I'll say this... to be Tony Romo, you have to have a strong fortitude and no claustrophobic issues. I don't think I could truly describe the swarm around him when he talked this morning, but you could imagine. Anyway, here are some tidbits from his talk:
Should you be more of a leader? "I don't know if any year is any different from any other year. When you play the position that quarterbacks in the NFL play, here it's always all those things on the table. It's all part of playing the position. You either can handle all the stuff that goes along that's off the field and handle all the stuff off the field. Again, you're not going to last very long. Again, that's being good with what you do."
Better appreciation of public perception after this offseason? "I'm going to go through it again for the next two months, three months, six months, however many years. There's always something new around the corner. It's just part of playing the position. There's no secret way of getting around it or of doing anything. Like I said, you're just lucky enough to play a game, you work as hard as you can to try and achieve your goals and fight like heck to do it. That's part of it."
How did your dad rank among your receivers this off-season, catching balls from you? "He does a great job. His fingers are getting a little older now. I definitely wouldn’t be where I’m at without my dad, obviously for being a dad, but I think he’s caught way too many footballs in too much cold weather sometimes."
Were you hurt end of last season? Was that underplayed? And how hurt were you? "No. Not underplayed. It’s the season. Like a quarterback, it’s just part of playing the position, you get banged up and you’re either tough enough to keep going forward or you’re not. It’s part of playing football. You just have to keep fighting and overcome nicks, bruises, injuries, blah, blah, blah, whatever."
Brad Sham didn't even bother going through the usual pre-announcement stuff with Romo. No years in the league, no school affiliation, just... Tony Romo (by the way, if I had a sound checker in here, Jason Witten still got a bigger ovation).
Anyhoo (oh, wait, I'm hearing some boos in here, too. Get talking, kids, get talking...)
Sham just asked if that means he's more motivated: Romo wins the fans back by saying, "Hola, San Antonio! Viva Los Cowboys!"
As if it weren’t enough of a must-win already, the pressure for the Cowboys to win their first playoff game in seemingly forever next Sunday just got more intense.
According to the sports blog the big lead, quarterback Tony Romo is spending the bye weekend vacationing in Mexico with girlfriend Jessica Simpson and her parents.
The Web site shows photos of Romo and Simpson, and according to the entry, several teammates are there as well.
While no one expects Romo and the Cowboys to spend the bye weekend at Valley Ranch watching tape, they had to know that spending it on vacation in Mexico will not go over well -- especially if they lose next weekend.
According to one Cowboys staffer, "It just doesn’t look good.”
Now the Cowboys and Romo will have to spend the next week answering questions about this vacation rather than solely focusing on winning their first playoff game since 1996.
Considering all the distractions and controversy created by Simpson’s presence at the Eagles game and Romo’s subpar performances in the final three games of the season, this certainly puts more scrutiny on him to play well in his second career playoff game. We all remember the bobble in Seattle, right?
Looks like it’s going to be an interesting week at Valley Ranch. Now what was that Wade Phillips said last week about "Chicken Little"?
-- Clarence E. Hill Jr.
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