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November 24, 2011

Sparano impressed by Romo's escapes, but he's seen them before

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano has seen the Tony Romo escape act before.

In his days as offensive line coach for the Cowboys, Sparano appreciated up close Romo's ability to escape pressure and make plays on the move. He saw it again Thursday in the Cowboys' 20-19 victory over the Dolphins.

He wasn't surprised.

"I mean, that's what he does," Sparano said. "It's not the first time. I've seen Tony do that, and I've been part of him doing that. The guy made a couple of courageous plays. He hung in there. Karlos Dansby hit him one time and really hit him hard, and he made a throw to Witten there. And then another time, Randy Starks had him and he threw the ball up, and it ends up in one of their guys' hands for a first down. ... Obviously, on that one drive there at the end of the game, Tony did a nice job."

Sparano said Jason Witten makes Romo's scrambles more effective because the two have a strong connection, as he knows.

"Jason and Tony kind of get into street ball a little bit when Tony gets on a run," he said. "And that's the guy he finds, and it's been the guy he's found ever since the day the kid came into this league."

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

 

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