After signing quarterback Tony Romo to an unprecedented, six-year, $108 million extension this offseason, the Dallas Cowboys expressed a desire to see Romo take greater ownership of the offense. Part of this, as Romo sees it, will be having greater freedom to change plays at the line of scrimmage based on his read of the opposing defense.
“I think they all go hand in hand together,” Romo said, per ESPN Dallas. “More than anything, when you’re in there and you’re part of understanding what we’re trying to do, you know what we’re looking for and what we’re not and what we want to run versus what. So, yeah, I’m sure that I’ll probably do a little more from time to time at the line (of scrimmage).
“That’s not every time, and that doesn’t mean every game. It just means that that capability is there for us. We’ve been doing a lot of different things to practice that stuff. It’ll just add to our package.”
For the first time since 2007, someone not named Jason Garrett will call the plays for Dallas. Stepping into the role will be offensive line coach and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan, and as such, Romo has made a concerted effort to develop a connection with Callahan this offseason.
“I don’t know how much time it is, but it’s hours every day that we’re outside of the football field in meetings together or just talking and going over stuff,” Romo said. “It’s a good thing. It’s been a real good rapport. Bill’s got a good mind for football, just like Jason, and it just allows us to do a lot of different things when we all put our heads together and attack things.”
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