Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo admitted he’s in the midst of his best off-season he’s had in three years.
It’s the first full off-season he’s had in three years after spending the past two off-seasons recovering from back procedures.
Romo has not taken any days off this off-season, as he gets further away from the Dec. 2013 surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. That should speak volumes that his back and legs are stronger than they have been in some time.
It’s a change from last year during training camp and even during the season when he had the best performance of his career. He didn’t work more than two days in a row during camp when he was also on a pitch count as a thrower and then took Wednesdays off during the season.
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Romo has practiced all three days during organized team activities in each of the past two weeks with no limitations.
“I have (gone all three days),” Romo said. “Both weeks. It’s a very fluid situation as it was last year in that you have to do a good job making sure that you’re not leaving the day where you’ve hurt yourself for the next day or days. The further I get away from the surgery, the stronger I get in a lot of areas.
“Now I need to continue. I’m working as hard as I can to ensure that I’m strengthening the areas that I need to be at my best and right now it’s just been a good start in the off-season. I’ve been able to continue to build and grow.
“I’ll give credit to the training staff and the weight room staff in that we’ve had a great process of figuring out how to continue to get stronger in the off-season, which I haven’t been able to do in the last few years. That’s been as exciting as anything just to be able to get back into building that and the football stuff is just showing that on the other end. So that’s been really good.”
Romo said that plan might change as the Cowboys get into training camp and the season because of the increase in contact and the more physical nature of the workouts. He said there is no preconceived plan. It all depends on how he feels.
“We’ll see,” Romo said. “Once again, it’s a fluid thing that you really take it week by week. I’ve told you guys before, the back is a little different than other areas. At the same time it’s great to see it’s been strengthening and I’m having some of the power in areas I hadn’t previously had or only had for short periods of time.
“They’re lasting, extended periods of time. I’m excited about that. Now I’ve got to continue to grow and get that, but the weight staff, the training staff has done a tremendous job.”
Romo says he is developing a new baseline for strength and physical activity after the back surgery.
“It’s definitely the best off-season I’ve had,” Romo said. “It’s the first one I’ve had in three years. I like to work. I like to grind. I like to push the envelope in a lot of ways. I haven’t been able to do that in years past.
“I’m trying to figure out the baseline for this. We’ll figure that out along the way and we’re figure out what the best course of action is as we get into camp and it gets a little more ramped up with pads and things.”
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