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.