Interesting article from a guy I love hearing from about the Cowboys, read here.
For the record, I am a big Tony Romo fan. I believe Romo has the skills to be a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, but he has to fight the feeling of contentment and fight it hard. Critic Robert Hughes once said: “The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.” This statement perfectly applies to Romo. He must work harder this year than in any previous year of his life. He must prepare better than in any season since he entered the NFL.
I’ve always felt the one player who suffered the most since Bill Parcells left the Cowboys was Romo. Parcells put pressure on Romo all the time, demanded excellence from him, never allowed him to feel contentment. And this is exactly what Romo needs. Left alone, he will take the path of least resistance.
As a GM, you could never make the statement Jones made publicly. But as an owner, all bets are off. General managers get fired, but owners never lose their jobs. Therefore, Jones made that statement with his owner’s hat on. Jones will always own the team, and if Romo does not produce, he will find another quarterback. Simple as that.
However, before Jones has to go shopping, Romo should sense his time is running out and work out of fear, not prepare as if he is always going to be the team’s starting quarterback. Romo should look no further than the move Jones (the GM version) made this offseason. With salary-cap room marginalized by the league office as punishment for overspending in an uncapped season, which hindered the Cowboys’ overall spending in 2012, Jones still paid handsomely for backup quarterback Kyle Orton.
There does seem to be a very comfortable relationship with Romo and Garrett. Would Parcells have gotten more out of Romo over these last five seasons? Good question.