rare it is to see a quarterback follow that route to NFL success.

It’s also hard for a Cowboys team with other pressing needs now to use a premium pick for a player who won’t see the field unless something goes wrong so it will be interesting to see how the Cowboys try to set up that kind of succession plan — minus the rancor that accompanied Favre’s departure from Green Bay, we’d imagine — this year or in the coming offseasons.

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61 Responses to “Jerry Jones would like a version of Favre-Rodgers succession plan in Dallas”
  1. jswheeler says: Mar 2, 2016 11:39 AM

    and I want a pony and a million dollars but I can’t have everything I want.

  2. mrnasty1984 says: Mar 2, 2016 11:40 AM

    Jerry Jones also drinks his own bath water so…

  3. RegisHawk says: Mar 2, 2016 11:42 AM

    Ok…who’s gonna be the “Favre”?

  4. floratiotime says: Mar 2, 2016 11:43 AM

    Doesn’t he know it didn’t go well. That Favre gave Rodgers the cold shoulder, and was miserable to him. And that the Pack finally had to dump him. So you want that for Dallas huh? Brilliant.

  5. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Mar 2, 2016 11:43 AM


    The problem is that while Romo is a borderline elite starter (when healthy), he is nowhere near the HOF caliber that Favre was.

    You need the first part of the equation before you can get to the 2nd.


  6. jimnsota says: Mar 2, 2016 11:44 AM

    Dont you need to have a Favre like QB for that plan Jeruh?

  7. InLavonteWeTrust says: Mar 2, 2016 11:45 AM

    This would definitely be a watered down version….

  8. addair154 says: Mar 2, 2016 11:46 AM

    Hey Gerry your “Farve-Rogers” theory is severely flawed, where as you first need a quarterback that is the caliber of a Farve! You have a quarterback who doesn’t have the experience at what it takes to win when it really counts!

  9. philtration says: Mar 2, 2016 11:46 AM

    So he is pleased to announce that he has signed Brett Favre and now all he has to do is wait for Rodgers to leave Green Bay.

    And you people thought that Jerrah had no idea what he was doing!

  10. kevpft says: Mar 2, 2016 11:47 AM

    Well, then this is your year, Mr. Jones. So long as Romo stays healthy, you’re not likely to be this high in the draft again anytime soon. And you’ll probably have all but one QB available to choose from this year. And if you want that QB enough, the Browns might just let you trade up for him.

    Not saying any of this year’s guys are the one. But with likely 3-4 years of Romo left, if he stays healthy, this seems like the time to give it a shot.

  11. jerry944 says: Mar 2, 2016 11:47 AM

    Id take romo over favre any day..for those who dont know..favre is nfl all time leader in interceptions

  12. doggeatdogg says: Mar 2, 2016 11:50 AM

    A transition based on talent yes, but Farve’s attitude was far from exemplary. He gave Rodgers no pearls of wisdom.

  13. squidlips82 says: Mar 2, 2016 11:50 AM

    RegisHawk says:
    Mar 2, 2016 11:42 AM
    Ok…who’s gonna be the “Favre”?


    Tony Romo? LOL…..LOL….

  14. realdealsteel says: Mar 2, 2016 11:54 AM

    Jerry would also like a better plastic surgeon but we all can’t get what we want.

  15. ariani1985 says: Mar 2, 2016 11:56 AM

    So jerruh likes to lose playoff games?

  16. squidlips82 says: Mar 2, 2016 11:56 AM

    doggeatdogg says:
    Mar 2, 2016 11:50 AM
    A transition based on talent yes, but Farve’s attitude was far from exemplary. He gave Rodgers no pearls of wisdom.


    … transition based on TALENT….. NO. Romo’s career or talent is no where near what Favre has accomplished.

  17. icallbs81 says: Mar 2, 2016 11:58 AM

    Rodgers became a better QB sitting and learning how to play the game. Had he been drafted by the 49ers and fed to the wolves, after say week 4 or 5 he would not be the QB he is now. Say could be said about Steve Young sitting behind Montana. Young would have continued to be the bust he was in TB had he not sat and learned (I understand Walsh being there helped Young develop).

