Jerry Jones: Tony Romo will play five more years then become an offensive coordinator
Not only does Jerry Jones enjoy playing doctor to Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys owner also fancies himself the quarterback’s career counselor, apparently.
While discussing Romo’s short-term future in relation to Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, Jones also opined on Romo’s long-term future a player as well as what may be in store for the quarterback once his NFL career is over.
Not surprisingly, Jones has total confidence that Romo will play this weekend, despite the fact he is still recovering from two fractures in his back.
Romo practiced for the first time in weeks on Thursday, which clearly is more than enough for Dr. Jones to issue a prognosis and once again put unnecessary pressure on his franchise quarterback about his possibility of playing.
“I’m anticipating him playing,’’ Jones said Thursday, via a report from The Dallas Morning News. “I have no reason to think that he won’t.
“Anytime he can play, we want him to play. We’re a better team, to be trite, with him playing. There’s no such thing as holding him out and foregoing the potential chance that we win.’’
Jones essentially questioned Romo’s toughness last week ahead of the team’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, saying pain tolerance was the only precursor to Romo playing.
Logic and good sense of course prevailed. Romo sat and Brandon Weeden started, albeit in a loss.
Jones putting undue pressure on his quarterback was preceded by Jones showing up on the sidelines during the team’s showdown with the Washington Redskins, the game in which Romo suffered the original injury.
Jones said afterward that he was telling head coach Jason Garrett that Romo was going back in the game but later said he wasn’t doing that at all, instead insisting he was on the sidelines to inspire the team, not interfere.
But as far as this week is concerned, Jones appears to be doing a little less meddling in the day-to-day operations of his team and instead is interested in charting Romo’s second career course after his NFL one is all said and done.
Jones believes that Romo will play a few more years before turning to coaching, apparently.
“I think Tony Romo has at least five years,’’ Jones opined. “I’m planning on him at least five years of playing at a level that would allow us to be a possible contender.’’
The owner then espoused his opinion on how Romo’s recurring back problems may have an impact on how long he’ll play.
“I’m aware of his back,’’ Jones said. “Only God knows what is in store for his back. I’ve seen backs out there that you wouldn’t believe how they look on the MRIs and how they look on X-rays. Those never impacted careers at all.
“There’s a concern that probably doesn’t exceed anything past his age. If you’re concerned about his future, then look at his age and you might say, boy, you need to be thinking about a time when he doesn’t play.
“I don’t look at it much differently than that with his back, because they’ve been three very different types of injuries that have caused him to miss games.’’
With his dabbling as his Dr. Jones persona set aside, the owner put on his career counselor cap.
“He has aspirations and stated to me of potentially being an offensive coordinator in the NFL when he grows up,’’ Jones said. “He has great ideas and very sound ideas.’’
It looks like Jones has Romo’s future all mapped out for him. Whether or not the quarterback has any say in anything these days is unclear.