"I am still so damn mad. I get madder, every day, about missin' him."
This was what Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told ESPN back in August after he and the Cowboys opted not to draft Johnny Manziel - instead taking offensive lineman Zack Martin.
Jones wasn't pleased after the draft
"When we were on the clock, I said, if we pick the other guy - any other guy - it would be a ticket to parity, more 8-8 seasons. The only way to break out is to gamble - take a chance with that first pick, if you wanna dramatically improve your team. That's why I wanted Manziel, but I was the only guy who wanted him. I listened to everybody...and I'm not happy ..."
However, through week six of the NFL, Jones' Dallas Cowboys are 5-1 and are being touted as the best team in the NFL. They have taken down the likes of New Orleans, Houston and Seattle (on the road!)
After the Cowboys travelled to the Pacific North West and took down the Super Bowl champs on Sunday, Jones was again quizzed about the rumours that he had to be physically restrained from drafting Manziel. His answer was interesting, as he revealed that he has been forbidden from mentioning his name:
“I don’t know how that’s relevant. I’m really not so sure I’m ready to admit a mis-thought. It is not relevant, and I really have had some very stern, succinct instructions not to mention Johnny anymore from people who count, let me put it like that.”
Jones again confirmed that he wanted to take Manziel and revealed that, on the night he was seriously questioning Romo as the quarterback, especially given his age. However, he seems to have changed his tune after Romo's excellent start to the season:
"The question was, ‘Could we make it work with Tony Romo during the period of time that we are going to have Tony?’ And by the way, my expectations are that Tony will be our quarterback several years to come as we move along."
It is certainly looking like he made the right decision in standing by Romo - even if he didn't want to during draft season. Five wins on the bounce with 68.8% passing (3rd in the NFL) and 11 touchdowns with a passer rating of 100.5. Meanwhile Manziel is in Cleveland and has only four plays under his belt.