Romo not thrilled to hold, but willing to do it

Tony Romo doesn’t really want to be a holder again for what he

calls “obvious reasons.”

Yet if having him hold will help kicker Nick Folk regain his

accuracy, then Romo is willing to resume the role that left him in

tears the last time he did it for the Dallas Cowboys.

Heck, he even volunteered for it.

“When you’re the quarterback of a football team, really all

that matters is winning,” Romo said Thursday. “If this helps us

do that, I’m doing to do it. … Pops told me one time, `Leadership

is doing what has to be done.”’

Romo bobbled his last hold for Dallas, in a January 2007 playoff

game in Seattle. The flub cost the Cowboys a chance to beat the

Seahawks and it left Romo tearfully apologizing to his teammates

afterward. He asked to hold at the Pro Bowl a few weeks later and

hadn’t done it again until this week. He’d never worked with Folk,

who arrived the season after Romo gave up holding to concentrate on

being solely the quarterback.

“When you’re coming back to doing something and something like

that happened in the past, you have to be mentally strong and

mentally feel as though you can do something at a high level,”

Romo said. “Hopefully I’m going to be pretty good. If I’m not, I’m

not going to be doing it very long or at all.”

Folk has missed eight kicks this season with punter Mat McBriar

holding. He missed only seven kicks over the first two years of his

career when backup quarterback Brad Johnson was the holder.

Johnson waited for the snap to reach him, consistently spun the

ball with the laces toward the end zone and made sure the ball

stayed straight up, the three things Folk needs a holder to do.

Folk hasn’t been happy with the way McBriar has blamed each of

those areas for various misses this season. Tensions surfaced

Sunday when Folk put up his arms in disgust following a

fourth-quarter miss that thwarted a rally in a loss against the New

York Giants.

McBriar hasn’t exactly been thrilled with doing the job either,

so the Cowboys decided to try something different this week,

especially once Romo told special teams coach Joe DeCamillis he was

willing to try it.

Romo began working with long snapper L.P. Ladouceur and Folk on

Wednesday and kept it up Thursday. If all goes well, he’ll be back

there Sunday against San Diego.

“We just got to make sure we get it as good as we can, as quick

as we can,” DeCamillis said. “We’re kind of grasping for things.

You have to be good at it in the first place, which he was. I think

he’ll be fine going back into it. We’re looking forward to giving

him that opportunity.”

Folk was in college when Romo had his infamous hold, but he

certainly saw it. Folk said he’s trying not to think about it

because any negative thoughts can become a problem.

“It happened,” he said. “I think it’s kind of beyond him. I

think he’s pretty good about forgetting stuff.”

Romo joined the Cowboys in 2003, then was the main holder in

2004 and ’05. He kept the role in ’06, even though he became the

starting quarterback midway through the season. His breakout

success was like a storybook tale, only to have the botched hold

ruin the ending.

Part of the problem on that play was the switch to a slick, new

“K” ball used strictly for kicking.

“They’re not much better now, either,” Folk said. “I told him

that if he needed me to bring out a glove for him on the holds, I

will, or L.P. will. He could throw it on real quick. Whatever he

feels comfortable with. I know he feels pretty confident in his own

hands. We’re indoors this week, so it should be a good start for