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Tony Romo: I think I’ll be more involved in game-planning

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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.

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48 Responses to “Tony Romo: I think I’ll be more involved in game-planning”
  1. cardslifer says: Jul 18, 2013 7:37 AM

    Does that mean they will run the ball more?

    Sick of seeing the bullcrap play calling regardless of who called the plays.

  2. phinfan527 says: Jul 18, 2013 7:41 AM

    Starting to sound a lot like Sanchez and his excuses. Sure the rest of the league will lose plenty of sleep knowing you are going to be more involved in the game planning!!

  3. jr4real says: Jul 18, 2013 7:41 AM

    “That is… If Jerry tells me I’m more involved.”

  4. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 18, 2013 7:42 AM

    Well that solves everything now doesn’t it.

  5. nedhigginssports says: Jul 18, 2013 7:47 AM

    and less involved in folding like a deck of cards when the game is on the line????

  6. floratiotime says: Jul 18, 2013 7:58 AM

    That’s definitely a good thing. But one wonders why it’s taken you this long. It probably took Peyton Manning and hour before he was involved.

  7. macmanud says: Jul 18, 2013 8:06 AM

    That should help Jason Garrett. Now he can build in a pick 6 for the opposition in the last 3 minutes into HIS game plan.

  8. coleman121280 says: Jul 18, 2013 8:07 AM

    I think your wrong…

  9. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 18, 2013 8:13 AM

    I’m surprised that Romo, or any other NFL QB with his experience, isn’t already heavily involved in game planning.

    It’s funny to watch Garrett think he actually is in charge of things. Clueless.

  10. bo1210 says: Jul 18, 2013 8:15 AM

    Jones: “Tony needs to be more involved.”
    Garrett: “He already is….sorta.”
    Romo: “I’ll be more involved…I think.”

    Does that sound like an offense ready to take the next step?

  11. packeranddarien says: Jul 18, 2013 8:18 AM

    You simply cannot make this stuff up.

  12. buzzbeaubank says: Jul 18, 2013 8:20 AM

    “Now watch this drive!”

  13. twilson962 says: Jul 18, 2013 8:23 AM

    Nice… I wonder what part of the game plan will include him throwing timely interceptions?

  14. ccjcsr says: Jul 18, 2013 8:24 AM

    It’s out in the open now, It’s on you to lead us!

    #CowboyNation

  15. prmpft says: Jul 18, 2013 8:26 AM

    so the ‘boys will be planning when and how to lose rather than just letting him ad lib it – got it.

  16. RussianBreadMaker says: Jul 18, 2013 8:32 AM

    This team just doesnt get it. Too little too late. Find a new QB and move on. Simple as that. Romo is not a proven winner.

  17. yogiberra111 says: Jul 18, 2013 8:33 AM

    Uh Oh!

  18. tilafoo69 says: Jul 18, 2013 8:39 AM

    HA! Jerry Jones would never give up that power dude, keep dreaming. Don’t believe it? Ask Jimmy Johnson.

  19. bmore44 says: Jul 18, 2013 8:42 AM

    Romo only game planning idea ” Can we have more running plays “

  20. commonsensedude says: Jul 18, 2013 8:44 AM

    Brilliant. So the next time Tony panics when being pressured and throws an ill-advised pass, he can tell the media “um … I kinda planned that.” It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

  21. drbrown7451 says: Jul 18, 2013 8:49 AM

    Romo “thinks” is the real headline. For Cowboy fans he really needs to think before launching multiple interceptions in a crucial game. Face it, this guy, despite gaudy stats, is a loser. No Super Bowl again Cowboys.

  22. germanstingray says: Jul 18, 2013 8:55 AM

    “I want Dez to go long, and I’ll heave it to him.”

  23. kdsr382013 says: Jul 18, 2013 9:02 AM

    You can’t tell me Jason Garrett isn’t on the Hot Seat! Jerry Jones undermines him by arbitrarily selecting which tasks he is or isn’t allowed to perform, and hands most of those responsibilities and authorities to the OC. Now he has his QB basically doing the same thing by announcing to the world that he is going to involve himself in the game planning and touting his abilities to “understand what defenses are doing” as the proof he is qualified to do so. I mean, whatever works. As long as they don’t involve him in any game planning in January, when he absolutely DOES NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT DEFENSES ARE DOING!

