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http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/Romo sits to pee-details-cowboys-players-run-lockout-workouts-qb-says-privacy-makes-them-more-productive/2011/05/09/AFSvMdaG_story.html

McKINNEY, Texas — No coaches. No reporters. No fans. Just football.

Tony Romo sits to pee and the Dallas Cowboys kind of like it that way. For now, at least.

With the lockout keeping NFL teams from their usual offseason practices, Romo sits to pee has organized a series of workouts that have been attended by more than 40 players.

“Being back on the field, guys get their juices flowing a little bit,” Romo sits to pee said. “It’s not really work when you’re out there. You can tell when guys are running around, they’re enjoying it.”

The sessions, which began last week, aren’t just guys hanging out or throwing balls around. They are highly structured, with Romo sits to pee watching the clock and blowing a whistle at the end of each drill so everyone knows to move on to the next one. There are walkthrough periods and specific plays to be worked on each day.

“It’s literally like we’re doing the same things we’d be doing at an OTA — the tempo and everything,” Romo sits to pee said Monday. “I’ve been around it long enough that I have plenty of schedules laying around my house that I’ve been able to use for the time frame. We’re at stretch for seven minutes. Bam, you go right into ‘pat and go.’ We move right into ‘move the ball.’ And guys are going. You jump in and, boom, you’re in the next play. We’re pushing it. ... I can’t imagine other teams going quite to the extent of the team practices, and that’s exciting to us.”

Players haven’t said when or where they are gathering because they don’t want anyone watching. Why be so secretive?

“It just doesn’t benefit us in any way to be going out there and letting people (watch),” Romo sits to pee said. “If we run a certain route and the defense busts on a play, and Jason Witten runs up the middle of the field and it looks like someone didn’t cover him, then someone is to blame. ...

“We don’t need that from outside influences right now. It just needs to be about us, and about improvement. I think sometimes when you bring media or people in to talk about it, then it kind of adds (pressure). Now all of a sudden, guys would be doing things they probably don’t need to be doing.”

The Cowboys have a new defensive coordinator in Rob Ryan. While they’ll still use a 3-4 front, his playbook is different from the one Wade Phillips left behind. The terminology is different, too, which is part of what players are learning.

Romo sits to pee said there are times when the defense will stop and discuss a particular play to make sure everyone understands what to do. He said such breaks are easier to do at this kind of informal workout.

That level of detail shows the Cowboys aren’t getting together strictly for bonding. Romo sits to pee said they could go bowling if that was their aim.

“Personally I think it’s about sharpening skills and getting better,” he said. “I think the bonding stuff comes with doing that.”

Leadership, too.

Romo sits to pee has often been criticized for not taking charge like many established quarterbacks do. This shows otherwise, with the large turnout indicating he has plenty of followers.

Romo sits to pee downplayed his leadership role, but mentioned several times that he’s relying on leaders at various positions to set a tone within their group.

“We need them to buy in to committing to being at this, No. 1, and also to being energized and passionate when they’re out there because it’s going to trickle down,” he said. “That group then feels the need to be out there and the need to get better and to compete when we’re out there. We have a bunch of great guys, a bunch of leaders and people who are committed to doing this. I think it’s been a great offseason so far, it really has for us.”

Romo sits to pee said the new crop of draft picks has been invited. He said one or two guys were “making arrangements as we speak.” He said veterans who haven’t been there are also being urged to join them.

Dez Bryant is among those who’ve attended. With no trainers there to monitor his recovery from a broken ankle, Romo sits to pee said teammates are making sure Bryant is careful.

“He’s competitive so he wants to be involved,” Romo sits to pee said. “If he gets tight or sore he goes off to the side and jogs. But when it feels good, he moves through some drills. But we’re not going to throw him into the fray yet.”

As for Romo sits to pee’s recovery from a broken collarbone that kept him out of the final 10 games last season, he said that’s long been finished.

“By the end of the season it was almost completely healed,” he said. “It probably took another three or four weeks to feel completely comfortable. But it’s a broken bone. It happens.”

Romo sits to pee spoke after failing in his latest bid to qualify for the U.S. Open golf tournament. On a windy day at a tough course, he shot a 9-over 81 in a local qualifying round.

