Friday, October 22, 2010
Tony Romo: 'I have to do a better job'
By Tim MacMahon
IRVING, Texas – Tony Romo readily acknowledges that his picks are a problem.
When a quarterback throws five interceptions in two weeks, the odds are that his team will lose both of those games. That’s what happened to the Cowboys the last two games.
There were some bad bounces involved -- three of the interceptions came off tipped passes -- but the bottom line is Romo has to do a better job protecting the ball to give the Cowboys a chance to climb out of their 1-4 hole.
“The good news is there’s not a trend in making poor decisions,” Romo said. “Now, the ball is getting intercepted and we have to correct that. I have to do a better job. I have to correct that, and I will.
“But you have to throw it in there. When the guy’s open, you can’t hold the ball because it’s a farther down-the-field throw. Then you’ve got no chance. You’ve got to find the right mix. I know how important that is.”
Romo’s plan is to make smart decisions. He doesn’t necessarily plan to play it safe. He certainly doesn’t want to play scared due to his recent outbreak in interceptions.
“If you dwell on the past, you’re in a lot of trouble in the future,” Romo said. “You have to be in the moment. You have to make the right decision. You have to block out what’ s going to happen in the future, what’s happened in the past and you have to make the right choice and right decision at that time.
“For us, that’s the way each play needs to be run. Where’s the best play to go with the football on this specific play and at this specific time? There’s nothing that happened in the past or in the future that’s going to dictate more than that.”