Apparently, Tony Romo is running the Cowboys

Tony Romo will be taking on new responsibilities this season, according to Jerry Jones:

Jerry Jones 2

That includes being a member of the scouting staff. Jerry Jones and Co approached Romo and asked him to watch tape of 2nd and 3rd round picks Gavin Escobar and Terrance Williams to see if he liked them. That’s actually a concept I can get on board with… only… they did so on Friday of draft weekend, a day after the draft began… because, you know, there just isn’t enough time before the draft begins to dot all your “i’s” and cross your “t’s.”

Romo was apparently also possibly responsible for the selection of the Cowboys’ first round pick:

Jerry Jones

So I guess in addition to being the team’s QB, he’s also now the GM. Or co-GM? Not sure.

No word yet on if Romo will be Jerry Jones’ new eyeglass cleaner, or if he’ll be required to learn how to beatbox so Jerry can practice for his budding rap career. I would advise against having him hold on field goal attempts though.

Please live to be 200, Jerry Jones.

85 Comments

  1. Woman of Alien…

    Great do the job you’ve accomplished, this page is actually neat with wonderful facts. Time is God’s strategy for retaining every thing from taking place directly….

  2. KByars says:

    I love the Jones Cycle.
    Take meds, act normal, bring in people who can build team, enjoy success, stop taking meds, resent that others are getting credit for building the team, act like wildman, drive off guy(s) who built your team for you, run the shit into the ground in a failed attempt to prove that it was you who was the genius all along.

  3. CGK says:

    Consider me SHOCKED that Jimmy didn’t respond to this. Lame, hack writer.

  4. poolboy87 says:

    Just a note…

    The only “inside source” I’ve got access too said the Titans wanted Frederick at 34.

  5. Ed Werder says:

    Can some explain to me why it was ok for the Giants to reach for a 2nd/3rd round lineman at 19, while passing on Floyd, but the Cowboys are murdered for dropping down (and adding the nation’s leading WR) and picking a 2nd/3rd round lineman at 31?

    1. mjoedgaard says:

      Because the Giants at least reached for an OT, who was the best of who was left where the Cowboys reached for a center who was often referred to as the 3rd best center.

      1. Jimmer says:

        As a Cowboys fan I look forward to him playing tackle. He’s a guard and a Mid 2nd round talent, maybe.

    2. David_Does_Dallas says:

      They won two super bowls.

      1. Also… that. People are slower to criticize Jerry Reese because he has done a great job.

        1. Jimmer says:

          I looked at 2011 and 2012 drafts and I see 2 starters. Yep he’s killing it.

          1. brisulph says:

            Who are the two?

            1. Jimmer says:

              Amukamara and Wilson

              1. Jacquian Williams is a starter, Randle absolutely looks like a starter at some point (but is behind two great receivers), and Hosley is the slot corner, which many teams consider something similar to a starting role.

              2. brisulph says:

                Jimmy nailed it, so no need to rehash… thanks Jimmy.

            2. TJ says:

              I think the point is Reese gets credit for a couple of Super Bowls teams that had a bunch of guys he didn’t draft or sign.

    3. A lot of people loved Justin Pugh. He’s a better player.

      1. Jimmer says:

        Is he better than Floyd? Is he better than Frederick and Williams? Those are the questions.

  6. Sam Samson says:

    Apparently his original pick cards were intercepted on the way to the podium.

  7. Bob says:

    Here’s a quite interesting fanpost on BtB:

    http://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2013/4/27/4276602/its-official-cowboys-have-best-draft-in-nfl-proof-here

    Basically, it’s judging the draft based purely upon the numerical grades from the nfl draft advisory committee. Worth reading.

    1. deg0ey says:

      It assumes you trust the values the nfl places on players, but I guess it’s about the closest you can get to quantifying these things. Would be nice if they’d averaged player ratings from multiple sources, though (For reference, eaglesrewind.com generally uses the ESPN and NFP ratings in addition to the NFL ones).

      1. Also doesn’t account for the fact the Cowboys didn’t have a 7th round pick, which is going to bring down average.

        1. Bob says:

          Read lower down, he does that maths in the comments. Keep going he does loads of other varied analyses, based on value vs. draft position, etc. etc. It’s really good stuff. He does some stuff with SI’s grades too.

