Tag:Tony Romo
Posted on: May 9, 2011 9:48 pm

Romo has a tough day on the links

T. Romo struggled on the golf course while trying to qualify for the U.S. Open (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If Cowboys QB Tony Romo somehow made the U.S. Open tournament field – after hacking his way through all the qualifiers – it’d be one hell of an interesting story. Instead, on the first day of qualifying today, Romo shot an 9-over par 81 at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas and didn’t make the cut to move on to the sectional qualifiers.

Romo would have needed to finish in the top-10, but unlike last year when he made it to the sectionals, he failed to move out of local qualifying.

"It's just frustrating with the score, but I hit the ball solid,'' Romo told the Dallas Morning News. "I haven't played that much lately anyways so I wasn't expecting too much. But it's fun to compete. It's fun to test your game.

"The golf course is probably the toughest in the area but when you add the USGA with their greens and some of the pin placements, then add to that the wind, it was a monster today. It was as tough as I've seen it out here.''

According to the paper, Romo finished with only one birdie, five bogeys, a double-bogey and a face-palming triple bogey.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 6:50 pm

Dez Bryant missing from Cowboys workout?

Posted by Andy BenoitD. Bryant (US Presswire)

UPDATE (6:45 p.m.): Per Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas, Tony Romo said that Bryant joined the workouts on the second day.

About 40 Cowboys showed up for the team’s player-organized workouts on Tuesday. It was the first player-organized events for the team since the lockout.

"It went great," Tony Romo said, according to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. "We had a great turnout. It was crisp. It was fast. You could feel the energy from the guys being back out there. Guys were committed. It was great to see."

Romo would not specify which players were in attendance, but ESPN 103.3 in Dallas heard that Dez Bryant was not one of the participants. While some players can’t attend because they simply aren’t in Texas at the moment, it is believed that Bryant is in the Dallas area.

Bryant’s absence would not be noteworthy if not for his failure to appear at Valley Ranch during the brief lifting of the lockout last week. After Bryant’s no-show last week, Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star Telegram ripped the young receiver, writing:

On Friday, when the doors at Valley Ranch temporarily swung open for players, the Cowboys' training staff was waiting eagerly on Bryant, mainly to check on the rehab of the broken ankle from last season, a rehab that has gone unsupervised due to the lockout.

We can assume the reports of Dez playing high-end pickup basketball games in Cedar Hill would not be recommended rehab by the trainers.

Dez's new receivers coach is Jimmy Robinson, a guy Bryant has hardly met. Friday would have been a perfect get-together moment. The same goes for new strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik, one of the NFL's most respected. Woicik surely has some ideas for Dez.
There have been whispers all offseason that Bryant has too much leeway within the Cowboys organization. It would be a surprise if this turns out being the last “Dez Bryant issues” story we ever write.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 2:04 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 2:05 pm

Hot Routes 5.4.11 Post-draft bragging

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Sydney Moss, star high school basketball player in Kentucky and daughter of Randy Moss, has made an oral commitment to the Florida Gators.

Less than a week after leaving Monday Night Football, sideline reporter Michelle Tafoya is joining Sunday Night Football.

Tashard Choice had a bin Laden tweet issue, as well. Unlike Rashard Mendenhall’s Choice’s was unintentional.

Tony Romo is once again trying to qualify for the US Open.

Redskins third-round pick Leonard Hankerson calls himself the best wide receiver in the draft.

And on a similar tiring note, Ravens first-round pick Jimmy Smith thinks he was the best cornerback in the draft. (And, of course, he also has naysayers he wants to prove wrong. Ironically, by boasting like this, the controversial Smith is so far proving his naysayers right.)

Free agent linebacker Kirk Morrison is open to a return to Jacksonville. (It’s a matter of whether the Jags want him.)

Andy Reid says Todd Herremans is unlikely to leave the left guard position. That means first-round rookie Danny Watkins will play on the right side. It’s very, very uncommon to see a first-round pick used on a right guard. Eagles had that need, though.

The Vikings still need a stadium site in order to push a bill for a new venue.

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Posted on: May 2, 2011 5:15 pm

Hot Routes 5.2.11: Draft viewership up AND down

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Austin Karp of the Sports Business Journal reports that the NFL Network had it's best three-day viewership of the NFL Draft they've had yet. However, ESPN saw a dip -- 17.7 percent, actually, which is a LOT -- in draft viewership. What does that tell me? More people have the NFL Network now than used to, hence the growth in viewership. Otherwise, it's pretty obvious that the NFL Draft wasn't nearly as compelling with the labor junk going on in the background.
  • The NFL has responded to the news that Dave Duerson had brain damage when he committed suicide, saying they will continue to support the work of the scientists at Boston University.
Posted on: April 24, 2011 5:42 pm

Teammates reach out to Dez Bryant

D. Bryant met with some teammates, who hope to set him on the right path (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has been tough to figure out since he came into the NFL for his rookie year at the beginning of last season. He’s obviously quite talented, but he’s proven himself to be immature and, in quite a few cases, awfully irresponsible.

Some of his teammates are trying to change that behavior.

