Is Tony Romo Really Healthy?

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I have been studying Tony Romo since he was at Eastern Illinois. I know his mannerism, footwork, throwing motion, and arm strength almost as well as I know my family. Something is off.

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My biggest concern entering this season outside of the pass rush was how well this OL would be able to pass protect. As I predicted, it’s God awful. Tony Romo is on course for a career high sack season following 7 in just two games: this has him on course for at least 50.

If you combine that sack count with all of the hits he has taken following his second back surgery, the outlook for the season is negative outcome, not good. It will be a miracle if he makes it until mid season. With three first round picks on the OL this should be impossible. As I stated in my scouting report on Travis Frederick, he is a solid run blocker, but he lacks the upper body strength and technique to fend off NFL pass rushers and contain in pass protection.

Zack Martin was a tackle who never played guard before. There is a big difference between blocking college level defensive ends and NFL DT’s. Don’t even get me started on why Doug Free still has a job. His technique is GOD AWFUL. Ronald Leary has a degenerative knee condition and it shows when he tries to anchor. At the end of the day it’s only week two and Tony Romo is off.

You can buy in to all of the hype that came out of Valley Ranch about this OL, but the truth is, they are one dimensional. I have been impressed with the run blocking and DeMarco Murray has been stellar, but…. Yes there is always a but when it comes to Murray because we never know how long he will stay healthy. With Randle being banged up already the depth at RB is looking pretty scarce. Dunbar has been looking great, but… There is always a but when it comes to Dunbar because he is a finesse back and doesn’t have the size and power Murray does to run between the tackles.

In the pass first modern NFL you can’t allow your offense to be one dimensional. The lingering question becomes: how long will Murray be able to handle this type of work load? I have been screaming from the roof tops that the Cowboys need to run the ball more, but…. The but is you can’t go from one extreme to the other. A successful offense is able to attack through the air and run the ball when they need to.

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I am here to tell you that Tony Romo looks to be about 50-60%. His awareness just isn’t there and he is not seeing the hots. His arm strength is off and I have questions about his accuracy. I am the biggest Tony Romo fan on the planet, but…. It is what it is and I am worried. It appears to me that he is doped up on pain meds and being the tough SOB he is, taking one for the team. How long can he continue to take this abuse? Do you trust Brandon Weeden to lead this team? I sure as hell don’t. Much like Mickey Spagnola wrote recently, if there is one player this team can’t afford to lose, it’s Tony Romo.

I saw this coming and this is why I was hell bent on drafting Jimmy Garrapolo this year. Unlike Jerry Jones, Bill Belichick always has a plan. He also has an eye for good quarterbacks. Despite having Mallet, he drafted Jimmy knowing Brady is getting long in the tooth. I was screaming for Kellen Moore a couple years ago because I knew that sooner or later all of the hits would take their toll, but….. Jerry didn’t have a plan.

Moore boasted a 108 passer rating, had zero picks and completed 68.6% of his passes this pre season. Coach Caldwell said he has Moxie,  poise and excellent touch on the ball. The Dallas Cowboys Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said while in Detroit that Moore was the smartest QB he had ever been around, but…. Jerry Jones had no vision nor desire to groom a QB for the future and when Kyle Orton refused to play for him, he ran out and grabbed a guy who couldn’t keep a job with the Browns who haven’t had a franchise QB since Bernie Kosar! Ouch!

If there is one way I have always been able to tell that Tony isn’t healthy, it’s when he isn’t smiling. Especially on the sidelines and it’s obvious the Cowboys have the game in the bag. When the camera zooms in on him on the field it’s as obvious as the day is long that he is in some serious pain. I would love to be optimistic about this season, but… At this point all we can do is plan for the worst and hope for the best. If the offensive brain trust doesn’t grasp the concept of using the short passing game more as an extension to the running game by utilizing weapons like Beasley and Witten more to help keep Murray healthy, it will be all over but the crying for Tony Romo. Enough said.

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  • Kevin Sivells

    Glad to see you back Cas!!!! I was watching ESPN and that punk Keyshon Johnson tried to say the Cowboys were the worse team in the league. Tom Jackson said they are NOT the worse but Tony Romo is playing like a QB that had back surgery. In additionhe said with Garrett taking away reps in the pre-season, practice, and camp it is hard to get the rust off a person without them playing….

    • Well I am kinda sorta back lol. I had to sit in a pub where I could get wifi. Have you ever tried to write an entire article on a phone? DON’T lol. I should be back stateside here soon. I miss you all! Hugs!

      • Kevin Sivells

        LOL… I will take your word for it. I have a Romo article but I keep getting side tracked. WIll try to get it finished. VERY interesting…..

  • Great write-up! He’s definitely not himself, looks really slow out there right now.

    • Thank You. I agree 100%. As I said he is maybe 50-60%

      • Rudy Gutierrez

        I think he needs some time to get back to it.. Its gonna take a little but all that mobility and arm strength will come back with repetition and better footwork.

