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Jerry Jones: Tony Romo can play well behind 'porous offensive line'

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07:01 AM ET 02.25 | Jerry Jones recognizes the Cowboys offensive line could be better. But what lengths are the Cowboys willing to go to improve a unit that yielded 36 sacks and was an accessory to a running game that produced 1,265 yards, the lowest total a Cowboys team has accumulated in a 16-game season? Jones, the Cowboys owner and general manager, didn't offer a clear picture. He said, "We very likely through a combination of free agency or this draft get serious about another guard/center type." Yet Jones wouldn't commit to making any sweeping changes in the offensive line. ones is hopeful the unit will perform better next season, but he seems to recognize its limitations and it's part of the reason why the Cowboys want to make another long-term commitment to quarterback Tony Romo, whose contract expires after the 2013 campaign. "If you're going to have a guy . . . that can handle a porous offensive line, it's Tony," Jones said. "Tony has some of the best percentages operating behind pressure situation of anyone in the NFL. If there were a place theoretically that you had to have a weakness with Tony Romo at quarterback, that might be a place to have it. You just can't have it all."

Dallas Morning News

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February 25, 2013  07:45 AM ET

Reason #7,104,581 why JJ makes for a lousy GM.

Romo, for all his flaws, would play better behind a good line. The running game would work better behind a good line, making the passing better too by extension. Lots of good OLs in this year's draft, JJ. Get some.

What a tool!

February 25, 2013  07:47 AM ET

Gee, thanks Jerry. Next thing he'll say is, "Tony will be a great quarterback, so we're not going to give him any receivers."

February 25, 2013  07:55 AM ET

If I'm Romo... and I read these comments... I'm saying to myself "To hell with an extension - I'm out of here!"

February 25, 2013  08:12 AM ET

Wasn't JJ an offensive lineman in college? Maybe he took one too many head shots and forgot the importance of his position.

February 25, 2013  08:29 AM ET

Reading this, one is reminded of why JJ is such a poor GM, and such a poor owner for not hiring a real GM.

February 25, 2013  08:29 AM ET

Romo's choice is to take a contract extension and get hammered for the next four years or go somewhere else with a good offensive line, get paid and keep all your limbs. I vote to keep the limbs.

February 25, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Romo's thought process probably would be, "If I can play well behind a porous offensive line, think of how much better I'd play behind a good offensive line."

JJ's thought process doesn't seem to grasp that.

February 25, 2013  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If I'm Romo... and I read these comments... I'm saying to myself "To hell with an extension - I'm out of here!"

No kidding. He's been taking a pounding for a team that just announced that they don't really have a plan to try and improve one of their most glaring weaknesses.

I guess he's supposed to be encouraged that "ones is hopeful the unit will perform better next season." (Nice cut and paste, folks!)

February 25, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Man, that is the last thing a QB wants to hear. I agree; if I'm Romo I hit the FA train. What team has a good OL but needs a QB? The Titans come to mind.

February 25, 2013  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If I'm Romo... and I read these comments... I'm saying to myself "To hell with an extension - I'm out of here!"

Can Romo actually be a winner (i.e., playoffs) anywhere?

February 25, 2013  10:03 AM ET

Finally, JJ reveals his plan: Build a lousy OL and sign long term a QB to be in charge of it all.

February 25, 2013  10:03 AM ET

"If you're going to have a guy . . . that can handle a porous offensive line, it's Tony," Jones said. "Tony has some of the best percentages operating behind pressure situation of anyone in the NFL. If there were a place theoretically that you had to have a weakness with Tony Romo at quarterback, that might be a place to have it. You just can't have it all."

DA NILE AIN'T JUST A RIVER IN EGYPT. All those bonehead plays Romo makes in crunch time are due to him, not the line.

February 25, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

No kidding. He's been taking a pounding for a team that just announced that they don't really have a plan to try and improve one of their most glaring weaknesses. I guess he's supposed to be encouraged that "ones is hopeful the unit will perform better next season." (Nice cut and paste, folks!)

Aikman had a GREAT line during the 90's.

February 25, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Can Romo actually be a winner (i.e., playoffs) anywhere?

If Flacco can win, so can Romo.

February 25, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Finally, JJ reveals his plan: Build a lousy OL and sign long term a QB to be in charge of it all.

Jones is just senile. He knows from the Aikman years that a good line is needed.

February 25, 2013  10:20 AM ET

I would love to hear JJ's sale pitch with Romo on signing a new contract: What can he say to him? " I have no idea who your head coach may be next year or your OC and I am going to the Dollar Store to get you some Offensive Linemen first thing tomorrow. Trust me Tony my boy, ya gotta trust me. Now sign here."

February 25, 2013  10:22 AM ET

I love Jerry Jones.

I hate the Dallas Cowboys.

That is why I love Jerry Jones.

I wish him a l-o-n-g and healthy, prosperous life as GM of "America's Team".

February 25, 2013  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

If Flacco can win, so can Romo.

still think romo chokes in the big games even behind aikmans OL. it's in his blood to make bad decisions at critical times in the most important games and that doesn't change behind an all-pro OL.

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February 25, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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still think romo chokes in the big games even behind aikmans OL. it's in his blood to make bad decisions at critical times in the most important games and that doesn't change behind an all-pro OL.

You'd be surprised. Danny White was criticized often after following Roger Staubach. Danny was a good QB.

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