Jason Garrett wasn’t about to cover up for his quarterback following a 37-36 choke job loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. He told the media the truth about what happened on Tony Romo’s final interception that solidified the win for Green Bay.
Garrett said after the loss that Romo changed the play from a run to a pass on second and one. Romo threw a pass intended for Cole Beasley with 1:24 left in the game that was intercepted.
There was also some confusion about what happened on the route Beasley was running. Beasley broke off his route and stopped running, which led to Romo’s pass sailing towards Tramon Williams. Had Beasley kept going, he probably would have caught the pass.
ESPN’s Tim McMahon says Beasley took the blame for the last interception:
Cole Beasley took blame for last pick. Said he "throttled down" on route when that wasn't an option.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 16, 2013
So there you have it: the head coach pins the responsibility on Romo for the last interception, while the receiver takes the blame for making a mistake. And why does it seem like Romo has so many of these miscommunications with his receivers at the end of games?
A lot of people said Garrett was throwing Romo under the bus by shifting the responsibility to him for changing the play, but Garrett was just telling people the facts. The thing is in football, team leaders are expected to publicly take the blame regardless of whose fault it was. That’s something Garrett didn’t do.