Saturday, June 15, 2013
Center position doesn't bother Tony Romo
By Calvin Watkins
The center position for the Cowboys was a mess last season.
It started in training camp, when shotgun snaps were flying all over the place and the health of projected starter Phil Costa was jeopardized when he injured his back.
During the season, quarterback Tony Romo had three centers: Ryan Cook, Mackenzy Bernadeau and Costa.
A chemistry with all three was difficult for Romo, but he handled it well.
With Romo missing the entire offseason work due to his recovery from back surgery, there was a thought he would have problems dealing with another new center in first-round pick Travis Frederick.
Romo said he’s got no problems with the new center. Romo is working with Frederick during walk-through periods of the offseason practices to make sure of that.
“To me, more than anything, it’s your voice,” Romo said. “Just doing walk-through today and other areas when I had the team, and they start hearing me and the way I do things. I do a little more stuff at the line and some other stuff. It just comes down to a point where they got to get used to your voice fluctuation. Just the different things you say and use. I think you can do that part in walk-through as the same as you can in the practices.”
Frederick is getting first-team snaps in practices at center with Costa as the backup. Coach Jason Garrett said Frederick is mainly a center and will see work on the side at guard. So as we move closer to training camp, Frederick and Costa will be the main centers for Romo.