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Jason Garrett says he trusts Tony Romo

Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:59 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 10:18 pm
The decision to run the ball late against the Pats had nothing to do with lack of faith in Romo. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was singled out last week by, welleverybody for his decision to run the ball late in the game against the Patriots. Dallas led by three at the time, handed the ball on three straight plays before punting to New England. That left Tom Brady 2:31 to lead an 80-yard touchdown drive. Want to take a guess how it turned out?

Let's just put it this way: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had this to say in the locker room afterwards:

“When you get in a situation like that, you’ve got to go for the kill,” he said. “I felt like we could’ve been more aggressive. Our defense had been good all day, but you knew Brady had a length-of-the-field drive in him -- so it didn’t surprise me at all when he took them down at the end.”

So, naturally, Garrett spent the week answering questions about that decision, and if he had lost faith in Tony Romo, the Cowboys quarterback with a knack for momentum-killing miscues.

“There is absolutely no issue in my trust level with Tony Romo,” Garrett said, according to Rapid Reporter Nick Eatman. “I think anyone who has followed this football team understands the trust that I have in him and our football team has in him. Playing quarterback in the NFL, there’s a tremendous amount of responsibility that comes with that. Tony knows that. He prepares for it and we know it as coaches. We give him a lot of responsibility on Sunday. He’s responded to that really well over the last four and a half years and there’s no reason for us to think otherwise.”

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Romo agrees with Garrett -- and disagrees with the notion that his three-interception effort against the Lions in Week 4 had any bearing on the play-calling against the Pats last Sunday.

“No, if you watch the game . . . our defense played outstanding,” he said in reference to the 20-16 loss to the Patriots. “It’s easy to be a Monday morning quarterback to say something the day after. I trusted our defense too when they went out there. I felt very comfortable with our defense on the field in that game. I thought Jason has done a great job all year long. He’s going to keep doing a good job. We’re lucky to have him.”

One quibble: why would Romo trust any defense against Tom Brady with the game on the line? I get saying that publicly -- it's important to support your teammates and whatnot -- but he privately had to be seething about the decision to hand the ball off three consecutive times on the Cowboys' penultimate drive, right?

Maybe not.

“We study a lot for certain situations at the end of the games and anybody that was watching the game last week knew our defense played really outstanding football for the entire second half," Romo continued. "I don’t know how many points New England scored but it couldn’t have been that many. You go by what you’re watching and playing with and I didn’t envision their offense going down to score a touchdown either at the time. It’s easy to second guess but no me and Jason, we’re going to continue to go forward and have a great relationship. He’s a great coach.”

We're still not buying it. Either that, or Tony and Jason were the only two people on the planet who were shocked when Brady found Aaron Hernandez in the back of the end zone for what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown.

The Cowboys host the Rams this week and Romo, who suffered a punctured lung and broken ribs in the Week 2 win over the 49ers, will continue to wear a protective Kevlar vest.

"They're getting better," Romo said after Thursday's practice, according to "Hopefully in a couple of weeks, they'll be all the way healed. Still the vest. I think we've got the [pain-killing] shot one more week hopefully and then we're done. We'll see. That's what they're telling me."

You know what else eases the pain? A convincing win to get back on track (Sorry, Rams!).

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:02 pm

Jason Garrett says he trusts Tony Romo

I love watching the Cowboys after a loss. They act like the didn't get beat by a better team (YES the Patroits are a better team). They act like every detail has to be an ordeal. The panic level around Valley Ranch is quick. If Jerry Jones would stop hiring the "YESMAN" coach and leave the football to the football people he would be better for it. Everybody thinks Al Davis was the stooge of the NFL, when JJ is clearly #1 in that department. He fired Jimmy Johnson because he was getting to much credit. That has cost him more than he will ever admit. I bet the JJ Cowboys would have ran off 5 SBs in a row but JJ had to bring in the Retard Barry and watch him let the team go to crap. Some people never learn. Romo is a headcase and will never lead them the way Aikman and Roger did. Time to think about a change in QBs and GMs there Dallas.

Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 6:30 pm

Jason Garrett says he trusts Tony Romo

Jerry said it best.. JUST GO FOR THE KILL !  they have to play 60 minutes, not 45, not 50, not 57:29....60!!

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:49 pm

Jason Garrett says he trusts Tony Romo

Jason Garrett says he trusts Tony fumble or throw an interception.

Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:31 pm

Jason Garrett says he trusts Tony Romo

Tony took over for Drew Bledsoe on October 23, 2006 and has been killing the cowboys with mistakes every since. Everytime it has happened he breaks out the old "I'll learn and improve" line. Opposing teams know if the can hang in long enough Tony will give their defense a chance to win the game. He is not "Favre like"... Favre was trying to make plays he had the ability to make. Tony thinks he is better than he is and tries to make plays that he can't.

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:54 am

Jason Garrett says he trusts Tony Romo

If you have a chance to win a game by executing one doable pass play then you should take your shot.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:45 am

Jason Garrett says he trusts Tony Romo

As long as Colin Cowherd (insert cow stink lines) stops talking about Romo, then these stories are fine.  Anyone else tired of one mans opinion over and over again, even days later when it's not even new or relevant news?  sheesh!  Enough Romo.  If the cowboys win, Herd goes on and on.  If they lose, he ALWAYS says " Everything is fine, I'm buying more stock!" 


That gets old - quick!

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:33 am

Jason Garrett says he trusts Tony Romo

Perhaps.  But, does Jerry Jones trust Jason Garrett?

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:31 am

Jason Garrett says he trusts Tony Romo

He has to say that!!!  Garrett get some balls!!!!

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:40 am

Jason Garrett says he trusts Tony Romo

i beg to differ.......calling 3 straight running plays when you havent be able to run the ball consistently all day. goaline calls were also very weird: shovel pass to t-choice on 3rd down??? this isnt college. the play calling shows that garrett is too scared to let tony go into "farve-mode" when the game is on the line. you can say or spin it any way the game tape shows that either garrett made dumb calls or he was to scared to let tony try to lose(oops i mean win) the game.

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