Jerry Jones: I “dropped the ball” in not getting Tony Romo, Jason Witten a title

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A picture recently making the rounds on social media shows Jason Witten, Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray sitting in the locker room after a victory over the Colts on December 21, 2014. The players are all smiles, having clinched the NFC East.

It seems like only yesterday that Witten, Romo, Bryant and Murray were teammates on the Cowboys.

In the four years they were together, the Cowboys went 36-28. But their only playoff appearance came in 2014 when the Cowboys went 12-4. Dallas lost at Green Bay in the divisional round after the controversial replay overturn of Bryant’s fourth-down catch.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continues to call his biggest regret not winning a Lombardi Trophy with Romo and Witten. The quarterback and tight end had eight seasons together when Romo started more than half the games, and the Cowboys went 74-43 in the regular-season in those seasons but only 2-4 in the postseason.

“There’s no doubt that the personal feeling I have about what Tony Romo and Jason Witten brought to the Cowboys during their career, I don’t think I’ve had a moment in the day that at some time I don’t reflect back on those good years and what they contributed,” Jones said. “And I’ve said this: From my standpoint, I can’t help but say, ‘Boy, I really dropped the ball not doing enough to get them in a Super Bowl. That will be and is my biggest regret about my time with the Cowboys.”

Murray left as a free agent in 2015. Romo retired before the 2017 season. The last two men standing from that photo –Bryant and Witten — moved on this offseason. The Cowboys released Bryant last month, and Witten retired last week.

Romo and Witten’s departures in particular have left a hole in Jones’ heart and a leadership void on the team.

“I respected so much how unique Tony Romo’s contribution was both from a leadership standpoint as well as just his command of the game, his presence, everything out there,” Jones said. “It has just been reinforced when I also think about Witten not being on the field. It can’t help but remind me of what you miss when you lose a Tony Romo. On the other hand, just as the very nature of what happened now [last year with Romo’s retirement], that gives the opening for somebody else to step up not only as a player but also from the standpoint of leadership. I think we’ve really got the opportunity to see that here certainly with Dak [Prescott] and the general leadership we have on that side of the ball.”

47 responses to “Jerry Jones: I “dropped the ball” in not getting Tony Romo, Jason Witten a title

  1. Tee-hee-hee, Mister Jones. The reason no Lombardi was ever hoisted under Romo was because of Romo. Tee-hee-hee, Mister Jones.

  2. Funny Jones regrets not winning a Championship mentioning Romo and Witten by name. It’s because they’re white… HaHa!!!

  3. @wallabear

    It’s blatently obvious all your knowledge of football comes from video games

  4. Don’t blame yourself Jerry. You’re doing an awesome job with drafting, cap management and coaching hires. It’s your team and you should stay as GM forever.

    -Eagles fans everywhere

  5. Tony Romo was never going to win a SB. Dude found creative ways to lose close and important games. That is his legacey

    He didn’t take the game seriously – he took a vacation on the bye week before their divisional championship game and then crapped the bed leading to another early playoff exit. His priorities were messed up.

    He got paid a pile of money to –
    A) Throw for yards and TD’s in meaningless games
    B) Throw INT’s in important games

    He could throw for all the stats in the world, but he had no “clutch” gene. He played the game of his life against Peyton and the Broncos to go ahead and throw the game losing INT late in the game on a head-scratchingly bad decision. That’s who he was – play great until it mattered.

    I feel bad for Witten though, he hitched his horses to the wrong wagon.

  6. It is his team and I understand his wanting to play GM. Seems like a cool job. As a Cowboy fan (from 1960) all I can do is hope he “retires” before I do…They ain’t winning a SB with the culture he has brought to Dallas. Garrett as a head coach?? To his credit you can barely see the puppet strings.

  7. Romo dropped the ball while trying to hold for the kicker to make a chip shot.

    Remember that one? It was fun

  8. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    …I wonder how many SB’s the Cowboys would have had if Jimmy Johnson never was forced out? 8?..9?…10???
    ==

    Jimmy Johnson is not God, as evidenced by his results in Miami.
    Johnson certainly had far more to do with winning those Super Bowls than did Jerry Jones. But people forget those great teams were assembled and won two titles pre-salary cap and pre-free agency, not to mention with help with all the picks they got in return from trading Herschel Walker to the Vikings.
    Barry Switzer won one more title with Johnson’s players. But once the cap and free agency entered the picture in 1992, Johnson would have a hard time keeping that team together even if he stayed.
    He certainly would have won a third title had he stayed, perhaps a fourth. But 8-10? Not very likely.

  9. actually dez dropped the ball, jerruh. and you were never going to win a title w/ that group anyways. makes a cute storyline though, you feeling guilty all these years later, …

  10. “He could throw for all the stats in the world, but he had no “clutch” gene. He played the game of his life against Peyton and the Broncos to go ahead and throw the game losing INT late in the game on a head-scratchingly bad decision. That’s who he was – play great until it mattered.”

