Romo on changing plays at the line

BY foxsports • September 19, 2013

IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo held his weekly interview session Wednesday at Valley Ranch and the Dallas Cowboys struggling run game was obviously a popular topic.

With the Cowboys throwing the ball 52 more times than they have run it through two games, Romo was asked about checking into passing plays at the line of scrimmage.

"It'd be silly just to run the ball to where you can't block an extra guy," Romo explained. "That's part of the game. When some people are doing that, they're leaving Dez [Bryant] by himself.

"It's part of what defenses have to decide — what they're going to give up — and sometimes it can be a big benefit."

Romo continues to say that the Cowboys would like to run the ball more, but he's going to take what the defense is giving him. The franchise quarterback doesn't see any sense in running the ball more often when opponents are stuffing the box.

On top of that, Cowboys starting running back DeMarco Murray hasn't been given many running lanes this season, made evident by his 2.1 yards per carry Sunday in Kansas City and 3.5 yards per carry on the season.

So how does the run-blocking improve?

"I think it's a combination of things," Romo said. "Run-blocking really takes all 11 guys. … I think we can do a better job individually and then collectively as a group. Everyone will get better."

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