The Washington Redskins will have their hands full when they take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. The NFL is still buzzing about Tony Romo’s performance last weekend against the Denver Broncos. The Redskins certainly have to be worried considering all signs point to Romo having another great game. However, it is not just Romo’s arm that could cause damage, but rather, his mobility.
“He’s got a good feel of when to bail out,” Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said, according to Redskins.com. “A lot of quarterbacks will take off too quick. He’s got a good feel of when to throw the ball downfield reading different coverages. If it does get a little tight, he can step up. He’s got a good feel of when to slide or when to bail out. A lot of guys just bail out all the time. Some guys will step up like he does quite a bit and attack the line of scrimmage and still throw the ball downfield. With his experience and his expertise, he’s been able to do both, which really causes problems for defenses.”
Romo has proven to be very difficult to bring down several times this season. Washington’s pass rushers must get after Romo frequently and not let up until he is for sure on the ground. Meanwhile, the defense in general must never give up on a play as long as he is moving around the pocket. The fact that the Cowboys’ offense is capable of converting plays on the fly is definitely a major concern for the Redskins.
“A lot of guys take off and they run and they don’t look downfield,” Shanahan told Redskins.com. “What Tony’s able to do is bide some time and throw the football right before he hits the line of scrimmage. Every once in a while, if everybody’s covered, he’ll get his yardage and just hit the ground, which is a skill.”
If Washington can limit Romo’s mobility and force him to make difficult decisions, they should be victorious in the highly anticipated Sunday night matchup.