Tony Romo Takes Heat For Loss To Jets, Teammates Rush To Defense

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — All that time off watching from the sideline last season, all those offseason practices he led, even getting married — none of it could shake Tony Romo from his habit of reckless gambles that turn into costly late-game mistakes.

Twice in the final 10 minutes Sunday night, all Romo had to do was throw the ball away, or simply fall down. Had he done the smart, safe thing on either play, the Cowboys likely would’ve come away with a stunning start to their season.

And Jets fans wouldn’t have spent Monday morning in gloat-city.

Instead, he fumbled 3 yards from the end zone and threw an interception that set up a field goal, leaving the Cowboys with a different kind of stunning finish: a loss to the Jets that marked the first time in 248 tries that Dallas couldn’t cash in on a fourth-quarter lead of at least 14 points.

“I cost us a football game,” Romo said afterward.

“For three years now, one thing you can say about this team, it doesn’t lack fight,” said Jets head coach Rex Ryan. “We might not win every game and we might not play great every game, but this team is going to give you what we have.”

Cowboys fans and critics took to the WFAN airwaves Monday to wholeheartedly agree, dredging up all his past mistakes. The tone of the bashings was that this meltdown is further proof Dallas will never win a Super Bowl as long as Romo is playing quarterback, that he’s too much of a gunslinger and not enough of a leader.

Inside the locker room, the view was completely different.

Teammates insisted the Cowboys wouldn’t have been in position to win had Romo not played so well the first 50 minutes, and that there were plenty of other mistakes that contributed to the loss. They also considered his mea culpa as proof that he is a leader.

“That is him trying to create his identity and show, ‘I am going to be responsible for how far this team goes,'” defensive end Marcus Spears said. “I think that is something he put on his shoulders and I personally like it. … It will only help him to feel that way.”

Linebacker Keith Brooking didn’t even know Romo took the blame, or that the quarterback has a reputation for making risky decisions with a game on the line.

“That’s not the rap in this locker room,” Brooking said. “Who cares what everybody else thinks? … That wasn’t Tony Romo’s loss. … That’s not the way this team looks at it.”

Brooking said Romo picked apart one of the best defenses in the league. He considered it as Romo continuing a roll that began in training camp.

“I’ll take that guy over anybody in this league,” Brooking said. “Y’all might think I’m crazy, but I’m telling you right now, he’s going to have an all-time year. He’ll probably shatter every record. … I’ve seen enough football to know the guy’s ready for the next level.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday that Romo isn’t the only quarterback to let a great performance be undermined by a stumble at the end. He talked about all quarterbacks struggling to balance being smart and being aggressive.

“I think the better players get, the more aggressive they tend to be,” Garrett said. “In this particular case it didn’t work out well for us, but you never want to take away a quarterback’s aggressiveness from him.”

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said he has “no filter” when talking to Romo, so he would tell his buddy if he thought the quarterback blew it. Witten described the emotion as “more of a disappointment than it is more anger, frustration toward him.”

“I think that’s across the team,” he said. “That’s not just the tight end talking, or a teammate or a buddy. You go around this room there is a lot of confidence in him and what he does and what he creates for the team. Nobody is pointing the finger, and it’s not just saying the right thing.”

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  1. Meme Meyagi says:

    there are 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa. what is being done about it?

    1. Meme Meyagi is an Idiot says:

      And you wonder why America is dead? This is one of the “Average Americans” that vote. Well meme, if there were 7 million terrorist in the USA, you’d all be dead. Simple. Run away with your tail between your legs and thank your fake god [money] that you get to breath another day.

  2. larry says:

    Real Cowboy fans expect similar results to Aikman and Staubach. That will never happen–so if you want a Super Bowl winner–Romo has to go//

  3. Dan says:

    I agree with Nick & Roger. Witten should have ran over a safety. I couldn’t believe he took to the sideline and the pylon. Would have been the end for the Jets. And a blocked punt by an untouched rusher up the middle. Crazy!

  4. Chaz says:

    The mistakes Romo made against the Jets are NOT his FIRST, seems to be a trend with him, can’t put the game away in the 4th quarter. How many chances does a guy need to prove himself and he’s had plenty of opportunity. He’s a great backup quarterback but definitely not a franchise quarterback like Brees or Rodgers, and this comes from a long time, die hard COWBOY fan. Just because I’m a COWBOY fan doesn’t mean I can’t criticize my own team when things aren’t and haven’t been going well at the quartback position for several years now. Still love the “boys but we need a 60 minute quarterback NOT a 45 minute quarterback like Romo.

