Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Redskins Coach Says "Media Overdoes It" with Romo

Tom Pennington

Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: Washington's Jim Haslett calls Romo 'one of the elite quarterbacks in the league’, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant concur, and Bill Callahan takes the blame for the final play against the Packers.

Washington’s Jim Haslett: I look at the positives with Tony Romo; ‘he’s one of the elite quarterbacks in the league’ - Jon Machota, DMN
Haslett says the media "overdoes it" with Romo.

"They don’t see like the Minnesota game where he takes the last two series and drives it down the field to win the game," Haslett said Thursday. "So I look at the positives. I see a guy that is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, he throws for 5,000 yards almost every year, makes plays with his feet, stays alive, runs the offense, does a little bit of everything. So I see a guy that to me is one of the elite quarterbacks in the league."

"If you’re going to throw it 60 times a game, yeah, maybe something bad is going to happen, maybe someone’s going to drop a ball or it’s going to get intercepted or something, so I think it gets overdone with him because of the situation. I think he’s one of the elite quarterbacks in the league."

Jason Witten: You don’t lose confidence in elite quarterbacks like Tony Romo - Jon Machota, DMN
Witten isn't about to give up on his quarterback, just because Romo threw two interceptions in last week's game (for only the second time this year).

"I don’t think anyone would ever lose confidence in him," Witten said Thursday. "Everything we are and we’ve accomplished over the last few years that you believe in and you hold onto is because of him and what he creates week in and week out and day in and day out. I don’t think you look at a couple of plays and determine, I think that’d be foolish for anybody to do that."

Dez Bryant: Dallas Cowboys believe in Tony Romo - ESPN Dallas
Dez Bryant also has some nice words about Romo.

"That’s our guy," Bryant said. "We all love him. Things happen. Unfortunate things happen. Those things can be fixed. That’s by staying together.

"If you make a guy feel like you’ve got trust in him, you believe in him and you’re behind him, it makes you go extra hard, just like me. If I’m down and I know I’ve got somebody behind me, keeping me up, you’re going to make me work harder than I worked before. We’re all behind him."

Callahan says he shouldn't have sent in play with pass 'tag' for Romo - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Bill Callahan said Tony Romo "followed the rules" when he chose to pass on the final play against the Packers, because the play Callahan called in had a "tag". That tag means the play, originally called as a run play, automatically changes to a pass play when the defense stacks the line of scrimmage. Romo didn't even have to audible out of the play.

"I put that on myself just because it was built into the play," Callahan said. "That’s how I look at it. We can do better. I can do better, certainly. I just would say if we had to do it all over again, we certainly do it different. That was the design of the play, and we certainly can do better. Certainly I can. … It came up so quick, so fast, we still had the tag on the play. We just felt like it wasn’t the time to take it off."

"I should have taken it off."

Cowboys CB Carr 'cool' with teams targeting him often - Jon Machota, FSSouthwest
According to PFF, Carr has been targeted 96 times this season, sixth-most among NFL corners.

"It's cool, my philosophy is if you keep trying me long enough I'm gonna burn you one time, it's fine," Carr said. "I figure it will come at some point. Some teams are going to start working me and getting me action, now I have to find a way to win and get some turnovers for our offense.

Cole Beasley says he’ll be running some different routes Sunday in expanded role - Brandon George, DMN
Neither Dwayne Harris nor Terrance Williams have practiced this week, and while there is a remote chance Williams might play on Sunday, Harris definitely won't, which means Cole Beasley will get more snaps in the game.

"It’s going to be a little different this week, with some different routes that I’m going to have to run," Beasley said. "But I’m ready to do whatever they need me to do. The only thing different is just the routes I’m running. It’s not like I haven’t run the routes before. It’s just not what I usually do in a game but it doesn’t mean I can’t do them. I can still get open there. I can run more routes than what I do just in a game. That’s how I feel. I’m going to give them an opportunity."

Cowboys Injury Report: Terrance Williams Misses Practice Again - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys injury report hasn't changed much from yesterday.

Quantifying the best and worst NFL broadcasters - SportsonEarth.com
Aaron Gordon charted 32 games to figure out which announcing crews make the most mistakes and provide the least insight. He tracked the use of cliches, the frequency of factual errors, and how often the announcers simply uttered total nonsense. The results: Mike Mayock and Cris Collinsworth are the best color guys (Dan Dierdorf is the worst), Joe Buck and Kenny Albert are the best play-by-play guys. Check out the article to find out where your favorite/most hated announcer ranks.

Eli Manning in elite INT territory - Football Perspective
Eli Manning currently has the fourth worst season as measured by 'interceptions above average', going back all the way to 1950. And there's a chance he could climb to number two on that all-time list.

For Manning, 2013 is just the latest in a long line of bad interception seasons. He ranks 9th on the career interceptions over average leaderboard.


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