Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Eagles know Romo makes plays, mistakes
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA – After solid performances against the slumping Eli Manning and rookie Mike Glennon, the Philadelphia Eagles' defense must see if it can hold its own against Tony Romo on Sunday.
He has his flaws, but Romo is playing at a very high level this season.
“When you study him over time, he's either really hot or really off, and sometimes it's through the course of one single game,” Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis said Tuesday. “He may be first-half hot, second-half cold, and vice versa. You have to play him all the way through four quarters. I think you’ve got to challenge the receivers and challenge him to find the opening and keep moving it on him. I think he'll make some plays and I think he'll make some mistakes.”
Romo has been making a lot more plays than mistakes this season. He is completing 70.2 percent of his passes, has a rating of 108.6 and has thrown 14 touchdowns against just three interceptions. Of course, he threw one pick in the clutch against Denver a couple weeks ago, and that drew more attention than all the touchdowns combined.
But the Dallas Cowboys have involved Romo in designing the game plan this season, and he has evolved into a better, smarter quarterback. With running back DeMarco Murray likely out Sunday, Romo will be relied on to throw the ball even more.
“They have got some great weapons and a quarterback that knows how to distribute them, and that's really what you come against,” Davis said. “The big passing offenses, quarterback that can get the ball to playmakers, and the other part of that is having the playmakers and Dallas is loaded with playmakers.”
Quarterbacks such as Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers had huge games against this developing Eagles defense. This game will be a test of whether Davis’ guys have gotten that much better, or whether Glennon’s ability to convert third downs and exploit mistakes will be magnified against Romo.
Veteran safety Patrick Chung, who has a nerve issue in his right shoulder, is likely to be out. That means rookie Earl Wolff, who has two starts on his resume, would line up with Nate Allen.
Notes: Left tackle Jason Peters (shoulder) and running back Chris Polk did not take part in Tuesday’s practice. Tight end James Casey, who missed the Tampa Bay game with a groin issue, did practice.
With Casey likely back this week, the Eagles waived reserve tight end Emil Igwenagu, who had not been active in the first six games. They signed wide receiver B.J. Cunningham, who impressed Kelly in training camp before getting hurt.
Greg Salas, who also had a strong camp, was signed off the Eagles practice squad by the New York Jets.