Jerry Jones Is Going To Get Tony Romo Killed
It's been a couple of days since Jerry Jones was seen playing team doctor on the Dallas sideline, telling head coach Jason Garrett that Tony Romo would be able to go back into the game after suffering a back injury. There's been a veritable shit storm raining on Jones' head since Monday night, lambasting him for taking his role as Cowboys overseer too far -- perhaps to the point of endangering Romo's surgically-repaired back. But being perceived as an overbearing asshole has never stopped Jones before. Why should it now?
The Jerry Jones traveling medical circus continued its run with comments on the radio this morning. Via the Dallas Morning-News:
“At this time, we have nothing medically that would prevent him from playing,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “What I mean by that is that there’s nothing to his injury that technically won’t function. This is a function of pain tolerance. But it’s a serious issue that you could look at people that have had a similar type injury and they haven’t played the next week, so that would cause you some concern about him playing...
“If Romo’s ready to play, he can play,” Jones said. “He technically, relative to the medical aspect of it can play. Now, whether or not he can withstand the things that go with that, relative to pain or relative to executing, that’s a big issue, that’s a big if. But if he can do it, then he’ll play.”
Here, we see Jones shift from shitty team doctor to shitty general manager, which is his actual role (besides owner). How are these comments not completely undermining Romo's credibility? If he doesn't play, it's because he couldn't handle the pain. If he does play and is ineffective, it's because he couldn't handle the pain. Basically, the only way Romo looks good here is if he shines against the Cardinals -- in which case, Jones will feel validated and probably continue this asinine behavior.
Here's why this is doubly bad: The Cowboys head into a Week 9 matchup with the Cardinals with a top NFC seed on the line. It's a big game, sure, and it'd be great if Romo was healthy for it. But he's not, and the Cardinals, perhaps more than any other team in the league, love to blitz. They did it more than any other team in the league last season, and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is probably popping a boner right now at the thought of bringing the pressure against a gimpy Romo.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys have the league's best running back in DeMarco Murray, and play Jacksonville in Week 10 before their bye. Would it really kill them to rest Romo until Week 12 and prepare for a playoff run?
The answer, according to Jones, appears to be yes. And if Romo gets mauled by the Cardinals this Sunday, aggravates his injury and is forced to miss time, Jones will only have himself to blame. Sadly, perhaps it will take Jones putting Romo's actual life in danger for him to realize how stupid he's being. We pray for you, Tony.
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