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September 06, 2012

Garrett lauds QB's improvisational skills, says key is to "not take the Romo out of Romo" as he develops

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said quarterback Tony Romo’s improvisational skills played a huge role in the team’s 24-17 victory over the New York Giants to open the season.

Romo threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns in the contest, racking up a passer rating of 129.5 while completing 22-of-29 passes. Included was a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Ogletree after a second-quarter scramble to extend the play, as well as other completions that unfolded after Romo eluded the Giants’ pass rush.

“Tony always has his eyes up when he’s moving … One of the challenges we have a coach is not to take the Romo out of Romo as we’re refining him,” Garrett said during today’s news conference at Valley Ranch. “I think (quarterbacks coach) Wade Wilson does a great job with that, understanding the balance of those two things.

“If you look at Tony technically and the improvement he’s made over the last five years, his drops are better, his care of the ball is better. I think he’s a different player fundamentally from the technique standpoint that way. Having said that, we haven’t hopefully taken the Romo out of him, to let him use his instincts, his feel, his vision of the game. I think a lot of that was on display (against the Giants).”

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