During minicamp this week Tony Romo stated several times that he plans to do a better job protecting the ball this season. I hope he sticks to his plan but I also don't want him to think he needs to turn into a "bus driver" and throw the ball away before taking any risks. I would hate to see Romo lose sight of what makes him a great player. I think minimizing his turnovers is definitely a priority as long as it is not done so much that he becomes overly conservative. Romo is a big play quarterback and I hope we continue to see the big plays out of him. He just needs to eliminate the dumb throws where he just throws it into double coverage for no reason and he needs to protect the ball better when there are pass rushers around him in the pocket.
Last offseason Tony Romo tried to emulate what Tom Brady did with his footwork in the pocket. While it seemed like a good change at first, what the change really did was limit his ability to elude pass rushers. He was basically dropping back and standing still in the pocket while making his reads. After the first 4 or 5 games he was back to his old ways of moving around and in some ways it made him better. Staying in the pocket is important but not so much that he goes against his instincts and hurts his big play abilities.
The reason I bring up the Tom Brady example is because I hope that Tony learned his lesson on learning new things from other quarterbacks. He was leaving the pocket too fast at times but he overcorrected the problem and hurt his overall play. It is always good to improve and seek better ways to get the job done, but he can't lose sight of who he is as a player. I hope he continues to improve by studying other quarterbacks but I still want to see his gunslinger mentality on the field.