      2. mjoedgaard says:

        Also that grading cannot take injury factor and the like that they do not have access too. Take Jesse Williams, he was graded as a 2nd rounder by most, but fell a long way because of his knees.

  8. NYG_Slater says:

    Love it. Alot of these guys that get picked in the 1st round get on NFL scouting radars coming out of high school. Cowboys and most other teams likely had more than a year of HEAVY scouting invested into floyd (along with the other draft eligible Florida guys). After which, they put him at #7……yet when they get on the clock, they reshuffle their board, trade back and erase more than a years worth of scouting in under 15 minutes . No wonder Garrett looked like he was about to vomit. I wonder how all the scouts in the room felt. Why even have scouts and spend time making a draft board if you don’t follow it?

  9. DerfDiggy says:

    Jimmy gets the most hits on Cowboys articles…Smart man.

    1. Not true at all. Usually the least.

    2. David_Does_Dallas says:

      He also lets them sit there and fester at the top of his blog.

      1. Lol, I love when people pretend to understand my editorial decisions, when I don’t really have much of a plan at all myself.

        1. ATLeagle says:

          HA! this would be proof then that the universe hates the cowboys too!

    3. David_K says:

      You guys get so butthurt when anyone says anything negative about your little cowboys. What’s that saying down in Texas? “Cowboy up”? Learn from fans of every other team in the league… grow a pair and take criticism like an adult.

  10. bcg159 says:

    Since when did this site become the internet’s version of NFL total access. If Jimmy would have listened to any press conference during the draft he would know Stephen and Jason started laughing about how Troy liked David LaFluer over Tony Gonzales. They don’t want Romo to make their picks, they just want input from a valuable employee about how a new employee would fit into what they do. It’s no secret they want Romo to give his voice on what things he likes in the upcoming game plan. Garrett has said Romo wants to become an offensive coordinator when he’s done playing, and they think he’s a bright mind. Why not take advantage of that and give him similar control as Peyton Manning does for Denver. Also after having the pro volleyball player Marty B, a laughable OL, and Kevin “I’ve been here three years and I still don’t know where to lineup” Ogletree, of course Romo would want to make sure Jerry got him some help before he resigned. Nearly the same thing a guy like Larry Fitzgerald would demand from a QB-less Cardinal team.

    As for watching film on Friday, does it matter? He’s not grading the players, the scouts finish their boards a week or so before the draft. And before that they were in contract talks. They probably just want to Romo’s blessing on taking a highly rated skill player before they commit to a 2 or 3 TE offense or multi-WR sets.

  11. Tim says:

    Ugh. It continues. So coming out of the draft, the first three team-specific posts on this “NFC East” blog are one commenting on the Eagles’ high character picks (fine, makes sense) and then TWO in a row ripping the Cowboys? And ripping the Cowboys on ancillary topics, not even the actual players they took over the last few days?

    I don’t get it. Despite all of the reported ineptitude of Jerry Jones on this blog, the Cowboys finished well ahead of the Eagles last season, and have been competitive in the division for the last 7 years, other than the year when Romo was hurt. They are clearly a very competitive team. What is with the constant effort to try to paint them as if they’re the Raiders of the NFC East?

    1. horatius says:

      Their front office is kind of the Raiders of the NFC East.

    2. The team has managed to stay mediocre, unlike the Raiders, but the FO is a disaster.

      1. Tim says:

        Because you are defining disaster by your opinion on their performance, rather than by results. This team’s winning percentage is better than the Eagles’ since 2005. I thought the goal of a front office was to field a competitive team.

        1. There’s a potential Cowboys implosion on the horizon with the way they’ve managed their cap.

          1. DerfDiggy says:

            2015 is d-day…it’s always been that way. The drafting of who they did proves that further. At the worst they have a 4 win, “down year” in 2014 with a bunch of overpaid, aged veterans….Cut bait…retool. WIN!

            AMERICA”S TEAM!!! F*CK YEA!

          2. Tim says:

            The goal is to win games on the field. The Cowboys have done that at a pretty good rate the last 8 years. It’s tough for me to understand your continued categorization of this front office as “horrible” when their results in the real world are above average. Indicting them on a various additional (and occasionally arbitrary) criteria here does not change on-field results.

