Rather you follow the Dallas Morning News online or Ft. Worth Star online, the recent Jerry Jones quote given in opening up training camp remains the same: “My conversations with him,” Jones said, “have been more about making sure that he articulates to the staff and to coach [Wade Phillips] and everybody involved, that he really gives them the input that helps him be the best he can be, make the plays he’s most comfortable with, doing those kinds of things.”
At face value, I think we all agree that it is important that open lines of conversation remain between the players, coaches and staff. While I won’t do the research on this, I feel pretty confident in asserting that throughout the history of football there has never been a team that was successful, and yet did not maintain open dialogue within the team. That having been said, I cannot help but question Jerry Jones motivation in having that conversation with Romo. Could it be maybe Romo comment’s such as “we were exposed” following the 44 to 6 rout at the hands of the Eagles? Perhaps what Jerry was really telling Romo, and he likely extended a similar statement to the remainder of the Dallas team, is keep the issues in house. If you have a problem, the media is not going to solve it. In fact, in the media’s hand’s that issue will morph into a much bigger issue, as it makes whatever walls that prevented you from telling the person responsible for the issue in the first place all the more insurmountable.
Among the many positives that Jerry Jones and Wade Phillips have already noted from their offseason changes, such as a faster defense, improvement’s in Special Team’s, and more confidence in the backup QB John Kitna, I think we can find further renewed hope in how they are addressing the drama that plagued the majority of the 2008 season.