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Jason Garrett: I trust in Tony Romo

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When the Cowboys lost to the Jets and Lions this season, Tony Romo’s late turnovers were blamed as the single biggest reason. And then the Cowboys lost to the Patriots on Sunday, and Jason Garrett’s refusal to let Romo throw the ball was blamed as the single biggest reason.

With the Cowboys leading the Patriots late in the fourth quarter, Garrett called for three straight running plays followed by a punt. The Patriots ended up scoring the game-winning touchdown following that punt, and everyone from random Cowboys fans posting on message boards to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested that Garrett had gotten too conservative, presumably because he worried that if he called a pass play, Romo would throw another costly interception, as he had against the Jets and Lions.

So does all this mean Garrett doesn’t trust Romo?

There is absolutely no issue in my trust level with Tony Romo,” Garrett said today. “I think anyone who has followed this football team understands the trust that I have in him and our football team has in him. Playing quarterback in the NFL, there’s a tremendous amount of responsibility that comes with that. Tony knows that. He prepares for it and we know it as coaches. We give him a lot of responsibility on Sunday. He’s responded to that really well over the last four and a half years and there’s no reason for us to think otherwise.”

For his part, Romo is trying to spin Garrett’s decision to go to the three-runs-and-punt offense as proof that Garrett trusted the Cowboys’ defense to stop Tom Brady and the Patriots’ offense.

“No, if you watch the game . . . our defense played outstanding,” Romo said. “It’s easy to be a Monday morning quarterback to say something the day after. I trusted our defense too when they went out there. I felt very comfortable with our defense on the field in that game.”

But can any team really feel comfortable with its defense on the field in New England against Brady in the fourth quarter of a three-point game? That Garrett had more confidence in his defense than he had in Romo says something, even if everyone in Dallas is now insisting that there are no trust issues between Garrett and Romo.

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52 Responses to “Jason Garrett: I trust in Tony Romo”
  1. brealistic says: Oct 20, 2011 7:36 PM

    Hey Coach, Tony ROMO” don’t TRUST in HIMSELF..

  2. alltee says: Oct 20, 2011 7:47 PM

    im a die hard pats fan, and this argument is so stupid
    first off the proper thing to do in this situation is run
    second the dallas d was playing great

    third it was third and 18 in your end zone, better chance of screwing the play up then getting a first down

    lastly pats up by 6 against the jets and they kept running the ball, i guess belichek didnt trust tom brady

    so stupid i cant handle it, this how that scenario plays out most of the time and for good reason

  3. flyeaglefly says: Oct 20, 2011 7:47 PM

    uh-oh…sounds like the disingenuous “Vote of Confidence” speech owners give to their head coaches…not a good thing…

  4. thegonz13 says: Oct 20, 2011 7:49 PM

    In God we trust
    In Tony Romo you sure as hell can’t

  5. dopesimms says: Oct 20, 2011 7:50 PM

    It’s okay to trust Romo. He HAS talent. He’s mobile and he can throw the ball. Trust his PHYSICAL abilities.

    Stop trusting him MENTALLY. Don’t trust him to make the right throw. As soon as it’s the 4th quarter and its only 10 minutes left. Give him the plays and tell him exactly what you want done. And DRILL it into his head that if the option isn’t open, THROW THE DAMN BALL AWAY.

  6. billinva says: Oct 20, 2011 7:55 PM

    Yeah, sure you do.

    Did Jerrah tell you to say that after a few martinis?

  7. j0esixpack says: Oct 20, 2011 8:02 PM

    If a coach needs to state that he trusts his QB, then chances are he doesn’t trust his QB

    That being said, I agree with the other Pats fans here – the Dallas D did a pretty darn good job of stopping Brady all day.

    It really shouldn’t be an insult to Romo to think they could keep it up

  8. nineroutsider says: Oct 20, 2011 8:03 PM

    I wouldn’t trust Garrett or Jones, either though…

  9. scudbot says: Oct 20, 2011 8:08 PM

    He does. He trusts in Romo to put up good stats and implode under pressure at critical junctures.

  10. eaglessuperfan says: Oct 20, 2011 8:12 PM

    Seems like misplaced trust if you ask me.

  11. toiletking says: Oct 20, 2011 8:12 PM

    I trust Romo too. Then again, I’m a Redskins fan.

  12. pastabelly says: Oct 20, 2011 8:14 PM

    I don’t think the intended playcalling was supposed to be three runs. It was probably going to be two runs and then a pass. The problem was the -2 run, the -1 run, and then the penalty that made it 3rd and 18. Throwing on 3rd and 18 would have been stupid as there could have been an incomplete, sack, or turnover and the chances of a first down were pretty slim.

  13. gosuhgo says: Oct 20, 2011 8:22 PM

    Jason Garrett was spotted sobbing afterwards, telling everyone “that’s my quarterback”.

  14. fcs34 says: Oct 20, 2011 8:28 PM

    The second part of the quote was “with my life. But as a QB? That’s a different story….”