  12. Jerry Jones is seriously in Al Davis territory now.

    1. Tim says:

      Raiders’ records since 2005:
      4-12
      2-14
      4-12
      5-11
      5-11
      8-8
      8-8
      4-12

      Cowboys’ records since 2005:
      9-7
      9-7
      13-3
      9-7
      11-5
      6-10
      8-8
      8-8

      Tell me where you see the similarity. One is a perennially competitive franchise, with the exception of the 6-10 Romo injury year. One is a league laughingstock.

      1. deg0ey says:

        The Cowboys finished 3rd in the division in 63% of those seasons; what have they been perennially competing for, exactly?

        1. Tim says:

          The playoffs. You know, because they’ve either made the postseason or been within a game of making the postseason in 7 of those 8 seasons.

          They also won the division multiple times.

          I assume you are being deliberately obtuse with the 63% criticism and actually know how tightly packed a division the NFC East always is.

          1. deg0ey says:

            Of course. Was just pointing out that regardless of how competitive the Cowboys have been, they’ve usually come off worst in the competition.

      2. Do you think the decisions being made now are going to see them win the division anytime soon? I think this is the beginning of a similar stretch for the Cowboys as the Raiders after Gruden left. The talent they do have is getting old and it’s not being replaced.

        He can’t draft and good coaches and FO people won’t work for him.

        Jerry’s even starting to look like Al.

        1. Actually, Tom Ciskowski says:

          is regarded very well league wide, and so are their scouts in general. But, alas, it is not the scouts picking those players–it’s Jerry Jones.

          (Although, I will say that I think Jeff Ireland was, and is, a crap GM).

          1. Not trying to pile on or anything, but if he is well regarded around the league, he’s probably not long for the Cowboys then. Everybody wants to work somewhere their boss values their work and trusts their judgement.

  13. Juz Saying says:

    Cowboys so intertaining!

  14. Bob says:

    The thing is you have no idea of context. For all we know, it could be a term in the contract, or Romo just joking before he signed the thing.

    And if they planned to upgrade the oline anyway, it’s irrelevant. Just as if he’d demanded to be able to sit on a bench on the sidelines. Gonna happen anyway, what’s the issue?

    “because, you know, there just isn’t enough time before the draft begins to dot all your “i’s” and cross your “t’s.””

    Maybe that’s because they don’t pay Romo for this stuff, so they can’t really have him watch all the prospects, and when they went into the second day they thought those players were likely possibilities and let Romo have a look. Stephen Jones stressed that Romo’s opinion wasn’t much of an influence.

    1. ATLEagle says:

      From the reaction of the scouts during the first pick, it seems that no one’s opinion had much of an influence.

      1. Bob says:

        According to Ed Werder, he polled teams and they just told him where Frederick was on their big boards. Thats an outright lie, given how secretive teams are about them. There’s a lot of totally sourceless bull going around about this Cowboys draft class, and it’s getting a free pass from scrutiny because people love to hate them.

        1. Teams don’t really care all that much anymore once the player is gone. It’s completely plausible that they would share. I understand a lot of Cowboys fans hate Werder going back to the Romo-Witten-TO days, but that’s not something he’s just going to make up out of thin air.

          1. Bob says:

            Also totally lacks context. He’s gonna be a lot lower on the boards of teams with a great center.

            1. Draft boards are generated regardless of positional need, although they’re not always followed. For example, the Cowboys had a first round grade on LeSean McCoy a few years back, but they passed on him because they thought they were loaded at RB.

          2. Werder has already proven... says:

            he is completely untrustworthy. No serious journalist with any brains (or a sack) would ever trust what he says.

            1. Untrustworthy how?

  15. blarghjl says:

    One of the common theories I’ve seen out there is that they plan on doing a lot more no-huddle, and let him start calling his own plays. I think it fits with a lot of stuff they’ve been saying/doing lately:

    * The comments about him putting in “Peyton Manning” time working on the gameplans
    * Drafting a supposedly smart center so maybe Tony doesn’t have to sit there for 15 seconds telling each of his lineman who to block
    * Them talking about how Romo wants to be a coordinator when he retires
    * The refusal to say who is going to be calling the plays next year – they would be incredibly stupid to actually come out and say it’s Romo; he gets enough flack as it is

    I kind of hope they go that route. Outside of a couple of games last year the only time the offense showed any signs of life is when they went into hurry up mode.

