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August 27, 2013

Jerry Jones says Cowboys giving Romo more freedom because he is creative like Sean Payton

Jerry Jones said one reason the Cowboys wanted to give Tony Romo more freedom on the field is because he has a mind like Sean Payton.

“I’d say that Tony has some of the kind of skill that you might see in a Sean Payton,” the Cowboys owner said Tuesday morning on his radio show on KRLD 105.3 The Fan. “You get a guy that just might onside-kick the ball in the Super Bowl. … There’s a little bit of that, and whether that’s the risk-taking aspect – it is – but it’s also just the flair for being able to see it and be creative out there.”

Jones said former coach Bill Parcells encouraged him to let Romo’s creative juices flow on the field.

“He has always had a real appreciation for Romo’s approach and his intellect, relative to play-calling, relative to seeing and understanding the game,” Jones said. “And he’s unique in that way.”

Payton was the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator under Parcells in Dallas for Romo’s first three years with the Cowboys, although Romo did not play during that time. Payton and Romo both attended Eastern Illinois, and Payton was instrumental in getting Romo to Dallas.

“So where are we going with this?” Jones said. “Where we’re going is that, in visiting with Bill, he thought it was something we really ought to maybe take advantage of – try and take advantage of – is Tony’s ability to see the field, call the plays and make more decisions out there. We were going in that direction, obviously, as had been well reported. But Bill had positive thoughts about it as well.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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