Jul 21, 2013; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Grab Some Bench Tony Romo

Tony Romo wants to play in the Sunday’s Hall-of-Fame game against the Miami Dolphins. Should it be left up to him to decide, considering reports coming in say he is in great shape and moving freely? Should the coaches really be holding a competitor like Romo back who is completely healthy and wants to just get in some full-speed reps in a preseason game? Let’s debate.

Tony Romo missed everything except training camp this offseason as he recovered from surgery that removed a cyst from his back. No matter what people say there is going to be some rust. Why not break some of that loose in a full-speed game situation that has no ramifications on the team’s overall record?

What about the addition of Terence Williams? The rookie receiver out of Baylor is in line to be a big contributor in Dallas. Don’t you think the more time Romo and Williams could have working things out against live opposing defenses the better?

Don’t jump to any conclusions here people.

Jul 21, 2013; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) scrambles at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There are a handful of reasons the Cowboys are going to hold Romo out of Sunday, the biggest of which comes from some of the biggest men on the field. Right now the starting tackles are set. Doug Free on the right side and Tyron Smith manning the left. Who else is healthy and ready to go? First-round pick Travis Frederick could get the start at center, but Phil Costa has looked good so far this offseason, and he seems to be a better fit in the current scheme.

What about the much talked about guard position? Kevin Kowalski and Mackenzy Bernadeau are both out with injuries. Nate Livings has just come off injury and hasn’t had a lot of practice time working with his line mates. The only consistent guards so far have been Ronald Leary and David Arkin, both of whom played very little, if not at all last season.

The lack of experience and continuity along the offensive line is not ideal when the opposing defense isn’t going to slow down and keep Romo from getting his licks. This is the real deal. The Dolphins are going to be coming with their ears pinned back. Wouldn’t you rather see back-up quarterback Kyle Orton take the beatings than your franchise quarterback who just signed a six-year, $108 million contract. I don’t think he’s worth more now that he’s signed this current deal, but if he goes down and is lost for a significant amount of time, you’re now paying a high priced sideline strutter.

The best thing to do in this situation is to have Romo watch from the sideline. The Cowboys do still have four more preseason games follow this week’s contest, so it’s not like he won’t get his shot. Dallas’ front office and coaching staff is taking the correct approach in this case because like it or not, Orton is not the answer this season.

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