Cowboys coach Jason Garrett likes the how quarterback Tony Romo took charge in the offseason and believes he and the team will be better for it.
Though it was disappointing that Romo missed the last 10 games of last season with a fractured clavicle, the chance to get away and look at things from afar could be a good thing for him in the long run, Garrett said.
He got a chance to learn from Jon Kitna and what how he led and rallied the team.
“I think anytime you’re a player and you have an opportunity to play, particularly at the quarterback position of an all-encompassing, just consuming position where you’re at the forefront of everything, and then you get that taken away, you kind of have to put the brakes on a little bit," Garrett said. "You have to step back from it, emotionally attach yourself from it, then you can re-engage from a different point of view and that’s what Tony had to do. It’s hard for them to do it, but once you’re able to do it, there is a lot to learn watching other people, continuing to remind yourself what a unique opportunity you have, and when I get that chance again I’m really going to be ready. Now don’t get me wrong – Tony Romo gets himself ready to play. He was ready and it’s a really important thing for him, but when your perspective changes a little bit, maybe you can get re-energized, you can get re-focused, some of those things can happen. I didn’t have concerns about Tony in that regard anyway, it’s a the glass is half full attitude that we all can have and one that he took and I think he gained from it. As we talked before, a lot of good things can happen when players get by themselves away from coaches. That clearly happened with our football team in the offseason and when you’re a quarterback and the leader of those sessions, then you certainly benefit. Anytime you’re a leader and you’re put in a situation where you have to grasp more of the leadership role, it’s a positive thing. I think Tony understood that and took advantage of it and I think it was good for him and good for our football team.”
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