Garrett: Tony Romo worthy of increased role

May, 17, 2013
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Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said quarterback Tony Romo will have a bigger role in the offensive game-planning and spend more time at Valley Ranch after Romo signed his $108 million contract extension last month.

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It was met with mixed reviews from some fans and media members.

Why should Romo get an increased role? Is Jones trying to justify the contract?

Romo's best friend, tight end Jason Witten, said his buddy has always had a role in the offense.

Jason Garrett backed up those statements.

"The thing that we want from our quarterbacks is we want them to be engaged and involved," Garrett said. "Tony has always been that. Communication between all of our players and coaching staff is critical. It's certainly critical with that position.

"Tony has been around our offense a long time and we think the lines of communication are open in a really positive way. So we'll continue to have it be that way, both in the offseason and during the season. Tony's worthy of that opportunity. It's really been that way since he's been our quarterback."

On Tuesday, Romo missed the Cowboys' annual golf tournament because he was helping with the installation of the offensive plays for next week's organized team activities. It doesn't appear abnormal for Romo to do this.

Garrett gave the impression most quarterbacks he's been around as a player and a coach do similar things.

"It's just the nature of the quarterback position in the National Football League," he said. "Those guys need to be involved. You're always trying, with all of your players, (to) put them in a situation where they can be successful. You certainly try to do that with your quarterback, and communication back and forth and having those guys involved. Just a back and forth really throughout all phases of it offseason, during the week, during the game is really, really important to the success of both the player and to the team."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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