Tony Romo defends changing the plays at the line

Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a pass during the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator  Bill Callahan has come under fire for the pass heavy offense the Cowboys have been using. Head coach Jason Garrett suggested that quarterback Tony Romo was to blame for the lack of running plays in the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“In some of the no-huddle situations, he was making those calls,” Garrett said. “Again, we simply have to do a better job simply calling more runs and having more balance.”

Romo didn’t shy away from the responsibility and tried to explain why they called so many pass plays and see ed to abandon the run game.

“It’d be silly just to run the ball to where you can’t block an extra guy,” Romo explained, via the Dallas Morning News. “That’s part of the game. When some people are doing that, they’re leaving Dez [Bryant] by himself.

“It’s part of what defenses have to decide — what they’re going to give up — and sometimes it can be a big benefit.”

The run-blocking is an issue and it needs to improve.

“I think it’s a combination of things,” Romo said. “Run-blocking really takes all 11 guys. … I think we can do a better job individually and then collectively as a group. Everyone will get better.”

When the Cowboys take on the St. Louis Rams this week it will be interesting to see. It looks like they might yet again abandon the run. Through two games ESPN has ranked the Rams run defense as the 6th best giving up 61 yards a game. Their passing defense didn’t fair so well coming in at 27th giving up an average of 330.5 yards per game.

Topics: Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo

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  • ctcowboy1968

    Should not become one dimensional. Tired of hearing that we take what the D gives us. How about make happen what you want. There are talented players on the team that should be able to make it happen. Can’t run the ball 13 times in a game.

  • jsmith6919

    & Garrett the politician has already thrown Romo under the bus saying “Cowboys need to run the ball even if the d is set to stop the run” even though he never did that his whole time as oc

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Did I understand that Garrett says it was silly to run the ball when Dez was by himself? If that is true then why didn’t he throw the ball to Dez in that situation?

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