Dallas Cowboys received some positive news on Thursday when it was revealed that Tony Romo was able to practice for the first time since his back injury.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has even gone as far to say that he expects Romo to start the NFL International Series Game on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
But as yet, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has remained coy on whether or not Romo will start ahead of back-up QB Brandon Weeden, who has deputised in place of Romo.
Garrett believes that there is no real difference between whether Romo plays or whether Weeden plays with regards to the Cowboys' gameplan. Weeden played strongly in the Cowboys' loss against the Redskins in which Romo got injured, before Dallas suffered another defeat at home to the Arizona Cardinals last week.
Weeden is obviously a significant step down from Romo in terms of quality, but Garrett denied that the Cowboys' gameplan has to change too much depending on which quarterback starts against the Jags at Wembley Stadium, London, on Sunday.
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"In football, we are routine orientated people. The gameplan really doesn't change if Brandon or Tony plays," Garrett told GiveMeSport.
"There are some specific plays that Brandon likes and Tony likes, but both those guys are very capable to do whatever we ask them to do."
But stats don't lie
But despite these comments from Garrett on Weeden, the reality is that there is a massive difference between playing Romo or playing Weeden.
The stats don't lie and there is certainly no coincidence that the Cowboys have lost two games straight in which Romo was either taken out of or didn't start at all.
Weeden's completion rate is a horrific 56.4 per cent, while Romo's is an elite level 68.2 per cent.
Romo has been inconsistent over the course of his career, particularly when leading in the final minutes of games, but this season we are seeing a different Romo, with his passer rating at its highest in his career.
It is this side of Romo that played a crucial role in helping the Cowboys to a 6-1 record this season. A considered Romo that doesn't force the throw as much as needs to.
Now some of this can be put down to the amount of help that the Dallas quarterback has been getting from premier running back DeMarco Murray. But nonetheless, Romo's clutch ability in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season was the main reason why Dallas won out in the World Champions' backyard in their most impressive win in 2014 to date.
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