The Cowboys open up camp this weekend, which means that we can stop listening to members of the team talk about changes to the offensive game-planning and play-calling and start getting some idea about how these things will actually play out.
Quarterback Tony Romo got one last comment about the situation under the wire, however. One of the many things that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said he wants Romo to do in the coming season is to be more involved in planning for the offense, something coach Jason Garrett said wasn’t necessary because Romo already had a voice in the process.
That was a while ago, though, and Garrett eventually came around to Jones’ view just as he did when it came to Bill Callahan calling plays. Romo says that his experience as a quarterback has given him insights into things he believes will work for the Cowboys.
“As quarterback, through the experiences you’ve had, you just understand what defenses are trying to do and you gain a very high understanding of football concepts and what you want to do,” Romo said, via Peter Jackel of the Racine Journal Times. “I think here going forward, I’ll just be more involved in game-planning. There are certain things I really believe can help us that we’re going to do some of that. It’s a collective group effort and I think we’re all going to go in there and go to work.”
All of the talk about changes to coaching responsibilities and meeting participants on offense in Dallas has been fun to listen to and talk about this offseason. It’s been fun in most of the recent offseasons as well, although the end result for the team has been fairly consistent through all the noise as has the Cowboys offense. The more drastic changes this offseason appear to be on the defensive side of the ball and the impact of those moves will go a long way toward deciding whether the results are different this time around.