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Tweet Break: Reactions, Remembrance for Cowboys Legend Tony Romo in Retirement

Sean Martin

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Tweet Break: Reactions, Remembrance for Cowboys Legend Tony Romo in Retirement

Its been a while. The last time I authored a new edition of Tweet Break here at Inside The Star was on January 1st, for - you guessed it - Tony Romo's last game and touchdown pass as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Today, we're back with more on the Cowboys legend, as this morning's retirement announcement from Tony Romo unsurprisingly drew quite the reaction from Twitter.

It might not be possible to sum up Tony Romo's Dallas Cowboys career in 140 characters, or even with some of the great pictures and videos circling the Twitterverse, but this collection of such tweets might come close.

A Personal Note on Tony Romo's Retirement

Sean Martin ✭ on Twitter

Always my quarterback:

This isn't the place for me to give you a lengthy monologue on what Tony Romo has meant to me, but I did of course take to Twitter to add to today's main event, briefly summarizing the only Cowboys' QB I've ever know's retirement from football.

National Recognition for Tony Romo

On an even cooler note, Tony Romo has received plenty of love on a national scale for an incredible career that has come to a close all with one team. The same type of love that Cowboys Nation has poured into Romo for a decade is being displayed by the NFL themselves on Twitter in recognition...

https://twitter.com/NFL/status/849260361480097792

...along with other members of their network.

Elliot Harrison on Twitter

Tony Romo was one of the best undrafted players in NFL history.

NFL GameDay on Twitter

Tony Romo will go down as one of the @dallascowboys greats! Franchise leader in passing yards, passing TDs, and passer rating.

The Peace of Mind That Tony Romo Provided

Change is a weird thing, particularly at the QB position in the NFL. However, a change of quarterbacks for the Cowboys in 2016 resulted in their first 13-win season since 2007.

Bobby Belt on Twitter

Dallas started 10 QBs from '00 until Romo's first start (102 gms) and produced 9 passer ratings of 110+. Romo had 10 in first 22 starts.

Prior to this transition to Dak Prescott though, Tony Romo put a strong end to changes at QB for Dallas that were for the worse. For many, including myself, Romo was the only QB that America's Team's fans knew - we wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

Tony Romo's Brilliance By The Numbers

Jordan Ross on Twitter

This is the legacy that @tonyromo leaves behind. 1 of the most under-appreciated players EVER. An all-time great. #ROH #HOF #ThatsMyQB

Jordan Ross is the king of Tony Romo stats on the Twitter streets, and so naturally he put together this definitive list of numbers that summarize his greatness with the Cowboys.

When paired with this incredible stat from our very own RJ Ochoa, Tony Romo's career - one that transcends numbers so far - is brilliantly put together with some key stats.

RJ Ochoa on Twitter

Tony Romo NEVER played a game for the #Cowboys where he was mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. He always gave them a chance.

More Fan Reactions on Tony Romo

Cameron DaSilva on Twitter

If you fail to recognize Tony Romo as a great QB because he was a "choker" or "not clutch," I'll probably never respect your opinion.

Marcus Mosher on Twitter

One of the things I'll always be appreciative of is how much fun the Cowboys were to watch with Tony Romo at quarterback.

Fully enjoying the Tony Romo era in Dallas was special. While not enough people took the time to do so (for whatever horrific reason), an audible and tight-knit group of Cowboys fans certainly did. These fans banded together out of a mutual respect for a legendary player.

Cowboys Nation on Twitter

If you weren't appreciative of Tony Romo, then I question both your football intelligence and general intellect.

Dan Turner on Twitter

Tony Romo. Unwanted UDFA to statistically one of the greatest QBs ever. Legend.

Tony Romo Retirement: What is Next for the QB?

Tony Romo Set To Join CBS As No. 1 Color Analyst

Tony Romo will retire into broadcasting and join CBS on their coverage of the NFL, along with possibly March Madness and The Masters. This was apparently a partnership with Jim Nantz that Romo will make that has been discussed for a long time, and now in completion Tony can join this list of former Cowboys QBs to enter the broadcasting booth in retirement - with Troy Aikman of course still at FOX.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Don Meredith Roger Staubach Troy Aikman Tony Romo All from Cowboys QB to broadcast booth. Staubach lasted 1 season at CBS, per @MattPomPom.

Shane Stover on Twitter

Tony Romo and Jim Nantz, name a more iconic duo


Cowboys Nation will always appreciate you, Tony Romo.

Tell us what you think about "Tweet Break: Reactions, Remembrance for Cowboys Legend Tony Romo in Retirement" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Catching Up With Dallas Cowboys NFC East Rivals’ Offseasons

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Catching Up With Dallas Cowboys NFC East Rivals' Offseasons 1

It's been a very busy offseason for the Dallas Cowboys, with many tasks still undone. Their work in free agency and in the Draft has gone pretty well as the front office has managed to keep the team from having unfilled needs throughout the process. Currently, the team is still hard at work negotiating contract extensions with some key Cowboys, most notably, Quarterback Dak Prescott. In the thick of the offseason, it's easy to forget that the Cowboys aren't alone in the NFC East.

