It’s recovery time again for Cowboys’ Romo
Tony Romo is pretty used to this drill by now.
Make a big mistake late to cost the Dallas Cowboys a chance to
win. Say he wishes he had that throw back. Vow to be better the
Now Romo and the Cowboys have to bounce back again Sunday at
If they do, they’ll get to play for the NFC East title in the
finale against Philadelphia at home. If not, they could be
eliminated from the playoffs for the fourth straight year.
”I think it’s good for guys to understand how we have
everything in front of us,” Romo said. ”Like I said before, we
have to play better than we’ve played.”
And avoid another mistake from the quarterback.
The latest recovery routine was triggered by a much-discussed
interception that gave Green Bay new life in a 37-36 win after the
Packers trailed by 23 at halftime. Among the talking points:
-Romo shouldn’t have used the bailout option to pass on the run
play sent in by Bill Callahan and coach Jason Garrett.
-The coaches shouldn’t have even given him a choice because
running the clock was the only thing that mattered.
-Romo shouldn’t have thrown the pass once he turned and saw
linebacker Clay Matthews in his face.
Shouldn’t, shouldn’t, shouldn’t.
”More than anything, I can’t make that decision in that
situation,” Romo said. ”When you look back on one throw right now
all year, you’d want that one back.”
There’s one other part of this routine that’s pretty consistent
for Romo: support from his teammates despite a litany of similarly
painful errors through the years.
”That’s our guy,” receiver Dez Bryant said. ”We all love him.
And things happen, unfortunate things happen. Those things can be
fixed, and that’s by staying together.”
Tight end Jason Witten has been through many more difficult
times than Bryant because he came in with Romo 10 years ago. He
still stands by the winning moments from Romo, and there’s evidence
to back him.
Twice in a span of three games this season, Romo led flawless
final drives to beat Minnesota and the New York Giants. The Cowboys
were trailing the Vikings at home before that winning march, and
the Giants had just pulled even in sub-freezing weather in New
”Tony’s got thick skin,” Witten said. ”You work through it
and you get back at it and surround yourself with guys that you
want to go prepare and play with and support you. That’s what he
Romo is battling history on a couple of fronts against the
Redskins. Besides the fresh memory of the loss to the Packers, he
is visiting Washington for the first time since his late
interception ended any realistic hopes for a win in a
playoffs-or-bust finale almost exactly a year ago.
Dallas lost that high-stakes game for the second straight year –
and the third time in five seasons. And just like last year, the
Cowboys have an injury-plagued defense that is the worst in
”It’s not difficult to stay positive,” Romo said. ”We’re
still in this thing. For all the stuff that has happened and the
way that we’ve played in different situations, I think that’s a
testament to the guys and how well they’ve performed in different
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