More than a few fans have criticized Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo of not being enough of a vocal leader in the past, but judging by what we’ve heard from Oxnard this year, that won’t be so much of a concern in 2012.
Romo has been a lot more vocal in the 2012 edition of training camp, so much so in fact, that head coach Jason Garrett--who played most of his career behind the always-fiery Troy Aikman--has asked his starting quarterback to dial back the intensity a notch, where getting onto his teammates is concerned.
“Cool and poised under pressure is good leadership,” Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. “That’s when you make your best decisions instead of being irate, jumping up and down. Are you really going to make your best decision? Can you really execute the play well the next time when you’re playing a position like quarterback?
“When you’re (irate), are you really going to be at your best? It’s like flying a plane.”
Of course, this isn’t to say that Garrett doesn’t want Romo in his teammates’ ear when a miscue is made--he just wants the veteran to remain in control while doing so.
“Body language is important,” Garrett said. “If you’re jumping up and down as a coach or as a quarterback and flying off the handle, you’re probably not at your best the next time. But there has to be a firmness to it. You have to be able to get in somebody’s face and hold them accountable to something. That’s part of the deal, but different people are going to do it different ways.”
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