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Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett Comment on Tony Romo Retirement

Jess Haynie

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As you would have expected, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett have both shared thoughts on the retirement of quarterback Tony Romo. Neither shied away from expressing their deep appreciation for one of the biggest names in franchise history.

Here was Jerry Jones’ statement, as shared to Twitter by David Moore of the Dallas Morning News and multiple other sources:

“We wish Tony and his family nothing but the best. As an organization, we did what he asked us to do in terms of his release, and we wanted to do what was ultimately in his best interest and in the best interest of his family.

“Tony has been a wonderful representative of the Cowboys organization for 14 years, and he left everything he had on the field. He will leave us with many great memories and a legacy of being, truly, one of the greatest players in Cowboys history. We are thrilled for him and his family that he will be able to continue working as a professional in the game he so dearly loves.

“He is a young man who is just getting started on a long journey in life. All the best my friend.”

Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of this is the statement that how things were handled was per Tony Romo’s request. It’s in keeping with what many of us believed during this entire situation, that Jerry Jones would never do anything to hurt or offend Romo. Jerry’s notorious fondness for his players has never been stronger than how he feels about Tony.

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While we don’t know how much Romo’s relationship with Jason Garret was affected by the change at quarterback, that did not stop Jason from saying the following:

“Tony Romo has a unique combination of athletic ability, arm talent, vision, and instincts for the game. What separates Tony from many other players, however, is a rare competitive spirit. Tony loves to play. Tony loves to compete. The best ones always do. In practice. during games. On the field. Off the field. Tony competes to the end in everything that he does.

“That relentless spirit that Tony plays with is contagious. He makes his teammates better. He makes his coaches better. He makes his team better. He has grown so much as a player and as a person over the course of his career and has made a significant impact on the lives of so many. I consider myself fortunate to be at the top of that list. It has been one of the great privileges of my life to work with Tony Romo, one of the greatest players in Dallas Cowboys history.”

Clearly, Jason’s respect for Tony has never wavered. If there is any rift between Romo and Garrett, we can only hope that time will heal it and their friendship will endure.

Be sure that Inside The Star will remain on top of the ongoing reactions and news stemming from Tony Romo’s retirement. Stay tuned!

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  • Russ_Te

    Phil Simms is out! Free at last… ;^)

    Finally, Romo listens to Russ Te…

    Or, Wife Hits Romo Over Head & Knocks Sense Into Him…

    http://www.sportingnews.com/au/nfl/news/cbs-phil-simms-contract-tony-romo-replacement-nfl-analyst-job-games-schedule/jsruv0720j41fk7em20bfxoo

    ;^)

  • Russ_Te

    I think Romo was heavily weighing 1 shot at a Lombardi with Houston, versus a #1 analyst job that the door may close on later.

    I’ve mentioned how IMO it’s not worth risking decades of living with worse pain, for that 1 shot. I think he made the right decision. Mark Tuinei was the classic example – graduated to heroin dealing with pain after his playing years, OD’d on it.

    And no more Simms, who was a simpleton in the booth & reluctant to call out his pals still in the game.

    • Jess Haynie

      Simms really wasn’t good. The funny thing, though, is that I turned on him more for the disastrous commentary he recorded for Madden 16 than anything from real games.

  • John Williams

    While I was hoping to see Romo take another shot at a Super Bowl run. I’m also happy to see him go out on his terms and not on a stretcher. Or have to play out the string on a bad team.

    It’s going to be a lot of fun to watch him give his views on a game. He will be great and will bring a bit of levity to the booth as well, because he’s always kind of had that light hearted, though serious, approach to life.

    Really looking forward to seeing what he will bring in the fall.

    I have the feeling we are going to like him more than Aikman, who is great, but can sometimes come off a bit gruff.

    • Russ_Te

      I rate Aikman ahead of Collinsworth and way ahead of Simms, but behind Daryl Johnston. I feel lucky on the weeks it’s a regional game and The Moose is doing it – really knows his X & O. I like Fouts very much on CBS & radio also. Esiason, not that much.

      I didn’t know until Tuesday’s articles on Romo and Simms and CBS, that Simms got excoriated on Twitter for his 2017 AFC Title Game broadcast, in which he was a dunderhead (as usual). I think that may have been the beginning of the end for him as the top CBS analyst. They can’t abide a lot of ridicule on social media.

