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Spags on Romo

I know, I know. That sounds like something you should wipe off right away. But Mick is at it again, philosophizing on "What is the nature of a Romo?"

Good article in that he tries to see the question from all angles, but hardly anything new.

A couple of jewels for you die-hard technique guys.

Personally, I have noticed this one:

[From Parcells]
"But he has to take care of a few things, and I've told him what they were," said Parcells, who then stopped short of saying what he told Romo.

Well here, let me guess.

One, keep your shoulder up when throwing the ball. Former quarterbacks coach David Lee worked endlessly with Romo during his three seasons behind the scenes getting him out of the habit of dropping his elbow down when throwing the football. That's a recipe for disaster (sorry, a little bit of Bill still is here) for 6-2 quarterbacks. Romo seemingly broke the habit at the outset until reverting back to some of his old habits late in the season and when under increased pocket pressure.

Count with me now...

Two, stay with the play as long as possible. In other words, don't get happy feet back there at the first sign of danger. While fans fall in love with scrambling quarterbacks and guys who make something out of nothing, sometimes their decisions to bail make something at the expense of forfeiting the opportunity to make something bigger. No NFL quarterback has achieved success without being willing to stand in the pocket long enough to get a pass off while taking a hit in return. It's part of the job description. Improv is for comedy clubs not NFL stadiums.

Thanks for hanging in for three. This one should get Terry's attention. Personally, I don't know how a QB can consciously do this. My guess is they develop it through experience...

Three, impulse control. What has the potential to make Romo great also has the potential to send him back to Burlington, Wis. Romo will take chances, and successful NFL quarterbacks require such chutzpah. But the chances need to be calculated. He must stay with his reads and at times check down to safer alternatives rather than trying to be super-hero marksman. That Lucky Charm won't always be riding on your shoulder as it seemed to be for Romo on some of those what's-he-doing passes he got away with early in last year's 10-game stretch.

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