Romo Looking to Be Better Before the Snap

Tony Romo threw three interceptions in the season opening loss to the 49ers

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo came away from the painful task of watching the game film of the season-opening loss to the 49ers convinced that he needs to be sharper before the ball is snapped.

“I got a lot out of it,” Romo told the team’s website. “For me, it was just good to see the subtleness of just what I felt like I need to be a little better just through the mental progression before each snap, the subtleties of it that really gain you the advantages to ensure that you don’t make certain mistakes. The more I went over it, the more I started to realize it was just some small things that I need to do. The mental checklist before you get into that situation and I think going forward that will be much better.”

Of course, Romo threw three bad interceptions in the loss. He finished 23 of 37 for 281 yards and a touchdown, but the three first half picks essentially put the Cowboys in a hole from which they couldn’t climb out.

“The game comes down to mistakes. It comes down to one or two throws,” Romo said. “What I found is just in some of those that the mental process that I was going through pre-snap in a lot of ways, my checklist and stuff, it’s situation and understanding leading up to that week. Over the course of the game, what can happen is you lose certain subtle things that need to continually be there beforehand.

“I think that comes with playing. I think I needed that, and maybe what I found is I needed to get that part of it sharper and that comes with playing, and I needed that. I’m disappointed it obviously took a game to get to that point, but it’ll be different going forward.”

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