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Travis Frederick to blame for Dontari Poe sacking Tony Romo

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says the reason Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe sacked Tony Romo twice on Sunday is simple: Rookie center Travis Frederick got beaten.

Garrett said Poe just physically overpowered Frederick on one sack. On the other, Frederick made the wrong line call, resulting in a missed block.

He physically got beat on the one,” Garrett said, via the Star-Telegram, “and the other one there was a miscommunication between him and the guard. Ultimately, he’s responsible for making sure that communication is right. One was more physical, the other was more communication and a mental error.”

Poe was a workout warrior at the Scouting Combine whom the Chiefs chose with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, and after he went his entire rookie season without a single sack, there was much talk that the Chiefs had wasted a high pick. But this offseason Poe committed himself to getting in better shape, and it’s showing: He already has 3.5 sacks through two games this year. Frederick won’t be the last center made to look bad by Poe.

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45 Responses to “Travis Frederick to blame for Dontari Poe sacking Tony Romo”
  1. ccjcsr says: Sep 17, 2013 7:51 AM

    That’s obvious, get your head in the film room and redeem yourself!

  2. nokoolaidcowboy says: Sep 17, 2013 7:56 AM

    Coach Jason Garrett, the great armchair head coach!

  3. dallas88kj says: Sep 17, 2013 8:00 AM

    One positive change for the Cowboys this year is Garrett’s willingness to single out individuals for criticism. He’s been guilty of offering too much protection to his players – now there seems to be an element of accountability.

    Now whether that’s a sign of improved leadership or a way to deflect the criticism from himself remains to be seen…

  4. skoobyfl says: Sep 17, 2013 8:00 AM

    Nothing like positive reinforcements.

  5. hansenbrothers says: Sep 17, 2013 8:02 AM

    Way to throw a rookie under the bus. Maybe you shouldn’t have drafted him in the first round…

  6. williamwallacewouldhavebeenaraider says: Sep 17, 2013 8:04 AM

    This dude is rounding into a complete beast. Good job Chiefs

  7. gammynomnom says: Sep 17, 2013 8:07 AM

    Poe will be a beast.

  8. sirmooney says: Sep 17, 2013 8:08 AM

    Dontari Poe didn’t work for his sacks, Frederick allowed it – just like the Chiefs didn’t beat the Cowboys, the cowgirls allowed it…

  9. smashadams1 says: Sep 17, 2013 8:12 AM

    Good for Poe. Sometimes we can be overly harsh on these rookies after just one season.

  10. jayhawk6 says: Sep 17, 2013 8:20 AM

    Dontari Poe is one work warrior who very well may fulfill his potential.

    His work ethic includes shunning barbecue to lose weight; that has to be particularly hard considering the abundance of very good barbecue in K.C. and his home town of Memphis.

  11. hanklee1989 says: Sep 17, 2013 8:22 AM

    Week 2 just ended and the blame game has started in Dallas.

  12. crossbuckpass says: Sep 17, 2013 8:28 AM

    Where oh where are all the Poe haters out there? Show yourselves and fess up to all the bust chatter you’ve been spewing since the ’12 Draft. Time to eat some crow.

  13. wearethesteelers says: Sep 17, 2013 8:28 AM

    Good draft pick.

  14. hanifmiller says: Sep 17, 2013 8:29 AM

    Way to through your guy under the bus Garrett. If you cant take responsibility for your team then it’s not your team.

  15. dixiebob says: Sep 17, 2013 8:34 AM

    Tony has to learn to run like hell and avoid all those mean defensive guys.

  16. GBwomenrhot says: Sep 17, 2013 8:35 AM

    The House of Cards is falling down….Marinelli doesn’t place blame….nice job Garrett, enjoy it while you have it which won’t be long.

  17. Stiller43 says: Sep 17, 2013 8:40 AM

    He looked very much like the 5th round pedigree every team but the cowboys thought he was.

  18. nesportsfan0428 says: Sep 17, 2013 8:45 AM

    Opposite of the sophmore slump.

    Poe’s a beast.

  19. johnsteph1 says: Sep 17, 2013 8:50 AM

    Other than those 2 mistakes he actually played a very nice game. OK on the first he gets overmatched. The second he slides to help the left guard and the right guard is to cut or slide to take Poe. Then the running back is there to protect too and misses his assignment. Frederick will be just fine.

  20. philgrek says: Sep 17, 2013 9:00 AM

    I’m not sure why this is “news”. Simply watching the game gave you this information. Are we going to start creating headlines for who is to blame on all sacks now?

  21. oklachief says: Sep 17, 2013 9:06 AM

    Poe is a BEAST!!! Im not sure what the record for single season sacks is by a NT but Im sure he will break that this year. GO CHIEFS!!!!!

  22. ras1tafari says: Sep 17, 2013 9:07 AM

    It’s everyone’s fault EXCEPT Jerry Jones.

  23. elliottcovert says: Sep 17, 2013 9:10 AM

    His Poe-tential is really starting to show!

