Jerry’s December Delusion Something Fearful To Contemplate For Cowboys
The calendar has turned, and so has the mood at Valley Ranch. From the sense of hopelessness that filled the air on Thanksgiving night, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is now filling the airwaves with the undeniable sounds of anger. Righteous anger, I’m sure Jones would tell you, but anger nevertheless.
Yes, December is here, and Jerry is bringing no good cheer with it.
Likely provoked by a season gone wrong from the start, Jones let his personal frustrations spill over into the public arena on Tuesday, even stooping to language that would likely make Grandma drop her fork at the dinner table. No, Jones wasn’t drunk, but you couldn’t tell that by what he said.
Speaking on 105.3-FM The Fan in Dallas, Jones became suddenly testy when the subjects of Tony Romo’s age and recent injury history were broached. Romo, in case you overslept the holiday, suffered a broken collarbone for the second time this season during Dallas’ Thanksgiving Day loss to Carolina. Romo has been ruled out for the year.
So, Jerry, are the Cowboys anticipating Romo’s end anytime soon?
“This is not a debate, guys,” so Jones’ whitewashed response went. “This is not a debate we’re having here. Do you know that I don’t know if he’s got four or five years? You asked me my opinion and I can give you all the reasons why: the back, or I can give you the clavicle, or I can give you any other type of injuries that are there.
“But you’re asking me what I think, and I think we’ve got outstanding quarterbacking ahead of us for the next four or five years. That’s not a downer. Will we be looking to develop and get talent behind Romo? Absolutely.”
If this is Jerry’s version of the Christmas spirit, then Jason Garrett better be prepared to find employment elsewhere at the end of this season. When Jerry loses patience with the media, you know he’s dangerously close to having heads rolling all across the Ranch. Remember, December bloodbaths have been quite a common occurrence under the Jerry regime.
The Cowboys are one Monday night loss in Landover away from planning early vacations. They also could be just as close to a 3-13 finish, a disaster that demands Jerry sharpen up his ax, bring his whetstone and start the millstone to grinding. If that puts a damper on your future outlook, well, then consider what state Jerry’s quarterback madness is liable to have the Cowboys in by, say, 2017.
As it stands now, the Cowboys have a 35-year old franchise quarterback with a thrice-shattered collarbone and a surgically-repaired back that leaves him squeamish the day after a game. To give him the necessary time to recover, head coach Jason Garrett has found it expedient to hold Romo out of practice on Wednesdays during the season, a trend which began in September of 2014. That the coaching staff has limited Romo’s workload in training camp should also be noted.
Despite their efforts, the team still hasn’t been able to keep him healthy. Romo missed one game last season while dealing with a back ailment, and will miss 12 games by the time the final chapter is written on the 2015 campaign.
With Romo’s increased age has also come a loss of velocity on certain passes. While he still has the arm-strength to get the ball deep to Dez Bryant and others, Romo’s straight-line passes have noticeably lacked zip over the past two seasons.
If those aren’t signs of a fast-approaching end to Romo’s time in the NFL then, yes, Virginia, maybe there really is a Santa Claus, and his name is Jerry. But if Troy Aikman and Peyton Manning are any authority on the subject of quarterbacking decay, then Jerry stands corrected as a football fruitcake, not to mention a full-blown fraud.
Jones can’t give anyone a reason why Romo shouldn’t play for another four or five years, but the same can be said for the flip-side of the equation. He believes Romo will be playing in 2019 because that’s what he wants to believe, may the devil take the consequences.
This is Jerry’s way of telling the world Merry Christmas.
This is my chance to tell the world that I think Jerry is delusion personified.