Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones promised changes would be made heading into the NFL off-season following another disappointing end to the season with the team finishing with an 8-8 record. Jones was adamant about these changes and the consensus was that quarterback Tony Romo and head coach Jason Garrett might be the latest victims of Jones’ front office decisions.
Fortunately for both Garrett and Romo, the outspoken owner of America’s Team decided to retain them for at least one more season. Garrett and Romo were given a pass while defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was fired. Along with retaining both Garrett and Romo, Jones made it clear that the team intends to sign Romo to a contract extension.
Although Romo appears to be the long-term option under center in Dallas, the team has yet to start discussions with Romo on an extension according to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com:
With all the discussion in the media and among fans regarding Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s next contract, a source said talks about extending him haven’t started yet.
The Cowboys and Romo’s agent, R.J. Gonser, suspended talks about a contract extension during the 2012 season so it wouldn’t be a distraction. Romo has declined to answer questions about the subject.
During the second-half of the 2012 campaign, the Cowboys started to come on strong with winning the NFC East division title a distinct possibility.
The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants had fall apart in the final weeks of the season while the up-and-coming Washington Redskins began to breakout and ultimately were able to get the best of the Cowboys in the regular-season finale to win the division title and advance to the NFL playoffs as a result.
Dallas had dropped the ball once again with the division title and a playoff berth within their grasp. The defense took the blame for the disappointing end to the season, but changes to the offense and or head coach may have been what was needed to right the ship for the Cowboys.