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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Sparano: 'Eyes in back of head' make Romo special

By Tim MacMahon

IRVING, Texas – Tony Sparano is proud to be part of the coaching staff that developed Tony Romo from undrafted free agent. into a franchise quarterback. That doesn’t mean the Dolphins coach is looking forward to seeing Romo on Thursday.

“Tony Romo was a special player when I was there and he’s a special player now,” Sparano said Tuesday. “There’s not a lot of quarterbacks in the league that can do some of the things that this guy can do.”

Sparano mentioned Romo’s ability to make all the throws, his competitiveness and his leadership ability, but Romo’s feel in the pocket and knack for buying extra time with his feet is what really makes him unique.

That was on full display against the Redskins, when Romo avoided pressure in the process of several big plays. Miami fans saw it in the Cowboys’ 2007 road win, most notably when Romo made unblocked Dolphins pass-rushing great Jason Taylor whiff before delivering a touchdown pass.

“The trait that this guy has is tremendous, tremendous awareness,” Sparano said. “As a line coach there, obviously I always appreciated that. I always thought he had eyes in the back of his head. This guy can sense things and feel things and get the ball out and find the open guy and that stuff can kill ya if you’re a visiting coach.”