Coach: Tony Romo will be ready for opener

IRVING, Texas – Wade Phillips won’t spend the next 10 days worrying about his quarterback.

Tony Romo’s focus is on getting ready for the Washington Redskins. He’ll watch the preseason finale from the sidelines.

“I see our quarterback coming on and I think he’s going to be ready,” Phillips said. “I don’t know that Tony tore up last year in the preseason, but he threw for 353 yards in the first game.”

Actually, Romo was pretty sharp last preseason. He completed 24 of 31 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown with one interception. He wasn’t sacked.

He hasn’t been nearly as productive or well protected this preseason. The numbers, with one extra game: 26-of-46 for 287 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He’s been sacked five times.

Romo also won’t have the luxury of opening the season against a bad Buccaneers defense. Tampa Bay ended the season ranked 27th in total defense. The Redskins ranked 10th.

But Romo’s track record in season openers is spectacular. He’s completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,018 yards and eight touchdowns in victories to open his three full seasons as a starter.