The Dallas Cowboys suffered an absolute meltdown in the second half of their Week 15 match up against the Green Bay Packers, but the fun was just beginning. After the game, which ended with two straight interceptions from Tony Romo, head coach Jason Garrett appeared to be feeling the heat.
Losses like this are exactly what can get coaches fired, but it was still surprising to see Garrett throw Romo under the bus following the game.
Garrett could have taken responsibility for some play-calling that cost the team down the stretch, but instead he placed the blame on Romo and said that his quarterback changed their final play, which was supposed to be a run.
From Bryan Broaddus of the team’s official website:
Garrett just said that Romo changed the play on the last interception…should have been a run call.
— Bryan Broaddus (@BryanBroaddus) December 16, 2013
The obvious question is: Why run the ball in the final 90 seconds after abandoning the run in the entire second half? Was that part of the master plan?
Regardless of what actually happened on the field, Garrett’s comments now place a target directly on Romo so that he can receive even more blame for the loss than he was going to get after the collapse.
Things are going to get very interesting in Dallas over the next two weeks if they continue to play themselves out of the playoffs, which could lead towards some mix ups on the roster and coaching staff. Throwing your quarterback under the bus is one way to catch your owner’s attention and potentially punch your ticket out of town.