Every selfless deed is a little bit selfish. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is committed to the run — but mostly because the balanced offense will create space for him as thrower. So if it means handing the ball off so that Romo’s pass offense looks better, he’s all for it.
“I think what you find is a misconception sometimes that quarterbacks just want to throw,” Romo said to ESPN’s NFL Nation. “It’s far easier to win when you run the ball well. If we can run the ball, and I envision us being able to do that, it’s going to take a lot off a lot of different areas in the football team, so I think that’s a huge thing we’re trying to do is create the environment where we can rely on that in the situations we want to and just be able to continue. To me, that’s important.
“Obviously, you want to be a balanced team and have teams not understand what’s coming, but a big part of that is being able to run the football. I like the way we’ve been doing that.”
While Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett wants to commit to the run, Romo has the final say at the line of scrimmage. He’s going to have to call someone else’s number in the huddle and stick to that when he looks at the defense.
“Long story short, you want to be able to run the ball when you really feel like you’re in a tough situation or you get eight-man boxes or when it gets tough. If you can do that you’re ahead of the game,” Romo said. “I think we have that ability, so I’m excited about that.”