Has Romo taken an important step?

October, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley


In his debut column for ESPNDallas.com, Ed Werder takes a look at the significance of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo leading his team to a win without throwing a touchdown pass. Werder says that Romo seems to be "embracing the challenge of playing against his instincts."

It's an interesting dilemma that Romo faces. He's a very instinctive player who's capable of turning bad plays into great ones. Unfortunately, he's also capable of turning what should be normal plays into horrendous ones. How do you convince Romo to cut down on his mistakes without stifling his unique skills? That's a question Jason Garrett's been asking himself the past three seasons.

"It's been a point of emphasis for him and by us for a long time," Garrett said. "But one thing that happens to you as a player is you go out and play, and you react a certain way. The other night, Tony did a good job of managing down plays. When it wasn't there, he took a sack, went somewhere else or threw the ball away. He kept us in good down-and-distance situations. When we had a penalty or a negative play, we punted and our defense played well."

So is Romo a changed man? I definitely wouldn't go that far, but it's a good sign that he's at least trying to manage his mistakes. And a special thanks to Werder for going the extra mile. In addition to his role as senior correspondent for the Beast, he's also doing pregame and postgame reports for ESPNDallas.com and weekly chats.

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