That's why today we'll take a look around the division to see what's happened with the three teams the Cowboys will have to battle twice this year. Let's catch up with them, one by one.

Catching Up With Dallas Cowboys NFC East Rivals' Offseasons

Washington Redskins

After starting the season leading the division, the Redskins' 2018 season went crashing down when Alex Smith suffered a pretty serious injury that will keep him off the gridiron next season. That's why the Redskins signed veteran QB Case Keenum and drafted a first round signal-caller in the Ohio State product, Dwayne Haskins.

If Haskins doesn't get the starting gig in Washington from the get-go, it'll only be a matter of time for the rookie to take over. Keenum hasn't proved his worth yet and he isn't likely to in a poor-coached team such as the Redskins. Drafting Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick was seen by many like a steal, and the team built on that early success by taking pass rusher Montez Sweat, who surprisingly tumbled into the late first round. Their 2019 Draft went pretty well thanks to their top two selections.

They also made a splash in free agency by breaking the bank and giving former Giants Safety Landon Collins an $84M contract averaging 14 million per year. Additionally, they had obtained LB Reuben Foster, but the young player will be out for the season after tearing his ACL in practice. Even still, their defensive front looks impressive. Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Ryan Kerrigan and Montez Sweat won't be easy to contain.

The Redskins won't be in contention for the division unless Dwayne Haskins dramatically exceeds expectations. However, getting a successful season for their rookie would be a huge win for the franchise.

NFC East QB Picture Could Look Very Different After the Draft 1

Former Duke QB Daniel Jones (Grant Halverson / Getty Images)

New York Giants

For the New York Giants there's also an important discussion around the QB position. The team used the sixth overall pick on rookie Daniel Jones, from Duke. It was a surprising selection for many, being only the second QB off the board. The key question is, when will he play? The Giants still have Eli Manning and won't rip the reigns off of his hands just yet.

A change could come when the Giants are clearly out of contention and the coaching staff just wants to see what the rookie can bring to the table prior to 2020.

Odell Beckham is out of New York and in Cleveland, taking one of the Giants' best weapons to the AFC. In exchange, New York got a first round selection (DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson), a third rounder (DE Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion), and S Jabrill Peppers. At wide receiver, the Giants added 30-year old Golden Tate. They decided not to pay Landon Collins and let him leave for free agency.

In what seems like a win-win trade between the Browns and the Giants, the latter swapped pass rusher Olivier Vernon for the former's quality offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler. New York's offensive line will be considerably improved for Saquon Barkley's second season in the NFL, but this team is still far from being a serious contender in the division.

Jordan Howard, Bears

Philadelphia Eagles

Similar to the Dallas Cowboys, the Eagles have had a busy, yet quiet, offseason. The reason why is that they're a pretty good football team that will be a tough rival for the division title in the upcoming season. This offseason, they were able to keep a lot of their key players such as C Jason Kelce, DE Brandon Graham, OT Jason Peters, and CB Ronald Darby.

But they've also managed to add new talent at various positions. WR Desean Jackson makes his return to Philly and Jordan Howard arrives from Chicago to help at RB along with the product out of Penn State, Miles Sanders.

For the defense, they signed DT Malik Jackson and got pass rusher Michael Bennett from the New England Patriots. They also signed LB Zach Brown, improving their linebacker group.

Paired with a quality Draft, the Eagles had a heck of an offseason and will be a tough team to beat in 2019. If Carson Wentz, who signed a huge extension a few weeks ago, remains healthy, this will be a dangerous team for the Cowboys. Beatable, sure. But they're certainly not alone in the NFC East race.

Tell me what you think about "Catching Up With Dallas Cowboys NFC East Rivals’ Offseasons" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Cowboys Camp: DT Antwaun Woods Ready To Compete

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Maliek Collins, Antwaun Woods, Defensive Tackle

Rod Marinelli defensive lines have always been categorized by one term: rotations. His tenure with the Dallas Cowboys has been no different.

Marinelli loves to rotate defensive linemen through the game, specifically on the interior. He's also not one to pay big money to interior defensive linemen often. Instead, he will cycle through mid-round draft picks, undrafted free agents, and bargain-status veterans to piece together a group in his image.

And there's no arguing with his results.

The latest of Marinelli's guys to make a name for himself on the field was defensive tackle Antwaun Woods. Barely talked about heading into 2018, Woods competed during training camp and preseason to earn his spot on the Cowboys defensive line. Before long he was not only the starting 1-technique, but also making a big impact every week.

This offseason, though, the Cowboys placed an emphasis on adding talent to their defensive line. On the interior they signed former Texans tackle Christian Covington, and drafted UCF's Trysten Hill in the second round. At defensive end they traded for Robert Quinn, and added former Detroit Lion Kerry Hyder.

