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Jerry Jones on Tony Romo: What people remember “is what you do in December”

Tony Romo finished up November with a win. (Brandon Wade / AP)

Does Tony Romo have this quarterbacking thing figured out? He’s thrown only seven interceptions for the 7-5 Dallas Cowboys, who were 3-1 in November.

But November, with Romo, is never the problem. It’s December.

“We’ve always known that what they remember is what you do in December,” Jones said Tuesday on his weekly 105.3 TheFan radio show in Dallas.

Romo is 11-15 in December. This season, he’ll face the Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings — teams that are a combined 21-26-1.

“I think it’s real and I don’t mean to be trite,” Jones said. “You can probably tie that [into] why we have had disappointments in December. It’s hard to build up in this time of the NFL. It’s hard to build up enough edge to play at that level during December, so you better be moving or having your arrow going up rather than going down.”

Two years ago, the Cowboys weer 7-4 after Thanksgiving and lost four of their last five games as the New York Giants won the NFC East. Last year, they were 8-6 going into the last two weeks — and lost both games as the Washington Redskins won the division.

“We can’t expect to be where we all want to be unless we play better than we’ve played the last two years,” Jones said. “We’ve had Tony Romo really playing well the last two years and haven’t gotten there. I’ve often said it is one of the biggest disappointments of my entire time to have Romo as quarterback and not be in better shape for the playoffs. We need to change that.”

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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