IRVING, Texas — Jerry Jones wouldn’t have given Tony Romo $55 million in guaranteed money if he didn’t have extreme confidence in the Dallas Cowboys‘ quarterback.
So Jones’ response to a hypothetical question posed to him during his Friday radio show certainly wasn’t surprising. The question: How would Jones feel if Romo and the Cowboys got the ball with two minutes remaining and trailing by four points Sunday in Philadelphia?
“I’m expecting to win it,” Jones said on KRLD-FM. “I hadn’t booked it, but we had ‘em against Denver. And we’ve got a quarterback that’s the best in the business in the fourth quarter. He’s the best.
“He can make it happen when it’s not there. Other than being ahead with the ball, there’s no one I’d rather have at this time than to have Romo trying to get us down the field in a short period of time.”
There are certainly several other general managers who could make a strong case for their quarterbacks. According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, Romo’s 18 fourth-quarter comebacks rank sixth among active quarterbacks.
However, Jones has one strong piece of statistical evidence to support his claim that Romo is the best in the fourth quarter. Romo has the highest career fourth-quarter passer rating (101.9) in NFL history, ahead of Aaron Rodgers (99.2), Steve Young (97.9), Kurt Warner (91.9) and Tom Brady (91.6).