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Tony Romo pushing for Cowboys’ offense to play like they’re losing

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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo thinks his team played its best offense while trailing on Sunday against the Giants. And so he wants the Cowboys to call their offense like that all the time.

Romo said on Wednesday that after the Cowboys fell behind 23-0 on Sunday, coach Jason Garrett called a great game, allowing the Cowboys to take a 24-23 lead. The Cowboy ended up losing, but Romo hopes the comeback helped shape the Cowboys’ offensive identity going forward.

“We really did a lot of things that I liked,” Romo said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I’m pushing coach to kind of get the offense more in that mode a little bit, which is nice. But styles make fights sometimes so we’ll look at different opponents and see different things.”

Romo is talking specifically about the four straight drives — the last two in the second quarter and the first two in the third quarter — on which the Cowboys went touchdown, field goal, touchdown, touchdown. On those four drives, Romo threw 23 passes, completing 17 of them for 252 yards and a touchdown. Ten of Romo’s 23 passes went to his favorite receiver, Jason Witten, and Witten caught eight of them, for 79 yards.

In other words, Romo wants to throw a lot, and throw a lot to his favorite target. That’s not surprising. But considering how well it worked, Garrett would be wise to keep it going, even if the Cowboys haven’t fallen behind by 23 points.

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42 Responses to “Tony Romo pushing for Cowboys’ offense to play like they’re losing”
  1. jc1958cool says: Nov 1, 2012 6:48 AM

    they are!! welcome to jerry’s world no one knows reality lmao

  2. enochmh2 says: Nov 1, 2012 6:49 AM

    Tony unless a team is winning they will not play that prevent defence which rarely works,thats how you found some success when losing

  3. 1uniquename says: Nov 1, 2012 6:54 AM

    That opening Wednesday night game feels like it was a very long time ago. Oh and Romo considering you guys seem to be always behind anyways this shouldn’t be a problem, the problem is the first quarter when your not behind but the defense isn’t playing ultra conservative and you throw two picks that help your team get behind by 14+. So just keep playing stupid early on and you’ll get to throw the ball none stop later in the game, and lose.

  4. blu4l1fe says: Nov 1, 2012 6:54 AM

    Good idea. Now if they can only piece the winning part into the plan.

  5. inditkawetrust says: Nov 1, 2012 6:56 AM

    Well, I mean.. Aren’t they losing most of the time, anyway?

  6. joetoronto says: Nov 1, 2012 6:59 AM

    But what does the OC, HC, GM and President have to say about it?

  7. clevelandschronic2 says: Nov 1, 2012 7:06 AM

    Hmmm shouldnt be that hard to do. When will these idiots see what the rest of see and that is romo is horrible at being a leader and better yet a qb. Dude is a joke. I dont know if i will b able to stop laughing if the cowboys sign him to a new/bigger contract.

  8. pencilmonkeymagic says: Nov 1, 2012 7:06 AM

    C’mon… With a headline like that, surely it’s fish-in-a-barrel territory?

  9. mrcogburn says: Nov 1, 2012 7:08 AM

    Utter folly. Romo slinging it is why they lose to begin with. You are in trouble when your QB is a simpleton.

  10. bathroombenlovemachine says: Nov 1, 2012 7:18 AM

    On November 11 when the Cowboys come to Philadelphia, the Eagles will inflict a career ending injury on Tony Romo.

    Eagles will win Super Bowl 47. Bet on it BEYOTCHES

  11. eaglesfan29 says: Nov 1, 2012 7:21 AM

    Well tony since you like to throw 4 picks a game you don’t have to worry about you guys getting behind. One of the most overrated QB in the game and gets nothing but praises. How many years he been in the league now, how many playoff games has this guy won

  12. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Nov 1, 2012 7:34 AM

    Makes sense. Teams should play to their natural strengths, and losing is what Dallas is best at.

  13. shukey11 says: Nov 1, 2012 7:52 AM

    Hahaha eagles won’t make the playoffs let alone win the superbowl… Next you’ll predict that you’re going to win the powerball. What a joker!

  14. cooklynn17 says: Nov 1, 2012 7:57 AM

    That shouldn’t be too difficult, they lose a lot.

  15. vegaskid21 says: Nov 1, 2012 7:58 AM

    Given who their DC is and their weak D. Line, that shouldn’t be too hard to do.

  16. grogansheroes says: Nov 1, 2012 8:14 AM

    Aren’t you already playing like you’re losing? Sadly, the worst thing that happened to Cowboy fans was the success Jones had early in his tenure with Johnson as coach. Now he thinks he can do it again, and he thinks it was him not Johnson. So until they get a GM not named Jones, well be prepared for mediocrity.

  17. gmemm says: Nov 1, 2012 8:20 AM

    people with out football knowledge should stop posting on this site,… Romos idea is simple pust the ball let him throw the ball 40-50 times a game. i believe dallas will win games

  18. irishgary says: Nov 1, 2012 8:21 AM

    Somebody should invoke a gag order for the Cowboys, just way too many dumb people making dumb statements, and it starts with the owner.

  19. mikea311 says: Nov 1, 2012 8:23 AM

    notice how your offense stalled in the fourth quarter when the Giants quit playing their “lets hurry and get this game over so we can get home before the hurricane hits” defense.

  20. steelers88 says: Nov 1, 2012 8:27 AM

    But shouldn’t the Cowboys offense be the best offense in the league right know?

