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Red zone woes bring out boo birds

11/7/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas – Anybody else get the feeling that Cowboys fans are fed up with red zone failure?

The passive home crowd booed a couple of times during Sunday’s win over the Seahawks. The fans expressed their frustration the two times that Dallas drives died after first-and-goal opportunities.

On the first occasion, the fans might have been directing misguided angst toward Tony Romo for sliding instead of trying to dive past a few Seattle defenders into the end zone.

"I gauged the level I could get into the end zone and it came up zero in my brain as I was running," Romo said. "I tried against the Jets. Obviously that did not turn out well at the time. I wasn't really close then. I didn't see any way to get the ball into position as they were closing on me. Obviously I will always dive for the end zone if there is a chance. The percentage was very low at that moment."

On the second occasion, it seemed pretty clear that the boos were targeting head coach Jason Garrett, who called for two pass plays and a misdirection sweep after the Cowboys marched to the Seattle 1.

“What you have to do is just keep going,” Garrett said. “Sometimes you can overanalyze those situations. Keep playing. Keep rolling. I thought our guys did that. Handle the adversity of the game and at some point, you’re going to make some plays and score some points, and they were able to do that.”

That doesn’t make the Cowboys’ trend of sputtering inside the 20 any less troubling.

Dallas entered the game tied for 30th in red zone efficiency, scoring touchdowns on only nine of its 23 trips inside the 20 (39.1 percent). Bad got worse Sunday, when Dallas reached the end zone only once in three red zone opportunities.