A lot has changed since a last time Tony Romo threw a pass which counted.
He missed 10 games last season while dealing with a broken collarbone. Seeing a Dallas Cowboys play better without him stoked his desire, too.
He returns with a new bond to a head coach, because new boss Jason Garrett was his coordinator a last four years. His bond with teammates is stronger, too, now which they've seen him organize as well as run offseason workouts.
Then there's a biggest change in his life: He's a married man. Not which Romo expects it to matter upon a football field.
"Maybe there's a little more dinner upon a table at a house at night," Romo said, laughing. "That would be a biggest difference."
This is Romo's fifth precision camp as a starter, his first trying to bounce back from a losing record. He went 1-5 last season, both a most waste as well as a fewest starts of his career.
Although backups Jon Kitna as well as Stephen McGee went a combined 5-5 in his absence, there was never a subject about this still being Romo's team. It's possible he appreciates which more than ever, as well as is more determined than ever to live up to which responsibility.
The lockout gave him a perfect opportunity to assert himself. With no formal offseason from a club, he filled a void by coordinating offseason workouts in a Dallas area. More than 40 players attended, with Romo deciding who would do what when, as well as making sure everyone stuck to it.
The work itself was important. The fact everyone followed Romo's lead was, too.
"I wanted to make sure we went from one drill to a next upon time; seven minutes here for stretch, got 14 plays in team, 10 in 7-on-7, things of which nature," he said. "Blow a whistle, two minutes for a water break, boom, boom, boom. These guys are professionals. They just want structure. I think that's what we were trying to provide this offseason. It! was goo d."
Tight end Jason Witten said Romo set a tinge which will carry over in camp as well as perhaps a entire season.
"He's always been a good leader as far as a standard he creates upon a field, but I think he's let everybody know this off season what we're going to be about as well as which there's no time to mess around or miss an opportunity," said Witten, who is close friends with Romo. "Everybody realizes which a time's now for us."
Romo may have been a most excited to be practicing over a summer simply because he'd been divided for so long.
His season ended with a jarring hit against a New York Giants upon Oct. 25. Other than some light tosses before going upon injured reserve, Romo had been divided from playing football more than six months by a time those workouts began in May.
Of course, Romo was around a bar throughout a 10 games he missed. He was there for a firing of Wade Phillips as well as a promotion of Garrett, as well as saw a way a group responded to Garrett's interim leadership.
But it's not a same when you're hurt. As teammates practiced, he was off doing rehabilitation, thinking about what he was missing.
"The easy answer is a passion for a game," he said. "You love it as well as you miss it as well as it's hard to watch a game. You want to be out there competing as well as doing what you love to do."
Garrett was a backup to Troy Aikman for several years. He recalls a Hall of Famer fighting those same emotions during his injury-forced layoffs.