Aug 15, 2012; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (right) and quarterback Tony Romo (9) at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Tony Romo and A Snap Count: What Are They Thinking?

Conflicting reports are coming down from owner and general manager Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett on how may snaps Tony Romo will be taking this Saturday evening when the Dallas Cowboys suit up to play the San Diego Chargers. According to Jones, Romo will be taking 10-12 snaps, but when you read what Garrett has to say it paints a little muddier picture.

” [Romo] played 11 snaps in the first game. We’ll probably inch that up a little bit to give him some more opportunities depending on how it goes,” Garrett said.

So how many snaps, if any, should Romo take Saturday night? It’s a tricky question, but I think I have a solution.

Aug 15, 2012; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) and coach Jason Garrett at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

In my mind Romo should play two series, regardless of the amount of snaps that would end up tallying. The offensive line is in shambles, there’s no Miles Austin or Jason Witten, and because of these two points there will be nothing that gets anywhere close to resembling a running game. Romo should just be in long enough to get some game-time snaps with the first-team players that are healthy and ready to play, but not long enough that Dallas risks losing him like they’ve lost Witten. After seeing Kyle Orton in action against the Raiders I was not overly impressed. Most of the balls he threw were off target and he seemed to force the ball at times. I can’t imagine a season where he quarterbacks the Cowboys for more than one or two games. We might as well look forward to 2013 if you ask me. So keeping Romo healthy is the number one priority for Saturday. Let the youngsters play and see what they can do.

I like the fact that Jason Garrett thought about keeping Romo out of this upcoming preseason game, but at the same time he needs his snaps with the remaining first-team offense for timing reasons. If he doesn’t get these much needed snaps, Dallas has an even slimmer chance of coming out on top when they travel to the Meadowlands to take on the New York Giants week one.

In the end I guess for once I finally agree with something Jerry Jones had to say. And it’s not like Romo won’t be running for his life come week one with the caliber of pass rushers the Giants have at their disposal. He might as well get in some practice eluding incoming pass rushers right?

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