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The former Virginia Tech star cornerback said the Dallas QB's performance against Denver should put the Redskins on alert.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) attempts to fight off a sack by Denver Broncos' Shaun Phillips (90) Sunday in Arlington, Texas. The Broncos won 51-48.
Monday, October 7, 2013
ASHBURN — Some of Tony Romo’s biggest supporters are in the Redskins locker room.
The Cowboys quarterback threw for 506 yards and five touchdowns on Sunday, but is being hounded in the Dallas press for an interception late in the fourth quarter that cost his team the game.
As Washington’s defense returned to work Monday, they downplayed that interception, saying Romo delivered a performance that should put them on alert entering Sunday night’s rivalry game.
“I didn’t think their offense could keep up with [the Broncos],” Redskins cornerback and Virginia Tech alum DeAngelo Hall said. “They definitely proved me wrong.”
The Redskins players were trickling back into Washington on Sunday afternoon, the end of their bye week. Many watched the Cowboys game on TV, with an eye toward this week’s matchup.
Hall compared Romo to a basketball player who was “in the zone.”
“Watching the game from the couch, it felt that way with Tony,” Hall said. “Everything was working perfect.”
Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield went a step further, calling Romo one of the league’s best quarterbacks.
Some of that is traditional game-week chatter, designed to keep newspaper clippings as far from the Cowboys locker room as possible, but the Redskins defense can’t afford to take any team lightly at this point.
Hall said the team’s familiarity with Dallas should make it easier to jump into preparations.
He noticed Denver cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie making a mistake common against Romo — not following the play to its conclusion.
“It felt like he was in good position a couple times, but not knowing the Dallas offense, you ease up for one second and it can be a 70, 80-yard gain,” Hall said. “That’s what happened to the Denver secondary.”
The Redskins can also hold out hope that Romo’s performance will trend downward after a week of critics piling on his game-changing mistake.
None of those critics could be found in the Redskins locker room, though.
“Dallas and Tony Romo, they never cease to amaze me,” Hall said. “They made all kinds of plays. You know, that last-second interception cost them, but they played a heck of a game.”
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