Tony Romo enjoys a fat dip at the Mavericks game

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Tony Romo and BFF Jason Witten were among those in attendance at American Airlines Center Monday for Game 4 of the Dallas Mavericks’ playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs.

Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki has been very supportive of Romo during his time as quarterback of America’s team, so it’s almost like Tony returning the favor.

But one thing I learned about Romo that I didn’t previously know is that he likes to dip. Is this an old habit or a new one? I don’t know, but it was impossible to miss that fat lipper in his mouth and that red party cup he was using as his spittoon.

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And what does Jessica Rabbit have to say about what Romo is doing?

Tony Romo, Jason Witten give Jason Garrett an earful

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Tony Romo gave coach Jason Garrett an earful as he came off the field following a stalled drive in the red zone during the first quarter of the Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game on Sunday. Tight end Jason Witten also seemed to have some issues to express to Garrett.

The Cowboys had a second and goal from the five and kept Witten in to block while second-round pick Gavin Escobar went out for a pass on their second drive of the game. Escobar dropped a pass in the end zone that hit him in the hands, leaving Romo in disbelief:

On the next play, Romo tried forcing a pass to Witten that wasn’t there, and it went incomplete. The Cowboys had to settle for a short field goal to go up 6-3.

As he was clearing off the field, Romo, perhaps upset over the playcalling, yelled at Garrett. Announcer Joe Buck described it as Romo giving Garrett an “earful.” FOX also showed Witten saying something to Garrett in an intense matter.

Whatever their issues were seemed to be worked out, because the Cowboys scored a touchdown on their next drive on a 25-yard pass from Romo to Witten.

Jason Witten: Dez Bryant was not complaining about getting the ball

Dez Bryant Jason GarrettDez Bryant‘s emotional sideline outbursts during the Dallas Cowboys’ loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday have been a hot topic of conversation this week. Analysts ripped him for acting like a child, but NFL Films audio showed Bryant saying some positive things during what were perceived as temper tantrums. Bryant also insisted he was just being passionate and that there was nothing negative about it.

Jason Witten, one of the people that appeared to get into it with Bryant on the sideline during the fourth quarter, defended Dez on Tuesday. According to the veteran tight end, Bryant was not complaining about getting the ball.

“There’s nobody I love playing with more on Sundays than Dez,” Witten told KTCK-AM 1310 and KTCK-FM 96.7 The Ticket, via The Dallas Morning News. “I was just reminding him there at the end there was still hope, still a chance and that he kind of just needed to let it go and let’s get focused back on these final few seconds.

“Wasn’t about getting [Bryant] the ball…that’s not what kind of guy he is…that’s why we love him.”

Witten and Bryant appeared more animated with each other than Bryant and Romo were. Witten’s explanation makes sense, as the Cowboys still had time for one final Hail Mary after the Lions’ go-ahead touchdown and would have needed Bryant’s size and hands on that play.

From everything we have gathered, it sounds like Bryant’s outbursts were a combination of positive and negative emotion. We’d still like to hear the full audio. The video replays clearly don’t show enough.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Dez Bryant and Jason Witten fight on sidelines (GIF)

Dez Bryant’s unstable emotions were on full display Sunday during the Dallas Cowboys’ 31-30 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Bryant caught just one pass in the first half of the game — a one-handed touchdown grab to make it 10-7 Dallas before halftime. He may have been upset about how little action he was seeing, because he had a meltdown on the sidelines late in the third quarter. He yelled at Tony Romo and some of his coaches. But after the Cowboys a 60-yard touchdown to go up 20-10, he seemed to be doing much better and even gave Romo a pat on the butt. Then he seemed thrilled after scoring a 50-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to make it 27-17. But all those positive emotions quickly disappeared after the Cowboys blew the lead.

Dez Bryant Jason GarrettDespite being up 30-24 with 1:02 left, the Cowboys lost the game after allowing the Lions to go down the field and score the winning touchdown. As the game was slipping away from Dallas, Dez had another meltdown on the sidelines and was confronted by tight end Jason Witten, who tried putting him in check.