    If you believe the QB position is the most important position and you fall in love with a player that you know will not make it out of the top 8 to 10, you make the selection.

  18. topgun1019 says: Mar 2, 2016 11:59 AM

    Packer QB Succession Plan: Favre –> Rodgers

    Cowboys QB Succession Plan: Romo –> Manziel

    Somehow, I don’t think this will go as well for Dallas as it did for GB.

  19. irishgary says: Mar 2, 2016 12:01 PM


    How many playoffs wins does Romo have? How many Super Bowls has he played in?

    You can have Romo

  20. silverandblack052099 says: Mar 2, 2016 12:04 PM

    Romo over Favre, that’s funny. Farve is the leader in interceptions, sure. But he’s #2 in TDs, won a Super Bowl, has been league MVP and played way more than Romo and had a HOF career. Romo on the other hand just gets injured, throws bad 4th qtr picks, drops snaps in the playoffs (all 3 playoff games he’s played in) and won’t even sniff the HOF. I’ll take Favre every time you put him up against Romo.

  21. 93gravedigger says: Mar 2, 2016 12:05 PM

    So Romo goes to the Vikings after they give up on little teddy, then Romo sabotages the Vikings Superbowl hopes by throwing a pick in the playoffs.
    If anyone can pull it off its Jerry

  22. lingsun54 says: Mar 2, 2016 12:18 PM

    Jerry Jones is right, in a way. Romo is very good but he’s no Hall of Famer. Favre played a long time but was average at best most of the time. Favre has an interception total that will never be broken. He doesn’t deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. I live in Packer country. I’ve seen more of Favre on the football field than 95% of you here.

  23. steelerben says: Mar 2, 2016 12:21 PM

    I think people might be taking the comparison too literally. I don’t believe Jerry, even at his most delusional, thinks that Romo and Favre are interchangeable.

    I think more what he meant is that he would like to go from one quarterback that the organization has confidence in to another, after the new quarterback has had several seasons to sit on the bench developing his game at the NFL level, which is the plan that any team that has been fortunate enough to have a reliable starter for 8+ seasons should be following.

  24. Big Ant TV says: Mar 2, 2016 12:24 PM

    winning a title 1st has too happen dont you agree

  25. Modern Day Einstein says: Mar 2, 2016 12:25 PM

    So that means, Goff goes 4th overall.

    Im calling this one.

  26. glac1 says: Mar 2, 2016 12:28 PM

    soooo…… Don’t reach and take a quarterback that isn’t worthy of being picked at your draft slot.

  27. hrmlss says: Mar 2, 2016 12:28 PM

    A bad version?

  28. bleedingfacemask says: Mar 2, 2016 12:28 PM

    “If a player came in here and played behind him 3-4 years, he would come out with a Harvard degree in how to play quarterback, in my mind,” Jones said”
    In other words, Jerry is looking for the next Ryan Fitzpatrick?

  29. ttommytom says: Mar 2, 2016 12:29 PM

    Brett Favre missed how many games? Romo?

    If Goff or Wentz fell to pick 35 a and Romo stayed healthy for 3 years(lol), the 35th pick becomes all-pro , then yeah, Dallas can have a Green Bay thing.

    Jerry should just swap his GM and some draft picks for the Green Bay GM.

  30. corvettehigh says: Mar 2, 2016 12:35 PM

    Weird. Who would want a future-HOF caliber QB waiting to step in?

    Oh, all 32 teams, thats right.

  31. shaggytoodle says: Mar 2, 2016 12:36 PM

    Dallas isn’t the only team that wishes they had the good fortune the Packers have the last 20 years.

  32. mrbiggstuff says: Mar 2, 2016 12:40 PM

    In his first three seasons, Jason Garrett went 8-8. In his fourth season, he finished 12-4. Not want to deviate too far from the mean, he promptly compiled a 4-12 record in his fifth year.

    In five seasons, Jason Garrett is 40-40 as the head coach of the Cowboys.