  24. kcflake says: Sep 17, 2013 9:11 AM

    Frederick Got Beat Cause Dontari Poe is a BEAST! Keep it Up Dontari! You Are the Man! Go Chiefs 2013

  25. granadafan says: Sep 17, 2013 9:14 AM

    Frederick better check those treads on his back after getting thrown under the bus by his coach.

  26. ragingmouse says: Sep 17, 2013 9:20 AM

    Frederick just made a “Poe choice”…

    Next time…

  27. jbaxt says: Sep 17, 2013 9:23 AM

    We’ll see how good the Chiefs d is when they meet Philly. I hope they shut Philly down, and if they do I suppose that means they’re for real. But KC needs to get their offense going if they want to be able to compete with Denver in the west.

  28. mrgdawg says: Sep 17, 2013 10:02 AM

    Chiefs D is under-rated. Good passrush with Hali and Houston. Now Poe is crushing the pocket.

  29. herbstsomer says: Sep 17, 2013 10:04 AM

    Way for the head coach to throw a rookie player under the bus. This is one of the reasons the Cowboys won’t be making the Playoffs this year.

  30. kcrobert10 says: Sep 17, 2013 10:06 AM

    I wonder how much of his success can be attributed to change in defensive philosophy to. Crennel love to read and react while Sutton is more of the blitz to put pressure on the qb type.

  31. joetoronto says: Sep 17, 2013 10:13 AM

    Dallas is so bad they made the Chiefs look decent, that’s not easy to do.

  32. schmitty2 says: Sep 17, 2013 10:18 AM

    It doens’t get any easier for Frederick this week with the Rams coming to town. Michael Brockers is an animal.

  33. wipemysweatjackoff says: Sep 17, 2013 10:51 AM

    Garrett threw the rookie under the bus? How is that – everyone who watched the game or caught the highlights saw that Frederick got beat on the first sack – so Garrett is supposed to blantantly lie about him getting beat. It is hilarious how after 2 games the doom and gloom attitudes come out in full force.
    Take this to the bank – the Boys will win the NFC East and it won’t even come down to the last game of the season.

  34. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Sep 17, 2013 10:57 AM

    So Frederick is the kid the Jerry took in the 1st round that no one else had graded above a 3-4 round pick. And we are surprised Poe dominated? Really?

    God I love Jerry Jones.

  35. wipemysweatjackoff says: Sep 17, 2013 11:21 AM

    No else graded above the 3rd or 4th round? Why because Mayock, Kiper and McShay said so…your football IQ is limited at best and should save your Cowboy hating comments to yourself.

    By season’s end T. Frederick will be considered a Top 5 center and wouldn’t be surprised Top 3.

  36. scmems07 says: Sep 17, 2013 11:39 AM

    travis fredrick is to blame for bringing dontari poe out of “bust” status.

  37. mrlaloosh says: Sep 17, 2013 11:50 AM

    If the ginger coach has any “guts” he’ll say the GM(Jerrah) made a mistake in drafting Frederick in the first round. Any chance of that happening?

  38. fwbrodie says: Sep 17, 2013 12:16 PM

    Poe was as raw as it gets coming out. Interest piqued.

  39. micknangold says: Sep 17, 2013 1:04 PM

    I wonder how much of his success can be attributed to change in defensive philosophy to. Crennel love to read and react while Sutton is more of the blitz to put pressure on the qb type.

    Defensive linemen don’t “blitz”, but I see where you’re going with that. Poe is much better suited playing as a gap-penetrator – his main attribute is his explosiveness and power.

  40. gammynomnom says: Sep 17, 2013 1:07 PM

    By the way, Frederick was an excellent pick who will be an anchor of that line in Dallas for a long time. Veterans have bad games and Rookies surely do. Sometimes a player just gets beaten on a play or two. No shame.

  41. jjackwagon says: Sep 17, 2013 1:50 PM

    Jags are so bad they made the Raiders look decent, that’s not easy to do.
    Of course, the Jags had to start their 2nd string QB to do it.

  42. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 17, 2013 2:32 PM

    It would help the rookie center if Dallas would run the ball some and make the nose tackle become a run stuffer instead of focusing on being a pass rusher.

  43. afcdomination says: Sep 17, 2013 3:07 PM

    no one is to blame other than maybe the coaching staff for allowing Poe to be 1 on 1 with their rookie center. notice how they quickly moved to double teaming him?

    Poe is also an absolute force against the run. this needs to be mentioned. MJD had 15-45, mostly due to Tyson Jackson(not a bust) and Dontari Poe(not a bust) destroying the OL. Dallas had about 12-27 with D.Murray.

    so beyond his 3.5 sacks as a true NT in the 3-4,(he has a pure bull rush sack, and he has that 1 on 1 vs fedrick) he is also stout against the run, catches all the passes from the machine in practice. He is a new age VInce Wilfork. there is no one like him in the NFL right now

  44. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 17, 2013 4:06 PM

    I love the Dallas yes man coach and gm owner combo!

  45. raiderapologist says: Sep 18, 2013 12:34 AM

    I hate the Chiefs, mostly because of clowns like jbaxt and slickster, but there’s nothing wrong with a high draft pick earning his money. If Poe works out better than Dorsey or Jackson, all I can say it’s about damn time one of those early first round picks paid off.

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