This is a little bit of a TiVo delay here, as the Dallas Cowboys just finished their walk-through this morning in Oxnard, Calif. And there were people who spoke after practice today, including CB Brandon Carr and RB DeMarco Murray, who are noteworthy.
But I wanted to bring it back to last night for a minute. About 8 p.m. central time (late), QB Tony Romo talked to reporters, and I know his comments got missed by some. So, before we go forward, let’s review. And what I was struck by was Romo’s assessment of his past play.
He became the starter in 2006, leading the team to a 6-4 record. And of course, by 2009, he was a star, going 11-5, throwing for 4,483 yards and 26 touchdowns and leading the Cowboys to the playoffs. How was he back then? You’ll be surprised what he thinks.
“It’d be laughable if I went back in ’06 or ’07, ’08, ’09 as a player, the way I was then and compare it to the way I’m growing as a football player,” Romo said last night. “Obviously through experiences and the decision-making (he improves), but I’m just taking technically. It’s way different just the ability to throw a football, and that’s exciting to know that you keep improving and the stuff that you’re working on carries over. Some of the funnest days for me are getting a chance to go out here to practice to work on the things that I’ve decided in the offseason to implement on my own, and I think come out and see if they’re going to hold up under the pressure of 11-on-11. When it does, it’s a darn good feeling to know that you can see another sign of improvement.”
What would Romo see if he went back and watched film of himself from back then?
“A really bad player,” he said.
An astute reporter pointed out that Romo actually was pretty good back then. Playoffs, and all. He just shook his head. This sounded just like Patriots QB Tom Brady sounds. Both watch old film and cringe. Even when you have success, you always want to be getting better, and they just can’t stand watching them do stuff on film that they’ve since corrected.
“Just because you go by wins and losses sometimes doesn’t always dictate how you’re playing individually and I know that,” Romo said. “At my position, it’s very easy to look at that and say that’s what matter most because it does. That’s ultimately what we’re judged and that ultimately what I want to be judged by. But by the same token that doesn’t necessarily mean you were better then than you are now. So, I think that it’s a world of difference, believe me.”
Anyway, I thought that was interesting. A very harsh look at early Romo… but he would know best. As for now, Romo feels the expectation of this team. He knows a so-so year isn’t good enough. He took the conversation in an interesting direction when asked about it, though.
“Any time you play quarterback in the National Football League, you feel the onus to produce and to get your team to play in big games and to ultimately win the Super Bowl,” Romo concluded. “That’s part of playing the position, that’s why you love playing the position, that’s why you compete as hard as you do, and for me, I want that for a lot of different reasons. A big one is I want the Dallas Cowboy fan base, it’s been a while. They’ve stood by this team through a lot of good times and through a lot of bad. I’ve been around now for 10 years with the Cowboys, so I get a chance to feel how passionate our fans are, and I love the fact that I get a chance to play for a great organization, a great owner and a great fan base. It excites me to know that one day we’ll have a chance and the ability, if we just keep continuing to get better and improve, to bring that back. When I sit in bed and think about that at night, it’s a great feeling to be able to hopefully experience that with the fans and the people who root for us.”