After Tony Romo and Jason Garrett attended the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game at AT&T Stadium back in April--in Jerry Jones’s suite, of course--former Cowboy Marcus Spears remarked that the coach and the quarterback rubbing elbows on TV and away from Valley Ranch could send the wrong message to the rest of the locker room.
Executive vice president Stephen Jones doesn’t see any such problem with the the off-field relationship between the quarterback and the head coach, however. In fact, he thinks it’s a positive.
“I think any time you have a franchise quarterback like Tony, I think all coaches want to have a relationship,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “At the end of the day, he’s probably the most important player on the team. And I know it’s a harsh thing to say, but you need a team to win a championship. Obviously your quarterback is a key part of this. First of all, it’s easy. I think he enjoys Tony. Secondly, especially because he’s offensive-minded, I think they enjoy talking about ball. I think they also enjoy social time together.”
Jones went so far as to compare the relationship between Garrett and Romo to that of Jimmy Johnson and Troy Aikman in the early 1990s.
“It may not be as much social, but I think he still had one with him,” Jones said. “To me, at the end of the day, I think that’s a good thing.”
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