Siding with Jerry Jones on Tony Romo

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galloway It’s been almost two weeks, and I still haven’t located anyone associated with the Dallas Cowboys who will volunteer a translation on exactly what Jerry is saying, or was saying, about his newly enriched quarterback.

If you take his words at face value, the best case explanation is Mr. Jones was questioning the work ethic of Tony Romo. Worse case, however, is Mr. Jones called Tony “lazy.”

Granted, Jerry has puzzled us before, and will again, but his latest Romo comments were in direct contrast to the new $55 million guaranteed contract he just gave Tony, and to the draft selections he openly dedicated to Tony.

Here’s the 55 mil. Here’s the first three draft picks, all on offense. But you’ve been walking the dog around here for years.

If anyone, until now, has ever questioned Romo’s dedication to his job, I haven’t heard it, at least from within the football family. Fans, of course, have yelped about the “golf thing” for years, and, reportedly, Tony has cut back on his favorite off-the-field activity.

But let’s recycle Jerry’s quote from after the draft:

“If Tony, for instance, would be here Monday through Saturday, from 7 in the morning to 6 o’clock at night, all over the place, then that’s better than the way it’s been. We’ll have more success.”

But Jerry, what about Sunday? Seven days a week would keep Tony off the golf course.

Anyway, when you read the above quote, which came after Jerry gave Tony the 55 mil, and gave him the draft picks, and ...

Well, I’m siding with Jerry on this one. Call it confused approval.

What Tony needs is somebody at Valley Ranch to stay on his butt. Outside of Bill Parcells for about half a season, it doesn’t appear Romo ever hears a disapproving word from anyone, certainly not publicly.

The excuses for Tony are many, and some of them are valid, and all of them have been repeated in this space for years. But the criticism, at least from within, rarely, if ever, surfaces.

I don’t know if what Jerry is saying is true, don’t know if he even means it, but when Mr. Jones threw out Peyton Manning’s work ethic as an example of what he wants from Romo, there’s no problem from here.

And if it’s unfair to Romo, then it can be mentioned the three picks in the Washington game last season weren’t fair to the Cowboys.

Jerry, of course, has always been a notorious enabler for his players, and for Romo in particular. It’s totally out of character for him to be publicly critical.

And yes, Mr. Jones has since said his Romo remarks were not meant as a criticism of Romo. OK, Jerry, it just sounded like criticism. That will work for now.

Admittedly, however, there is one theory afloat that Jerry was somehow aiming his comments at Jason Garrett. In a round-about way, it’s Red J who needs to change his work “habits” which is far different from his or Romo’s work ethic.

Follow along here.

The theory says Jerry wants Romo in the building six days a week, from 7-to-6, and sitting at the side of Garrett when game-planning is going on.

This is the way Tony would have a strong say in the game plan, and a strong say in the matchup situations for an opposing defense, instead of Garrett doing all the game-planning and then handing the “situation sheet” to Tony.

It’s basically a matter of the quarterback telling the game-planner what he’s comfortable with and what he’s not comfortable with in reads and throws. That’s pretty basic procedure in most footballs camps. And forgive me for assuming that would have been the case at Valley Ranch.

But if this theory is true, it’s about Garrett, a notorious hard worker, giving a more actively involved Romo more say. Better yet, Jason would have hired an offensive play-caller/game-planner this off-season to work closely with Romo while Garrett tended to head-coaching duties. But that’s another story, isn’t it?

Disagreements happen between the QB and the play-caller/game-planner on every team, but the comfort level of the QB usually takes priority. Has that not been happening here? I can’t answer that, but to expand the theory, there are some saying Romo wants more no-huddle and Garrett is not a fan of the no-huddle. Regardless, Tony should have his say and way in this area.

If any of this theory is true, Jerry could have certainly chosen a better way to present the case, rather then implying Tony has been walking the dog for years.

But let’s hope Tony took personally Mr. Jones’ words.

Some rare in-house criticism might be good for him.

Randy Galloway can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on Galloway & Co. on ESPN/103.3 FM.

Randy Galloway, 817-390-7697 Twitter: @sportsdfw

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