Romo expects more freedom to audible

OXNARD, Calif. – Tony Romo doesn’t envision his increased responsibilities ending in the meeting room.

Romo sees his role as a significant voice in the weekly game-planning process leading to more leeway for him to make adjustments at the line of scrimmage. That doesn’t mean Romo will be like Peyton Manning, who has essentially been his team’s primary playcaller for years, but Romo anticipates having more freedom with audibles.

“I think they all go hand in hand together,” Romo said. “More than anything, when you’re in there and you’re part of understanding what we’re trying to do, you know what we’re looking for and what we’re not and what we want to run versus what. So, yeah, I’m sure that I’ll probably do a little more from time to time at the line (of scrimmage).

“That’s not every time, and that doesn’t mean every game. It just means that that capability is there for us. We’ve been doing a lot of different things to practice that stuff. It’ll just add to our package.”

The wristband system the Cowboys are using to call plays is designed to make sure Romo doesn't have to rush to get the play off, a frequent problem last season. The Cowboys want to be lined up with at least 20 seconds on the play clock on a consistent basis.

While Romo requested the increased responsibilities this offseason, he values the experience and intelligence of head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. The Cowboys believe in the power of their game-planning committee. Romo has made building a rapport with Callahan, the new playcaller, a priority during training camp.

“I don’t know how much time it is, but it’s hours every day that we’re outside of the football field in meetings together or just talking and going over stuff,” Romo said. “It’s a good thing. It’s been a real good rapport. Bill’s got a good mind for football, just like Jason, and it just allows us to do a lot of different things when we all put our heads together and attack things.”