Tony Romo Injury: Jerry Jones' Affinity for Romo Is Cowboys' Biggest Flaw

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2011

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 8: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks with Tony Romo #9 on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium on August 8, 2010 in Canton, Ohio. The Cowboys defeated the Bengals 16-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys have become a joke over the last few seasons, but it isn’t the play calling or even how owner Jerry Jones conducts business.

It’s the teams, and more importantly Jones’ affinity with quarterback Tony Romo that will be the reason the Cowboys will never have success. At least until they get a new quarterback.

As good as Romo has looked statistically over his tenure in Dallas, it’s how he fails to step up in big games that has fans and management alike weary of committing any more time and effort in the overrated QB.


Jones loves the quarterback and can’t be convinced he’s not the right man for the job. The Cowboys owner told Dallas Morning News:

That’s Jason’s decision, but he doesn’t need to be making that one by himself. So I wanted to, very briefly, step down there with just a few minutes gone in the first quarter, sit there and say, ‘Here’s the lay of the land. Romo’s got a hand injury, but it looks like we’re going to have him for New York.’

While I have never been one to advocate the owner of the team jumping in the middle of a situation like this, thinking Jones would do anything less is just insane.

The problem is that Romo can do no wrong in the eyes of Jones.

While Jones can usually see the negative in any situation, he has defended Romo like no other player in Cowboys history.

I understand why he protected Michael Irvin back in the day, but Romo hasn’t had the success to deserve that kind of special treatment. Jones has turned a blind eye to Romo’s faults and that is something he almost never does.

If Jones doesn’t get rid of Romo within the next two seasons, the Cowboys will be doomed to a life of mediocrity.


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