Much has been made of Tony Romo’s supposedly new Peyton Manning-like involvement in the offense, mandated by him and owner Jerry Jones when he signed a six-year, $108 million contract extension last month.
Coach Jason Garrett, however, has consistently downplayed any significant change in Romo’s role.
He said he has always tried to involve Romo in the offensive decision-making and game planning.
“It’s similar to every quarterback situation in the league,” Garrett said. “I have been a quarterback in this league. I have been around those dynamics. I have been quarterback coach. I have been the offensive coordinator. In every organization you are trying to get that rapport with the quarterback and the offensive coordinator.
He said it’s natural that when a quarterback gets older and matures that he will have a larger role in the process.
“I think certainly the more experienced the player is the more he understands the offense, the more opposing defenses he is going to see, the smarter the player he is,” Garrett said. “A lot of that has to do with the understanding of the game that comes through experience. They become more credible. Tony is a veteran quarterback. He has played a lot of snaps for us. He has been our quarterback for six years now. So his voice matters to us. It has mattered for a long time.”