NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported before Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams that Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher called out quarterback Tony Romo for calling an audible out of a run play and then subsequently throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 22, 2013
Hatcher denied getting on to Romo according to comments from the Dallas Morning News:
“I love Romo to death,” Hatcher said. “I wasn’t getting on Romo. He’s the best quarterback in the league, so I love Romo to death. That’s my brother.”
Hatcher added: “Romo knows what’s at stake. Why would I get on the leader of the team?”
Romo understood where Hatcher’s comments were coming from.
“He wants young guys to understand how important it is every week,” Romo said. “I thought it was a great talk. I thought, in general, it’s tough to win at different times. He did a great job of getting that across to some of the young guys that you have to bring it every single day.
“I talked to the team the day before, the week before. And [Jason] Witten talked to the team. Guys who have been around, you are going to listen to. Wit talk, guys listen. When I talk, they listen. When Hatch talks, they listen.”
The talk must have worked, the Cowboys thrashed the St. Louis Rams 31-7 and found balance in their offense.