    If you looked up mediocrity in the dictionary, you wouldn’t find it. Instead it would be replaced with the word “JasonGarrett”.

  33. RegisHawk says: Mar 2, 2016 12:40 PM

    Jerruh must be applying the Bizarro-filter again. That would make Romo the Bizarro-Favre (which is eminently more believable), so we just need to identify the Bizarro-Rodgers.

  34. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 2, 2016 12:44 PM

    Romo is made of glass and if he played in the era were QB were not as protected as they are today, he would have retired after 2 seasons. Guess what, Favre played in that era and lasted a long time. Just durability alone puts Favre ahead of Romo.

  35. redsoxu571 says: Mar 2, 2016 12:48 PM

    Hahaha. Look at all the idiot trolls on here once again lying through their teeth about Romo not being any good.

    Romo is a really, really good QB. Period, end of story, the debate was closed long ago. If you say otherwise, you are a loser who needs to get a life. Pretty simple.

    Also, why did Jones’s comments get lumped into the idea of Dallas spending a “premium pick” on a QB? All Jones talked about was liking the idea of letting a QB develop over time. That sounds like the EXACT plan for drafting a QB in the MIDDLE ROUNDS and letting him develop over time…no premium pick required.

  36. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Mar 2, 2016 12:51 PM

    Does Romo like MN better, too?

  37. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Mar 2, 2016 12:52 PM

    But, NFL players don’t mind playing in Dallas. Green Bay is another story.

  38. djvh2 says: Mar 2, 2016 12:57 PM

    Romo would be a far better mentor than Favre, who wasn’t even willing to mentor even when asked to do it.

  39. likuidsmoke says: Mar 2, 2016 12:58 PM

    For those saying Favre didn’t teach Rodgers anything – even if he did sort of give him the cold shoulder, it’s not like he completely ignored him. Rodgers has said he learned a lot from Favre, and even just sitting behind him and watching how Favre went about the position and gaining that knowledge and experience helped tremendously.

    Favre still taught him a good amount, even if he didn’t fully “take him under his wing”. Rodgers improved a lot from college to the NFL, his mechanics were adjusted, and if you notice the way he releases sometimes while hopping and on one foot to get that extra pivot, Favre used to throw the same way and he got it from him, they’ve shown comparisons of it as well.

    But yeah basically I’m just saying, Favre does deserve some credit in the development of Rodgers.

  40. superpunky5 says: Mar 2, 2016 1:05 PM

    Johnny football is out there Jerry

  41. granadafan says: Mar 2, 2016 1:05 PM

    Hopefully Romo would be more classy and open to mentoring a young QB unlike Favre. Lord Bret was so upset that the Packers had the audacity to draft his eventual replacement after all the retirement waffling, that he refused to mentor Rodgers or even say so much as hello for the first few months. Rodgers had to learn by osmosis rather than any active mentoring. What makes Rodgers so great is that he learned what NOT do from Favre.

  42. smedley61 says: Mar 2, 2016 1:06 PM

    Green Bay is grooming Dallas’ next QB as we speak. Brett Hundley. It’ll only cost a couple firsts when he becomes available next year.

  43. bender4700 says: Mar 2, 2016 1:07 PM

    He’s planning to draft Favre, then eventually their Rodgers. Someday. Maybe.

  44. farvite says: Mar 2, 2016 1:08 PM

    Play your cards right Jerrah, and you might just get Rodgers.

    Can’t imagine he’s gonna want to be a part of a rebuild in Green Bay.

  45. robmix8 says: Mar 2, 2016 1:14 PM

    I for one like his thinking ………. all of you dollar aires sure have all the answers don’t you

  46. mediasloppy says: Mar 2, 2016 1:15 PM

    floratiotime says:
    Mar 2, 2016 11:43 AM

    Doesn’t he know it didn’t go well. That Favre gave Rodgers the cold shoulder, and was miserable to him. And that the Pack finally had to dump him. So you want that for Dallas huh? Brilliant.
    That cold shoulder was just another chip on Rodgers shoulder. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to see Rodgers plays just like Favre.

