Dallas Cowboys to lighten Tony Romo's pre-snap load


At a time when the best young, rising NFL quarterbacks take on more and more responsibility before the snap, the Dallas Cowboys want to pull back the reins on Tony Romo.

"As a staff, we talked about just lightening (Romo's) load and trying to do things that are simple and giving him more peace of mind that he can just come up and call a play and run it," Cowboys offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Bill Callahan said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "That simplification will help all of us, and we'll see."

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The Cowboys struggle with confusion and sloppiness on offense. Not everyone seems to be on the same page. We always have been big believers in Romo, but he doesn't "win before the snap" like a lot of the top-10 quarterbacks in the NFL.

Romo was asked if mistakes happen because he's trying to do too much.

"We're not here to talk about negative stuff," he said.

Callahan said all the pre-snap adjustments and options can "get out of hand" sometimes. That's not something you ever hear a coach in New Orleans, Denver or New England say.

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