Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) smiles prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

How Much More Romo Friendly Can the Dallas Cowboys Take?

The Dallas Cowboys have seem to go out of their way to make sure that Tony Romo is happy even to the point of allowing him to evaluate draft talent.  As reported by the Dallas Cowboys team website, the website stated that “that Romo himself came to Valley Ranch to evaluate Gavin Escobar and Terrance Williams ahead of their eventual selections.”  There was even an article on the website entitled, “Completion of Draft Shows Clear ‘Romo-friendly’ Approach.” 

As much as the team needs the offense to be “Romo-friendly”, I wonder how much the team is overemphasizing the need of the quarterback over the needs of the team.  If Romo did have some input on the draft, why didn’t Demarcus Ware have the same type of input?  The last time I checked there were three phases of the game: offense, defense, special teams.  I also seem to remember that the offense is not the only phase that needed attention.

The jokes for many years have been about how Jerry Jones seems to pull the strings of the head coaches much like a puppet master.  I am now curious if Tony Romo is now not the puppet master pulling at Jones.

Looking at the draft, the Cowboys didn’t draft a defensive player until after the 4th pick when they selected S J.J. Wilcox out of Georgia Southern University.

November 17, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Matt Elam (22) gets pumped up against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Jacksonville State Gamecocks 23-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

To remind our fans, the Cowboys selected C Travis Frederick, TE Gavin Escobar, and WR Terrance Williams in basically a reloading of the offense.  The Cowboys passed on many defensive players that could have helped the team immediately as far as our big need for a safety.  I still cannot believe that Matt Elam was there at the 31st pick and the Cowboys passed.  I am sure that the Baltimore Ravens camp were doing cart wheels when they saw Elam was there and selected him the very next pick.

Ensuring that the offense will be Romo-friendly may cost this team in the long run.  Wilcox was a good pick for the Cowboys but reading his scouting report, I don’t believe he would be a season opening game day starter.  The same goes for Escobar as well, he may get the 2nd tight end spot but our needs at the tight end position were not so desperate that we needed to select one with our second pick of the draft.

The biggest surprise of course was the selection of Frederick as the Cowboys number one pick.  Many of the analysts from the various media outlets had him pegged as a low 2nd round pick to a high 3rd round pick, certainly not the first round.  When we had the 18th pick, we lost out on Eric Reid who went with the 18th pick to the San Francisco 49ers while Shariff Floyd went to the Vikings at number 23.  Those were two defensive players the Cowboys could have really utilized and instead we went on the offensive.

And now the big news out of Dallas is how much say Romo is going to have in the offensive game planning and play calling, wanting to mirror what Peyton Manning does.  The one thing about Peyton Manning is that he has been doing it his way for a long time and has been successful over a long period time.  I am hoping that the Cowboys don’t expect a one season miracle turnaround and expect Manning type numbers from Romo.  My opinion is that they should have let him do this year ago when he was younger.  Getting the experience of a Peyton Manning isn’t going to happen in one season.

It is one thing to be Romo-friendly but it shouldn’t be at the cost of the rest of team.  And knowing that Romo has 6 more years on his contract, how much longer will he be pulling the strings around Valley Ranch?

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  • ‘mericas_team2013

    Ok, so look at last years draft, when was the first offensive player taken then??? Pick #5, Danny Coale, the following pick James Hanna was the only other offensive player selected out of those 7 picks. Your diagnosis means crap! Floyd was clearly overrated as how many other teams passed over him? Same with Elam, he and Reid were second round talents at best which is what the 31 and 32 picks basically are. Oline was the biggest need on the Dallas Cowboys it was addressed with one pick as was safety the only argument there is that they should’ve take Phillip Thomas at 114 as well as Wilcox. This defense was extremely strong to start out before the injuries last season while the offense floundered, the run game has been non existent for multiple seasons and Romo has been sacked at least 34 times each of the last 4 seasons minus the year his collar bone was broken. Im sure you were one of the many saying if Dallas didn’t select an olineman in the first you were boycotting, but now that they did some how a 2nd rate safety in the first round would have been the savior of the franchise.

    • ‘mericas_team2013

      I for one would have been more angry to stay put at 18 and take Pugh or Long, and you know you would be writing about how “stupid” and how much of a “reach” that would’ve been also. Frederick, for the majority, was rated higher than both Pugh and Long who were taken way before he was plus they got Terrance Williams in the deal. So, is there other ways they could have gone? Yes, but those other routes wouldn’t have filled two needs and with Austins injury issues WR is a need.

  • vaquero

    wow what’s up with you guys. Now a team has to pick your way. Peyton couldn’t do what romo has don’t with his teams. Peyton would be a sitting duck while Romo has bee a scrambling duck. C’mom man I get this article on my email . I have been a fan of the Cowboys and will be a fan until I die. Romo is guy that has a beautiful family and is getting top dollar and he has earned it. Nothing has been giving to him. He has paid his price . As for the draft I believe that all that are laughing of the Cowboys which they had as much going for them as Dallas does. Our player get paid good we have a great stadium and d team is worth alot money.When Landry was coach our players would be robbed and paid peanuts . Ask Duane Thomas he was rookie of the yr and wouldn’t get paid like he should. Not against Tom Landry but we have a good thing here in dallas. Ok 8-8 season ,but heck we always have good endings. Now second pick could make a different in the endings of some of this games with a good center blocking too. I believe enough is enough of all how bad draft. Well if you don’t like find we are fans . starting today I will discontinue reading this bullchit articles. Let the unhappy read your stuff…………..

  • Old Frog

    We’ve heard Romo was invited to the War Room to give feedback on the draft. I wonder if they asked him (after taking Frederick) if he preferred Escobar or Warford at 47? I’d be curious about his answer.

  • billy

    we have to always keep in mind that the people who write most of the articles about the cowboys dont really know much about their subject. the stories are interesting to read but you sure have to know to use your own judgement when you read them.. id like to point outwhat the coach of atlanta or wherever i forget his name anyway he told his reporters quote, you dont know and you never will know. a truer statement was never made. jerry pays a hell of a lot of money to people to help him make decisions. if he ignores their advice then thats on him but even with the mistakes hes made over the years, there has to be an ocean of difference in what the coaches and scouts know compared to what this writer knows. just remember that when you read drivel like this. this author cant tell the difference in what tony needs to do his job and what ware needs to do his. nuff said

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    The NFL today is all about offense. As far a Romo doing a Manning imitation, I agree it is a little too late at this point in time and should have started several years ago. Of course that could not have been expected with the coach merry-go-round that has plagued Dallas since Jimmy Johnson left. Another one of JJ’s bundles.