IRVING, Texas – During a Tuesday morning radio interview on 105.3 The Fan, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones compared Tony Romo to New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton.
Payton, also a former college quarterback at Eastern Illinois, coached Romo early in his NFL career. With Romo having more input in the Cowboys’ offensive game-planning this year, Jones made the statement while discussing Romo’s knowledge of the game.
Romo was asked about that comparison after practice on Tuesday.
“Comparisons are, you know, just … I think more than anything you just kind of get to the point where you understand the game at a certain level,” Romo said. “For me, I think sometimes I think about the game very detailed. Little things matter tremendously as far as the outcome of plays – the releases, the differing things as far as where you want people on certain plays at what depth. And a lot of good coaches do that stuff. I just think you see it that way a little bit more when you get older.”
So does this mean Romo is on his way to one day becoming a Super Bowl winning head coach?
“I couldn’t imagine coaching,” Romo said. “Those guys work incredibly hard. To me, it’s such an incredibly fun grind as a quarterback. I don’t ever envision not playing right now, so I can’t imagine ever thinking about it in any different way than playing the game.”
Romo joked that Payton was “going to end up stealing some stuff from us this year, so it’s going to be fun.”
Jones’ comparison is sure to get brought up again when the Cowboys travel to New Orleans for a Sunday night game on Nov. 10.