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Tony Romo: Jason Garrett called for the sneak, I agreed with him

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Tony Romo’s unsuccessful fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak deep in Giants territory in the fourth quarter on Sunday night was a costly failure in the Cowboys’ season-ending loss, and afterward Romo and Garrett were both asked who deserved the blame.

And Romo and Garrett were united in saying no one deserved any blame, because it was the right call.

The call comes from the sideline,” Romo told ESPNDallas.com. “I agreed with the call. Obviously we would’ve liked to have gotten it. It’s an easy thing to second guess now.”

Garrett said that with a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter, a field goal wasn’t an option.

“We were down two touchdowns at that time and we’d been moving the ball really well,” Garrett said. “We thought it was a good opportunity to cash in and get a touchdown at that point and make it a one-score game with the time we had left.”

Going for it on fourth down was the right call. But going through with the sneak, even after seeing that the Giants were lined up and ready for it, feels like a poor decision. Romo should have checked out of the play that Garrett called in from the sideline.

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48 Responses to “Tony Romo: Jason Garrett called for the sneak, I agreed with him”
  1. romo2witten says: Jan 2, 2012 10:29 AM

    Is this even a story? The Giants were better. The Giants won the game. Move on.

  2. duanethomas says: Jan 2, 2012 10:29 AM

    Every defense is ready for a qb sneak on fourth and inches. The key to that play is the center and guards getting some push. To say Romo should have checked out of a sneak, which is safe and high percentage is stupid. Check to what? A pass? A sweep since the middle was stacked? Do what you do best and give us a Tebow story.

  3. algrls says: Jan 2, 2012 10:31 AM

    Sums up Cowboys season-so close but yet so far! And where was that mighty Ryan Defense? Just like your brother all talk, no substance.

    Time for change, let’s start with Ryan and his loud mouth.

  4. bengalsseasonticketchump says: Jan 2, 2012 10:34 AM

    BS. If your offensive line can’t push you for a yard or less after moving the ball down the field well on the drive, you might as well quit.

  5. mackie66 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:34 AM

    Flooro how many NFL teams have you GM’d or coached? How many plays have you called? Every media type fashions him/herself has a football “in the know” guy/doll. Flooro, what end of the football do you throw it?

  6. riverhorsey says: Jan 2, 2012 10:35 AM

    Garrett said that with a 14-point deficit in the (fourth quarter), a field goal wasn’t an option.
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    That 4th down play was about 5 minutes into the 3rd quarter.

  7. richm2256 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:37 AM

    Romo should have checked out of the play that Garrett called in from the sideline.
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    Oh, you want a guy who can A) recognize a defense, and B) call the right audible?

    Yeah, um, you’ve got the wrong guy for that job.

    Sorry.

  8. unbiased8383 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:39 AM

    That call against that Dline was terrible. The game plan itself was terrible. They should have lined up shotgun 4 wide all game and torched that secondary like the Giants did to our pathetic crap D.

  9. ipeefreelyagain says: Jan 2, 2012 10:39 AM

    Sorry Mr. Arm-chair QB, if he got it this article wouldn’t exist. The blame is on Garrett. He should have called in 2 plays – and kill the sneak based on formation. Instead, it was all or nothing.

  10. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 2, 2012 10:40 AM

    How about giving the Giants some credit? If that DLineman doesn’t leap over the offensive line and get Romo, the play would have worked. They had it blocked to the left. Just one spectacular individual effort, otherwise THE PLAY WOULD HAVE WORKED.

  11. realdeal12 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:41 AM

    Any chance you guys get to hate. The boys lost cause the D stinks. Newman, Scandrick and Ball need to go! Romo did not lose this game.

  12. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 2, 2012 10:42 AM

    mackie66 says:
    Jan 2, 2012 10:34 AM
    Flooro how many NFL teams have you GM’d or coached? How many plays have you called? Every media type fashions him/herself has a football “in the know” guy/doll. Flooro, what end of the football do you throw it?

    Still amazed at how many people think Mike’s the only guy writing articles here, even though little gregggggggg and MDS chime in regularly. mackie66, MDS wrote this article, even though I agree with you about him being wrong in what he said at the end.

  13. portlax12 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:44 AM

    Even as a Giants fan, its tough to second guess the call because it was less then a yard that he needed to get. In that situation, a well executed QB sneak normally gets the job done. However, Romo telegraphed the snap count to the point where Boley was on top of him the second he touched the ball. If I was going to second guess any aspect of the play, it would be that Romo’s predictable snap count enabled the Giants to fire off the ball quicker then usual and make the stop. Furthermore, I don’t understand why Dallas did not try to draw NY offsides on such a big play before running it. Worst case scenario is that NY doesn’t jump off and Romo gets a few more seconds to analyze the defense and see if he thinks he is running the right play. This could have resulted in Dallas converting on a crucial play that could have changed the course of the game.

