Jerry Jones wants Tony Romo to have Roger Staubach-like role


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Jerry Jones gave Tony Romo a six-year, $108-million contract extension in March and on Monday he revealed that he has a plan for Romo that is commensurate with the paycheck.

Think Roger Staubach. Yikes. No pressure there.

“He’s played a lot of games now,” Jones said in a Sirius XM radio interview with Gil Brandt and Alex Marvez (via Marvez). “He certainly had a lot of time on the job before he ever started and played. He has a unique grasp of our offensive concepts. The people who are around him the most – his coaches – tell me he’s never had a bad idea.

“If you think about where he’s at right now, he’s 10 years older than most of the players we have on the field. We think his skill level right now is very much where we hoped it would be and will be for several years to come. But what we want to use more than we ever have is the kind of thing that Staubach contributed – input into designing a plan that helps us beat that opponent.”

Romo, who passed for 4,903 yards, a career high, and 28 touchdowns last season, is entering his 10th season and Jones said he expects him to put in “Peyton Manning-type time on the job” last month.

“You’ve got to do more than look at a couple of quick plays on Tuesday or Monday,” Jones said. “You’ve got to get in and study, spend time and look at 100 plays to really have that input. We think he can bring that to the table. That will be a big change. He certainly has had input but not the kind of input he’s going to have going forward.

“When you talk about a guy who’s been behind the center, they’ve seen it. They know what it looks like when it’s coming at them. They know how loud it is out there. Plus, we all know that when it’s your idea and you’ve got to execute, it just seems to work better. We all do better when we’ve got some of our own proprietary input in it.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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Cindy Boren · May 14, 2013