  24. bert1913 says: Jul 18, 2013 9:08 AM

    jerry finally has a “yes man” head coach. that way jerry can coach the team without really coaching the team.

  25. cobrala2 says: Jul 18, 2013 9:14 AM

    Let’s see, what news from Dallas has ever caused me concern as an Eagles fan since Dallas’ SuperBowl era in the 90’s?

    Hiring Bill Parcells in 2003.
    Drafting DeMarcus Ware in 2005.
    Hiring Monte Kiffin as DC in 2013.

    Otherwise, let’s see… umm…

  26. jdforce says: Jul 18, 2013 9:45 AM

    So all of those int’s were not your idea????

  27. facetooth says: Jul 18, 2013 10:03 AM

    DeMarcus Ware? More like DeMarcus Rare. Rarely makes a play anymore.

  28. dbones641 says: Jul 18, 2013 10:03 AM

    Romo is already involved enough in the offense. As far as not performing when the game is on the line, he actually has the highest QB rating in the history of the NFL in the 4th quarter, which to me sounds pretty good. Yes, he has not won a super bowl yet and has made some bad decisions in his day but what QB hasn’t. It takes more than QB to win a super bowl all of the pieces have to be in place. in fact, Peyton Manning didn’t win a super bowl until he was 31, so when Romo gets a ring does that mean every Romo hater will finally shut up??

  29. pioniere says: Jul 18, 2013 10:16 AM

    I don’t think ‘fun’ is the correct term. Funny? Absolutely.

  30. Grulks says: Jul 18, 2013 10:26 AM

    Show. Don’t tell.
    -Dallas fans who are sick of the lip service. We expect greatness, not the mediocrity we have been served ever since Parcells left.

  31. kdsr382013 says: Jul 18, 2013 10:30 AM

    I know I was critical of Tony in my earlier remarks, but I have had a few minutes to think about it. I suddenly feel better and more optimistic and basically like Happy Gilmore when he goes to his happy place. No, scratch that. A more apt description of how I feel now, would be to say that I feel like the mumbling, overall wearing, cajun special teams coach in the Waterboy, when Happy hit a field goal.

    And it’s all because Tony Romo is going to make a concerted effort to get more involved in the ‘boys gameplan. What a guy! So proactive and selfless.

  32. makenobones says: Jul 18, 2013 10:35 AM

    I can already hear the ‘collective groan’ at Cowboys Stadium.

  33. 1oldpro says: Jul 18, 2013 10:40 AM

    An owner who is GM and calls the shots for his coach and a QB who has to be a parttime OC.
    How about getting Witten to help coach safeties, in his spare time?

  34. johnboy88 says: Jul 18, 2013 10:40 AM

    Every time I see an article about Romo all is see is people talking trash about him and the boys but when the season starts and the Cowboys win a few games in a row and lead the division like they do every year everyone will say I love Romo.. Romo is the man… Cowboys are gonna win the Super Bowl this year.. I think everyone should just be happy changes have been made. Good players are on this team and if ur a real fan then try to enjoy it and hope the REST of the team other then Romo can step up and things will fall into place and they will win and if ur not a fan then quit wasting ur time commenting on every cowboys article. Go cowboys!!

  35. larrydavid7000 says: Jul 18, 2013 10:58 AM

    @johnboy88. RGIII and MORRIS 200 yards.= NFC DIVISION CHAMPIONS FOR 2013. AND ANOTHER SWEEP OF YOUR GIRLS. HTTR.!!!!!!

  36. insanelomein2 says: Jul 18, 2013 11:04 AM

    The Cowboys are just so easy to dislike and it starts at the top with Jerry.

  37. richndc says: Jul 18, 2013 11:30 AM

    Well, one thing is for sure. For every article about the Cowboys, there is no shortage of football-know-nothings willing to make idiotic and merit-less comments.

  38. paulsmith107 says: Jul 18, 2013 11:40 AM

    I’m so happy that Super Bowl wins are what defines a players greatness. We should pull Dan Marino out and replace him with Trent dilfer or brad Johnson because they won Super Bowls so they are greater than Marino. As per the discussion from the trolls who hate on the cowboys

  39. bigbenh8tr says: Jul 18, 2013 12:19 PM

    cobrala2 says:
    Jul 18, 2013 9:14 AM
    Let’s see, what news from Dallas has ever caused me concern as an Eagles fan since Dallas’ SuperBowl era in the 90′s?

