Shortly after giving quarterback Tony Romo an unprecedented six-year, $108 million extension, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones made it clear that the new deal came with a whole lot of high expectations.
Namely, he told the media that he expected Romo to play a role within the team’s offensive game-planning as important as that of Peyton Manning in Denver--that Romo should be spending “Peyton Manning time” at Valley Ranch, a reference to the amount of time Manning spends preparing from week to week.
Romo didn’t read Jones’ comments as any sort of indictment, however.
“I think it’s just for (Jones) that was more along the lines of probably talking about the fact that (Manning) works directly with the coaches,” Romo said, per ESPN Dallas. “I don’t think most quarterbacks, myself included in the past, you’re commanded and the stuff is given to you and you go over it and you do those things instead of working on Monday and Tuesday necessarily in that process. Me just having the communication with the coaches, it’s valuable for us, and I’ve always had that. That’s been an important aspect of any relationship with offensive coordinator and quarterback. I’ve got a great relationship with Jason (Garrett). He’s got a great mind for football.
"The older you get you develop that a little bit as a quarterback. If you do some good things in the past, then that allows you to show that you can have a little more of that. That’s part of the growth that takes shape. I know the difference in the quotes sometimes get misconstrued in the sense that Jerry just knows that I’ll be in there doing some of the things that I don’t think you would do normally.”
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