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.