In last night’s loss to the Redskins at Jerry Jones’ shrine to himself, Tony Romo took a knee to the back, right around the affected area from his season-ending back surgery last year. It was a scary (and likely extremely painful) moment. Romo was taken to the locker room, and as any
NFL owner maniac would do, Jones followed him in.
Romo’s X-rays came back negative, but it’s still unclear if his injury is serious (he’s got a back contusion, but will be reevaluated). But Jones knew it wasn’t serious, because Jones is (not) a doctor. At one point, it looked like he was telling a very sad looking Jason Garrett that Romo was coming back in.
As it turns out, that’s exactly what happened.
“I was here during the tail end of the examination and knew he planned to come back out and play if he were needed. Of course he was needed. I felt good that he could come back out. When he saw the opportunity he did. I told Jason that he would be back in.”
Now in the case of your starting quarterback being ready to return from the locker room, there’s usually a few ways that can be communicated to the head coach:
1) A trainer can tell him.
2) A doctor can tell him.
3) The player can just walk out of the locker room.
Nowhere on that list is “the owner comes down from his box to sit in on the X-ray in the locker room, the owner says he’s okay, the owner walks out onto the sideline and delivers the news directly to the head coach that the quarterback is coming back in.” Why? Because that’s what psychopaths do. I understand the fear of Brandon Weeden (though he did lead the Cowboys on an 80-yard scoring drive), but was any of what Jones did necessary? No, it wasn’t. But it was Jerry Jones. Soon, Jones will be up in the box talking over the football game, with the same big loud opinion, but nobody will be listening as he’s washed up and ranting about the same old things. For now, though, at least Garrett is listening.
On the bright side, the game gave Browns fans something to have fun with in the McCoy/Weeden showdown. So that’s nice.