Wade Wilson: Tony Romo tries to do too much

February, 15, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo finished third in the NFL last season with 4,903 yards and was sixth with 28 touchdowns, but he was tied for the league lead with 19 interceptions.

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Matthew Visinsky/Icon SMITony Romo threw for almost 5,000 yards last season but also had a league-high 19 interceptions.
Overall, Romo committed 22 turnovers, four fewer than Mark Sanchez (26) and one fewer than Andrew Luck (23). In the first five weeks of the season, Romo had seven touchdown passes and nine interceptions.

In the last five games of the season, Romo had 12 touchdowns and just four interceptions -- three in the regular-season finale at Washington.

Quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson speaks with Romo regularly during the season and admits that, while the turnovers aren't acceptable, sometimes Romo is trying to do too much.

"I think that happened a lot this year," Wilson said. "He tried to make up for mistakes and trying to convert third-and-longs. It leads to bad plays."

Romo had a 74.0 passer rating on third-down plays in 2012. Those included several third-and-long situations, but elite quarterbacks find ways to convert those plays.

"We talk about (game management) all the time," Wilson said. "Certainly you want to take care of the football. We’ve got to do a better job with that. Always talking about game management and things."

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Romo has a 1-6 record in win-or-go home games, with the only victory coming in the 2009 playoffs against the Philadelphia Eagles. He's suffered bad NFC East losses to the New York Giants, Washington Redskins and the Eagles in big moments.

"The way we look at it, or the way I look at it, is the Cowboys are 1-6 in win-or-go-home kind of games," he said. "Now, he’s been the quarterback and whatnot and there’s certainly that responsibility, but he’s just got to play. We talk about mental toughness, playing every play the same, regardless of circumstance. So that’s what we talk about it."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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