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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Tony Romo Isn't Playing Around, Cowboys Expect To Win

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Tony Romo is back on the practice field and he made his expectations perfectly clear, plus the Cowboys have signed some players to the active roster including another back from Seattle.

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Romo: Despite Tough Two Months, "We're Not Done Yet" - David Helman, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo isn’t typically the type for juicy soundbites or headline-grabbing quotes but with their backs against the wall, he didn't disappoint.

Not that it does anyone any good in retrospect, but the Cowboys have been oh-so-close to that elusive one win during this string of losses. Five of the seven losses have come by a touchdown or less, and held a second-half lead against every opponent but New England and Philadelphia. If anything, Romo said he was inspired by his team’s competitive effort despite the unfavorable results.

Cowboys Signing Running Back Robert Turbin - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
Dallas is signing another running back with ties to Seattle, but unfortunately it's not Marshawn Lynch.

During his career in Seattle he had 231 carries for 928 yards while also catching 43 passes. He was injured this offseason and the Seahawks eventually let him go. His tenure with the Browns was short-lived and he was released last week.

Five Reasons The Dallas Cowboys Will Win On Sunday - Thomas Duck, Cover32
The Duckman is back with another proclamation. I mean...He's got to be right one of these days...right?

Oh how Cowboys fans have missed their star quarterback. In his absence, Romo’s backups have let several games slip away due to offensive inefficiency. The Cowboys last seven games have been filled with far too many three and out possessions that have exposed the defense and allowed opposing offenses to remain in rhythm. Due in large part to this inadequacy, Dallas has fallen victim to comebacks by the Falcons, Saints, Seahawks, Eagles, and Buccaneers.

Video Surfaces Of Former Cowboys RB Joseph Randle Stealing Underwear, Cologne - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
Joseph Randle is no longer with the Dallas Cowboys but he threw some shade at them last week. Well, as always with Randle, the fans will laugh last.

Randle eventually recovered from that, and went into this season projected to lead a running back committee to fill the void left by DeMarco Murray. But Randle never established himself and that, coupled with his off-field baggage and concerns over his mental health, eventually led to his release on Nov. 3.

Jason Garrett: Cowboys Don't Want Tony Romo To Feel Like He Has To 'Save The Day' - David Moore, Dallas Morning News
Tony Romo returns to find a 2-7 team dumped at his cleats, but he's not ready to give up on the season. The players just have to learn he can't fix it all.

"We certainly don't want him to feel like he has to come in and save the day,'' head coach Jason Garrett said. "He just needs to play quarterback for our football team. He's done that well for us in the past.

Cowboys CB Deji Olatoye Signed To Active Roster Wednesday, Preparing To Play Sunday - Jon Machota, SportsDay
While the Cowboys defensive backs were going over film Tuesday, the coaches broke the news to Deji Olatoye. The second-year cornerback...

"In front of [the coaches], of course, I was calm and cool," Olatoye said Wednesday, "but in my head, I was pretty excited."

Jason Witten's Durability Most Impressive To Bill Parcells - Todd Archer, ESPN
Iron man Jason Witten will set the Cowboys' record for most consecutive games at 197 on Sunday. Which is no surprise to his former head coach.

"Listen, durability in this business is invaluable," Parcells said. "You can’t put a price on durability. And there’s only a few players that can be that way. You know I’m a baseball fan, and now you go back and look at [Greg] Maddux and [Tom] Glavine and those pitchers for the Braves. They didn’t hardly miss any starts in their whole careers, you know what I mean? They didn’t hardly miss anything. And durability is such a commodity. You can’t explain it. There are players with great talent, but they can’t stay out there. And there are players with less talent that are always there and produce for you."

Darren McFadden Breaks Down Tony Romo's Impact On The Running Game - Jon Machota, Dallas Morning News
You don't have to look to far to see the excitement as Tony Romo returns, McFadden may be atop the list of players who can't wait to have him back.

"A guy like Romo back there behind the center, you can't load the box up because he's the type of guy who's going to get out of the play and get you into the right one anytime you try to load the box up on him," McFadden said. "It's crazy, just being out there and seeing the way he works and gets you in different plays and different situations, it's a great thing."

Even With Romo Returning To Action, Balance Is Paramount For The Dallas Cowboys’ Offense - Massimo Russo,  Cover32
The Dallas Cowboys will have to find balance on offense to make their case at the end of the season.

With areas of his game cleaned up, Romo had the best season of his career, with a passer rating of 113.2 (ranked 1st), completion percentage of 69.9 (ranked 1st), and his 5 game winning drives were tied with Detroit’s Matthew Stafford and Seattle’s Russell Wilson for most in the league. Poise is what primarily helped Romo get out of his sandlot habits in a run first offense, limiting him from playing out of structure.

Searching For A Fix For The Dallas Cowboys? Search No More - Jim Scott, Blogging The Boys

The Dallas Cowboys are half a game ahead of the worst record in the NFL. Whose fault is it? What should be done? The answers are not as simple as you think, no matter what you think. There is no secret ingredient.

This is at the core of how Jason Garrett runs things. It's all over his press conferences and his attitudes. "We'll look at the tape and clean it up and get better."  Garrett described Dez's locker room outburst as "a great learning opportunity." As I have said before, all these things aren't platitudes, but championship attitude.  "We just didn't make the plays we needed to to win" is as concise and accurate a description of the problem as you are going to get."

Tony Romo Says Dallas Cowboys' Season Not Over, But There's 'Little Room For Error' - Todd Archer, ESPN
Tony Romo returns Sunday with the Cowboys at 2-7, and while he believes the team still has an opportunity to put together some wins, he acknowledges there's "very little room for error."

"I think anytime you're losing in the National Football League, it's tough on everybody," Romo said. "Sometimes when you're not able to help your team as far as physically being out on the field, but the guys left it out on the field. I'm really inspired by the way they just committed every week. And obviously the results weren't exactly the way they wanted or anything, but I think when you watch how they play, I think it gives us a great opportunity to still go out and accomplish the goals. You just have very little room for error."

Ndamukong Suh Considers Himself 'Fortunate' To Face Tony Romo - FOX Sports
Ndamukong Suh considers himself 'fortunate' to face Tony Romo as he believes Romo is one of the best in the game.

"Tony Romo is a great quarterback," Suh said via James Walker of ESPN. "I’ve been fortunate enough to go against him at least five out of my six years in the league. He’s an excellent quarterback. Has great vision, has a deep arm, can throw the ball down the field as well as can use athletically his feet. We just gotta be able to understand where he’s at all particular times."

Scout's Eye: Handling Suh, Containing The Dolphins' Young Playmaker - Bryan Broaddus, Dallas Cowboys
We’ll spend a lot of time this week talking about the return of Tony Romo – and rightfully so. However, the Cowboys have other worries, none more important than perhaps a premier defensive tackle.

Suh has the ideal size and quickness to play as an under-tackle. He’s disruptive and a large part of that is due to his power. Plays with explosive upper and lower body power. His strength is rare, and he can easily walk blockers back when he wants. When he attacks the gap up the field, he is nearly impossible to stop on the charge. To have success against him in the running game, you have to shield him, then hope the back hits the hole before he has a chance to react.

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