ARLINGTON, Texas -- There is no rational way to attempt to defend Tony Romo's pick-happy performance in the second half of Sunday’s stunning loss to the Lions.
Heck, Jerry Jones didn’t even try.
Jones, the Cowboys’ owner, general manager and No. 1 fan of the franchise quarterback, pointed out the obvious. The Cowboys can’t make those kinds of mistakes and beat a good, resilient team.
Not even after building a 24-point lead in the second half. The Lions roared back, thanks primarily to three Romo picks, including two that Detroit returned for touchdowns.
It’s the kind of performance that could cause a team to have doubts about its quarterback, especially coming a few weeks after Romo’s two turnovers played a critical role in blowing a 14-point fourth-quarter lead in a season-opening loss to the Jets.
However, Jones firmly insists that isn’t the case for the Cowboys.
“There’s no issue about faith in Romo in any place in this organization, period. Any place,” Jones said. “There’s no issue regarding Tony. I had all the confidence in the world on the last drive that he gives us the best chance to go down and score a touchdown. Didn’t get it done, but we have a lot of faith in Romo.”
Jones said the Cowboys would occasionally have to stomach turnovers with Romo because the quarterback tries to make plays. That’s fine with Jones.
“However we go, we go with Tony,” Jones said. “As Tony goes, we’ll go.”
Truer words have never been spoken, for better or worse, as the wild first four weeks of the 2-2 Cowboys’ season show.