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Payton Believes Romo's Having His Best Season

Now the Saints head coach, Sean Payton was integral in bringing Romo to Dallas back in 2003

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Payton Believes Romo's Having His Best Season

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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has been playing at a high level for much of the season, but could he, at age 33, be playing the best football of his career?

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton--who, as the Cowboys’ assistant head coach, was integral in bringing Romo to Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2003--thinks so.

He's having, I think, the best year of his career this season right now," Payton said, per ESPN Dallas. "Just having the chance to watch three games myself on that side of the ball, he's been very good in regards to his decision making. He knows pre-snap where he wants to go. He's got a quick way of getting through his progressions and the ball comes out extremely fast.”

Through nine games, Romo has posted 2,553 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions for a passer rating of 100. Back in Week 5 against the Broncos, he became the first quarterback in franchise history to pass for 500 yards in a game. He also had five touchdowns in the shootout loss.

“I think he located the ball very well,” Payton said. “The word isn't improvise, but his ability to move and extend plays and avoid pressure and avoid sacks has served him very well. I think from a decision-making standpoint each year you're seeing someone very comfortable in the system. I think Jason [Garrett] and those guys there have done a very good job of giving him throws that he's very comfortable with.”

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