Romo defends Cowboys’ defense after recent struggles

IRVING, Texas – For once, Tony Romo is in the position of defending someone else for a loss.

This time it was the Cowboys’ defense that gave up 51 points and 517 yards in Sunday’s 51-48 loss to the Broncos. Overall, it hasn’t been a good start for a defense that ranks 28th in the NFL in yards allowed.

“Our defense, they have a lot of pride,” Romo said Thursday after practice. “They have a lot of good players over there who are going to be fine. More than anything, I trust them to go out and get stops when we need them, and they will.”

Romo has taken his usual lumps this week from media and fans. He threw the crushing interception that set up Denver’s game-winning field goal.

But the defense has also taken heat for not being living up to expectations created with the hiring of veteran coordinator Monte Kiffin.

“It’s a long season and they [the defense] know how important each week is, and each week that’s coming up,” Romo said. “I know that they’re going to be all right.”

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