Having coached in the NFC and studied film of the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron is well aware of Tony Romo’s ability to move the football up the field.
Romo has completed 1,902 passes for 23,437 yards and 161 touchdowns in 10 seasons with the Cowboys. Also, he has accounted for 481 yards and five touchdowns on 176 rushing attempts, but lost 21 of 48 fumbles.
Romo’s ability to extend plays and drives by using his feet is something Jauron sees as a challenge for his defense.
“He’s very mobile,” Jauron said Thursday. “He keeps plays alive longer than you want them to stay alive on defense. He’s got really good movement and he can escape and keep things alive. He’s capable of running. He’s a good athlete, capable of running and hurting you. He doesn’t move to run.
“He wants to go downfield and he keeps his eyes downfield, so he makes a lot of big plays on the move, out of the pocket. In those situations, regardless of when it was in the history of football, people say, ‘You’ve got to keep him in the pocket.’ It’s hard to keep people in the pocket. You’ve got to play fast and hard and have a good day. He does make a lot of plays.”
This season, Romo has completed 230 of 344 attempts for 2,603 yards and 12 touchdowns. However, he has been sacked 17 times for 106 lost yards and thrown 13 interceptions, nearly one for every 20 pass attempts.
“I would say Tony Romo is more inclined to get out of the pocket,” Jauron said. “Clearly, he’s got as good a feel of anybody in the pocket of what’s going on around him and can avoid and will avoid, get out of there and throw it. That’s what makes him so dangerous out of the pocket.”
At the same time he has been preparing for Romo, Jauron has watched two veteran players returned to the team’s defensive line in tackles
Rubin has missed three of the last four games with a calf injury and Taylor was out of the lineup for the first eight games while recovering from a torn pectoral muscle suffered in an offseason workout.
“It’s good to have them all back and healthy,” Jauron said. “It gives us some flexibility and certainly, gives us more depth. It’s really good to have them back. Neither one of them played much football in a good deal of time, so we’ll have to just get a feel for them and how they’re feeling, what they can and can’t do. We’ll anticipate that they’ll be fine. Phil’s going into his third week or fourth week back now, counting the bye week, but Rube’s just getting back into it.”
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