Saturday, September 26, 2009

Jerry Jones says he expects Romo to win a Super Bowl


Jerry Jones hasn’t lost faith in Tony Romo after last week’s performance. In fact, the Dallas Cowboys owner said he still believes Romo will be the quarterback to lead the franchise to its sixth Super Bowl title.

“Some day, he will have the greatest day of all,” Jones said during a news conference at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Friday. “I do [think he will win a Super Bowl]. I feel like that will happen. It is in no small part due to his skill level, because of his ability to come back from adversity, because of his hard work. That will be one of the big reasons we get it done.”

Romo talked to the local media Friday at Valley Ranch, again taking the blame for Sunday’s 33-31 loss to the New York Giants in the regular-season debut of Cowboys Stadium.

He threw for only 127 yards, with three interceptions and one touchdown. His 29.6 passer rating was the second-worst of his 43-game career -- including the postseason -- as a starter.

Romo’s three interceptions led to 21 of the Giants’ points, including rookie cornerback Bruce Johnson’s 34-yard return for a touchdown in the first quarter. After making 21 turnovers each of the past two seasons, Romo worked hard in the off-season on preventing turnovers with better decision-making and better ball security, especially outside the pocket.

“The whole idea is to do it less throughout a season,” said Romo, who has not fumbled this season. “I would love to go through the season without any turnovers. This whole thing will be written a lot easier in six games from now when you’re like, ‘OK, he either has 21 turnovers or he has five,’ and you’re going to be like, ‘You know what? He has done a good job at that sort of thing.’ As of right now, obviously, you can only be whatever is that you can be after two games, and that’s obviously not a good feeling.”

NFL teams have a 24-hour rule, meaning they celebrate a victory for only 24 hours or bemoan a loss for that long. Romo, though, said the Giants’ loss took longer to get over.

“This was more of the 48-hour rule,” said Romo, who has thrown four touchdowns, three interceptions and has an 82.4 passer rating for the season. “But that’s this game. You care so much about it.”