If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Tony Romo’s back might not be perfect, but apparently his new practice routine is.
Last week the Cowboys’ quarterback skipped Wednesday’s practice to work on some stretching and core training in the weight room. Then, after looking slow and cumbersome against Tennessee the week before, he appeared spry and athletic in his best performance of the season against the Rams.
So this week? Duh, Romo wasn’t on the field again Wednesday.
“It’s not just superstition,” Romo joked to reporters Wednesday at Valley Ranch. “It’s probably a little deeper than that, but you can write that if it helps.”
Wednesday is the team’s only full-pads practice of the week and, barring a major change in Romo’s performance, it appears the quarterback this season will only fully suit up for football on Sundays.
“I definitely felt better (against the Rams),” Romo said. “I think there are multiple reasons. I think I’m continuing to get stronger. I think everything firing, you know, activating things. I didn’t have quite the strength I wanted to explode off in the first couple of weeks. And last week I was able to during the week, due to some changes we made, and I think it’s going to only continue to get better. Last week I was pretty excited about the way I was moving and feeling. So, I think I’ll continue to feel better each week and playing your best football as you continue on.”
Against the Titans Romo was hesistant to run and looked sluggish in not avoiding sacks. But in St. Louis he had more zip on his passes and produced a key 16-yard scramble – punctuated by a nifty open-field juke – that picked up a first down to help the Cowboys’ rally from a 21-point deficit.
Moving forward it looks like the better Romo plays, the less he’ll have to practice. What more motivation could he possibly need?
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.