  21. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Nov 1, 2012 8:27 AM

    Just a 3-4 team with a star on their helmet. That’s pretty much it

  22. steelers88 says: Nov 1, 2012 8:31 AM

    HA HA HA Eagles winning Superbowl 47 best joke ever!

  23. baloneyjohn says: Nov 1, 2012 8:32 AM

    Great Idea, Tony. Actually sounds like a Jerry Jones idea.
    You two clowns were made for each other.
    Dumb and dumber

  24. tundratommy says: Nov 1, 2012 8:41 AM

    Boy do I feel dumb, I thought they already were.

  25. leadlap says: Nov 1, 2012 8:45 AM

    I’m not sure that Romo was saying that they need to throw all of the time. Personally, I think he was referring to the “simplifying” of the offense we keep hearing about.

    If you think about how the game played out, the Cowboys were playing conservative as far as passing goes early on. Garrett tried to limit the pre-snap confusion, which hinders the offense at times, I think. But, I don’t blame him, because he doesn’t want his team turning the ball over.

    But, when you turn the ball over, the coach hesitates with his play calling, especially with down-the-field throws, which keeps teams from having to respect them. (They also can focus more on stopping the run.)

    The QB also hesitates with his throws, which can also lead to turnovers because the ball arrives late or off-target.

    Once they were down, they did throw a lot, but I think Romo’s point was that it was more about being aggressive and not worrying about turning it over again. It allowed them to play more loose and free, which is how Romo likes to play.

    Just my two cents.

  26. heyguru1969 says: Nov 1, 2012 8:46 AM

    Take the words “Dallas Cowboys” out of the mix, and if you think about it every great offense should play like they’re down 23-0. Over the last few years people have gotten so caught up in field position and balance, they forget the entire concept of an offense is to score every time you touch the ball. The teams with weapons capable of brining “Showtime” to the NFL should do so. Just look at recent Super Bowl winners and you see it works. Protecting a lead is an oxymoron. BUILD the lead and it makes comebacks impossible.

  27. tmac4454 says: Nov 1, 2012 8:49 AM

    Romo can throw all he wants, the cowgirls will not beat the Falcons at any cost. They will take out Witten and he will not be a factor. Jenny Jones will fire Jennifer Garrett and make Fatboy Ryan the acting head coach. What a wonderful organization.

  28. cowboys8819 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:11 AM

    Good job Tony being vocal because we need to do something to right this ship!

  29. steelers88 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:18 AM

    Im confused dont the Cowboys have a losing record?

  30. mazblast says: Nov 1, 2012 9:28 AM

    You don’t want to injure Romo. He’s the opposition’s best weapon. Sure, he played well when they were behind 23-0, but he’s a big part of WHY they were behind 23-0.

  31. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 1, 2012 9:30 AM

    That actually explains a lot.

  32. abninf says: Nov 1, 2012 9:47 AM

    tmac4454 says: Nov 1, 2012 8:49 AM

    Romo can throw all he wants, the cowgirls will not beat the Falcons at any cost.
    ======================================

    They probably will beat the Falcons, they’re due for a good game. Then of course the week after they will lose to the Browns. That’s been Dallas the past 14 years.

  33. SparkyGump says: Nov 1, 2012 9:58 AM

    Benching Dez until he tucks in his shirt and learns how to run a route would be a good start.

  34. pftcensorssuck says: Nov 1, 2012 10:03 AM

    Tony Romo pushing for Cowboys’ offense to play like they’re losing
    ———————————————————-
    Umm …. they usually ARE.

  35. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Nov 1, 2012 10:26 AM

    Makes sense. Teams should play to their strengths, and Dallas is good at losing.

  36. ppc50 says: Nov 1, 2012 10:52 AM

    The more they throw, the more they lose – look at their record with a RB with over 20 carries or 100 yards – very high winning percentage. The problem is that when Romo does throw, the results have been pick 6s, ones deep in their own territory or in the opponents red zone. Look at the Chicago and NYG games as examples this year and the Detroit game last. Witten is very good, had a great game last week, but when you are relying on 7 yard passes, for the most part, the defense will creep up and shut down the running game as well. Garrett is the main issue in the poor season this year and the breakdown, failure, of last year. They lost 4-5 games because of his poor coaching last year and at least 2 this year.

  37. trefkennedy says: Nov 1, 2012 11:15 AM

    It’s time with a win against those Falcons on Sunday to put everyone on notice and take our division from the new York dwarfs

  38. rwhited2 says: Nov 1, 2012 11:16 AM

    You don’t have to convince your coach of anything Tony. Just throw three interceptions in the first quarter again, putting your team in a 20+ point hole and that will work…

  39. nonetruerthanblue says: Nov 1, 2012 11:36 AM

    Romo wants to play like they’re losing? That really shouldn’t be a problem…every week.

  40. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 1, 2012 2:35 PM

    With Romo at QB, they will be playing from behind! He has way too many turnovers and he threw the ball a ridiculous 62 times Sunday. They formula gets Romo big numbers but in order to win, they must run the ball. Romo is an idiot.

  41. kev86 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:38 PM

    That JPP INT/TD/slam dunk was awesome.

  42. teedraper says: Nov 1, 2012 4:43 PM

    Romo is boo boo! He & that organization have nothing but bad karma coming their way bc of that T.O situation that was all fabricated! All of it!

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