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
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...
...along with other members of their network.
Tony Romo was one of the best undrafted players in NFL history.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
If you weren't appreciative of Tony Romo, then I question both your football intelligence and general intellect.
Tony Romo. Unwanted UDFA to statistically one of the greatest QBs ever. Legend.
Tony Romo Retirement: What is Next for the QB?
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.
Don Meredith Roger Staubach Troy Aikman Tony Romo All from Cowboys QB to broadcast booth. Staubach lasted 1 season at CBS, per @MattPomPom.
Tony Romo and Jim Nantz, name a more iconic duo
Cowboys Nation will always appreciate you, Tony Romo.
Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb
Tras la partida del veterano Cole Beasley, los Dallas Cowboys tenían un hueco preocupante en la posición de receptor abierto. Incluso después de obtener a Amari Cooper la temporada pasada y el tener a un jugador joven y talentoso en Michael Gallup, el equipo tenía que hacer algo para reemplazar a Beasley como el receptor de slot en la ofensiva. Beasley fue increíble en su trabajo durante su carrera en Dallas, pero la administración nunca estuvo cerca de igualar las ofertas que recibió de los Buffalo Bills. Afortunadamente, ya encontraron el hombre para el trabajo.
A pesar de estar muy callados en la primera semana de agencia libre, los Cowboys empiezan a verse involucrados con varios jugadores disponibles. Su contratación más importante hasta el momento es sin duda la del ex WR de los Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb.
Hace unos años, Cobb atrapó el balón que terminó el partido de playoffs entre los Packers y los Cowboys minutos después de que la recepción de Dez Bryant fuera revocada. En 2019, vestirá la estrella.
Si bien es difícil argumentar que en este momento Cobb es mejor jugador que Cole Beasley, el contrato que la administración le dio al nuevo integrante del equipo es muy razonable. El ex-Packer jugará bajo un contrato por un año y cinco millones de dólares. Lo que preocupa a muchos sobre Cobb es su salud, ya que en 2018 sólo jugó nueve partidos. Sin embargo, su carrera no ha estado plagada de lesiones como muchos lo asumen.
Cobb será un titular en esta ofensiva que utilizará su habilidad para ganar en rutas rápidas. Sus manos son muy confiables y le dará a Dak Prescott otra arma en el juego aéreo. Simple y sencillamente una muy buena contratación de los Dallas Cowboys.
¿Robert Quinn, Por Favor?
Esta semana se reportó que el defensive end Robert Quinn estaba de visita en The Star, las instalaciones de los Dallas Cowboys. El DE no es un agente libre, siendo que aún está bajo contrato con los Miami Dolphins. Sin embargo, ambos equipos están en discusiones para llevar a cabo un trade por el caza cabezas de 28 años.
Después de que Randy Gregory volviera a recibir una suspensión, DE apareció entra las necesidades más urgentes del equipo y si no logran atender dicha necesidad previo al NFL Draft, tendrán que utilizar uno de sus primeros picks para conseguir un jugador que juegue opuesto a DeMarcus Lawrence.
Quinn, quien había jugado la mayoría de su carrera con los Rams, aún es joven y productivo. En las últimas dos temporadas ha logrado conseguir 15 sacks. De conseguirlo, los Cowboys tendrían que trabajar en una extensión para él.
Con un año en su contrato actual, no debe de ser muy caro conseguir un trade por él. Me atrevería a decir que la compensación que los Dolphins buscan por Quinn debe de estar en el rango de una selección cuarta y quinta ronda.
Parece un movimiento probable, pero no es difícil imaginar a otro equipo estando interesado en el jugador. Por lo pronto, sabemos que Quinn disfrutó su tiempo con Rod Marinelli y con el equipo de los Cowboys esta semana. Habrá que esperar para saber su destino.
DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line
The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.
The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.
After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.
So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.
What exactly is that role, though?
I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.
Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.
Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.
If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.
This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.
New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF
On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.
Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.
In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.
This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb
Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.
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