Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) reacts after getting sacked in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at AT

Callahan takes blame for Tony Romo’s deciding interception

Tony Romo’s late interception against the Green Bay Packers that eventually turned into the game-winning touchdown run by Eddie Lacy – and completed a 23-point comeback – has drawn the ire, ridicule and/or disappointment of Cowboys’ fans everywhere.

While owner/general manager Jerry Jones continues to stick by his mistake prone quarterback and Romo has taken the blame for the play numerous times, offensive coordinator Bill Callahan is attempting to shoulder at least some of the responsibility.

According to a report from the San Antonio Express-News, Callahan conveyed that the play in question was by his own design and was a typical progression for the embattled QB.

“That’s the option,” Callahan said of the play he sent in with just under 3 minutes left, per the report. “It’s not so much a check as it is an option he has to (throw) to a receiver who is being covered man-to-man when the box gets loaded up. He has that option, per se.


“It more or less falls on me,” Callahan said of the interception. “I’ve got to structure a better play and a better design and try to eliminate that option for him in those situations.”

As if that wasn’t taking enough of the blame, Callahan reiterated that the play was by his design.

“I put that on myself just because it was built into the play,” Callahan said. “That’s how I look at it. We can do better. I can do better, certainly.”

Despite the epic collapse in the second half – by the Dallas offense and defense alike – the Cowboys (7-7) still have a glimmer of hope.  If they can win this week on the road against the Washington Redskins then again at home against the Philadelphia Eagles, they will win the NFC East crown.

So I guess we will find out if all this blame acceptance turns into change soon enough.

Tags: Bill Callahan Dallas Cowboys Green Bay Packers Jerry Jones NFL Philadelphia Eagles Tony Romo Washington Redskins

  • Big D Fan

    Romo is no rookie but continues to play like one after all these years. Why does he take monster 10-20 yd sacks? Why hasn’t he learned to throw the ball away? Why is he still a deer in the headlights on blitz packages? Why, knowing Murray is near unstoppable all game does he decide to trust in the process at that moment and throw those ill-timed interceptions again and again. Then everybody goes out of there way to take the heat for him time after time. Callaghan deserves blame for these crap play selections and under utilization of a running game and so does Garrett, but in the end Romo is a veteran, not a rookie.

  • SmartThinking

    Callahan may have changed the play but the interception is all on Romo. He just doesn’t have the ability to make snap decisions correctly.

    Look. It’s not easy to play quarterback and everyone can’t do it. But Romo is pulling down $109 million to make just those types of decisions correctly.

    I wonder when we’ll get our money’s worth?