He signs the paychecks in Dallas, so he doesn't need to apologize for a thing. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is pulling back from the strong words he aimed at coach Jason Garrett following Sunday's bitter loss to the New England Patriots.
From his owner's box, it was clear to Jones that nursing a 16-13 lead with 2:30 remaining, only to punt the ball back to Tom Brady, was equivalent to disaster. And he was correct -- and who didn't see that coming? -- but Jones still trusts his coach.
"I would say that probably if I had that to do over again, I wouldn't comment, period," Jones told KRLD-FM on Tuesday, via ESPN Dallas. "I wouldn't even answer a question about it. ... That's what Jason frankly is paid to do, is make those decisions, and there's no one that I'd rather have make the decisions regarding our football team right now."
Jones still wants to see Romo throwing the ball with the game on the line: "That's what Tony Romo brings you. He'll get you a play when you need it the most. He's a playmaker. ... That's certainly a perspective."
Make no mistake, Jones' perspective is the most important one in the building. Still, in this brief respite from deep meditations on the meaning of Romo to the greater Dallas area and humanity beyond -- we'll take this sideshow without complaint.