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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
DANA POINT, Calif. -- In Tony we trust. That seems to be the offseason mantra for the Dallas Cowboys -- especially if you listen to Jerry Jones for 30 minutes or so. After darting past reporters for two days, Jones made himself available for comment Tuesday afternoon.
|Tony Romo got a ringing endorsement from Jerry Jones on Tuesday.|
His main message was that releasing Terrell Owens was mostly about putting Tony Romo in a better position to succeed. But as I've already pointed out, Jones also said that the presence of undrafted wide receiver Miles Austin made his decision easier. (No, that's not a misprint).
He ended his 30-minute session by saying, "I wouldn't trade Tony for anybody." I think that was in response to some of the fantasy talk about trading Romo for Jay Cutler. Here's the other stuff Jones said about Romo:
"I've always been so amused about any talk of Tony and his focus on football and his work ethic," Jones said. "Tony's boring. He won't talk about anything but football and the Cowboys and how to move the ball and what plays we can run. I don't know if I've been around anybody that's just that into football. I wish he would talk more about spicy things, but I can't get him to."
So other than his desire for Romo to spice up his conversations, Jones seems to feel pretty good about the quarterback. He talked about how pleased he was that wide receiver Roy Williams (remember him?) and Romo have been working out together so much at Valley Ranch. Jones said that Williams showed up for workouts three weeks before the actual voluntary workouts began.
In other news, Jones said it was his hope that the league would soon employ an 18-game regular schedule and only have two preseason games.
"I think it would improve our options inventory wise," he said.
I also asked Jones if he was disappointed the Cowboys weren't awarded a prime-time game during opening weekend so that he could show off his new stadium.
"Not at all," he quickly said. "We probably needed the time."
OK, I'll roll out some more quotes later. Don't forget that I'm sitting on a Zorn exclusive. We'll have that when we come back.