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'Team effort'? Cowboys win all about Tony Romo

Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:12 am
Edited on: September 27, 2011 9:59 am
Posted by Will Brinson

There's really no reason why the Cowboys were able to beat Washington 18-16 on Monday night. OK, there is one reason: Tony Romo, who simply refused to lose for the second-straight week, despite dealing with a serious injury and protective padding.

It was pretty obvious that Romo was still dealing with a substantial amount of pain with his ribs and lung, and he admitted as much afterwards.

"It was a little hard because you took some shots," Romo said after the game about dealing with the pain. "I thought the shot would work but it wore off a little bit. The guys battled hard, it was a hard, hard game."

What was surprising was that the Redskins didn't seem capable of figuring out Dallas pretty obvious gameplan, which featured a pile of short passes, a decent dose of Felix Jones, a bad red-zone plan that resulted in six Cowboys field goals, and an inability to get center Phil Costa on the same page as his quarterback.

The final item should have done Dallas in on Monday -- Costa posted three fumbles from the center position and probably should have been credited with more, as he hit Romo with more bad snaps than number of times Dan Bailey put the ball through the uprights. No, literally. He might have had double-digit snaps misfired Romo's way, as the Redskins apparently knew how to throw him off.

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"Costa said [the Redskins] kept calling out the [snap] cadence so we'll get it fixed," Romo said. "Can't have that happen."

No, you can't. A better-prepared team doesn't put themselves in that spot, but if Washington had brought its A-game, they would have closed out the Cowboys and wouldn't have let a third-and-21 from Romo to Dez Bryant with just over two minutes remaining result in Bailey's sixth field gaol and a final lead.

Instead, Rex Grossman pulled off the Jekyll and Hyde act we've come to know from him over the course of his career.

"You either find a way to win or you don't," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said after the game.

The Redskins couldn't find a way to win and the Cowboys somehow managed to overcome a terrible set of circumstances -- bad wide receiver routes, Phil Costa, Phil Costa, bad wide receiver routes and Phil Costa -- to emerge victorious for the second time this season.

"This isn't about one person or two people," Romo said. "This is a team effort."

That's a nice thing to say, but it's not exactly true. The win on Monday was a result of Romo stepping up in the face of injury without any help from his teammates, managed to survive a Redskins defense that was prepared to literally assault his body with an intention of doing physical harm and made plays when he needed to give the Cowboys a win.

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Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:28 am

'Team effort'? Cowboys win all about Tony Romo

hey miloefnic. cowboys look like the Packers did a year ogo. Romo finally gets it. lost his smirkey grin & realizes it is a team game.

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:24 am

'Team effort'? Cowboys win all about Tony Romo

Romo is definitely a bigger attribute than what he's credited for.  He takes a lot of blame for the team's losses, some rightfully so, but he's not credited enough for his role in the wins.  That said, this article is a little silly, sucking up to the play of Romo while injured.  While it was great that he contributed and ran the team under those conditions, he didn't win the game by himself.  If I had to pick a solo person that won it, it would more likely be DeMarcus Ware.  His pressue is what kept Grossman's head on a swivel.  Even the winning turnover was Ware - he didn't get the sack, but Grossman was more focused on Ware and where he was that he got blindsided.

Another topic, if Garret has any sense, he should bench Romo for next week and let him rest the ribs.  1) you don't want the Lions D teeing off on Romo and risk losing him for the season, and 2) they have a bye afterwards, Romo would have ample time to rest and recover.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 8:44 am

'Team effort'? Cowboys win all about Tony Romo

GO COWBOYS - almost any other team would have layed down and lost this game. but our defense came through when it mattered, romo came through at crunch time - again. spenser finally earned a paycheck. if that guy played 100% all the time, we would have the best front 7 ever. we still need some db's, but this was a big win.

Since: Oct 21, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 8:36 am

'Team effort'? Cowboys win all about Tony Romo

Not one hint of logic in anything you said LogicalThinking...not one hint.  Please change your screen name by COB today.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 8:08 am

'Team effort'? Cowboys win all about Tony Romo

The Romo/Cowboy haters are obvious in these posts and it is a shame. Tony Romo willed this team to victory overcoming huge portions of incompetence by his own offensive players. I have never been a fan of Romo's but his play last night was remarkable. Having had a collapsed lung I know exactly how much pain he was feeling without ever getting hit. The fact that he had to do all that and get knocked around is very impressive. So to those of you who have no idea what he was feeling peace off. Shut up and let people with some semblance of intelligence have a good conversation about a poorly played yet remarkable game. It is amazing/shameful (depending on which team you follow) that Dallas won that game. Hey Dallas and Dallas fans, your team will not win may more games playing football like that. Consider yourselves very fortunate this morning.

