Tony Romo takes blame ... again
AP Photo/Tony GutierrezTony Romo recognized after the loss to Detroit that he didn't do a good job of protecting the ball.
After a nearly flawless first half, Romo was intercepted three times and had two returned for touchdowns (Bobby Carpenter, Chris Houston) which started Detroit’s comeback from a 27-3 deficit.
Romo’s final pick set up the Lions’ game-winning touchdown on a pass from Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson with 1:39 to play.
“The game turns obviously on turnovers,” Romo said. “It is the most important stat there is in a game. That’s why you protect the ball. It’s my No. 1 job and I didn’t do a well enough job of that today. For a lot of the game we did. I’m not taking anything away from them. They made a play when they had to. I shouldn’t have allowed them to have that chance.”
On his last turnover Romo tried to loop the pass over linebacker Stephen Tulloch to tight end Jason Witten on first down with 4:13 to play and the Cowboys holding a 33-30 lead.
“My feet I didn’t feel quite as set as they need to be to push it down as far as it needed to be,” Romo said. “I want to watch the tape to see what it was. It’s disappointing because he was coming open past all the linebackers and there’s no safety help to that side. I wish I could have that throw back and just throw it further.”
Romo, who took a pain-killing injection for the second straight week because of a fractured rib, finished with 331 yards on 34-of-47 passing with three touchdowns and a passer rating of 86.4.
“Each game is different,” Romo said when asked if this loss was similar to the one against the Jets. “Today is just tough because we were in a position to win. I’m not going to try to figure out in exact terms the feel of it. I just know the turnovers matter. And when we have a lead like that, that is really the most important aspect of it. I’ll look at why that happened and get it corrected.”
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Jerry Jones' recent comments, Cowboys OTAs, Dez Bryant and more.
Play Podcast Todd Archer joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the latest Tony Romo news and what he will be watching for in OTAs.
Play Podcast Nate Newton joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss his comments on how Jason Garrett should handle being on the hot seat and not let Jerry Jones get in the way.
Play Podcast Cowboys safety Barry Church joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the new defensive scheme and the impact it will have on him, how much more intense he expects practice to be with Monte Kiffin and his expectations.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider Ed Werder joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the latest Cowboys news, including Jason Garrett downplaying Tony Romo's involvement in offensive planning and play calling.
Play Podcast John Lynch joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss playing for Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli, why Cowboys fans should be excited about the new defensive staff, why Valley Ranch will no longer resemble a country club and his thoughts on the Cowboys' roster.
Play Podcast Herm Edwards joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the latest Cowboys news and give his take on what new face will make the biggest impact for Dallas.
Play Podcast Nate Newton joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss what he saw at the Cowboys' rookie minicamp and how he helped Rod Marinelli on the defensive side of the ball.