Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo Options Out of Run on Key Interception against Green Bay Packers

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Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at AT

After the game, reporters probed Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett about why his team threw the ball instead of running in that key second to last possession, and Jason responded,

“That was a run call that he (Romo) threw the ball on.”

Turns out that Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan hadn’t lost his mind.  The call was meant to be a run, and Jerry Jones new player/coach Tony Romo called an audible away from the wise decision to run the ball and kill the clock.

Tony was asked about the interception and he had this to say,

“At that specific time, obviously, when I look back now you should run the ball because I threw the interception.  They overloaded the side we were going to run to…it was my fault for obviously putting the ball in a position where the defense could make the play.”

Tony owned up to his mistake as you would expect any good leader should.  He did not place blame and simply said, “I need to do a better job.”

But, the question in my mind which still remains is, who really is to blame for this loss?  Is it all Tony Romo’s fault?  Is it the defense’s for not stopping Green Bay after the ill-fated interception?  Is Garrett at fault for not being clear with his Quarterback in obvious run situations?  Is Jerry Jones the guy to hold accountable for allowing his franchise Quarterback so much decision-making power that he could audible to a pass overriding his coach’s decision?

My guess is that everyone shares some of the blame.  What I do know, however, is that this Cowboys team has shown a consistent inability to finish off games when they have placed themselves in positions to be successful.  On many occasions Dallas has had a chance to win, and they have failed to do so.  I wonder if this team’s losing characteristic will carry into the final games of the season, and so I put it to you, Cowboys Nation; who do you blame for the Dallas Cowboys loss versus the Green Bay Packers?

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  • Big D Fan

    I blame it on Romo, he was under-throwing and behind receivers all day. He has also lost his deep ball ability. The Offense, Yes they kicked 5 field goals! Defense as usual couldn’t stop a thing or even delay it to take up time. Scandrick is taking steps back. Ware is a shell of himself. Play calling was atrocious, shared by coaching and Romo. Doesn’t matter if they have all of 11 of em in the box. They couldn’t stop Murray for anything. Keep your run till it stops working. No reason with Murray killing them that he only touched it 17 times.

    So dumb it seems scripted. You cant write a more idiotic ending to a football game. Oh yeah, another Hammy blown lets chalk another one up to the conditioning coach, and the weak physical preparation of the players. This team has no heart or killer instinct I don’t want to see them in the playoffs its an embarrassment to the game.

  • Sod Buster

    The Cowboys coaching staff and as reflected by their players has no sense of ‘time’.
    Surely Romo did not audible out of called run plays the whole game.
    When you are 20 points ahead at the half and you have a defense that is as decimated by injury as the Cowboys, then you do all you can to keep them off the field and to eat up the clock. Time is your best friend.
    The Cowboys need a ‘clock coach’!
    Buy them all a self winding Timex!

  • Tom

    How can Anybody overlook the 500 Gorilla in the Room. When the other team has the ball they are going to score. The ONLY way the Cowboys will win any more games is having the Ball Last in a Game where they are behind less than 7. The Defense has shown that ANY AND EVERY NFL TEAM will score on it and they cannot force a punt or get off the field on 3rd Down to save their lives. Yes Romo made the last mistake in the Game but there were plenty more before he threw those last 2 int. Since we have no Defense, we should be running the Ball early, often and every shot we get. The Offense has to keep our Defense off the Field to win, simple as that.

  • carl

    Of course it is Romo’s fault, if you think the interception play is the only play he optioned out of the run you are crazy. The coaches did not call pass plays on 74% of the plays, Romo options to the pass constantly. All this idiot had to do was protect a 23 point lead, but his ego is the size of elephant, to bad his brain is the size of a worm.

  • californy

    I am a strong believer of having balance in Offensive strategy, and throwing it 48 times vs 18 passes is not balance. Did you know only 1 Qb threw an interception this weekend when he threw it under 30 times. Those QB who threw it over 30 time had one or multiple interceptions. Why are you throwing the ball down the stretch 19 times to 3 in the run game, especially when the run game is more productive at 7.4 to 6,9 per play