  15. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Oct 20, 2011 8:41 PM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again the Cowboys are the most over-rated, over-hyped sports franchise of the last 25 years.

    I just love watching Jerry’s organization continually fail and show its incompetence on the national stage each week. Every article like this just makes me tear up with joy :D

    Long live Jerry Jones!

  16. skins80 says: Oct 20, 2011 8:42 PM

    When are people going to realize the cowgirls just aren’t that good. Cmon

  17. sirdrinksalot says: Oct 20, 2011 8:45 PM

    Garrett should start looking for a new job if he keeps up with that playing not to lose crap.

  18. 4512dawg4512 says: Oct 20, 2011 8:46 PM

    Say what you will, but I can still think of about 27 other starting QB’s in the league that I would pass on to have Romo. He’s got one of the quickest releases in the NFL. To Fantasy/Stat dorks that stuff doesn’t really matter and thats cool. Y0u don’t look at throwing mechanics or anything like that you just look at numbers. He throws on the run better than most, he has an instant release and didn’t he play through a fractured rib that caused pneumothorax? Good god, I’ve never had that and I dont want it. I think Romo is… pretty damn good

  19. skins80 says: Oct 20, 2011 8:46 PM

    Romo sucks

  20. skins80 says: Oct 20, 2011 8:47 PM

    Romo blows

  21. ranksarot says: Oct 20, 2011 8:48 PM

    Not hating on Romo. But I really hate it anytime a team calls a run play at 3rd and 19. Its just chicken ship. Try to get a first down. Period. I dont care what the excuse is. a run play in that situation is awful coaching.

  22. hardmike57 says: Oct 20, 2011 9:07 PM

    Not hating on Romo either, but the way the Cowboys constantly baby/make excuses for him is REALLY getting old…………..

  23. localbandhero says: Oct 20, 2011 9:25 PM

    The Redskins fans are still running their mouths? If I recall, the Cowboys beat those “mighty” Skins….while Romo had a fractured rib and was coming off a punctured lung. How’s the QB situation in Washington right now? I found myself rooting hardcore for the Eagles to trounce those punks last week. 2 division losses and a QB change? Get ready for that downslide!

  24. Gordon says: Oct 20, 2011 9:28 PM

    Kiss of death!

  25. mrconnors says: Oct 20, 2011 9:29 PM

    Tony Romo is a clutch quarterback. Skip Bayless told me so.

  26. brealistic says: Oct 20, 2011 9:30 PM

    Ranksarot…. I agree Bro, and seem as if every team does it.

  27. caseyanthonymunoz says: Oct 20, 2011 9:37 PM

    Intelligent Jet Fan: I don’t trust Mark Sanchez. With the football or a teenage daughter.

  28. moneymike23 says: Oct 20, 2011 9:38 PM

    @4512dawg4512, I could not agree more. Enough w/ Tony Romo! You guys in the media need to stop this, its getting ridiculous.

  29. theherogothamdeserved86 says: Oct 20, 2011 9:48 PM

    Bill Clinton was more believable when he said “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

  30. thedefinitiveman says: Oct 20, 2011 9:51 PM

    Garrett had to say that, although I bet he wanted to scream out in frustration “Is there no one else?!!!”

  31. RussianBreadMaker says: Oct 20, 2011 10:09 PM

    Romo is not elite, he is the equivalent of Jake Plummer.

  32. howley1 says: Oct 20, 2011 10:26 PM

    Say what you will, but I can still think of about 27 other starting QB’s in the league that I would pass on to have Romo. He’s got one of the quickest releases in the NFL. To Fantasy/Stat dorks that stuff doesn’t really matter and thats cool. Y0u don’t look at throwing mechanics or anything like that you just look at numbers.

    ——————————

    If they justlooked at the numbers they’d realize that Romo is fantasy football gold. These aren’t fantasy geeks. And they’re not the type that concern themselves with stuff like mechanics, footwork and situational awareness. These are just fanboys that only know what they read or heard somewhere and are trying to talk smack.

  33. polarbearsquares says: Oct 20, 2011 10:41 PM

    I really hope you send some of your advertising revenue to the Dallas Cowboys. You talk/hate on the Cowboys more than any other team. Seems like your obsessed.

    Let it be known you were the first to call Garrett boneheaded because he was trying to throw with big leads over the Jets and Lions. Now he’s boneheaded because he tried to run to get a first down late against the Pats.

    It’s always a lose-lose situation when it comes to the Cowboys with you guys. Sigh.

  34. valman61 says: Oct 20, 2011 11:03 PM

    4512dog:

    Who would you rather have, Eli or Romo? Cause the stat geeks always say romo, but 2 minutes to go down 6. Any educated fan is taking Eli every day and twice on Sunday.

  35. drbrown7451 says: Oct 20, 2011 11:04 PM

    Yeah, whatever Jason. But, what else is he going to say. He, and Romo, are Jerry’s picks. It’s Jones that is not to be trusted.

