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Cutting turnovers still Tony Romo's priority

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Cowboys Offensive Struggles (1:54)

Calvin Watkins discusses the Cowboys challenges on the offensive side of the ball. (1:54)

OXNARD, Calif. – Tony Romo made tremendous progress as far as protecting the ball goes last season.

That doesn’t mean he solved the problem. It’s still something he needs to focus on every play and every day.

Romo vastly improved his decision-making last season, when he sliced his pick total to nine after averaging more than one per game his previous three years as a starter. But there was also some good fortune involved in that stat, as Romo fired several other passes that could have been intercepted.

Romo’s pick Saturday served as a reminder that he can’t afford to allow pressure to result in poor decisions. With linebacker Stephen Cooper in his face, Romo made an ill-advised impulse throw over the middle to Miles Austin that was intercepted by Chargers safety Eric Weddle.

To his credit, Romo recognized that the blame for the pick goes on him despite the protection bust that allowed the blitzing linebacker to come clean.

"I make a poor decision and let a ball go with a guy around me," Romo said after the game. "You can’t do that and let the whole group down on a decision like that."