Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Dallas Cowboys [Print without images]

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Jones pushes for Romo's involvement in game planning

By Calvin Watkins



During the NFL draft, Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones discussed having quarterback Tony Romo more involved in the game plan on a weekly basis.

PODCAST
John Lynch joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss playing for Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli, why Cowboys fans should be excited about the new defensive staff, why Valley Ranch will no longer resemble a country club and his thoughts on the Cowboys roster.

Listen Listen
Jones even said he wanted Romo to spend long hours at Valley Ranch, much like Peyton Manning does in Denver.

Jones continued that stance during a Monday night interview on SiriusXM NFL radio.

"He's played a lot of games now," Jones said. "He certainly had a lot of time on the job before he ever started and played. He has a unique grasp of our offensive concepts. The people who are around him the most -- his coaches -- tell me he's never had a bad idea. If you think about where he's at right now, he's 10 years older than most of the players we have on the field. We think his skill level right now is very much where we hoped it would be and will be for several years to come. But what we want to use more than we ever have is the kind of thing that (ex-Cowboys quarterback Roger) Staubach contributed -- input into designing a plan that helps us beat that opponent."

I've always believed Romo had some influence with the game plan. He might not put it together, but it's quite natural for the starting quarterback to have some input.

PODCAST
Herm Edwards joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the latest Cowboys news and give his take on what new face will make the biggest impact for Dallas.

Listen Listen
Tight end Jason Witten was surprised at how much news this has gathered.

"I've always felt like Tony was very involved in the process of the plays and our scheme, how we attacked," Witten said from a charity event on May 3. "I think in any organization where you have an elite quarterback like that, you want him to feel comfortable. I think that's something we've always tried to do, and it sounds like we're going to continue to do that."

You have to think is Jones trying to justify giving Romo a $108 million contract by saying he will spend long hours at Valley Ranch, watch tape of prospective draft picks and help with the game plan.

Jones should feel good about the contract he gave Romo and shouldn't worry about what people say about it. If Romo were on the open market he might have gotten the same deal.

The problem with the contract is Romo's one playoff victory and his struggles in late season games. If Romo can overcome these things, maybe more people will become accepting of the deal.