August 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) meets with Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely (4) following the 12-7 loss at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo Seems To Blame Rookie WR For Overthrow


In an unimportant Saturday pre-season game that the Dallas Cowboys lost 12 – 7 to the Arizona Cardinals, on an offensive series where players are just getting used to each other, Cowboys QB, Tony Romo, harmlessly overthrew rookie WR, Terrance Williams.  No big deal.

And it would have and should have stayed no big deal, except for how Romo decided to describe how the play transpired.  When talking about the overthrow, Romo explained it as: “It was an adjustment route, so he has to see it a little differently”.  (Meaning that Terrance should have recognized something and adjusted his route.  He didn’t, so the ball sailed over his head.)  Ok, that’s probably true, but why do I need to know that?  When Romo could have simply said “I overthrew him.  It’s a pre-season game, and this was our first time in game together”. To me, that would have sufficed as an answer because that’s what happened.  So why point out the the rookie did something wrong?

It’s probably splitting hairs, but it seems like Romo missed yet another opportunity  show he’s a leader and not just sound like one.  I don’t really care about the the overthrow itself (though it’s been said about Romo that when he doesn’t plant his feet the ball sails sometimes), but about Romo not taking responsibility for it.  The mark of a good leader is taking responsibility even when something’s not entirely your fault.

The other players in the locker room, knowing how things are supposed to go, usually know who’s at fault on a failed play.  If they don’t, it will be pointed out in the film room.  To take responsibility, as the leader of the team, is a gesture that builds respect with your teammates.  It says you have their back.  When you blame others, even when you’re right to do so, you look like a finger pointer, a bus driver, or many other things that don’t describe a leader.

Romo, who has ten years in the NFL, and is the defacto team leader – by contract and tenure and position on the team – should know better.  Not to say that when a player screws up on the field, the QB shouldn’t correct them or even repremand them, of course he should.  But when asked later by the media about a certain play, he should take the responsibility if something went wrong.  I know Romo takes a lot of heat for the Cowboys ills that are mostly not his fault.  So maybe he says these things because he wants us all to know he’s aware of what’s happening on the field, like we think Peyton Manning does (actually he probably could care less what we think), but being a leader of a football team, to me, is more about having your player’s backs.  It will go a long way in the huddle and in the locker room.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys Terrance Williams Tony Romo

  • matt

    He was not blaming him. He was just stating that its something they need to work on. Another writer making something out if nothing.

  • Raymond Tippett

    wow you are a ass < I didn't hear him blame anyone ,the timing wasn't right and the rookie ran the wrong rout!!! key word hear is rookie do you get that! if he ran the wrong rout or didn't run full speed you want the rook to know the mistake. try not to make more out of it then what there is! ok do your job the right way not like a poparatizi reporter

    • Artie C

      I get the rookie part. What about the 10 year veteran making his own adjustment and not overthrowing the rookie?

  • Rich inTX

    Please. This doesn’t sound like a story to me if it was any other qb in the league. This author is worthless and is one of the media who are guilty of blowing every little sneeze out of proportion to make it look like a hurricane. No story here. Move along.

  • Rustynail48

    Wow what a lame story this is nothing better 2 write about smh

  • Tim

    Romo catches the blame already for damn near everything. Perhaps placing it on someone else is the right thing to do. It might help the maturation process of Williams. It’s time other players are put on the spot.

  • victor

    I would think Bryant would be able to adjust and make that catch. Romo has taken enough blame for this team and if he dosent start pointing stuff out then nobody will learn from there mistakes. “Romo f up again” that’s what people will say instead of blaming the right man. nobody gets on Brady OR Manning when they blame other players.

  • theMountinman

    Pure BS. A leader doesn’t suger-coat. He explains reality. The rookie needs to understand his mistake. Whether the callout is public or not is another issue, but it’s not like Romo blasted the kid. He just said he needs to pick up his game a bit.

  • jayhwk01

    Something about mountains and mole hills comes to mind here.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    We live in a world where more people than ever don’t take responsibility for their own actions. If a receiver makes a wrong adjustment on a route then that’s exactly what should be reported just as Romo did. Put the blame where it belongs and then perhaps the receiver will learn to take responsibility rather than being let off of the hook. After reading this article I am wondering if the writer takes responsibility for his own actions.

  • nickbrunson

    You’re talking about a guy who has been victimized most of his CAREER by his offensive line, and defensive secondary. He’s the most criticized player in all of Football. Not once has he ever pointed the finger at a teammate or a coach for all the heat he takes, and for the Cowboys lack of postseason success. He takes it on the chin, every time.

    I’m glad to see him point out that someone else made a mistake. I get the feeling he’s developed a little bit of a chip on his shoulder, which I think will help. I understand the idea of keeping it in the locker room, but at the same time, a leader tells it like it is.

  • Fatfan

    Romo WAS blaming the rookie. it’s easier to blame a rook than Dez, or Austin. romo clearly overthrew Williams on a sure touchdown. Instead of owning up to it he blames the rookie. Do you REALLY believe there was supposed to be an adjustment? Within a second Williams was beginning to streak down the sideline, with no one to stop him. What did romo want instead of 7? Too bad for Williams he’ll have to adjust to Romo, as oppose dto playing with the two qbs he had at Baylor. That’s the adjustment he’ll have to make!

    • Richard Storm

      STFU, fatboy. You don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about…

  • Richard Storm

    Hey, Artie….This is still not a big deal. Terrance is just a Rookie, and he made a rookie mistake. Even Terrance admitted it. So, STFU and move on…

  • ctcowboy1968

    I can’t believe this. 99% of the remarks below are accurate and inagreement. There’s no story here. The truth should be stated. Rookie mistake.

  • Artie C

    Few understood that this article was not an about blame. It was about leadership, nothing more. Thats on me.

    Nice to see all the Romo apologists (im one too) come out of the wood work tho.

  • JJ

    The Romo apologists never cease to amaze me. Its ALWAYS somebody else BUT Romo when it comes to taking blame for his F’ ups.
    One thing most people either don’t notice or tend to ignore about Romo is that when he even faces the smallest amount of pass rush pressure, he tends to throw off his back foot, and doesn’t foolow through. He did just that on the over throw.
    But of course, the Romo apologist will blame the janitor before they blame Romo. They’d rather tell you about meaningless stats.
    1 playoff win in 7 years as a starter. That’s the only stat that matters.

  • John

    As this was essentially a practice, it’s completely appropriate for the QB to softly hint that the rookie WR ran the wrong route. I’ve never heard Romo call out any of his teammates specific mistakes when it counts in the regular season or playoffs. The conventional wisdom that Romo’s a poor leader has no real basis in fact – it’s just a standard TV genius talking point on any QB without a ring…