  14. thefiesty1 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:50 AM

    That call didn’t matter. The CowBabies never planned on winning the game anyway. They’re happy at being .500 every year.

  15. krashie21 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:53 AM

    If ANYONE blames Tony Romo for this game, or this lost season????

    Quite simply, you have NO EARTHLY CLUE about football.

    Hanging this on Romo is just plain silly. Give this guy a secondary, an OC, a healthy running game and most importantly, an O-Line that can keep him upright and Dallas would make a serious run.

    The blame falls on Rob Ryan, the O-Line and of course, Jerry’s awful talent evaluation and his overspending on guys who have one decent year (Austin, Free, etc.)……

  16. nflsucker says: Jan 2, 2012 10:54 AM

    Should have put Terence Newman in as a running back on that play, as h had a force field around him all night that kept him and Giants players from ever touching one another.

  17. tigrrrr says: Jan 2, 2012 10:55 AM

    Garrett didnt call for the sneak… jerrah did via strings and eye hooks attached to garett, from his booth.
    Jerrah = puppetmaster

  18. xxwhodatxx says: Jan 2, 2012 11:03 AM

    I absolutely despise the cowgirls but you can’t put the D failure on Ryan when the whole secondary couldn’t cover my grandma as a WR.

  19. kjs7way says: Jan 2, 2012 11:04 AM

    Go BRONCOS!!!!!

  20. dougydougdoug says: Jan 2, 2012 11:06 AM

    The Cowboys aren’t “America’s Team”.
    The Cowboys are “America’s Fair-Weather Team”.

  21. choocho says: Jan 2, 2012 11:13 AM

    i can’t belive it! Colin Cowherd actually admitted he WIFFED on the Cowgirls. Hell has just frozen over. . .

  22. thetooloftools says: Jan 2, 2012 11:15 AM

    Rob Ryan… hello… where are you Rob Ryan? I don’t hear you running your mouth now…. Hello….. any comments Rob?

  23. bootguy says: Jan 2, 2012 11:24 AM

    Jerry Jones , Rob Ryan and Rex Ryan , three of the most egomaniacal windbags in the NFL , all thouroughly embarassed on national TV on the same day !! How can you start a new year any better than that ???

  24. dirtydrynn27 says: Jan 2, 2012 11:31 AM

    I really enjoyed watching those over rated and over hyped punks get beat down! All I hear from their fans is how great this team is and how they will just cruise to the super bowl,Blah Blah Blah!!!! The way Cowboy fans brag you would think they won the last 10 super bowls……The moral to the story is,If you have`nt won anything since 1996 shut the hell up and stop putting the other teams down!

  25. fissels says: Jan 2, 2012 11:33 AM

    Should have taken the 3 there. None of this matters however because the Giants out -played the Cowboys in every phase of the game. Finger pointing is a waste of time. The Cowboys need a serious upgrade in the secondary or next year will be very similar.

  26. east96st says: Jan 2, 2012 11:33 AM

    The problem wasn’t the call. What you’re failing to recognize is Michael Boley made one of the most spectacular defensive plays of the year. As a Giants fan 1) it would be nice to see Boley get some recognition for the play 2) to blame this loss on Romo is ridiculous. He played well, especially since he was hurt. The rest of his team can’t say the same. Lots of blown opportunities, missed tackles, and stupid mistakes. Perhaps it would be better to ask the Dallas defense why it was, in the final game of season, they didn’t know where to line up on at least a quarter of the Giants plays?

  27. tigrrrr says: Jan 2, 2012 11:38 AM

    the romo-coaster comes to an abrupt halt via the NFC east Champion NY Giants!

  28. dallassux says: Jan 2, 2012 11:38 AM

    realdeal12 says:
    Jan 2, 2012 10:41 AM
    Any chance you guys get to hate. The boys lost cause the D stinks. Newman, Scandrick and Ball need to go! Romo did not lose this game.

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    He didnt win it either. But at least he finished with a high passer rating.

  29. dougydougdoug says: Jan 2, 2012 11:39 AM

    “Rob Ryan… hello… where are you Rob Ryan? I don’t hear you running your mouth now…. Hello….. any comments Rob?”

    You didn’t hear him, because he was in front of the media explaining that he wasn’t a loser just because the Jets missed the playoffs. But he had his wig off. Has anyone ever seen Rex & Ryan together in the same room at the same time? Just saying…

  30. kevpft says: Jan 2, 2012 11:41 AM

    You’re really doubling down on this “QB sneak was the critical moment and it shows how bad Romo is” line, aren’t you?

    You should drop it. Anyone who saw the game knows this wasn’t the issue.

