From 2003 to 2007, Tony Sparano served as the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line coach and assistant head coach, which means that, by the time he left Dallas to take the head coaching job with the Miami Dolphins prior to the 2008 season, he was well-acquainted with Tony Romo.
Last Thursday, Sparano got another look at Romo, this time from the opposing sideline at Cowboys Stadium, as Romo orchestrated a late drive to beat his Dolphins, 20-19. Romo finished the game 22 of 34 passing, for 226 yards two touchdowns and two interceptions, while doing much of his work on the run.
Sparano was impressed, but by no means surprised, to see the Dallas quarterback manipulate the pocket as he did on Thanksgiving Day.
"I mean, that's what he does," Sparano said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It's not the first time. I've seen Tony do that, and I've been part of him doing that. The guy made a couple of courageous plays. He hung in there. Karlos Dansby hit him one time and really hit him hard, and he made a throw to Witten there. And then another time, Randy Starks had him and he threw the ball up, and it ends up in one of their guys' hands for a first down. ... Obviously, on that one drive there at the end of the game, Tony did a nice job."
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