Dallas Cowboys: What To Expect From Tony Romo


At 35 years of age, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is at the precious balance in his career where he is mentally ascending. Yet his physical state is worrisome in regards to his longevity. What is refreshing for fans is that this will be the first offseason in two years that their signal caller will have been surgery-free, allowing him to take full-time snaps in organized team activities and training camp.

An offense that is perfectly tailored around Romo’s skill set is also cause for optimism. After years of porous offensive line play, the Cowboys front office has now surrounded their quarterback with one of the best unit’s in the league. Specifically, the team has upgraded its interior offensive line where Romo is most susceptible to pressure.

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With a tremendous offensive line also comes a productive ground attack. Former running back DeMarco Murray has departed via free agency. However, the current stable of running backs should be able to sufficiently offset most of Murray’s yardage.

Also, despite an ugly contract dispute, All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant should be counted on once meaningful football begins to take place. His passion for the game has proven to be too significant for him to stay away from the Dallas practice facility this offseason.

Along with one of the best offensive unit’s in the league, Dallas decision makers have finally started to upgrade their defensive personnel. It started with the signing of embattled defensive end Greg Hardy. While Hardy’s suspension is up in the air at the moment, his status as one of the best pass rushers in the league is not. Other defensive talents like rookie corner Byron Jones and rookie defensive end Randy Gregory round out the team’s illustrious offseason.

What all these moves mean is that the load has been lessened on Romo. Gone are the years where the team could only win if their signal caller played an absolutely perfect game, often throwing for 40+ attempts in the process.

Now Romo’s role is much more defined. His job is to punish defense’s once they are forced to over-commit more defenders to the box due to a merciless run game. When healthy, number 9 has proven to be one of the very best in the league at doing so. After coming off a 34 touchdown, nine interception season, the sky is the limit for Romo.

The only hindrance to another great season for the Cowboys would be another devastating injury to their star quarterback. Otherwise it appears that Romo is in the mental prime of his playing years. Other quarterbacks like New England’s Tom Brady and Denver’s Peyton Manning have proven that historic quarterback play can continue into the late 30’s.

While Romo will not go down in history as one of the greatest ever like his counterparts, he still has enough in the tank to lead his team to a Super Bowl. Barring any further injuries, which is a big if, Romo and his offense should be headed to another fruitful season.

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