IRVING The Dallas Cowboys begin this week's series of OTAs as an 8-8 team. With eight position groups. And with eight things I'll look for starting Tuesday at Valley Ranch:
The position group of QB: More than ever, Tony Romo is this team's "Mood Ring.'' By virtue of everything from his new 55-million-guaranteed contract to his vow to cut back on golf to his owner's preposterous pronouncement that his involvement in the decision-making process will be Peyton ManningRoger Staubach-like, this quarterback is the gauge. The thermometer. The Mood Ring.
OTA's (which run Tuesdays through Thursdays at Valley Ranch for the next three weeks) is non-contact stuff. It's about formations, 7-on-7's, 11-on-11's It's an arrangement where a masterful quarterback can be the dominant player on the field, if he's comfortable and confident when it comes to the changes being made for his benefit changes that may include more play-calling influence from Romo.
Question 1: So how's Tony Romo's mood?