Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says that the people who criticize quarterback Tony Romo will only be quiet if he wins a Super Bowl.
On Sunday, Romo earned only his second playoff victory since taking over as the team’s starting quarterback as the Cowboys defeated the Detroit Lions 24-20 in the NFC Wild Card Playoff.
Romo has a 63-45 record as a starting quarterback and his 97.6 quarterback rating is second in the history of the NFL.
“I hope they see that he’s made some pretty impressive plays and had big games,” Jones said to ESPN.com. “The only thing that will ever get them off his back totally would be to get that Super Bowl win. And I can tell him firsthand you can have Super Bowl wins and they’ll still get back on your back.”
“So I don’t know that they ever permanently get off your back,” Jones added.
This season, Romo passed for 3,705 yards with 34 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He led the NFL in completion percentage, touchdown percentage, yards per passing attempt and quarterback rating. He also had five game-winning drives.
The Cowboys will take on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoff on Sunday.
- Scooby Axson