When Tony Romo was asked what qualities he would look for in an NFL coach, he was hesitant at first to answer.

“I’m not giving away all my secrets,” Romo said.

When pressed for an evaluation of the Jets’ new hire, Adam Gase, Romo said that developing better schemes and the ability to adjust in-game is what separate coaches. A coach who can do those two aspects of the game would be atop his list.

In Romo’s mind, Gase does these things. Romo said he thinks Gase is the right hire for the Jets and young quarterback Sam Darnold.

After a press conference to highlight CBS’ upcoming coverage of Super Bowl LIII, Romo said if you find someone who can create a new scheme that can take advantage of the league before teams figure it out and who can adjust in-game, that is someone he would try to find.

“I want someone who is going to be ahead of the curve,” Romo said. “If you have someone like that, you automatically are ahead of the NFL for a year or two. That’s a big advantage. The other thing is your ability to adjust in the game, schematically. That is real. That is a huge advantage, who doesn’t just think on Mondays afterward, but on Sunday. Those guys are special.”

So how does Grase stack up?

“It is a very good hire,” Romo said. “You had to get someone who can really think like a quarterback and can get Sam to continue to evolve and grow. It will help his overall growth. I think he was going to grow no matter who was there. I just think it is going to be faster when you get in a good offensive-minded coach. Someone who can teach you how to think and get through your progressions, even faster than you can already do.

“I think their offense will start playing really good football next year. They just need an offensive line.”

Mike’s off

When the Gase news broke Wednesday night, WFAN had the Nets game on while ESPN New York had Alan Hahn then Larry Hardesty, who has a deep Jets background, on air. They were all over the news.

In cases like this, it may be time for radio stations to adjust quickly and maybe have an online show or perhaps create some sort of app. Speaking of which, Mike Francesa did not do a special show for his $8.99-per-month app. He did tweet for free.

Clicker platform issue

This is where we make clear where the Clicker Party stands on the important issues of the sports TV day that impact your life.

We are anti-NBC’s “Green Zone” on “Sunday Night Football.” It is not the worst thing in the world, but we do feel it is unneeded.

We did learn, after talking with NBC’s executive producer for SNF, Fred Gaudelli, it is not for people like me. It is designed for the more casual fan.

On third downs, NBC shades the line of scrimmage to the first down marker to make it pop more than the yellow first down line that all the networks superimpose on the screen.

Gaudelli said he believes it can aid fans as the way to understand the game’s most important down. Though it is not for the diehard viewer, Gaudelli thinks it is not obtrusive enough to get in the way of their enjoyment.

NBC has its final game of the season at Kansas City on Saturday and its sending its whole pregame crew for a 90-minute show. The weather is supposed to be in the high 30s with little chance of rain. Smartly, Gaudelli said he would shelve the Green Zone if he had a snow game.

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Fox has added Greg Olsen to its pregame shows on Saturday and Sunday. With host Curt Menefee joined by Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Tony Gonzalez, Jay Glazer and now Olsen, each guy can talk for 12 seconds in the pregame shows.

In all seriousness, Fox is very high on Olsen. The Panthers tight end tried out for its Thursday night game telecasts and ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” before returning to play this season. He is definitely a guy who could be in a booth soon.


Fox Sports said it will do a commercial-free game when Seton Hall plays at Butler on Feb. 2. This is one way to compete with Netflixization of the nation. Networks, though, will continually have to be innovative, because people — especially younger viewers — increasingly expect fewer interruptions. Of course, you have to pay the bills, so we are not sure this will start a trend just yet.

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