    This game was one of the most important games of Romo’s career. You know what people forget to mention about it? Dallas defense was ranked 32nd that year. In fact since the merger it was the fifth worst defense of all time.

    Romo. An undrafted free agent. Almost defeated the eventual AFC Champions with one of the worst defenses in history. The Cowboys not winning a SB has little to do with Romo.

  11. Jerry’s been “dropping the ball” for 20+ years. I’ve been a Cowboys fan for nearly 40 years (since I was a little kid) and I have grown completely apathetic to this team. 20 years of 8-8 ball will do that to a man.

  12. Maybe if he had hired someone who knows something about football as GM he wouldn’t have to regret being a knucklehead. Jerruh doesn’t care about winning Super Bowls. Jerruh just wants to dominate the team and make all the decisions, no matter how stupid they are.

  13. Jerruh let his head get so big he couldn’t walk through the door then he fired Jimmy Johnson–the man responsible for the three Super Bowls (Switzer won with Jimmy’s team). If Jerruh wants to blame something blame his super-sized ego.

  14. Jerrah, you did drop the ball, you just couldn’t swallow your pride & hire someone that’s actually QUALIFIED to be the GM & let the coach actually run the team…..
    Look at Kraft…. he surrounded himself with people that have true football knowledge & let them do what he hired them to do….
    See the difference?… yeah, didn’t think so!!!

  15. I didn’t know jerry jones played wide receiver. I thought it was dez Bryant who was dropping balls.

  16. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    May 10, 2018 at 4:07 pm
    …I wonder how many SB’s the Cowboys would have had if Jimmy Johnson never was forced out? 8?..9?…10???
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    Considering he did nothing when he went to the Dolphins, I’d have to guess 3, maybe 4. The third was a given since Switzer just coasted with the team.

    All Jerry needs for Garrett to succeed is for someone to give him 17 picks/player for one of their RBs on the roster. Make sure at least 5 of the picks are in the first two rounds.

  17. Funny about that commercial playing with Romo lately. Subtitle; Tony Romo Football Legend. Damn near spit up my drink.

  18. Stop blaming that playoff loss in Green Bay on Dez dropping the ball….

    that game was lost when Murray fumbled in the 3rd

  19. Don’t blame yourself jerry. Blame romo. He choked away soo many games. His choking legacy began with the muffed fg placement against the seahawks. Romo is an embarrassment and a bigtime choker in big games. Belichick would be considered an awful coach if romo was his qb since 2001. Jerry built some great teams that should have won atleast 2 rings with romo. It’s not Jerry’s fault romo is a walking disaster.

  20. harveyredman says:

    He could throw for all the stats in the world, but he had no “clutch” gene. He played the game of his life against Peyton and the Broncos to go ahead and throw the game losing INT late in the game on a head-scratchingly bad decision. That’s who he was – play great until it mattered.

    —————————–

    Hands down one of the best games of all time; one that featured a Peyton Manning TD run, Romo throwing for 5 TDs and 506 yards…

    And yet, the only thing I remember is Romo delivering a nice INT to the Broncos at the end.

  21. Don’t be so hard on yourself, Jerruh. You as a GM, as a doctor, and as a lawyer did even more damage to the team.

    At least your face lift(s) have held up under the strain of your incompetence.

  22. The int was on 3rd and long, so he forced it because if they had punted Manning would have driven and scored again as Dallas defense wasn’t stopping anything that day. He tried to win the game rather than throw it away or complete a pass short of the 1st down and then blame the loss on their pathetic defense.Romo haters gonna hate.

  23. Jerry wanted a title for Jerry but it sounds good to say you wanted to do it for other people.

  24. the Cowboys were legislated past the Lions in 2014 by the referees via perhaps the worst interference non-call in the history of the league, so it fitting they lost next week when prissy loudmouth quasi-no.1 WR Lane Bryant DROPPED THE BALL;

    Bryant NEVER caught that ball, the GROUND did;

  25. You are the one, Jerry! Remember those ill fated moves, Roy OU Williams big contract then he Haynesworthed you, Roy UT Williams trades and he turned out to be a flop, remember the draft when you gave up your number 2 leaving Andre Levrite, Phil Loadholt and Sebastian Vollmer on the board (the all made the probowl multiple times) for a load of coal. Remember Bobby Carpenter, Bruce Carter, passing on Randy Moss (thanks Chan Gailey – do you wonder why you are out of work). The list goes on. Jerry, you should have brought in a personnel man who knows how to evaluate talent.

  26. harryshavik says:
    May 10, 2018 at 3:58 pm
    Nice sentiments — I hope he saved the notes because in another 10 – 15 years when Dak & Zeke retire, he’ll need them again.

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    Dak won’t be in the league in 5 years, he and Zeke sure as heck aren’t going to do 10-15 together in Dallas.

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