Jerry Jones: Romo's increased role has led to 'more sensitivity about protecting the ball'

BY foxsports • September 27, 2013

Tony Romo's increased role game-planning during the week at Valley Ranch has led to less risk-taking on the field, Jerry Jones said Friday morning.

During a weekly radio appearance, the Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager explained how Romo's added responsibilities have led to "more sensitivity about protecting the ball."

"One of the things that you get when you put more [time in], you invest, we hear those words 'take ownership' … sometimes some of the creative aspects, some of the risk-taking aspect is more compromised because you've also taken ownership of the downside of taking some these risks," Jones told the G-Bag Nation show on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. "So a part of Romo's additional involvement – and I'm talking about in the actual preparation of the game plan, his early week work — a part of that should have, and has, brought along a more sensitivity about protecting the ball, and about the bad play. I think you're seeing that at work."

Through three games, Romo has thrown one interception and has completed 72.2 percent of his passes. Only Denver's Peyton Manning has completed a higher percentage of throws.

During Romo's previous seven seasons as the Cowboys starting quarterback, he's never thrown fewer than two interceptions in his first three games.

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