Sportress of Blogitude

Jerry Jones: Tony Romo took Cowboys ‘off the hook’ with statement

Jerry Jones continued his effusive praise of Tony Romo, saying the benched quarterback took “everybody” in the Dallas Cowboys organization “off the hook” with his sincere statement once it was announced Dak Prescott was the team’s starting signal-caller.

Although it warrants mentioning that the Cowboys owner/general manager closed his extensive remarks on the subject by once again mentioning Romo will be ready if and when needed.

“That wasn’t done for the cameras, that’s the way he feels,” Jones said this week, via The Dallas Morning News. “The competitor in Tony, he’ll shoot nickels with you any time you’re ready. He’ll do anything to compete. He loves to compete. And that’s what made it so special for him to step up and really, for the team, but for everybody involved, he took the coaches off the hook, whatever hook I’m on, he took me off.

“He took everybody, Dak [Prescott], everybody, off the hook when he said, ‘This is Dak’s job. He’s earned it. I’m going to back him up, I’m going to give him tips every chance I get. I’m going to make that scout team look as close to the way any of these opposing quarterbacks would look. I’m going to do everything I can to help us win football games.'”

Jones went on to say the emotions Romo displayed while reading his statement were “real” and not “for the show.” Jones also stated he’s “certainly supportive” of Romo, hardly a surprise given how fiercely loyal Jones has been to Romo over the years.

The Cowboys owner, who previously threw his support behind Prescott as the team’s quarterback of the future — closed his comments by making sure to mention how nice it is to have such a capable backup in Romo should the need arise.

“So we’re going into our last two ballgames, we’re going into the playoffs, and I’m telling you we’ve got a little depth at quarterback,” Jones said.

As has been the case throughout the Cowboys’ quarterback saga this season, Jones couldn’t help but continue to mention Romo’s name despite the possibility it could serve as a distraction for his 12-2 team. But as Jones admitted this week — and a former Cowboys great explained through a brilliant analogy — there’s a method to the madness.