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Tony Romo using Aaron Rodgers’ ‘Discount Double Check’ for audibles


Tony Romo apparently is busting out some new audible calls at the line of scrimmage and one involves an apparent homage to Aaron Rodgers and his much ballyhooed “Discount Double Check” bit.

According to The Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback has moved on from “Detroit” and “Miller Lite,” two calls he utilized last season, to mimicking the Green Bay Packers quarterback’s patented move. He also has been heard yelling “Parcells,” a reference to NFL head coaching icon who spent a few seasons in Dallas.

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was asked about serves as the primary inspiration behind the choice in calls.

“It’s a collective thing,” he said. “Ultimately [offensive coordinator] Scott Linehan does. Scott has done a great job making some of that stuff very systematic where it makes sense to everybody. Those things are always changing, too. The importance of understanding what that language is and communicating well is critical. It’s a collaborative effort. But Scott’s responsible for it.”

Ever since Peyton Manning’s use of “Omaha!” during line calls surprisingly became a big story (here and here and here) a few seasons back in the aftermath of his use of it during 2014 AFC Championship Game, the things quarterbacks say or do to call audibles has become a curious source of fascination among fans and media members.

It appears Romo simply is the latest signal-caller whose antics at the line of scrimmage prove to be peculiarly intoxicating to NFL fans … although Rodgers arguably deserves credit for it.

For what it’s worth, though, Rodgers said he was paying tribute to the “Smoking Jay Cutler” meme last season with one of his line calls, so it appears it’s a free-for-all when it comes to NFL quarterbacks and their audibles.

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