Without Jerry Jones, the departure of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo could’ve been smooth, classy and graceful.
Many of us have already said goodbye to the 14 year veteran passer that holds nearly every Cowboys passing record. I may not remember each of his 2,829 completions, 248 passing touchdowns and 34,183 passing yards, but I’ve seen them.
In an ideal situation, Romo would have be released early. This way, he can be acquired by a team and start working with an offensive coordinator. Ideally, it will be a coordinator with the freedom to tailor an offensive system to his strengths.
Of course, Romo’s strengths are: his experience, his touch on deep passes, his accuracy, his ability to extend plays, reading the defense, making pre-snap adjustments and averaging about 30 touchdowns and 9 interceptions per year. That’s why, in my book, it’s Romo’s team until he’s not on the roster.
Jerry Jones is now entering the NFL’s Hall of Fame. It’s definitely NOT for his outstanding skills as Cowboys’ general manager. Perhaps Jones’ title should be general mismanager of the Cowboys. How does 20 years without a championship earn you a gold jacket? Even worse, he gets a gold jacket before head coach Jimmy Johnson and receiver Terrell Owens? #ComeOnMan!
I thought Jones was supposed to be a salesman. Apparently, he doesn’t know how to shop his players. Wonder why guard Ronald Leary and safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox have value? Easy, they played.
I recently played golf in Pensacola, Florida with a member of the United States Marines. As fate would have it, I just purchased three new golf clubs – a 3 wood, 5 wood and hybrid – and still had the old ones in my bag. He needed the three old clubs in my bag – a 3, 5 and 7 wood.
Not only did I let him see me hit incredibly awesome golf shots with my old clubs, I let him use them too. At the end of the round, he purchased my old clubs – under the agreement that he never use Washington Redskins head covers.
That’s salesmanship at work. While teams can’t have Tony Romo workout at their facilities yet, it would’ve been great if they had seen him work more than one touchdown drive last season. Yep, one drive = one touchdown – because that’s how Romo rolls.
I would love to see Romo get another title shot as leader of the Cowboys. Perhaps the front office has decided that quarterback Dak Prescott can’t mentally handle the demotion to backup with the class and grace that Romo did. Who wants to watch Prescott pout on the sideline for 19 games?
One of the most ridiculous statements I’ve ever heard was Jones bragging about having an $18 million dollar backup quarterback. Great. That earned us 0 playoff wins last season. Then again, when most general managers believe they need a veteran quarterback to get them a title, Jones goes all in on a rookie. Expect the unexpected because like Donald Rumsfeld we have “known unknowns and unknown unknowns.”
So what’s the next plan – build Romo’s trade value? If the plan was to get trade value, they should’ve played Romo last season especially towards the end. At the minimum, Romo should’ve started & played the entire second half of the Detroit Lions game as a way to say goodbye to the home crowd in the House that Romo Built.
As this drags out, it’s just getting sad. This off-season could’ve been different but the front office fell in love with a winning streak. At 5 – 1, Romo should’ve returned to the top of the depth chart after the bye week and guided his team to a Super Bowl title. Afterwards, Romo could’ve ridden off into the retirement sunset with his good friend and teammate, tight end Jason Witten. Smooth, classy and graceful.