Jason Witten says Tony Romo already works hard, just days after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he wanted to see Romo put in “Peyton Manning-type time” at the team’s training facility.
Jones’ remarks came after Romo signed a new six-year extension reportedly worth $108 million. However, Witten says people who question Romo’s work ethic aren’t aware of how many hours the quarterback already puts in.
“Sometimes maybe more is made of that than it is,” the tight end told Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. “I know [Tony] understands the expectations to play that position, probably even more so now after the contract than ever before.
“I think that’s something he embraces and says, ‘Hey, let’s get this started.’ I think we’re all excited. But we all know at this point, our actions will speak a lot louder than anything we say or talk about.”
And Jason Witten’s support of Tony Romo stood firm when Watkins asked about the Cowboys’ plans to have Romo more involved in the game planning:
“I’ve always felt like Tony was very involved in the process of the plays and our scheme, how we attacked. I think in any organization where you have an elite quarterback like that, you want him to feel comfortable. I think that’s something we’ve always tried to do, and it sounds like we’re going to continue to do that.”
Jason Witten’s Tony Romo defense came at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a renovated Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas.
Both Jerry Jones and Romo (who is not everybody’s favorite) have taken flak over the quarterback’s new deal. Critics argue Romo’s return of just one career playoff win and the Cowboys’ inability to reach the postseason the last three seasons did not deserve such a handsome reward.
Whatever the naysayers believe, there’s no doubt whose side Jason Witten is on.