The NFL owners meetings are wrapping up in Arizona and, as usual, this week Jerry Jones made news with some of his comments.
One thing I've always admired about Jerry is his willingness to face the music. Even after a devastating defeat, he's usually there to answer questions. You might not believe the answers, but he's there and sometimes willing to take his share of the blame. But this week in Phoenix, Jerry continued an off-season of passing the buck.
Jerry thinks his personnel are just fine. He thinks the players are in place. Of course, when you're the guy who has final say on personnel, chances are, you're going to be fine with the personnel in place. Jerry's putting the burden on the coaches to more effectively use the talents of Tony Romo. Say what you want about Romo, but his numbers have never been the problem. He has done nothing but thrive in the Garrett offense. Most of Tony's problems come as a result of his own mistakes. Many of which are caused by a sub-par supporting cast. And I think that's what Jason Garrett believes as well. On NFL Network, he said:
"Tony's been an outstanding quarterback for us, a great leader for our football team. And what we need to do is break through as a team. Tony played some of his best football last year, at different times. It's our job as an organization to help him. We need to help him by improving our personnel around him, take some of the burden off of him so again, as an organization, we can take the next step."
Garrett isn't right about everything. Clearly, if you're 16 and 16 in the last two seasons, you haven't coached your team well enough. But he's right about Romo: there's no magic adjustment that can tweak Tony's game and make him even better.
Jerry decided to keep Jason Garrett in place. Let the head coach… the man who runs the offense… let him run it. What Jerry needs to worry about is listening to his scouts - drafting players on both sides of the line who can immediately help make Tony Romo better.
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