  16. Bob says:

    Is this troll all your Cowboys fans weekend?

    1. Ha, maybe. But in fairness, I would troll the fans of the other teams if their organizations negotiated into their QB’s contracts that they only draft players that are OK’d by the QB.

      1. David_Does_Dallas says:

        Whats if these other organizations run their teams into the ground to the point they have the 4th overall pick? Does that count?

        1. A bad year is a bad year. But shit David, they passed on a guy they had ranked 7th on their board because their QB wanted OL help? That’s just mind-blowing stuff.

          1. David_Does_Dallas says:

            I’m not disagreeing with you. I’ll admit I am a full time Cowboys defender, but I can’t defend this. I will say, if this is what is required to get Romo resigned and our offense moved into a no huddle/hurry up (which I think will be a marked improvement) then I will accept it begrudgingly. Only time will tell if it was the right decision.

          2. Jeff says:

            Because it isn’t true?

            I haven’t read any other local scribe say what Hill said in his second tweet.

            1. David_Does_Dallas says:

              Jones all but said it in his interviews.

              1. Jeff says:

                The Cowboys passed on Floyd to get offensive line help because Romo dictated it to them.

                That’s a hell of a scoop. You don’t think that ESPN Dallas would have five articles on that right now?

                There’s a not so subtle difference between reaching for an interior offensive lineman because you really wanted him and Romo calling the shots in the war room.

          3. bcg159 says:

            Uhh… who said they passed up the 7th rated player. Maybe on your board. I’ve heard nothing about this, so provide a link or quit spreading false rumors. There would have been outrage if that got out. There’s a reason 22 teams passed on Floyd.

              1. gotpong says:

                Dude, clearly you got the Dallas media in on you and Jimmy’s plan to discredit the Cowboys, when will this conspiracy end? This constant discrediting of the Cowboys with facts and logic is getting out of control, can you please view this like a like a reasonable level headed Cowboy fan, Jerry can do no wrong! Clearly Jerry did this so that next time he drafts he will be in the head of 31 other GMs. Boom! How you like that. Trade charts, don’t need them. He created them, now he is creating not to use them, he is a trend setter like that. Now when Jerry leaves the other GMs confused about what round they are drafting in, when it hits the later rounds he will be there to scoop up all the BPA, all it costs is his first round pick year in year out. Pure genius. Pioneer really.

          4. poolboy87 says:

            This is sorta what bugs me about this whole situation, Jimmy.

            The Cowboys were NOT the only ones that passed on Floyd. Dude went 23rd overall, and got passed up by a bunch of teams. If he was honestly THAT highly rated by teams (in the range that he was projected) then why aren’t you shitting all over the Giants, who passed on him and then literally took a DT with their next pick. Conversely, if they didn’t have him that highly rated…then why is it not at all possible that neither did the Cowboys, and that the article by Fisher was either mis-informed or complete B.S.?

            I mean seriously, I could moderately understand all of the Floyd hooplah if he hadn’t subsequently been passed over by the freaking Giants, Bears, Bengals, and Falcons (not to mention the panthers, who took TWO DTs in the first two rounds). But, no, I’m totally sure that the Cowboys were the only one of all of those teams to mis-scout the guy by having him (reportedly) that high, then choosing to pass on him.

            Don’t even get me started on the fact that people are ripping them for passing on Floyd because they took Frederick in a trade down. They’re getting ripped for value of the trade down despite the fact that other trade models said they got a pretty fair deal, including the one you posted right before the draft and the Harvard College group. Then they got nice and destroyed for the Frederick pick, while everybody cheered and raved for the Pugh and Long picks. I find that so fascinating considering that I saw more than a few scouts/analysts put Pugh and Long right around the same level as Frederick, mocked anywhere from 1-3. But when the picks came and went, Pugh and Long were nice value in the middle of the first, but Frederick was horrendous one pick before the second round.

