Jerry Jones compares Tony Romo’s offensive mind to Sean Payton

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believes Tony Romo has a similar offensive mind to Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Jones says former Cowboys head coach Bill Parcell’s is a supporter of allowing Romo to have more say in the offense.

“Bill knows Tony well and he has always had a real appreciation for Romo’s approach and his intellect relative to playcalling relative to seeing and understanding the game,” Jones said, via ESPNDallas.com. “He’s unique in that way. In a way, Tony has some of the kind of skills you might see in a Sean Payton.”

Jones shared a chat he had with Parcells when the Cowboys played in the Hall of Fame game earlier this month.

Parcells coached the Cowboys from 2003 to 2006 and signed Romo as an undrafted free agent from Eastern Illinois in his first year on the job. Payton was an assistant coach from 2003 to 2005 before leaving to take the Saints job.

Jones said he admired Payton calling for an onside kick to start the second half of Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts. The Saints would win the game, 31-17. It’s that type of risk-taking Jones sees in Romo and wants to utilize it more in game plans.

“It is also just the flair for being able to see it and being creative out there,” Jones said. “In visiting with Bill, he thought it was something we really ought to take advantage of is Tony’s ability to see the field, call the plays and make more decisions out there.”

Now only if Romo can inherit Payton’s knack for being able to close out big games.