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Jerry Jones: Romo played ‘one of best games I’ve ever seen’

Chris Chase
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Jerry Jones thought Tony Romo played great on Sunday night, despite the crippling fourth-quarter fumble and interception and the failure to maintain a 14-point fourth-quarter lead Sunday night against the New York Jets.

In an interview with KRLD-FM in Dallas (via ESPN Dallas), Jones was effusive in his praise of his quarterback in the way a Little League coach would talk to his players at the ice cream shop after a tough loss.

"This may draw a little criticism, but I thought Tony played one of the best games I've ever seen him play."

The only plausible explanation for this is that Jones is living some sort of double-life like in "The Prestige" where he and an unknown twin run the Cowboys and trade off who goes to which game. This Jerry clearly had only been to that Seahawks playoff game and that time in 2007 he threw three interceptions against the Eagles and lost home-field advantage for the playoffs.

"You can make a big case that the way he played for three quarters was how we got there at the end and looked like for sure we were going to get the win."

And I can make a case that the Patriots went 19-0 in 2007 because they led with five minutes to go. Or that Mark Hamill became bigger after "Star Wars" than Harrison Ford. Or that, except for the past 18 years, O.J. Simpson was a stand-up guy. I can make these cases, yes. They will be flimsy, erreoneous and idiotic.

"He played outstanding."

Darrelle Revis is the best cornerback in football, but 90 percent of the Jets fans in attendance could have made that interception he grabbed late in the game, including the guy who got Tased.

"He's a winner. We are going to rise and fall based on what Tony Romo's about over the next several years, and I'm excited about that."

Oh, there'll be plenty of falling if his "best games" look like the one from Sunday night.

"We've got someone here that can, if we can get some other things together, we can have a team that gets us in position to have a shot."

The main thing the Cowboys need to get together is making sure their quarterback doesn't dive headfirst near the end zone for no reason nor throws floaters to a guy like Revis while trying to orchestrate a game-winning drive.

"This isn't to pat him on the back or make him try to play better."

Wait, wasn't this one of the best games he had ever played? Why would he need to try to play better?

This is why owners should be seen, not heard. (Or in the case of Dan Snyder, neither seen nor heard.) If the press expects you to give a soundbite after every game, you're either going to have to speak in trite banalities or speak the truth and rip your quarterback for being a poor man's Brett Favre.

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