    Any team has to dump their star QB eventually and no QB worth their salt will just roll over. If Favre was at the end of his career, the Packers would NOT have made sure he went to another division. Favre played great for the Jets until he tore a muscle in his arm and then almost took the Vikings to the Super Bowl.

  47. mountie97 says: Mar 2, 2016 1:20 PM

    Geriatric idiot wants what every team wants. What a moron!!!

  48. tndiver says: Mar 2, 2016 1:23 PM

    How did that work out for Brandon Weedon? What did he leave with, an Associates degree? What about all the other QB’s they have had?

  49. welcomehomelosangelesrams says: Mar 2, 2016 1:23 PM

    It’s funny how JJ’s mind works. In his mind, the Cowboys are an elite team and Romo is a hall of fame caliber QB.

  50. shaggytoodle says: Mar 2, 2016 1:26 PM

    Does that mean he hopes Romo finishes his career in Philly, or Washington trying to stick it to Dallas?

  51. snake11s says: Mar 2, 2016 1:30 PM

    With all his other great insights as a General Manager, it’s not hard to connect the dots to Manziel.
    This guy made his fortune as a used car salesman, Cowboys fans buy a new one every year and JJ keeps getting richer.
    I am pretty sure he would have fired anyone by now with that kind of track record for terrible drafting and even worse free agent signings.
    They have a high draft pick, can’t wait to see how they screw this up.

  52. shaggytoodle says: Mar 2, 2016 1:34 PM

    doggeatdogg says:
    Mar 2, 2016 11:50 AM
    A transition based on talent yes, but Farve’s attitude was far from exemplary. He gave Rodgers no pearls of wisdom.

    Not directly…. but you have to imagine watching Favre all those years helped enforce that high risk throws aren’t the best choice for the team.

  53. richcranium2112 says: Mar 2, 2016 1:51 PM

    Wouldn’t every team??

    Just without the prima donna antics that preceded it all and that have since been resolved.

  54. shaggytoodle says: Mar 2, 2016 2:00 PM

    snake11s says:
    Mar 2, 2016 1:30 PM
    I am pretty sure he would have fired anyone by now with that kind of track record for terrible drafting and even worse free agent signings.

    I agree… I think this off-season would have been a great one for a GM to start. and begin putting the team together for after Romo and Witten are done. Outside of the O-Line he has, assembled a team of mostly marginal talent.

    The thing is I don’t think a GM would ever want in Dallas, because of scenario like the Radiers and their coaching staff at odds, and Jerry would constantly be over the GMs shoulder telling him who to draft of sign in FA swinging around his big Ego.

  55. topwonk says: Mar 2, 2016 2:13 PM

    That’s a great plan. To achieve it the Cowboys need the following two things:

    1) An incumbent starting QB at Brett Favre’s level, and
    2) A young QB in the development role with the ability of Aaron Rodgers.

    They don’t have anything near #1, and good luck with #2…

  56. conormacleod says: Mar 2, 2016 2:19 PM

    Just like Favre and Rodgers, except without all that pesky winning and such.

  57. lrical says: Mar 2, 2016 2:20 PM

    That’s the dream. Hard to accomplish for any team.

  58. troylok says: Mar 2, 2016 2:21 PM

    Jerrah, Brett Favre on line two…

  59. ppc50 says: Mar 2, 2016 3:48 PM

    No QB at 4. Either pick Ramsey or trade down a couple picks for Jack, or further down, mid 1st for Elliot

  60. BringBackTheFlex says: Mar 2, 2016 4:29 PM

    It’s absolutely hilarious that people say Favre is elite and Romo isn’t, based I suppose on a SB win. I guess no one remembers that Favre won the SB with the #1 defense. In fact, the defense was top FIVE in EVERY defensive category except pass attempts allowed and fumbles lost.

    In fact, in eleven playoff years, Favre had a top ten defense 8 times.

  61. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 2, 2016 4:47 PM

    I think it speaks volumes that one of the greatest franchises in the history of the NFL is looking to Titletown for innovative best practices and thought leadership.

    It’s better football.

    For better people.

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