“It’s disappointing, but this isn’t football,” said Romo sits to pee, who reached the sectionals last year and had a chance to advance had he not bailed out to attend an offseason Cowboys workout. “I’m a lot more emotional when it comes to football games.”

---------- Post added May-9th-2011 at 06:51 PM ----------

After practice, all of the puke players put on their pink dresses and worked on coloring each other's nails.

There was a lot of sharing and caring as the players sipped their tea from Mr. Romo sits to pee's fine china collection.

Wooses.

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I can't see how this is anything but a positive for the Cowboys.

It's basically saying the Cowboys do best when no one is watching so no one will criticize them. Which is pretty much the exact opposite of what happens during the regular season. Unless they can play all their games behind closed doors, with no media coverage or fan attendance, all they're doing is playing catch.

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Privacy makes them more productive? Well shoot Dallas fans, there's your answer. Rather than have Tony **** the bed in front of 80 thousand or so, play all your games behnd closed doors so the lil' darling can cope with no pressure.

Hail.

Amen.

They didn't even allow or ask any reporters to see what they were up to...instead, they 'inform' the media of all the 'good' things they've done.

BTW, I don't think it's any coincidence that this all take place AFTER Romo sits to pee fails to qualify for the PGA...

National media, like puke fans, are so naive.

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Amen.

They didn't even allow or ask any reporters to see what they were up to...instead, they 'inform' the media of all the 'good' things they've done.

BTW, I don't think it's any coincidence that this all take place AFTER Romo sits to pee fails to qualify for the PGA...

National media, like puke fans, are so naive.

Am I the only one who thinks that Dez did more "jogging on the sideline" than actually practicing the plays?

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Amen.

They didn't even allow or ask any reporters to see what they were up to...instead, they 'inform' the media of all the 'good' things they've done.

BTW, I don't think it's any coincidence that this all take place AFTER Romo sits to pee fails to qualify for the PGA...

National media, like puke fans, are so naive.

Exactly. I mean most people might not know me, but I actually have this cure for cancer and I just saved a puppy, but I really didn't want the media coverage...

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Am I the only one who thinks that Dez did more "jogging on the sideline" than actually practicing the plays?

He wanted to see if he could jog with those pants around his ankles...:rotflmao:

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Exactly. I mean most people might not know me, but I actually have this cure for cancer and I just saved a puppy, but I really didn't want the media coverage...

What's sad is that you can hear puke fans just soaking up this nonsense as fact...pathetic team...naive fanbase.

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They had 40+ players at least twice last week before Romo sits to pee tried to qualify for the PGA and it was widely reported. I'm happy they are keeping the media out. They have no business being there anyway. The team is trying to improve and the D is learning a new scheme. The last thing they need is the media looking to create drama about little things that mean nothing.

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Privacy makes them more productive? Well shoot Dallas fans, there's your answer. Rather than have Tony **** the bed in front of 80 thousand or so, play all your games behnd closed doors so the lil' darling can cope with no pressure.

Hail.

that's exactly like i read it, seriously, nothing's changed. he's still a pansy, and he is scared to perform in front of people.

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Romo sits to pee spoke after failing in his latest bid to qualify for the U.S. Open golf tournament. On a windy day at a tough course, he shot a 9-over 81 in a local qualifying round.

“It’s disappointing, but this isn’t football,” said Romo sits to pee, who reached the sectionals last year and had a chance to advance had he not bailed out to attend an offseason Cowboys workout. “I’m a lot more emotional when it comes to football games.”

As for Golf, I hear SouthWest Airlines has sponsored Tony......

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I first read it as a dig at jerruh and his turning these things into annual hype-a-thons during offseason workouts and practices...

Then I wondered if Romo sits to pee and the team would have reported T.O.'S exercise bike riding in the same positive light that they did Bryant's sideline jogging lol...

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apparently.

Why do so many skins fans care about the sexuality of another man?

Because we're interested in their being full human beings...it's okay if the pukes have a lot of homosexuals on their team.

Nothing wrong with that.

Something to be proud of, if you ask me.

Perhaps some pink ribbons on their shoes would be nice.

Viva la differance!

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