Since: Feb 27, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:15 am

'Team effort'? Cowboys win all about Tony Romo

Logical, you are not.

The Cowboys receiving corps is hurting...the entire starting group, including Witten, are dealing with issues. Dez Bryant was invisible and out of the game for a ton of snaps due to his injury. Miles was OUT. Romo made the best of a bad situation with players lining up in the wrong places, not running correct routes or reading coverages, and simply being CONFUSED. Receivers run patterns and when they reach the break and turn the BALL is supposed to be there. If you don't run the right route, the ball ends up someplace don't wait to see where the guy ends up and throw, that's how you get picked off. Point is Romo was justifiably unhappy on the 3rd and goal incompletion when his receiver didn't continue his pattern into the flats like he was supposed to. When guys keep making mistakes, it's perfectly expected for a leader to give some verbal correction so it doesn't happen again. Was Romo frustrated with all of the blown chances in the red zone? Yes. And the "unexpected" snaps from center? Yes again. ROMO was gritty, playing through pain, and, to his credit, he deflected that praise post-game by noting that a number of other Cowboys players played with injuries, too.

Early in the game, it was evident that Garrett's gameplan consisted of quick passes to keep the hits off of Romo. With Dez Bryant still hurting and impacting his ability to get deep, the Redskins could blitz like crazy, which is tough on the running game. The DEFENSE saved the game with their play. Ware was held several times, preventing sacks, but even with that, the Cowboys did a good job of stopping the Redskins in the second half when it counted. Lot's of credit should go to the secondary, also banged up, and the job they did. Moss caught a few, but the other WR caught one pass? Did Fred Davis even make the trip? He was taken out of the game by the linebackers and safeties. Cooley? He didn't do much either...though he's not 100% still.

The Redskins have a good, tough defense, but their offense is still lacking. This was their game to take and they couldn't. It's hard to even think of Rex Grossman leading this team into the playoffs without a synapse overload exploding my brain...maybe that's what happened to Logical before he posted his commentary. It was close, but my neurons were undamaged.

Felix Jones was great in the second half. Witten was solid. Romo was solid. Dez Bryant was ok, but made a couple of plays that really mattered. The Dallas defense was great, and the rookie kicker deserves to be the special teams player of the week. The center? Yikes!

Actually, the Redskins were a dangerous opponent, as they always are regardless of record. Too bad the pre-game stomping on the star didn't work out like they hoped. I can respect the team...and hate them at the same time.  Shoot, I even kinda like Cooley..and he's a Redskin. See, Logical? You CAN be a fan of one team and respect the other one regardless of the rivlary if you understand football.

And I hate the Steelers...for obvious reasons...but I respect them, too.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 3:33 am

'Team effort'? Cowboys win all about Tony Romo

The Dallas D deserves some credit, too. Gritty performance by Romo, though, with minimal help from anyone other than Bryant, Witten, and some surprisingly good blocking a couple of times to spring Felix Jones. Romo's 20 game TD streak comes to an end without Austin. Schedule maker was nicer to Washington than Dallas next week. Dallas gets Detroit, Washington gets St. Louis.

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Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:02 am
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Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 1:43 am

'Team effort'? Cowboys win all about Tony Romo

My quarteback isn't much better then Romo at all. If at all. Im a titans fan. I think Romo is a better quarter the some maybe even most in the leauge. Romo is my number 1 qb on my fantasy team cause i like what he is capable of. this is not one of those days. Glad i sat him this week. And stop adding stuff about the broken ribs and all that. Some of the greatest preformances of all time come from injuries. I will Just say the name jack youngblood. There may be more impressive things that have happened after injuries. But this is not one of them

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 1:41 am

'Team effort'? Cowboys win all about Tony Romo

looked like to me that the offensive coordinator's got some work to do to get everyone on the same page.   i wouldn't say it was all romo though.  if it were, he would've taken far more hits or been running amok like michael vick.  gotta give the o-line at least a little love especially with the shape he's in. and hey let's not forget the rookie(!) kicker keeping it all good in the clutch vs a hated team rival.  but yeah, romo had to overcome a lot of other people's mistakes.

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