All of these new faces bring increased competition for Woods, but he is certainly not shying away from the challenge.

“It’s the name of the business: Every year they’re trying to replace us. Every year they bring guys in to take our job, and it’s what makes us better." - Antwaun Woods, via DallasCowboys.com

Woods finished 2018 with 34 tackles, 5 QB hits, and 1.5 sacks, but his impact certainly felt even bigger than those numbers would indicate. Woods brought an energy and attitude to the defensive line that they had been missing in recent years. And when on the field with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, that energy was furthered even more.

Still, it's true that Woods and his teammates were thoroughly controlled by the Rams offensive line during their Divisional round playoff loss. The Cowboys needeto add talent to the interior of their defensive line, and it would seem they accomplished this goal.

If Woods can beat out these newcomers and retain his starting spot, then it's all the better for a Cowboys team which could use the increased competition and hunger across their defensive line.



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Jaylon Smith’s “Clear Eye View” Coming Into Focus

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Jaylon Smith's "Clear Eye View" Coming Into Focus

Jaylon Smith's career nearly ended before he even stepped foot on an NFL field.

The 2016 Fiesta Bowl featured two top-shelf college programs, Notre Dame and Ohio State. You would think the headlines of such a contest would be of excellence on the gridiron but in the first quarter that would all change. Smith would suffer a gruesome knee injury, tearing both his ACL and MCL. The timing couldn't have been worse considering the NFL Draft was just three months away, and the Irish star was looked at as a potential top 10 pick. Many thought his stock would plummet tremendously, but the Dallas Cowboys had a different view in mind so to speak.

On January 7th Smith would have successful surgery to repair both ligaments in his knee. Just four days later, he announced he would forego his senior year and enter the NFL Draft, and the long road to recovery began.

Surprisingly, just six weeks post surgery, Smith was already squatting 500 pounds, truly an amazing accomplishment considering his physical status. By late April, he was already doing field work as he worked his body back into peak condition. When you take into account the seriousness of his injury just three months prior, it was mind-blowing to see him dropping into coverage and swatting a tackling dummy just before the NFL Draft.

Noticeably, he was wearing an Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO) device. The nerve damage in his knee caused a condition called drop foot. The brace provided stabilization to the ankle, foot, and knee for Smith and his workout videos began to generate buzz across the NFL landscape.

After taking All-Pro Running Back Ezekiel Elliott with the 4th overall pick, the Cowboys took what many deemed an unnecessary gamble with the 34th pick in round two. Even with the doubts flowing rapidly, they decided Smith was worth the risk and made him a Dallas Cowboy. Now that his pro football home had been determined it was time to get to work.

It would be a long shot for Smith to see the field as a rookie, and he wouldn't risk further damage rushing back too quickly. Instead, he spent the season rehabbing and getting acclimated to the Cowboys defensive philosophy, at least as much as he could without actually being on the field of battle. He could be seen on the sidelines cheering his football brothers on weekly as they went 13-3 and won the NFC East, but as we all know, players want to play, and there's no doubt that Smith was itching to make his presence known.

After a year and a half of rehab, and high expectations just from his workout videos alone, Jaylon Smith made his long-awaited NFL debut week one of 2017 against the Giants. It was clear he wasn't quite back to the player that was so highly praised coming out of college, but you could see the flashes. He finished with 81 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2 passes defended and 1 sack. More than solid for your first year on the field after ACL and MCL tears.

For years, the Cowboys defense was looked at as the teams weakest unit, but in 2018 that all changed, in large part because of the play of Smith. He would catapult his name into the conversation of the elite linebackers in all of football with his performance in year two. 121 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 passes defended and 4 sacks. This would silence any and all doubters who questioned rather he would ever reach his ceiling, and it also got him named PFF's (Pro Football Focus) Breakout Player of the Year. Also, following the lead of their new defensive star, the Cowboys finished 5th against the run, 7th in fewest points allowed, 7th in total defense and a solid 13th against the pass. I guess it's safe to say if you follow the lead of Jaylon Smith good things will come.

The biggest takeaway from last season in regards to Jaylon Smith was just how unlimited he looked movement wise. No hesitation, no timid motions at all when you watch his film. He shot through gaps like a Cheetah hunting an Antelope, to use a National Geographic analogy. We are seeing exactly why the Cowboys turned in his draft card in 2016, and they are reaping the benefits tremendously.

Now, as the 2019 season approaches look for an All-Pro level season from Smith. He's improved every year he's been on the field and there's no sign of that stopping in the near future. Plus, he has two things most middle linebackers don't have, an All-Pro on each side of him with teammates Leighton Vander Esch and Sean Lee, making life that much easier for him. Limitations and doubts have been cast aside and now look for Jaylon Smith to raise his game to another level. The "Clear Eye View" is in full swing.



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