            I won’t say that this draft went perfectly, I don’t think it did. I would’ve loved to have a DT. I don’t think the DEs were anything to write home about, so that’s whatever. But I also think it could’ve gone alot worse than it did. I think adding an interior lineman was an absolute necessity. I think adding a dangerous TE who’s a redzone threat was really solid. I think adding a guy who, as you said, averages 19 yards a pop while catching nearly 100 balls was a really good move. By no means, do I think that Jerry Jones shit the bed this weekend to the levels that people are suddenly accusing him of. Hell, I think (considering that he’s drafted 2 first round OL…when he hadn’t even picked up ONE in the previous 20+ years of drafting) it’s crazy to act like he’s even the one MAKING all of these picks.

            And I just think it’s ridiculous to kill this team when they’ve been in it the final week of the season for the last two years. Particularly considering how it went down last year with them losing, literally, the entire middle of their defense.

            Call me a crazy fan if you want, though.

            1. DerfDiggy says:

              Your post is filled with Logic.

            2. Tim says:

              The last paragraph is exactly right– this is a team that has made the postseason or been within one game of it 7 of the last 8 seasons. Why is it seen as rationale to paint them as the NFC East equivalent of the Raiders?

            3. Scott says:

              Yup. Everyone is conspiring to enrage Cowboys fans

              1. poolboy87 says:

                Hey, when without any reasonable response, post some stupid shit trying to marginalize the comment that you’re responding to, amirite?

                Because that was TOTALLY what the entire point of my comment was ultimately about, not about how the suggestion that Romo is running the Cowboys draft based on a minor tweet from Clarence-Fucking-Hill was over the top, and how suggesting that the Cowboys were absolutely the only team in the NFL that actually ranked Sharrif Floyd that high, meaning they were the only team that opted to pass on a top-10 player, didn’t really make sense.

                Nope, I was just outraged at the conspiracy. Good call there, bud.

            4. The Cowboys were NOT the only ones that passed on Floyd. Dude went 23rd overall, and got passed up by a bunch of teams. If he was honestly THAT highly rated by teams (in the range that he was projected) then why aren’t you shitting all over the Giants, who passed on him and then literally took a DT with their next pick.

              I don’t know where the Giants had him rated. Maybe they didn’t like him as much as the Cowboys’ scouts did, according to Fisher’s report. I trust the Giants. They’re better at evaluating players than me. If they had Pugh rated more highly than Floyd, or at least in the same ballpark, then so be it. But the difference between the 7th player on the board and a 2nd round grade is enormous.

              I mean seriously, I could moderately understand all of the Floyd hooplah if he hadn’t subsequently been passed over by the freaking Giants, Bears, Bengals, and Falcons (not to mention the panthers, who took TWO DTs in the first two rounds). But, no, I’m totally sure that the Cowboys were the only one of all of those teams to mis-scout the guy by having him (reportedly) that high, then choosing to pass on him.

              Again, I have no idea where those other teams had Floyd rated. I’m not making the point that they should have drafted Floyd because I or the draftnik community had Floyd rated highly. I;m saying they should have taken him because THEY had him rated highly.

              And I just think it’s ridiculous to kill this team when they’ve been in it the final week of the season for the last two years. Particularly considering how it went down last year with them losing, literally, the entire middle of their defense.

              That seems to be a common theme in this thread. The only reason they were in it until the final week was becuase the division as a whole sucked. Put them in any other division last season and they’re out of the division lead by 3 games.

              1. Tim says:

                If the division as a whole sucked, THEN WHY ARE YOU ONLY RIPPING THE COWBOYS. Argh.

                Additionally, the division as a whole has not “sucked” for the last 8 years. And the Cowboys have either made the playoffs or been within one game 7 of the last 8 years.

                And on this…
                “I trust the Giants. They’re better at evaluating players than me.”
                So are the Cowboys. Your evaluation of Anthony Spencer last season is an example. So are the majority of NFL teams, because they have access to more information and more resources. This assumption of omniscience on the part of the sports media following the draft each year is baffling.

              2. poolboy87 says:

                “I don’t know where the Giants had him rated. Maybe they didn’t like him as much as the Cowboys’ scouts did, according to Fisher’s report. I trust the Giants. They’re better at evaluating players than me. If they had Pugh rated more highly than Floyd, or at least in the same ballpark, then so be it. But the difference between the 7th player on the board and a 2nd round grade is enormous.”

