It hasn’t taken long for new offensive line coach Bill Callahan to be impressed by quarterback Tony Romo.
“I’ve seen a lot of growth, and I’ve been here only for a very short time,” Callahan said this week at Valley Ranch. “I was thinking about the question before I answered. I was thinking about it. Well, I’ve just seen him for a very short period of time, and he’s really very impressive to me. How this plays out? We’ll see. We’ll take it a step at a time.”
Romo is in his sixth full season as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback. Callahan is in his 12th year of coaching in the NFL, including stops in Philadelphia, where he worked with Randall Cunningham, and Oakland, with Rich Gannon as the quarterback.
Romo has thrown for 1,636 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions this year. Since his five-interception game against Chicago, Romo has been intercepted once in two games.
“I think Tony’s done well in a lot of respects,” Callahan said. “He’s a player that gives us a chance to be in every game and to dominate every game. When I watch him perform, he has so many things at the line of scrimmage, so many things he’s really well versed in, aside from just throwing it. He manages every aspect of the offense whether it’s the check system or the protections, whether it’s to getting us into the right run or changing a pass to a another particular route vs. a coverage that he sees.”
Callahan said it has helped to simplify the offense in the past couple of games.
“Well, we’re always aggressive, we’re always attacking. It’s just a matter of how much we put into the attack,” Callahan said. “We have been a heavy-volume team, but we have simplified. That’s allowed us to execute better.”
-- Carlos Mendez