  36. dawkattack says: Oct 20, 2011 11:46 PM

    That lockeroom is over no trust lol they’re done

  37. yevrag3535 says: Oct 20, 2011 11:49 PM

    Dalas sucks……

  38. valman61 says: Oct 20, 2011 11:56 PM

    Ranksarot,

    It’s simple statistics ( not fantasy stats, actual mathematical statistics). The probability of a bad play happening (int fumble sack or penalty) is greater than the probability of getting the first down. Therefore, on 3rd and 18 it’s an obvious run down. First and second down are the only play calls that are questionable.

    Please fully understand the post before replying, because once you do you will be a much more knowledgeable fan.

  39. stonedwhitetrash says: Oct 20, 2011 11:56 PM

    GO DALLAS COWBOYS anyway you look at it no one has any faith in Romo any more

  40. petthefurrywall says: Oct 21, 2011 12:33 AM

    I just watch Romo say on the sidelines “I just didn’t want to turn the ball over” after the shovel pass. Watch Inside the NFL…
    What does that tell you?

  41. nannymcsack says: Oct 21, 2011 1:16 AM

    tiki is flabbergasted

  42. polegojim says: Oct 21, 2011 1:20 AM

    Jones and Garrett are selling this ‘Trust in Romo’ thing WAYYYY to hard.

    Enough talk and cheerleading.

    It’s time for Romo to PROVE there is something to trust in… like consistency and delivering in the playoffs. Period.

  43. bobhk says: Oct 21, 2011 3:18 AM

    “I love you Tony” wailed Garrett. “I love you Jason” cried Romo.
    Garrett and Tony were seen hugging and making up. Then Jerry joined them…. :)

  44. bobhk says: Oct 21, 2011 3:26 AM

    im a die hard pats fan, and this argument is so stupid
    first off the proper thing to do in this situation is run
    second the dallas d was playing great

    third it was third and 18 in your end zone, better chance of screwing the play up then getting a first down

    lastly pats up by 6 against the jets and they kept running the ball, i guess belichek didnt trust tom brady

    so stupid i cant handle it, this how that scenario plays out most of the time and for good reason
    ————–
    You most certainly are a closet cowboy fan pretending to be pats fan.
    When Pats ran the ball against jets up by 6 points, they were not afraid to put the ball in the hands of Sanchez. Not the same scenario. Putting the ball in the hands of Brady is trouble. Putting the ball in the hands of Sanchez, not a real issue.

  45. blackbug99 says: Oct 21, 2011 6:29 AM

    It doesn’t really matter what we think: Good calls/Bad calls. But, when the guy who signs the checks starts to question the calls, someones gonna listen!

  46. buschleaguebandit says: Oct 21, 2011 7:30 AM

    @ skins80

    Enjoy your BECK-TACULAR season…lmao!!

    Go Cowboys!

  47. gmen1987 says: Oct 21, 2011 8:56 AM

    Jason,

    Every opponent of the Cowgirls trusts Romo to. Go ahead have Tony throw it when the Cowgirls have a lead. We appreciate the results.

  48. richm2256 says: Oct 21, 2011 8:58 AM

    On third and eighteen, Tom Brady throws that ball.

    That’s all I’m saying.

  49. badintentions11 says: Oct 21, 2011 9:18 AM

    alltee says: Oct 20, 2011 7:47 PM

    im a die hard pats fan, and this argument is so stupid
    first off the proper thing to do in this situation is run
    second the dallas d was playing great

    third it was third and 18 in your end zone, better chance of screwing the play up then getting a first down

    lastly pats up by 6 against the jets and they kept running the ball, i guess belichek didnt trust tom brady

    so stupid i cant handle it, this how that scenario plays out most of the time and for good reason

    ————————————————

    alltee i must disagree with you on this. The pats were running the ball very well against the jets all day. Dallas was not having much success with the running game, so why lean on it during the most crucial part of the game??

    Also punting the ball to Sanchez on the road vs punting it to Brady at home are 2 entirely different beasts.

  50. go9ers says: Oct 21, 2011 10:05 AM

    As a Niners fan (and therefore Cowpies hater), I can’t imagine a better QB for the Cowpies. They are continuously teased by potential but ultimately doomed to mediocrity. Perfect.

  51. amseaman says: Oct 21, 2011 2:21 PM

    Anyone who thinks that you can beat the Patriots with 16 points trusts their defense way too much….

  52. thedingo8 says: Oct 21, 2011 6:51 PM

    up 7 v Jets ,,1st down on the 3 , run for 1,, 2nd and goal throw, 3rd and goal, throw called, Romo stripped. This is on Garrett, why wont anyone admit it. Up by many v Detroit, interception etc.., who called the plays.. Garrett.. This loss is also on him. not Romo. Most of these head coaches who are calling the plays have no clue. ie Ken Whisenhut.

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