Tony Romo is coming off surgery that will limit him in the 2014 NFL preseason for the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, Romo is in no danger of losing his job and missing games will just allow backup Brandon Weeden to become more comfortable with the Cowboys’ offensive game plan. However, ESPN reported on Wednesday that Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback coach Wade Wilson said that Tony Romo is still tentative when throwing the deep ball in practice.
One thing to keep in mind about this statement is that Tony Romo is not a quarterback who throws the long ball too much. Instead, he has the same gunslinger mentality that Brett Favre had and is better known for his quick, bullet-fast release. Despite this, he has to throw deep because he has speedsters like Terrance Williams, who is perfect at breaking loose and getting open. According to Wilson, those deep balls have fluttered more than usual.
Wilson said that the fluttering of the Tony Romo deep pass is due to the back surgery that the quarterback underwent in the NFL offseason. Romo is still recovering from that surgery. He will be ready to open the 2014 NFL regular season, but won’t play much this preseason. Romo won’t play at all in the Dallas Cowboys’ preseason opener on Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers.
When asked about his passing problems so far, Tony Romo said that his footwork was an issue. Luckily, Wade Wilson, a former NFL veteran quarterback, said that he is sure that Romo’s arm problems won’t plague him in the regular season. Wilson said that Romo just needs to get stronger and more confident and that will happen through training camp. Until then, Brandon Weeden will get most of the first team reps.
The Dallas Cowboys open their preseason against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego. The game kicks off at 9:00 p.m. CST and will air nationwide on the NFL Network and locally on CBS 11.