                This is exactly the point, Jimmy. You’re now essentially accusing the Cowboys of being the ONLY freaking team that passed on Floyd after rating him highly. All of the other teams that I listed? They had him properly placed low on their draft boards and simply chose to pick their boards. Because that is one of three scenarios, Jimmy. The only other two are that all of those teams had him rated just as highly, then made the same terrible decision to pass on him, or that the report is unsourced BS, and that the Cowboys, just like all of the others that passed on him, didn’t have him that highly rated.

                As for the Giants earning the benefit of the doubt? I’d just like to take a second to compare some recent drafts:

                2010: (in order)
                Giants: JPP, Linval Joseph, Phillip Dillard, Mitch Petrus, Adrian Tracy, Matt Dodge
                Cowboys: Dez, Sean Lee, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Sam Young, Jamar Wall, Sean Lissemore, Josh Brent

                2011:
                Giants: Prince, Marvin Austin,Jerrel Jernigan, James Brewer, Greg Jones, Tyler Sash, Jacquan Williams, Da’Rel Scott
                Cowboys: Tyron Smith, Bruce Carter, DeMarco Murray, David Arkin, Josh Thomas, Dwayne Harris, Shaun Chapas, Bill Nagy

                2012:
                Giants: David Wilson, Rueben Randle, Jayron Hosely, Adrien Robinson, Brandon Mosely, Matt McCants, Markus Kuhn
                Cowboys: Morris Claiborn, Tyrone Crawford, Matt Johnson, Danny Coale, James Hanna, Caleb McSurdy

                I wouldn’t argue in any way that either team has significantly out-performed the other, so far, in the draft over the past 3 years. The Cowboys shit the bed to ridiculous proportions in 2009, but have done decently, at worst, since.

                “I;m saying they should have taken him because THEY had him rated highly.”
                Again, that’s exactly the point. You’re saying they had him that highly rated with no real evidence, as far as I can tell. But, even if Mike Fisher IS right…then again, the Cowboys would either have to be the ONLY team that had him that highly rated by scouts who chose to pass on him (which, if that’s the case…if you’re arguing that means that the Frederick pick was bad based on the Werder tweet, wouldn’t the Floyd pick have to be bad as well?) or that other teams did the exact same thing. Either the Cowboys had a stupid rating and a “smart” result, or every other team made the same stupid decision. We, unfortunately, won’t know for quite some time. But I just don’t have that hard of a time believing that they actually DIDN’T have a guy with 4.5 career sacks (fewer than Fletcher Cox’s senior season!) rated astronomically high, or that they were desperate to get him, but passed on him because of a guarantee made to Romo with absolutely no context.

                Honestly, I’m not going to argue with your last point. The division, as a whole, has indeed gotten mediocre the last couple of years. I just think that addressing offensive issues, adding talent to their interior and giving Romo more actual weapons than Dez Bryant, an oft-injured Miles Austin (who I like…particularly when he can play an entire game without having to give his hammies a rest), and some red-zone weapons might help the team a little bit, but maybe that’s just me.

          5. TJ says:

            20 other teams passed on Floyd as well.

      2. blarghjl says:

        Honestly, I think “WOW HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS get me some OL help or I’m not signing this” is a perfectly valid request in his situation.

        1. I don’t blame Romo in the slightest. I blame the FO for letting a player dictate what players are added.

          1. Tim says:

            I agree that that would be a real problem, but I don’t think it’s clear that’s what happened here. We’re working with very limited information– two Clarence Hill tweets don’t make it clear to me how much influence Romo had and whether the front office substantially changed their plans because of him.

      3. Bob says:

        Entirely plausible Chinese whispers here:

        Romo “I’d like some oline help”

        Jerry “Romo asked for oline help”

        Twitter “Romo demanded oline help”

        Jimmy “Romo had it written into his contract that the Cowboys get oline help”

        1. Yeah, because that’s what I said.

          1. Bob says:

            “Ha, maybe. But in fairness, I would troll the fans of the other teams if their organizations negotiated into their QB’s contracts that they only draft players that are OK’d by the QB.”

            Heck, what you said stretched it even further.

  17. Invictus XI says:

    Thing of beauty.

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