A week into the season there were reports the Cowboys had approached quarterback Tony Romo about a new contract though nothing immediately came of it. In 2007, Romo signed a six-year, $67 million deal and is set to make $9 million in 2012 and $11.5 million in 2013. Despite Dallas’ uneven start — they’re 3-4 so far — Romo, who has 15 turnovers (including a league-high 13 interceptions), remains in the organization’s long-term plans. Read more after the jump.
Coach Jason Garrett says that Romo for the most part is making good decisions and many of his interceptions are a function of poor routes and breakdowns in communication. And team vice president Stephen Jones is still working to keep Romo in Dallas for the rest of the quarterback’s career.
“We still feel that way,” Jones said of Romo as the Cowboys’ franchise quarterback of the future (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram). “We’ve got a lot of confidence in Tony. Tony has a lot of confidence in himself. He is going to be fine. He is not the problem.”
Jones sees a bright future for Romo, 32, who is in his 10th NFL season.
“I think he is going to get better,” Jones said. “There are a lot of quarterbacks it doesn’t happen right way for them as far as winning championships. You don’t have to look any further than some of the Hall of Famers like Elway and Favre. It came late in their careers. They had some of the same issues that Tony has had. They had some really great games and some tough ones in terms of turning it over. It’s all part of the process. There’s a lot of expectations. He welcomes that. He will thrive.”
Jones’ comments echo those of his father, team owner Jerry Jones, who said in January the players around Romo needed to play better. There’s plenty of truth to that, but the reality is that the Cowboys are two-and-a-half years removed from a winning season and a playoff appearance.
In related news: Albert Einstein has a saying about insanity. He defines it as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Written by Ryan Wilson for CBS Sports