He’s made some unfortunate news this offseason – such as allegedly refusing to pull up his pants at a Dallas-area mall and not paying up for $246,000 worth of jewelry – and the unfortunate reality of the lockout is that nobody from the Cowboys organization can reach out to him during his troubled times.

But his teammates can, and that’s exactly what they did Saturday when, according to the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys QB Tony Romo, C Andre Gurode and LB Keith Brooking met him for lunch.

On his Twitter account, Bryant wrote that he had a good time. But his teammates must hope he got more out of the lunch than just a pleasant afternoon. They must hope he’s beginning to figure out how grown-ups act in the real world.

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Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:02 pm

Top 15 selling jerseys in NFL

Posted by Andy Benoit

USA Today has published a list of the top 15 most popular NFL player jerseys from the past year. Without further ado:

1) Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers
2) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
4) Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
5) Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos
6) Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
7) Tom Brady, New England Patriots
8) Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
9) Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
10) Eli Manning, New York Giants
11) DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
12) Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
13) Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
14) Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings
15) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

The data is based on sales from NFLShop.com.

Last year, Favre ranked No. 1 in jersey sales. Vick ranked 20th. Matthews wasn't even in the top 25.

Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:06 pm

Offseason Checkup: Dallas Cowboys

Posted by Andy Benoit

Eye on Football's playing doctor for every NFL team with our Offseason Check-ups.

In terms of disappointment, the 2010 Dallas Cowboys more than lived up to the “Everything’s big in Texas” phrase. The year that was supposed to end with Jerry Jones’ team being the first to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium instead ended in effect before Thanksgiving.

Wade Phillips was no longer the coach at that point and Tony Romo had been sidelined for the past month with what would turn out to be a season-ending fractured clavicle. Can’t blame the face-plant on Romo’s injury, though.

After all, the Cowboys were 1-5 in games their star quarterback started.

Brooking quickly established himself as the defense’s emotional leader when he arrived in 2009. Because he’s been in his 30s since the Bush Administration, everyone has assumed he’s on the cusp of washing up.

That simply hasn’t been true…until now. Last season Brooking showed hints of decline in struggling to get off blocks. He is still a dominant player when pursuing the ball untouched, but in a 3-4, inside linebackers can’t count on regularly being untouched.

Lee, a second-round pick out of Penn Stage last year, overtook Bradie James in nickel packages. Lee has good natural change of direction ability and, in a limited sampling, has shown adequate instincts. As great organizations like the Eagles and Patriots have illustrated over the years, it’s better to replace someone a year too early rather than risk keeping him a year too long.

1. Safety
The game is evolving to where safeties are becoming vital for creating deception and disguise in a defensive scheme. The only experienced safety on Dallas’ roster is Alan Ball, and he just converted from cornerback last year.

2. Offensive Linemen
Right tackle Marc Colombo’s lack of athleticism finally caught up to him last season. Right guard Leonard Davis may have remained benched if backup Montrae Holland had been more reliable. Davis really struggled with lateral movement in pass protection last season. Left guard Kyle Kosier is an unrestricted free agent.

3. Cornerback
It may be time to start grooming Terence Newman’s replacement. Newman will be 33 when (if) this season opens up. He’s no longer quick enough to play man coverage with the cushy buffer zone he prefers. Orlando Scandrick is not the guy to replace Newman long-term. The third-year pro is better equipped to defend the slot and must first bounce back from a difficult sophomore campaign.

It’s “America’s Team”, so there’s always talk of a Lombardi Trophy. But how about having no expectations and just shutting up for a change?

It’s well known the Cowboys have as much talent as any team. What needs changing is the way they manage that talent.

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Posted on: January 29, 2011 12:43 pm

Stephen Jones: 2010 Cowboys 'worst one we've had'

Posted by Will Brinson

No doubt about it -- the 2010 Dallas Cowboys were bad. They were even worse than their record indicated, though, because the team had such high expectations around it, with many a pundit picking Dallas to represent itself in the Super Bowl.

So it's not unusual to hear Stephen Jones, Cowboys Executive VP and son of Jerry, express disappointment. But are they bad enough to be the worst Cowboys team he and his dad have had since they took the team over? Apparently so.

"In the 21 years we’ve had it, I’d say it’s the worst one we’ve had," Jones said per Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports. "We’ve had bad teams that didn’t do well, but maybe you had that feeling going in. This year, we were so hopeful about our chances, and there we were at 1-5 with no quarterback and pretty much knowing where we’d end up."

So, yeah, that's pretty tough to hear. But it's probably a good thing to make sure everyone know how bad things really were. Doing so helps provide some of the much-needed culture change for Dallas football. But right now, it's especially painful, considering the focus that will center on Dallas for the next 10 days.

"We had such high expectations for this team – and that’s why this is the toughest season we’ve had," Jones said. "The overwhelming thing you think about is what went wrong. And to sit there and have to chew on that, there’s not a lot of happiness."

2011 seems like it should be more fun, if Jason Garrett's run as interim coach is any indication of his future production for the team. The team struggled some after the departure of Wade Phillips, but part and parcel of that is having Jon Kitna at quarterback.

It's clear the offensive and defensive weapons are in place for a return to the postseason, and with an early-round pick, it's possible the Cowboys only get better.

But, as Jones pointed out, talent doesn't always necessitate production.

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