Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the youth of head coach Jason Garrett and the experience of quarterback Tony Romo are advantages as the Cowboys get started on their plan to improve for next season.
“We’ve got a young head coach who’s got a staff that we’ve made a couple of changes on,” Jones said from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., this week. “And what you’re supposed to do if you’re young, smart and ambitious, you’re supposed to get in and make adjustments. And I expect that in the offseason. And expect it to be positive for our team. I think we’ll coordinate that with what I do, we do, in personnel, and that way we’ve got a chance to get better. But it’ll be a multi-pronged approach.”
Garrett turns 46 in March as he begins his second full season as the Cowboys’ head coach.
Romo will begin his sixth full season as the Cowboys’ starter, although he missed more than half of 2010 because of a broken collarbone. “The good news is we’re not starting out a quarterback,” Jones said. “We’ve got a competitor there. We do like a lot of the skill people that we’ve got around him.”
To Jones, protecting Romo is a prime priority.
“We were like 10th in protecting him relative to the sack stat. We need to be better than that because he helped us protect him a little bit with his ability to move around. We need to do better there.”
-- Carlos Mendez