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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  • ctcowboy1968

    I think he should play the first quarter. 3 series. But all dependent on which OL players are going Saturaday night. I have no issue with Orton playing with the 1st OL unit. Our supposed 1st OL unit except for Costa should be out there for considerable time. If they suck again, then they should stay out there and continue to work even if it is against the Chargers 2nd unit. This OL sucks and they are not going to get better by sitting on the bench.
    In addition, Murray and Vickers need reps too. And Felix needs reps. He did nothing last game.

  • californy

    Finally some real honesty here. Form many fans who dont you as a writer they may think you are hating on the boys, but I understand how you feel because you echo my same feeling on the boys. This team need a lot of help and, reps are one way of getting help. The 2rd would of been getting the right personnel in the first place. Tony Romo is a sitting duck unless this offensive line distiguish it self in the games. I am one of the few fans who wanted to draft 3 OL and 3 DB in this draft. If we would of drafted 3 OL, the saving between Bernardeau & Living vs 3 draft picks for four years would of been a savings of 18 million dollars. The CB situation address in the draft, we could of save over 40 million dollars. If we would of trade Miles Austin in the Draft, we would of not had to deal with his hampstring issue. I was looking at trading Felix Jones aways also in the draft, we might had a RB like Chris Ivory RB for NO who averages 550 yards per year as 4th string RB in NO. I would of signed Vinny Currey and not resigned Spencer in the draft saving another 7.7 Million. These changes alone would of save us in a period of 4 years over 65 million dollars, while at the same time address our most important concerns.
    For me everything starts in the trenches, that where games are won on both sides of the lineL. It the Eagles not the Giants who concern me more this year. The Eagle had the best changes in the NFC east with the signing of Kendricks, Vinny Currey and the signing Of Hosley CB. They also had a good FA pick up with Cliff Harris and break out season with DE they drafted 3 years ago.
    JJ and JG still dont understand this. They are more intersted in filling the 3rd WR than they are about getting a real center for this team. You are going to see a real center tonite when you watch my guy we could of had in the 7th Round in the 2012 draft Remington Award in the best Center David Molk from Michigan State who plays for the chargers.

  • repisa

    dallas offensive lie dosnt exists