But still, now is the time for Romo to step up and take over this Cowboys locker room. Now is the time for him to take over the huddle and be the voice that puts the chips into the center of the table. He has what it takes, the ability to impose his will on his opponent.
Most of the focus this offseason was on how Dallas tried to add by subtraction. But two actual additions who were huge for this franchise in the off-season were backup QB Jon Kitna and special teams coach Joe DeCamillis. As for the former, he's a great locker room guy but also a very capable backup QB, something Dallas showed they sorely needed a year ago.
In DeCamillis, the team gets one of the best, if not the best, at his position in the entire league. He's long been hailed by his peers for his aggressiveness and how well-coached his guys are. His coverage teams come from all over the place rather than with the predictability shown by others.
Yes, it's true, I tried to hit the scoreboard with a potato. Four of them to be exact. Sadly, this attempt of bravery, courage and sheer strength fell short, literally. The way I looked at it, if I couldn't hit the damn thing with a potato, then they should leave the damn thing where it is. Which is exactly what the league decided. I'm sure my potato measuring stick was the crucial factor in Roger Goodell's decision. I mean, how could it not be?
I don't really know what prompted me to throw a potato at it. It just seemed like the right thing to do at the time.
By the way, that scoreboard is the most amazing technological piece of visual entertainment I have ever seen. I don't know why any of the fans there would actually watch the field. It's as if the action is happening right in front of you and the high-def quality really is a sight to behold.
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GLAZE KIND OF PLAYER: I always look for my kind of guys during these trips. Guys who are a bit demented, tough, have a wild or off-beat story. Ya know, the kind of players who would reach his camera phone over a stall to snap a photo of a dude passed out on the can. The kind of player who'd scare the daylights out of someone else walking down a dark alley. The type of guy who is either a lunatic (in a good way) or just out of his mind.
I found a total Glaze guy in kicker David Buehler. That's right, a kicker. At 6-2, 227 pounds the dude's built like a linebacker and faster than a safety. In fact, while he'll be the Cowboys' kickoff specialist this year, he'll actually be used on punt teams as well. Can you imagined that? A kicker used as a special teams ace in other units? Cowboys love the fact that after he kicks off he will often be the guy downfield first making a tackle.
Oh, and to top it off, the vets made him grow a porn 'stache that I think he's secretly grown to like. Love Chrebet-esque guys like this.