        • There is an injury issue. He always had good footwork.with this ol more reps will have him out for the season

        • There is an injury issue. He always had good footwork.with this ol more reps will have him out for the season

          • Big Harb

            The coaches need to protect Romo from himself. He’s tough but it doesn’t help the team if his problems drastically reduce his effectiveness. I say bring up 34 & deactivate Hanna or Clutts. Hanna and Escobar do the same things (pass catchers that can’t block) and the coaches don’t seem to know how to use them. They put in Parnell as the blocking TE in short yardage anyway. Then you can run Murray 20 times, Ryan Williams 10 times & split the other 10 touches between Dunbar & Randle to keep everyone healthy in the backfield and keep Romo’s attempts under 30

          • I agree 100%

          • Damn I need net access. so much juicy stuff to write about right now

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Hey you’re back.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I think his footwork may truly be the reason why he looks off. As Broddus was saying if it was his back he wouldn’t be able to do the hand offs that he has been doing to Murray and the other backs. Yeah the pass blocking sucks but the run blocking is looking very good. I personally favor run blockers over pass blockers. But they need to get it together in that area. I think we need to draft a good RB next year. Like you said when Murray is on he is on, but it’s the key word, “when”. He gets hurt too much, and I am not sure he can handle the load.

    • In. All his yrs as a qb I have never heard a knock on his footwork lol he didn’t just forget. More smoke and mirrors from DC.com he is obviously injured

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        Tony Romo isn’t himself. Could it still be his back? Sure. But either way the game needs to be managed the way it was in the Titans game where he isn’t having to throw. A good ground game will allow him to recover. And stop with this deep down the field stuff especially against a deep zone. Good Lord, I have never met a coach who was idiot enough to go deep against a zone defense like that.

        • He runs that offense like he still has that 90’s OL lol I never wanted him as coach

          • Big Harb

            That 90’s offensive line was WAY better run blocking also. The problem is that Free is hot garbage at RT & the coaches do not believe that Martin can be a permanent fix at Tackle due to his short arms.

          • He is a better fit there than at guard

          • Big Harb

            Which leaves the team woefully under prepared at the RT position. They need to slide protection right & help Free with a chip block

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            I agree, but really what coach in their right mind goes deep against a deep zone. That takes a special kind of idiot to pull that off.

          • I agree 100%

    • In. All his yrs as a qb I have never heard a knock on his footwork lol he didn’t just forget. More smoke and mirrors from DC.com he is obviously injured

  • Johnathan Nguyen

    You’re driving me to drinking again…until we trade for Kellen.

  • californy

    I saw a stats on play selection by the Boys and I think they are like 66 rush attempts vs 66 pass attempts, FYI Finally we have some balance and that still includes our win lost record

  • californy

    The Ol you are talking about are all better run blocker than pass blocker the only problem is Tony is paying for it with his health

  • californy

    I dont Think Kellen is an option I wont even discuss him

  • californy

    I am looking at a qb like Connor Shaw who had like 27 TD to 1 Interception last year as a player we should pick up and develop. Shaw is on Cleveland Practice squad.

  • californy

    Part of the Ol problem can be trace to the non Blocking TE we have in Dallas. They were terrible in run blocking the last 2 weeks

  • californy

    The only player worth trading to Cleveland would be Dez bryant. Dez will command a salary of 15 Million a year to signed, and with a qb in his twilight of his career, dez number will suffer. As Good as Dez is he got shut down by a 3rd and 4th string CB in SF. I would offer Dez to Cleveland for 2 number one picks minimum. Yup this happen in NFL history when Cowboy offer Galloway for 2 number 1 Picks like 10 years ago.

  • californy

    I was surprise how well Moore CB played last Sunday, he has like 3 PD, 3 TFL, and he cause a fumble which got erase by a penalty. Moore was also not beaten in coverage. It amaze me no one is even talking about how well he played. I consider his play better than Scandrick, Mo and Carr has ever played in Dallas.

    • Moore looks great I liked him in NE’ bu

    • Big Harb

      If you were watching closely there were a couple of series where Moore was in on the base defense with Carr. Maybe coaching for their lives has finally gotten these guys to put the best player on the field regardless of their pedigree

      • Johnathan Nguyen

        Finally we got to give Jerry Jones some credits for RoMac too bro. So happy he lessened the pain of losing Lee a little. Moore was surprisingly good.

        • Big Harb

          I agree. Hopefully they can find a way to get both McClain & Lee on the field next year.

    • Johnathan Nguyen

      Moore was balling last week. I’m hoping that he finally got it in this defense!

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I will try to post an article at the quarter mark of the season after the Saints game.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I would activate Ryan Williams. Until Romo gets healthy we will have to run as much as we have. Not sure if our guys can stay healthy for that.

    • It came out today. I was right! Romo didn’t practice today. I knew the footwork stuff was bs