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Jerry Jones: Tony Romo is a creative offensive mind like Sean Payton

Tony Romo, Jerry Jones

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2011, file photo, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) and team owner Jerry Jones, right, talk before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, in Arlington, Texas. Immediately after Dallas’ last game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, owner Jerry Jones said it’d be ashamed for the Cowboys not to make the playoffs the way Tony Romo is playing. The quarterback still won’t have a winning December, but he has thrown eight touchdowns with no interceptions this month for the NFC-East leading Cowboys. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)


Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said all offseason that he wants quarterback Tony Romo to get more involved in the offensive game planning and play calling this year. Now Jones is comparing Romo’s understanding of offensive football with one of the brightest offensive minds in the game.

Jones said on KRLD radio in Dallas that former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells used to tell him that he loved Romo’s football intelligence, and Jones said Romo and Saints coach Sean Payton are similar in that respect.

“Bill knows Tony well and he has always had a real appreciation for Romo’s approach and his intellect relative to play calling relative to seeing and understanding the game,” Jones said, via “He’s unique in that way. In a way, Tony has some of the kind of skills you might see in a Sean Payton.”

Jones said Parcells told him that the idea to have Romo get more involved in running the offense is a good one.

“It is also just the flair for being able to see it and being creative out there,” Jones said. “In visiting with Bill, he thought it was something we really ought to take advantage of is Tony’s ability to see the field, call the plays and make more decisions out there.”

Jones sounds excited about giving Romo more control of the offense.

“Tony is going to be more involved in the making of the game plan and the calling of the plays than he’s been in the past in his career, and he’ll be significantly more involved. That’s a change,” Jones said.

Cowboys have to hope that’s a change for the better, and the Cowboys’ offense looks more like Sean Payton’s New Orleans offense.