THE ROMO FACTOR: Jerry Jones wants to maximize his mobility; Garrett also wants to improve supporting cast
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the charge for the coaches this offseason is to take the offense from “Tony Romo friendly” to “Romo better”.
Considering that Romo attempted more passes the past two years combined than any quarterback in Cowboys history, he is already the biggest part of the offense.
But Jones said they need to find a better way and more efficient way to use his skills since they have nothing to show for his current usage in terms of playoff success.
“He has had some success with it,” Jones said. “But it hasn’t got us where we want to go. So the change up is how do we use him better? Have we maximized everything that he is about to get it done? Those are the challenges we’ve got in the off season.”
Jones acknowledged that the offense may have grown stale under coach Jason Garrett and is counting on the added influence of offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Bill Callahan to allow the Cowboys to get the most of Romo’s unique improvisational skills, similar to how the Redskins maximize their use of Robert Griffin III.
Jones said it’s a must schematically because of the financial commitment he is making.
“I think that is fair,” Jones said. “I think when you get to back to back two years the kind of play we got from Tony we have to count on when we make the kind of commitment that we make to him, allocate the kind of part of our team salaries that we do and the position that he plays. This thing has got to be oriented toward his skills and we got to be able to take advantage of all the things he does best. Nobody knows better than Tony, one and Jason and (quarterbacks coach) Wade (Wilson) and that offensive staff. But I expect to see some of the same kind of things you are talking about there. (The Redskins) took advantage of RG’s special skills. I’m necessarily talking about mobility as much as I am they took advantage of his unique skills. Tony sees remarkably. He sees the cars on the highway so to speak. He reacts well on what he sees. And he is real good at taking his eye away from it and going back to it and throwing to it. Those are really unique skills.We ought to be winning with that. We ought be trying to win that. I think we will be. If we don’t utilize that and he is just a step off of or just two steps ahead of what the next guy can do then it’s a misuse of that resource. He has got to have that prominent role of what we are doing because he has got that prominent role in what we are doing financially.”
RELATED: Garrett also wants to give Romo help with running game and line
Jerry Jones says the Cowboys need to find a way to better utilize quarterback Tony Romo and his unique skills.
However, coach Jason Garrett said using Romo to the best of his ability has always been his focus on offense. Garrett said the thing the Cowboys most focus on in the offseason giving Romo help and taking some of the burden off of him.
To that end, Garrett said the Cowboys biggest needs are to be “a better running football and team and being stronger on the offensive line.” He hopes the team can address those issues in the draft and free agency.
“Now the burden on the quarterback in the NFL in 32 cities is significant,” Garrett said. “That comes with the dinner. Now having said that the better you are around him, the more effective he is going to be _ a better running game, multiple targets to throw the football to. All of those things would certainly help the quarterback and alleviate some of the burden.”