  31. jimboonie says: Jan 2, 2012 11:47 AM

    We all know that Jerry Jones calls the plays from the owners box.

  32. rajbais says: Jan 2, 2012 11:58 AM

    It is understandable for people to want Jason Garrett fired and question Tony Romo.

    However, it is pretty understandable to see why Jason Garrett will be back: he was 8-8, thus not a loser; has three years left on his contract, and has a letdown for a defensive coordinator in Rob Ryan.

    Ryan is bad for the team because he’s a regularly jinxes the Cowboys, talks too much about a head coaching future (thus he thinks about it too much), and has a flawed scheme (however, with some underperforming players too)!!!

    If Dallas needs to fire someone, it’s Rex’s twin brother!!!

  33. 1historian says: Jan 2, 2012 11:58 AM

    Mr. Jones – how’s that billion dollar monstrosity of a stadium working out?

    I enjoy watching the cowboys lose

  34. melikefootball says: Jan 2, 2012 11:59 AM

    Agreeing with this coach does not win games….didn’t Garrett ice his kicker to help win a game. Every year DALLAS, DALLAS, DALLAS and they ended what 8-8.

  35. steelerchicken says: Jan 2, 2012 11:59 AM

    Fire the coach and GM!

  36. maddenwizkid says: Jan 2, 2012 12:00 PM

    And Jerry is keepin him around, why?

  37. maddenwizkid says: Jan 2, 2012 12:03 PM

    How good is Eli manning?

  38. wakiash says: Jan 2, 2012 12:03 PM

    FREE DEZ BRYANT AND DAN BAILEY!!!

  39. bspurloc says: Jan 2, 2012 12:07 PM

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    JPP
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  40. zaggs says: Jan 2, 2012 12:11 PM

    It was actually a good call. Even as a Giants fan I’ll say its probable he would have gotten the first down had he not had problems with the snap, or Boley leaping over the line.

  41. westclaims says: Jan 2, 2012 12:13 PM

    Cards win, Cowboys lose. Always love when that happens.

  42. gcsuk says: Jan 2, 2012 12:48 PM

    bengalsseasonticketchump says:
    Jan 2, 2012 10:34 AM
    BS. If your offensive line can’t push you for a yard or less after moving the ball down the field well on the drive, you might as well quit.
    ———————————————————
    Giants missed a 3rd and 1 AND a 4th and 1 yesterday, both runs right up the gut. I’m a Giants fan, and it frustrated the heck out of me that they couldn’t get the push. But I’m glad they didn’t just quit.

  43. cutterbark says: Jan 2, 2012 12:59 PM

    It’s too easy to second guess after the fact. The Giant who leaped over the line made a great play. The game was lost early with the overrated Ryan defense.

  44. flyeaglefly says: Jan 2, 2012 1:51 PM

    I love how Cowboy fans always defend romo….the guy is 1-7 in elimination games…that’s one and SEVEN…he’s got a losing record in December games…HE threw the interception to Rolle…his Defense got 4 punts/stops in the beginning of the 2nd half…HE ran the 4th and one…HE got sacked midway thru the 4th quarter on a crucial 3rd down…HE ran past the line of scrimmage causing a 10 yard penalty and loss of down….last time I checked, if you score 14 points in a football game, your team is going to lose 85% of the time…Romo is your QB, not Ryan, not Garrett, not Jerry Jones…

  45. cometkazie says: Jan 2, 2012 2:11 PM

    dougydougdoug says:
    Jan 2, 2012 11:06 AM
    The Cowboys aren’t “America’s Team”.
    The Cowboys are “America’s Fair-Weather Team”.
    +=+=+=+

    Naw, the CowBoys are Jerrah’s team. And it shows.

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    bootguy says:
    Jan 2, 2012 11:24 AM
    Jerry Jones , Rob Ryan and Rex Ryan , three of the most egomaniacal windbags in the NFL , all thouroughly embarassed on national TV on the same day !! How can you start a new year any better than that ???
    +=+=+=+
    Watch one of the networks hire them as booth analysts. You think Monday night football is bad . . .

  46. jcg23 says: Jan 2, 2012 3:09 PM

    @flyeaglefly So, when Dallas wins, it was the team. But when they lose it was Romo… all Romo. Got it.

  47. bluewinger says: Jan 2, 2012 3:32 PM

    Dallas still has the nicest stadium. LOL!!!!!!

  48. maverick11ss says: Jan 2, 2012 6:26 PM

    Im a cowboys fan and much props to the giants. the better team won…this loss isnt on romo thats just a dumbthought. The giants made key plays when it counted. They totally exploited newman and that 4 th and inches stop by bollie was a game changer. Hats off to the giants. Heres to next year

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