After signing a new six-year, $108 million contract this offseason, Dallas Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo will be expected to play a larger role in the team's offense. Romo says that larger role will start with an increased input in game-planning, according to Peter Jackel of the Racine Journal Times.
"I think here going forward, I’ll just be more involved in game-planning," Romo told Jackel. "There are certain things I really believe can help us that we’re going to do some of that. It’s a collective group effort and I think we’re all going to go in there and go to work."
Reports of Romo's role in game-planning initially surfaced in April when ESPN's Ed Werder reported that the 11-year NFL vet would be meeting with the coaching staff twice a week to help in game preparation.
It has been a tumultuous offseason in Dallas as the 'boys have been in the news for play-calling and coaching drama. In June, team owner Jerry Jones very publicly announced he was relieving head coach Jason Garrett of play-calling duties and turning them over to offensive coordinator Bill Callahan.
Despite being loaded with talent in Garrett's first two full years at the helm, Dallas has finished a disappointing 8-8 in each of those seasons, failing to reach the playoffs on both occasions. The shortcomings have fueled intense scrutiny of both the head coach and star quarterback. Romo, despite being the fifth-rated quarterback in NFL history, has won only one playoff game in his career.