    Hiring Bill Parcells in 2003.
    Drafting DeMarcus Ware in 2005.
    Hiring Monte Kiffin as DC in 2013.

    Otherwise, let’s see… umm…
    ___________________________________
    Gotta call your BS on this one. You were scared when they drafted DWare or when he turned into an All-Pro? He was a highly rated LB in college but coming out of Troy, I doubt he scared you.

  40. bigbenh8tr says: Jul 18, 2013 12:21 PM

    facetooth says:
    Jul 18, 2013 10:03 AM
    DeMarcus Ware? More like DeMarcus Rare. Rarely makes a play anymore.
    ___________________________________
    How many players on your team had over 11.5 sacks this past season?

  41. snaponrules says: Jul 18, 2013 12:40 PM

    paulsmith107 says:
    Jul 18, 2013 11:40 AM
    I’m so happy that Super Bowl wins are what defines a players greatness. We should pull Dan Marino out and replace him with Trent dilfer or brad Johnson because they won Super Bowls so they are greater than Marino. As per the discussion from the trolls who hate on the cowboys

    ————————————————————————————————

    How sad it must be to have to pull out Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer, then realize both are far superior to Tony “choke in the big game” Romo.
    You should never reference Marino in a statement about Romo, it just makes you look stupid.

    Marino had 8 Playoff wins, 3 of those he came from behind to do and 4 Playoff game winning drives. Go ahead and list off the great playoff accomplishments of Tony Romo now.

    Romo is best known for playoff chokes and a pick six instead of driving the team for a win.

  42. richndc says: Jul 18, 2013 12:48 PM

    For all you fantasy GMs and football experts out there…how many Lombardi trophies has your owner brought home? She-girls? Skins? Vikings? 49ers? Dolphins? Jets? Cards? Lions? I could go on. I will gladly take the 3 Jerry Jones brought to Dallas–even if it was nearly 20 years ago. I won’t forget them. They go nicely with the 3 we already have–meanwhile some of you are still waiting for that first one, at least in your lifetimes or under your current owners and GMs. But keep regurgitating the nonsense you hear on ESPN and on ‘blogs’ like this, whatever makes you feel better knowing you will never know what that feels like–to see your team you have watched rabidly since you were 5 bring it all home. and again, and again.

  43. richndc says: Jul 18, 2013 12:49 PM

    I meant 2 we already have.

  44. kdsr382013 says: Jul 18, 2013 2:35 PM

    This is for richndc….

    Hi Rich. I was reading over the comment you made in which you were listing teams who didn’t have a SB, or whos teams had GM’s who hadn’t brought home an SB trophy, or something to that effect. At any rate, you had the San Francisco Forty Niners (49ers), listed in that group, which as you know is incorrect given their 5 Lombardi Trophies. No big deal, just kinda hoping you would be so good as to retract such an erroneous statement.

  45. kdsr382013 says: Jul 18, 2013 2:36 PM

    Thank you in advance Richndc. Im sure you will do the right thing

  46. broncosnative says: Jul 18, 2013 2:38 PM

    See this is why romo wont amount to anything in Dallas, I Think? Really? The moment manning stepped off the plan in denver he already had control and calling the shots. This is what separate romo from the elites, no way in hell would Peyton, Brady, Brees or Rodgers take crap from jones, you run the team their way or the highway. Jones may have had succession the past running things but a lot has changed since then and he is running this so call American team to the ground.

  47. kdsr382013 says: Jul 18, 2013 2:40 PM

    Oh and also, you had 2 prior to Mr Jones arrival, not 3 as you have indicated.

  48. facetooth says: Jul 18, 2013 3:28 PM

    bigbenh8tr says:
    Jul 18, 2013 12:21 PM
    facetooth says:
    Jul 18, 2013 10:03 AM
    DeMarcus Ware? More like DeMarcus Rare. Rarely makes a play anymore.
    ___________________________________
    How many players on your team had over 11.5 sacks this past season?

    ————————————————–
    DeMarcus Ware? More like DeMarcus Where Was he on the Field in 2012?

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