    1. obed says:

      amen to that. certainly not his first and we all know won’t be his last. I love the cowboys always have and always will but when the team does thier best and shows only to be brought down to someone sole mistake the line should be drawn somewhere. enough is enough already. how many times are we going to hear that he will come around? start winning and stop choking!

    2. RC says:

      I have been following the cowboys for along time. I am just tired to see our “Boys” get beat year after year. We have blamed coaches, players and even Jerry for cutting and trading players or draft picks.
      Romo is a 45 minute Quaterback and it seems that he cant put the game away. He chokes year after year and for some reason he continues to be the starting quaterback. Next draft we need to draft a QB on the first round and put the pressure on him. Romo knows that Kitna is not a starting QB, Jerry needs to put the pressure on him and draft a QB on the firts round next year… We need a new franchise QB now!!!!

    3. Carlos says:

      I agree with you…just remember how Troy used to manage the clock and the play in the forth quarter when the Cowboys were leading. Troy was the leader of the team, never saw him smiling when he lost or in vacation while on the playoffs. Nobody shadowed him and he balanced the talented guys on the team, never got rid of them. T.O was never the problem, Marion neither. Romo has to go, he will lose the season in the first few games, got injured and smile from the bench while he waits for the new season

  5. Manny says:

    Romo is definetly to balme, the rest of the team did thier part. Romo avoided blocking and seems ot rather choose to get sacked than to run for positive yards. he’s like the Rex Grossman of Dallas, only Rex has been to a Super Bowl!

  6. Cgarza says:

    First game for the new head coach very impressive! Of course people will love you only when you win! So these haters welcome back down the strentch>

  7. Glen Breingan says:

    Im sick of seeing great defense until 3rd down, then we fall apart, our secondary is as pathetic as ever, no cornerback to speak of, jenkins is injury prone,and newman is never any help,and our offensive line is a mirror of last year, what did we change ???? Dez is our only glimmer of hope, looks like another sickining year to come, at least my Bruins won

  8. GARY says:

    FIRST LET ME SAY,I LIKE ROMO,NO ONE IS GOING TO PLEASE EVERYONE.BUT HIS MISTAKES LOST THE GAME PLAIN AND SIMPLE.THE ONLY WAY HE CAN SILENCE HIS CRITICS IS TO WIN GAMES.HE NEEDS TO PUT THIS GAME BEHIND HIM AND CORRECT HIS MISTAKES,IF HE DOESN’T HE WILL NOT BE AROUND MUCH LONGER.I WANT HIM TO SUCCEED BUT THIS IS A HARD BUSINESS AND WINNING AND MAKING MONEY IS EVERYTHING.

  9. Mark B says:

    Love the Cowboys…Romo…not so much….he is a good backup quarterback but I agree with others that the cream comes to the top in times of Pressure….I didnt say this when Romo first came up… I was patient and was hopeful he would come around… Time to invest in first round pick next year and go back to the drawing board…

  10. Alfred says:

    his a good QB, are so his stats say. but wheres the stats of him choking when they needed him the most. how many playoff games is it going to take for the team to finaly say hey, its not us its the guy cracking at the first sign of pressure.

  11. Mike says:

    He can be a risk taker no doubt. If he had not been intercepted and they would have won, today he would be the hero. My brother worked with him in training camp for a couple of seasons when he first came into the league and he told me then about him before he was even a starter that he eventually would be a great QB. I think he will get atleast one ring by the time everything is said and done. Hope he does.

  12. Tanner says:

    Despite the loss I thought the Boys looked good. I hate to admit it but I had low expectations for this game. I was impressed on how Romo picked apart one of the best defenses and how our defense really stepped up. However, I was dissapointed at the play calling on the goal line when we ran, pass, pass. It should be the other way around on this defense and we could have avoided that turnover and at least kicked a field goal making it a two possesion game. I am disappointed on Romo’s performance at the end but that blocked punt did not help any.

  13. teedog says:

    it was rigged. new york need something positive to make them feel good for 911.
    the giants had lost. the jets weren’t going to lose also. just like when the saints
    won the super bowl after katrina.

    1. Chris says:

      So true..just like when the Patriots beat the Rams after 9/11

      1. mojorisin says:

        Just like when they beat the Steelers to get there, it was rigged the whole year in 2001 not to mention the Patriots getting away with stealing play calling from the other teams.

