Dallas Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Nov. 13 that quarterback Tony Romo's lack of playoff success can be blamed on team ownership.
Dallas Cowboys COO Stephen Jones says the reason why Tony Romo has not won a Super Bowl is because of team ownership.
Jones made the declaration on 105.3 The Fan (via ESPN.com) on Nov. 13:
"In DeMarco Murray, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant, the Cowboys' Tony Romo has at his disposal a running back-tight end-wide receiver combo worthy of the envy of many starting quarterbacks. But Romo doesn't have a Super Bowl ring, and that's a fact that Cowboys chief opearting officer Stephen Jones says falls squarely on his family.
"'I think he'd be the first to tell you, anybody would, the only thing missing on his resume at this point is a championship,' Jones said Wednesday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. 'And certainly that doesn't sit in Tony's lap. That sits in our lap, [owner] Jerry [Jones] and our family's lap.
"'In terms of the organization, we have to do better at putting better people around him. It falls on our personnel department, the coaching staff and the players around him. It's a team effort.'
"At 7-3 and in their bye week, the Cowboys sit a half-game behind the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East. Romo has been a lightning rod of criticism for the Cowboys, as playoff success has not followed prolific regular seasons.
"The Cowboys have missed the playoffs in each of the past four seasons, sometimes stumbling down the stretch, and their victory over the Eagles in 2009 was their first in the postseason since Dec. 28, 1996, a span of 4,760 days. The skid included six losses, and a seventh round would have set an NFL futility record.
"So, until the Cowboys get over the hump, Jones said Romo will not be afforded the accolades given the league's other top quarterbacks.
"'I think the only thing missing is the ring, the championship,' Jones said. 'I think that's ultimately going to ultimately come for Tony. I hope sooner than later, as I know we all do. At the end of the day, all these quarterbacks, more important than any of their numbers, any of their accolades, any Pro Bowls, and All-Pros, is to win championships.
"'I think when Tony ultimately gets his, then I think certainly at that point there will be on second-guessing anything.'"
On the other hand, ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer says Romo should be in the conversation for MVP should the Cowboys make noise in the postseason:
"After what we have seen from the Dallas Cowboys in their past two games, Romo's name will be in the MVP race should the Cowboys make the playoffs, win the NFC East or even do better than that.
"Murray's candidacy will be an uphill battle, despite his strong numbers. It is a quarterback-driven league. Brady has led the New England Patriots' resurgence. Manning set the NFL's touchdown record. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been otherworldly since he told everybody to R-E-L-A-X. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who received one of the midseason votes, had the Pittsburgh Steelers rolling until last week.
"But what about Romo?
"His value was never more evident than it was at Wembley Stadium. Playing with two fractures in his back, Romo threw for 246 yards and had his third three-touchdown performance of the season in the 31-17 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was a gutty performance.
"Maybe Murray and Romo will end up cancelling out each other's MVP chances if the Cowboys continue to win, but Romo will also have to fight his past. No matter what he does, there is a nagging, 'Well, talk to me when the games matter most' faction out there among his critics.
"Never mind the comeback wins. Never mind the statistics. With Romo, it is all about what he hasn't done and, to some, will never do. He walks a balance beam each week with his detractors heckling at him from the stands or nipping at his heels on each step, and if he falls, it is to depths reserved for quarterbacks nowhere near as talented as Romo."
The 34-year-old Romo has thrown for 31,809 yards, 226 touchdowns and 107 interceptions for a 95.6 passer rating in 139 regular-season games for the Dallas Cowboys, per ESPN stats.
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