When the Dallas Cowboys signed Their QB, Tony Romo, to his $108million contract extension, Cowboy’s owner, Jerry Jones, proclaimed, in a half-hearted justification of the dollar amount, that Romo would spend Payton Manning type time in the offseason and in season with the team. The assumption being that the older Manning brother spends every waking moment at his team facility practicing and game planning (When does he find time to shoot all those commercials?), while Romo doesn’t – but he will now.
Well so far in the offseason Jerry’s proclamation isn’t panning out. Romo was limited on OTAs because of a cyst removed from his back and that procedure looks like it will negate,or at least limit, Romo’s participation in the mandatory mini camp coming up. So much for Manning type time. Ah, the best laid plans of mice and Jerry Jones.
Now we have Jerry letting the cat out of the bag that Cowboy’s offensive coordinator, Bill Callahan, will be calling the offensive plays this year (as we all suspected), which seems to be news to Cowboy’s head coach, Jason Garrett. Not the fact that Callahan will be calling plays, that was thinly veiled even by Garrett’s standards and inevitable in most Dallas fan’s trained eyes. What was news to Garrett, and shows how far apart, page wise, the Cowboy’s head coach and his GM are, was that Jerry had let the news slip. Garrett refused to acknowledge the statement.
When asked the question – and in an almost second thought kinda way - Jerry had a revelation that he no longer wanted to tow the Garrett “keep the info close to the vest” line when talking to the sports media about the inner workings of the Dallas cowboys. Jerry must have felt it was time to remind everyone that he is the boss, inadvertently also reminding all of us how he has neutered Garrett, at least perception wise, undermining his authority yet again in the public eye.
Garrett may not be or even feel undermined behind closed Valley Ranch doors, but the sports media continually tries to get Garrett to concede what the public perceives. In this latest attempt, though, we did get a glimpse of Garrett’s growing a pair in his refusal to acknowledge Jerry’s comments in the press conference. Reminded me of that picture of a mouse, in a hawk’s grasp, flipping the hawk the bird as he’s about to get eaten, with the caption ‘last great act of defiance’. It’s a side of Garrett that I haven’t seen nearly enough of.