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07:59 AM ET 03.20 | Fans in Dallas will likely have Tony Romo to kick around for the foreseeable future. [Romo] will sign an extension with the Cowboys. Owner Jerry Jones made that clear Tuesday afternoon while taking a break from the NFL meetings. This is not a question. It's inevitable. The point Jones wants to emphasize is that the Cowboys must do a better job of utilizing the quarterback's skills. They must be more creative. This is the charge that faces coach Jason Garrett and his staff. Jones is about to sink too much money into Romo for it to be any other way. "He's not going to be paid to be a bus driver," Jones said. "This thing has got to be oriented toward his skills."

The Dallas Morning News

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March 20, 2013  08:13 AM ET

"He's not going to be paid to be a bus driver,"

But didn't the Cowboys just buy that great new bus?

March 20, 2013  08:39 AM ET

With J.J. as GM, there are a few other things about the Cowboys that will be inevitable, too.

March 20, 2013  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"He's not going to be paid to be a bus driver,"But didn't the Cowboys just buy that great new bus?

That comes under 'The Other Duties as Assigned" clause in Romo's new contract.

March 20, 2013  08:47 AM ET

Wonder what JJ will give Romo compared to Flacco? Less, the same or more???

March 20, 2013  08:47 AM ET

Romo deserves Joe Flacco money, as well....

March 20, 2013  08:48 AM ET

There's 25 other teams that would love to have Romo as their starter. That being said, the Cowboys need to give him an offensive line and a few good weapons and then just get out of the way. Let him draw the plays up in the dirt and go make it happen. Jason Garrett is trying to make him into the kind of QB he was but those QBs don't win games.

March 20, 2013  08:50 AM ET

"This thing has got to be oriented toward his skills"

I'm not sure why you'd orient your offense toward boneheaded plays in pressure situations...

March 20, 2013  08:51 AM ET

Don't get why Jones doesn't 'get it'... Romo is a 'loser'... always has been, always will be... he can have all the stats in the world - doesn't matter... Aikman was a winner... Brady, Montana, Brees, Rodgers, Favre, Manning(s), Warner, Young, Elway, Bradshaw, etc... some guys just have it - 'winners' ... the ability to lead a team to a win.. to raise the play of those around them, to give their team a confidence that every game, they have a chance to win... Romo will never do that... he will never have it.. Cowboys should just move on.. why can't they figure that out? Other losers who had ok - even big stats? - Culpepper, Vince Young, Randall Cunningham, Kosar, Testaverde, etc

March 20, 2013  09:33 AM ET

I think Romo is the perfect quarterback for the Cowboys. And I'm not biased at all, no, not me.

March 20, 2013  09:57 AM ET

Why would you bring up Kosar? I'd almost forgotten his funky sideways stance.

March 20, 2013  10:14 AM ET

better job of utilizing romo's skills..... haven't we heard this before! it's a sad day when we "settle" for a QB like romo. whether it's to get more cap space needed because of past horrible deals/negotiations or just because our GM can't see that romo is not a quality NFL QB for dallas, we are ultimately stuck with the same old GM, QB and average team.

there is not 25 other teams that would want romo as their starter. there were not ANY teams that even wanted to waste a draft pick on romo. this guy could have more success with another team, but will leave his legacy in dallas... and 5 yrs from now other than some impressive stats, we will all look back and see that romo's time in dallas produced little to nothing in the way of playoffs appearances or wins. and that is the measure of success for a team, not stats.

and no, you cannot put all the blame on one guy, but romo has has way more than his share of unimpressive performances in games when we needed a strong, leader QB. and he is not the type of QB that can produce in games where we need this from our QB.

March 20, 2013  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

there is not 25 other teams that would want romo as their starter

Not 25 teams, but I can think of 2 in my division that would be better off with Romo than what they've got now. And they're not the only ones.

March 20, 2013  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'm not sure why you'd orient your offense toward boneheaded plays in pressure situations...

Makes for really good TV.

March 20, 2013  12:02 PM ET

What Coaches? Dallas doesn't Have Any, the Only coach I know is Jerry Jones!

March 20, 2013  12:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

better job of utilizing romo's skills..... haven't we heard this before! it's a sad day when we "settle" for a QB like romo. whether it's to get more cap space needed because of past horrible deals/negotiations or just because our GM can't see that romo is not a quality NFL QB for dallas, we are ultimately stuck with the same old GM, QB and average team. there is not 25 other teams that would want romo as their starter. there were not ANY teams that even wanted to waste a draft pick on romo. this guy could have more success with another team, but will leave his legacy in dallas... and 5 yrs from now other than some impressive stats, we will all look back and see that romo's time in dallas produced little to nothing in the way of playoffs appearances or wins. and that is the measure of success for a team, not stats. and no, you cannot put all the blame on one guy, but romo has has way more than his share of unimpressive performances in games when we needed a strong, leader QB. and he is not the type of QB that can produce in games where we need this from our QB.

Guess what, Einstein?

March 20, 2013  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

"This thing has got to be oriented toward his skills"I'm not sure why you'd orient your offense toward boneheaded plays in pressure situations...

THIS!! ^^^^^^

March 20, 2013  12:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Why would you bring up Kosar? I'd almost forgotten his funky sideways stance.

Say what you will about Bernie's motion, dude could read a defense.

March 20, 2013  12:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Guess what, Einstein?

brilliant response..... i'm on the edge of my seat waiting for your next comment, einstein!

March 20, 2013  12:47 PM ET

Get creative... How 'bout this: figure out a way to get him to throw the ball to the guy with a star on his helmet.

 
March 20, 2013  12:49 PM ET

I am sick of people blaming Tony.

You can stick Manning, Brees, Rodgers or Brady in that lineup and guess what you will see??

The same result and maybe even worse.

Why?

Because they are not running for their lives every single play.

I am not saying Dallas will win a SuperBowl with a better line...I am saying that Tony will be impossible to blame.

A guy throws a poor pass while trying hard? Guess what? He does not have to try hard if the D was not starting 4 people that were signed off the street. He does not have to try hard if Doug Free is not the most penalized player in the NFL.

Bottom line...it is a team sport. Romo is 1 player who gets no credit when they win and all the blame when they lose.

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