Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Biggs: Jerry rushes to Romo's defense

by Brad Biggs

It’s not difficult to imagine how one critic, Terrell Owens, would have reviewed opening night at Jerry Jones’ football palace.

He would have been slinging barbs at Tony Romo by now. But in the new T.O.-less world the Cowboys dwell in, it was Jones who came to the defense of the quarterback Tuesday on his radio show. Romo’s three interceptions in the 33-31 loss to the New York Giants led directly to three touchdowns. He was terrible, completing just 13-of-29 passes. He had a 29.6 passer rating in front of 105,121 fans, a record crowd at Dallas Cowboys Stadium for a regular-season game.

All of this after Romo vowed during the summer that his focus was solely on football, and he would make a more concerted effort to protect the football. What Jones is holding on to, according to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News, is the belief that Romo will bounce back. History tells him he has done that before, and what better team to rebound against than the sagging Carolina Panthers (0-2), who have been beset by injuries. Romo and the Cowboys will be back on the bright stage, moving from NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” to ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.’’

“You'd like for him not to have a day like that,” Jones said on KRLD-FM, “but when everybody is pointing fingers, when it didn't go good, then you want someone who can walk into that huddle in the next snap at practice, the next snap in the ballgame and walk out there and cut and shoot and play like they just won the Super Bowl. That's a great quarterback.

“I had a tough time in some areas not being overly critical because I was mad. Normally, apart from it being a home game, you don't get that down from a game like we played Sunday.’’