Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) talks with wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during a time out against the Denver Broncos at AT

Tony Romo on why he doesn’t like throwing to Dez Bryant in double coverage


There have been games this season when the Dallas Cowboys have seemingly forgotten wide receiver Dez Bryant. In part that has been because he draws a lot of double coverage.

“Dez gets a lot of attention every week, as you guys know,” head coach Jason Garrett said after the loss to the New Orleans Saints, via the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. “Teams will come out and double him in a lot of different ways, and they did that. They did that in all our different formations and personal groups. They did the same with Witten. We didn’t do a good enough job finding the other guys who were getting isolated.”

Bryant said the ‘Boys were working on freeing him up before the Giants game and getting the ball to him despite double coverage.

“You will see what happens,” Bryant said, via ESPN Dallas. “I’ve been seeing (double coverage) for a (while) now; we’ve been working on it.”

Now Romo has explained what from his perspective  why he doesn’t like throwing to Bryant when he is facing double coverage.

“It’s never a good matchup one vs. two,” Romo said, via the Dallas Morning News. “When it’s one-on-one it’s a pretty good matchup. But one-on-two is never in anyone’s favor in the National Football League. And for every time that you might come down with one you’re going to have an incompletion or a turnover on the next one.

“I just think that you’ve got decent players, throw it to the guy who is singled up and let him go beat his guy.”

That seems to have been an admission that if teams double Bryant, Romo will just avoid throwing to him. It might be worth the gamble to make rookie receiver Terrance Williams and tight end Jason Witten beat you.

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  • californy

    Romo is learning to protect the ball this year. The Cowboys are on pace for 950 yards less than last year in the pass game despite drafting four player on offense. The Sacks are about the same. The improvement has been in protecting the ball, Romo on pace for his best year 34 to 10 interception.a major improvement from last year 29 TD to 18 interception.