Michael Irvin: “Romo is a tough guy”


LONGVIEW, Texas – Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver and current NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin believes that Tony Romo will return from his back surgery and will not suffer any negative effects.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer, class of 2007, held court at Lobo Coliseum after “Ballin with the Boys,” a charity basketball game benefiting Community Healthcore, an organization designed to provide mental and behavioral health services to East Texas.

“Listen. Romo is a tough guy,” the three-time Super Bowl champion wide receiver declared. “Romo finished that game last year with a herniated disc in his back. There’s no doubt in my mind he’ll come back and be fine.”

The question remains to beg given that Romo underwent back surgery last off-season and entered 2013 playing more tentative than the Romo observers had watched since 2006. Very few people criticize Tony Romo’s toughness. The problem lies in the long term projection and whether his back can hold up amidst his scrambling, biding style of play. Even Irvin conceded this point.

“Are you concerned about him because Romo is an athletic quarterback? Yes.”

However, the two-time All Pro thinks Romo, “will be fine.”

Irvin also spoke on the Cowboys’ off-season acquisition of Scott Linehan to the staff, officially designating him as “passing game coordinator” while giving him the duties of an offensive coordinator. The Ring of Honor member expects Dez Bryant to have an even bigger season than those logged in 2013.


“That’s the whole reason you bring [Linehan] in, and a guy who’s more of a passer than Callahan who likes to run the ball more. So, absolutely I’m expecting more [from Bryant].”

Last year, Bryant caught 93 passes for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns, finishing eighth league-wide in catches and third in touchdowns. Bryant’s catches and touchdowns totaled more than Calvin Johnson’s in Detroit, where Linehan was coordinator from 2009-13. For Bryant’s efforts, he earned his first Pro Bowl selection.

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