SAN ANTONIO - Everything is bigger in Texas, and San Antonio is no different. Just check out the four-pound cinnamon rolls and 48-ounce chicken fried steak served up downtown at Lulu's Bakery and Cafe, made famous by the Travel Channel's Man v. Food.
That larger-than-life image transcends to the football field in the Alamodome where the Dallas Cowboys are holding training camp. See, the average NFL quarterback has to handle the pressure that comes with the promise of a new season. Some have All-Pro expectations and others are expected to get their teams into the playoffs.
Tony Romo, with his million dollar grin, is saddled with more. ESPN pundits have said Romo has enough around him to not only get to the Cowboys' first Super Bowl since 1995, but to win it as well.
Romo has the same expectations of himself, and said the burden that comes with being the quarterback of America's Team is just part of his job.
"There's always that kind of pressure here, you know," Romo said. "When you play with the Dallas Cowboys, you're supposed to win."
But could this be the year? Romo just smiled when asked.
"Ahh, you know… I think we have the kind of team that can do it," he said. "We have an excellent team on both sides of the ball. We'll see what happens."
Romo, 38-17 as a starter in the regular season, is blessed this season. He is coming off a year in which he passed for 4,483 yards and 26 touchdowns in the regular season. Still, the fortunes of this team may not fall squarely on his shoulders. There are enough playmakers around him that the responsibilities of winning could be spread around.
Behind him this season is a stacked backfield that includes a stable of runningbacks. The depth chart is impressive with Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. Barber is the team's leading returning rusher. He had 932 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season. Jones rushed for 685 and three scores.
Receiver is where the Cowboys are especially loaded. They have back their top three receivers from a year ago including Miles Austin, Patrick Crayton and Roy Williams. They also have part-time starters from last year back like Sam Hurd and Kevin Ogletree. Add first-round pick Dez Bryant to the mix and Dallas has one of the league's most dynamic receiving corps. Tight ends Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett add to the passing game's potency.
Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said the team's most valuable asset may be Romo's experience. While his numbers have fluctuated and he's committed his share of miscues over the last four seasons, Romo has shown steady improvement in Garrett's eyes.
"The position of quarterback is one of those that you get better at it the more you do it," he said. "Tony is still getting better, and I think he's going to continue to get better."
If there is a weakness on the Cowboys' offense, it is their offensive line that includes center Andre Gurode, guards Kyle Kosier and Leonard Davis and tackles Pat McQuistan and Marc Colombo. The line is as big as any in the NFL, but it is routinely classified as aging in some areas and untested in others.
Dallas has shored up the group with the addition of Doug Free and a handful of other hopefuls.