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

After hiring Paul Alexander to fill their vacant OL coaching position, the Dallas Cowboys are continuing to retool their offensive staff below Scott Linehan. Sanjay Lal has been hired to coach the Cowboys’ wide receivers, replacing Derek Dooley.

Lal has experience as a WR coach with four different teams, dating back to 2009 with the Oakland Raiders. He was promoted up to this position after serving as the Raiders’ quality control coach from 2007-08.

David Moore on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys have reached an agreement with Sanjay Lal to become the team’s WR coach. Lal was with Indianapolis last season and replaces Derek Dooley on the staff.

Most recently, Sanjay Lal coached the receivers for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He has also been with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

In this interview with the Colts, Lal mentions being very detail-oriented with a focus on the technical aspects of playing receiver.

Lal beats out former Cowboys WR Miles Austin for this position, earning the right to lead a room of receivers in desperate need of fresh talent. In an offseason that’s been about finding fresh ideas with the coaching staff so far though, the Cowboys have a new voice on offense.

Tell us what you think about “Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

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Matt Eberflus, Sean Lee

Multiple sources are reporting Matt Eberflus — who has been the linebackers coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys — will leave to join the Indianapolis Colts as the new defensive coordinator. Eberflus has been with Dallas since 2011, having joined Rob Ryan’s staff when Ryan become the coordinator for the Cowboys’ defense.

He has been the linebackers coach during his entire Dallas tenure and was also named passing game coordinator in 2016.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

With Josh McDaniels ticketed for the #Colts, former #Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus is expected to come along as defensive coordinator, I’m told. Lot of parts falling in place now.

If not the Colts, some thought Matt Eberflus might end up replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Either way, it does not appear Dallas could have kept him around while Rod Marinelli remains in his current position.

Eberflus’ work in Dallas speaks for itself, and primarily through LB Sean Lee.

He has been Lee’s position coach for all but his rookie season, and in that time Lee has been one of the top defensive players in all of football.

Beyond Lee, Eberflus has also been able to get quality play out of mid-round picks like Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson. We also saw Jaylon Smith make significant progress this season.

Given Matt Eberflus has never worked with Josh McDaniels before, the fact he was on the Colts’ radar says a lot.

Make no mistake; the Cowboys lost a good one here.

Don’t panic, however. Coach Marinelli has cast a very wide net during his time in the NFL and there are a lot of potential guys, some with plenty of experience, that Dallas might look to.

It’s entirely possible that Eberflus’ replacement will be someone who Marinelli spends 2018 grooming to take over as the defensive coordinator.

Still, of all the coaching changes so far for Dallas, this one hurts most.

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Thus far the 2018 offseason has brought a plethora of change to the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Now it is being reported the Cowboys have hired a brand new offensive line coach, former Cincinnati Bengals’ Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander.

Alex Marvez on Twitter

Source tells @sportingnews that Paul Alexander hired as new @dallascowboys offensive line coach

Alexander coached with the Bengals for over 20 years, and replaces the same man in Dallas who replaces him in Cincinnati, Frank Pollack. Alexander has also been the Bengals assistant head coach since 2003.

The Cowboys recently lost an assistant head coach when Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia left for Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.

Per usual, the hire has been met with mixed reactions from Cowboys Nation.

Joey Ickes on Twitter

Since 2003, CIN has had only one season where they finished top-10 in Yards per attempt on the ground… They’ve been bottom-5 in the league 5 times in that span… That’s the OL Coach DAL just hired.

The hiring of an offensive line coach who’s rushing attack finished bottom five in the league in rushing yards per attempt five times since 2003 doesn’t look too great on paper. He will also teach with different techniques and styles than previous Cowboys OL coaches, which could potentially set back the offensive line early in the season.

Plus, respected Bengals’ writer Joe Goodberry did not exactly love the hire for the Cowboys.

Goodberry on Twitter

Pretty bad https://t.co/fysjZqCQ6l

Regardless, this is still a very talented offensive line and one which should lead an effective ground attack based on their talent alone. 2017 proved further that coaching matters a lot in the NFL however, and the wrong hire could set back even the most talented of units.

We will just have to wait and see how this 2018 season ends up playing out.

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