  14. paul smith says:

    He’s a choker who is more interested in his Hollywood image than winning football games. He’s not a leader like Troy or Roger. I sure hope that Jerry Jones does not decide that he needs a contract extension and raise

  15. Jerome says:

    I am a Cowboy fan who lives in Philly and a person who knows the game. Everyone makes mistakes in the league it so happens that the inception cost us the game. Romo will be fine and all of the haters stay in your lane because when the boys start running things up don’t hoop on the band wagon!

  16. Greg says:

    Witten is to blame for not scoring right before then and not stiff-arming Leonhard instead of letting that little safety arm tackle him at the 3 yard line.

  17. CALVIN says:

    IM A DIE HARD FAN FOR OVER 40 YEARS-WE WILL NEVER WIN A SUPERBOWL WITH THIS BUM.PERIOD!!!!!hE’S MORE LIKE D.WHITE THAN STAUBACK OR TROY…..HE MUST GO NOW!!!!

  18. carl says:

    he still sucks….he has not been ever to put a game away against a good oppenent

  19. DALLAS COWBOYS SUCK says:

    OF COURSE YOU BLAME TONY ROMO! OR SHOULD I SAY TONY NOMO! I DONT UNDERSTAND, THIS GUY HAS BEEN A CHOKE ARTIST FROM DAY ONE! HE IS THE REASON WHY THEY LOST, HE IS OVER RATED AND OVER PAID, JUST LIKE CARSON PALMER…HE HAS’T WON ANYTHING, NOT A CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP OR SUPER BOWL APPEARANCE..AND THE MEDIA NEVER SAYS ANYTHING, ABOUT HIM, JAKE DELHOMME A WORHTLESS QB WHO WASTED STEVE SMITHS YOUTH. MATT LEINART, SELF EXPLANATORY…BUT ALL THE MEDIA WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IS HOW BAD DONOVAN MCNABB PLAYS, HERE IS A GUY THAT HAS BEEN TO 4 NFC CHAMPIONSHIPS HAS ONE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP, AND A SUPERBOWL APPEARANCE, ALSO, THE BEST TD.INT RATION OF ALL TIME!!! BUT GETS NO RESPECT FROM THE MEDIA…HA GO FIGURE

  20. Janice says:

    True Cowboy fans know the deal. Mistakes do happen and games are either won or lost. Hope he learns from his mistakes! Cowboys all the way!!!

  21. Corey says:

    Good performance but too gutsy of a qb in the clutch. He threw the ball right to reevis. Not to mention the fumble. I watched Chad Henne last night play for the Dolphins, and even being down like they were he didn’t get shaken like Romo. He has made too many mistakes when it counts! It’s time to move on to the draft for another qb – sorry!

  22. Robert Contreras says:

    9 seasons and he still has not learn how to hold on to the ball or to not throw into double coverage

  23. Fred Blitzfick says:

    Wish Romo hadn’t done that.

    1. Rusti says:

      Y’all say what you want. If you’re a true Cowboys fan then you’ll stay behind them no matter what. In my opinion, Romo is one of the best. His team believes in him and is behind him 100%. Ya want to trash talk Romo and the Cowboys? Find a new team. Looks like the Steelers might need some new fans. I’m sick of Cowboys fans trashing their own team. Either you’re on board or not. Go COWBOYS!

  24. Michael Pickett says:

    This recent bunch of Cowboy fans are fair weather at best. They quit on great players the second they make a mistake. If they were the GM they would have traded the entire 53 man roster and started over again and again. This isn’t a Jimmy Johnson club. You probably won’t make another Hershel Walker trade, ever again. You can’t keep riding the waiver wire and trading weekly. These are the 2011 Cowboys, not the 90s Cowboys.

  25. Roger says:

    A couple less than ideal choices by Romo for sure but what about Dez Bryant disappearing after the first 10 minutes of the game and seemingly running at half speed. Or what about the blocked punt that went for a touchdown – probably Romo’s fault, too. Easy to blame the QB for everything. There was a perfect storm of problems in the 4th quarter. Also, how is it Jason Witten gets push out of bounds at the 2 yard line by a saftey?? He lowers his shoulder into the safety at that point versus heading for the pylon at the end zone his momentum takes him into the end zone instead of out of bounds and the fumble never happens.

    1. Nick says:

      Exactly my thoughts Roger

    2. the devil says:

      yo co romo rules f all yall dallas fan’s suck how bout i see all yall in hell!!!

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