The Dallas Cowboys are not looking and acting like a down-in-the-dumps 2-7 team riding a seven-game losing streak.
They are loose, upbeat and feeling good about turning their season around, starting Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
Credit the return of quarterback Tony Romo, who missed the past seven games with a fractured collarbone.
Per owner Jerry Jones, Romo’s return has manifested itself in the team having its two best practices of the season on Wednesday and Thursday and him singing in the shower.
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“Romo is inspirational,” Jones said on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan Friday. “He is inspirational for me. I have found myself singing in the shower this morning. We know he can make a difference for us.”
Defensive end Jeremy Mincey agrees. He said Romo’s return has the Cowboys feeling like everything is going to be all right. He said his presence means that much to the team and its psyche.
For Jones, it’s even more than that because he believes the Cowboys are going to finally see the team on the field that he envisioned before the season.
Even during the two wins with Romo to start the season, the Cowboys were shorthanded on defense because defensive end Greg Hardy and linebacker Rolando McClain were suspended for the first four games.
And when they came back to help the defense, Romo was out for seven games.
When the Cowboys face Miami on Sunday, Jones will finally see Romo and receiver Dez Bryant leading the offense he hoped to have complemented by Hardy, McClain anchoring the defense.
“When I look at the whole picture, I like what we are taking to the game Sunday,” Jones said.