Eagles coach Kelly compares Romo to Brady
OCT 17, 2013 6:39p ET
With Garrett being a former quarterback, he marvels at Romo's knack for buying time in the pocket while also keeping his eyes down field. This often leads to Romo extending plays, which many consider to be his greatest strength.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is so impressed with Romo's movement in the pocket that he compared the Cowboys QB to one of the best to ever play the position.
"He's similar to Tom Brady in that fashion where they're always moving, always just put themselves in the right position to make the throw at the right time," Kelly said during his Wednesday press conference in Philadelphia. "When you watch him play the position, it's impressive."
During Kelly's conference call with Cowboys beat reporters Wednesday morning, the first-year coach also touched on how Romo extends plays.
"He's really good," Kelly said. "I think he's just got a great feel for the game. If you're just a fan of quarterback play, you kind of sit there and get mesmerized watching him play the position. I think he does an unbelievable job of keeping plays alive. He's just got such a great awareness in the pocket. I think it's the instincts that he brings to the game.
"Extremely accurate. Extremely quick release. Obviously, he's got a total command of what they're doing offensively. Seems to call a lot of things at the line of scrimmage. He's as good as we'll face."
Romo certainly is nowhere near the best athlete on the Cowboys roster. That honor would likely go to someone like Dez Bryant.
But even a freak athlete like Bryant had a lot of praise for Romo's athleticism when he was asked about the quarterback's elusiveness.
"He's a playmaker, man," Bryant said Monday. "He has playmaking ability. That's an extra attribute to his pocket passing. A lot of quarterbacks can't do the things that he can do. They'll stay in the pocket and throw it away or get sacked. He shows that athleticism."
And that was probably best displayed during his lone touchdown throw Sunday night. Early in the third quarter, Romo stepped away from a near sack and moved to his right, giving rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams some extra time to create separation from the Washington defense.
Romo's feet weren't completely set but he found a way to square up his shoulders and fire a pass before being hit. Had Romo waited a tenth of a second longer, he never would've been able to find Williams just inside the upper right corner of the end zone.
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