Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones does not believe Tony Romo deserves the blame for not having much postseason success during the quarterback’s tenure. Jones thinks his decisions as owner and general manager have resulted in one playoff win (three appearances) during Romo’s eight seasons as Dallas’ starting quarterback.
Talk about being late to the party.
“We should have been knocking on the door and we haven’t and I have no excuses, it starts here,” Jones said on the Ben and Skin show on 105.3 The Fan (via The Dallas Morning News). “But we have not, and I know that to the extent that we have a healthy Romo, our best chance to get back there right now, our best chance to get in the Super Bowl is a healthy Romo.”
A healthy salary cap would help, but Dallas is currently over its spending limit. Jones deserves all of the blame for his team’s current situation, which will likely lead result in the release of veteran defensive end DeMarcus Ware.
Jones said several consultants around the league believed Dallas was among the top five NFL teams, in terms of personnel, between 2006 and 2009. Dallas reached the playoffs in three of those seasons, but never advanced beyond the divisional round.
“Now, for us not to have gotten it done during those years is a mess up,” Jones said (via The Dallas News). “You’ve got to get it when you’re high like that, when you’re high up on it. I think that you can miss your bus when you’ve got your quarterback and you’ve got good talent around him.
“And if you miss that bus in the NFL, then you’re going to have to adjust back down on your cap, because in order to get that talent and pay it and keep it at that level, you’re going to have to push that cap. Then when you don’t get there, those players can age on you. Their actual skills diminish, as well as your ammo basically goes down because you’re having to pay the fiddler for spending on the credit under your cap. All of that boils down to management.
“When I look back on it, we probably paid some people that we probably would’ve been better off not paying.”
Unfortunately, for Cowboys fans, Jones is poised to destroy the 2014 season.
In addition to being over the salary cap, Jones hired Scott Linehan, who recently served as Detroit’s offensive coordinator, as the team’s passing game coordinator and play-caller. Bill Callahan was stripped of his play-calling duties, but is still the offensive coordinator.
Meanwhile, Dallas promoted Rod Marinelli, who coached the Cowboys’ defensive line in 2013, to defensive coordinator, while Monte Kiffin was demoted to assistant head coach/defense.
Romo may struggle in December, but Jones struggles year-round.