It was such a childish display by Dez. Is he the only player on the Cowboys? Is he the only guy who was furious that they blew the game? He sure acted like that was the case. And he also acted like the game was already over even though Witten was reminding him they still had time left.

Here was his meltdown on the sidelines earlier in the game:

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Jason Witten got caught eating hot dog Bill Parcells, thought he would be cut

Bill-Parcells-Saints-interimBill Parcells was known for being one of the toughest coaches to play for during his tenure in the NFL, but Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten recently shared a story about Parcells showing him mercy. Simply put, there was once a time where Witten thought eating a hot dog might get him cut.

On Wednesday, Witten told reporters at an Independence Bowl event that Parcells caught him eating a hot dog during halftime of a preseason game several years ago.

“It was raining, and I had played most of the first half, catching a touchdown pass, and we were beating the Saints pretty good,” Witten said, according to The Shreveport Times. “I figured I was finished at halftime, because starters usually didn’t play that much in preseason games. I walked under the stadium and saw the most beautiful hotdog you’ve ever seen. I dressed it all up with mustard, and ketchup and relish — then I was in mid-bite when coach (Bill) Parcells walked in.

“I felt about this big (motions with fingers). I didn’t figure I’d play another game as a Cowboy.”

[Related: Bill Parcells motivated DeMarcus Ware by ragging on him]

I’m always skeptical of people who put ketchup on their hot dog, but that’s beside the point. Apparently Parcells appreciates the power of a craving, because Witten is still with Dallas and has been one of the most productive tight ends in football throughout his career. Either that, or Witten just got lucky and caught the Big Tuna on a good day.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Jason Witten reportedly willing to sign medical waiver to play against Giants

Jason Witten has not yet fully recovered from the lacerated spleen he suffered during a preseason game on Aug. 13, but he desperately wants to play in the Cowboys season opener against the Giants Wednesday night. Witten is listed as doubtful for the game, but he made the trip to New York with the team. He reportedly wants to play so badly that he’s willing to put his signature on it.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Witten has told the Cowboys multiple times that he is willing to sign a medical waiver absolving the team’s doctors and medical staff of any liability if he re-injured his spleen on Wednesday night. A CT can has reportedly showed that the spleen has healed, but doctors have urged the team to take caution. The Cowboys are not willing to make a decision on Witten’s status based on a waiver.

Prior to this summer, Witten had not missed an offseason practice in his entire career. In fact, a rare predicament almost caused him to miss his first back in June but he arrived to camp just in time. Witten takes conditioning very seriously and has missed only one game during his entire nine-year career — during his rookie season.

The Cowboys Pro Bowl tight end has been a model of durability throughout his career, but the team has to be smart. There is still a long season ahead of Dallas and Witten will be more important to the team down the line than he is in Week 1.

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Jason Witten: Tony Romo is elite, but will be criticized until he wins a Super Bowl

Jason Witten made some bold comments recently that many considered to be offensive.

The Cowboys tight end has a partnership with a workout facility in Abilene, Texas, and spoke to Joey D. Richards of the Abilene Reporter-News while in town for a special workout on Monday. He spoke confidently about his team and its chances this season.

“We got a lot better through free agency, got a lot better in the draft,” Witten said. “Obviously, I think Tony Romo is an elite quarterback who gives you a chance to compete for a championship.”

Witten believes the criticism Romo faces is unfair.

“There’s high expectations for Cowboys,” he said. “There’s been some great quarterbacks who have come through that organization. You look at Roger Staubach and Troy (Aikman), and the expectations are Super Bowls. He’s a phenomenal, cool quarterback. He’s an elite quarterback. But until we win the big game, the criticism is going to come. We understand that, and we have high expectations. Tony is a phenomenal player and a phenomenal player for our football team.”

Witten cited Romo’s stats — 31 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions last year — as proof that Romo is elite. He is right in one sense.

I think Tony Romo is an elite playmaker. He can do things few other quarterbacks in the league can. He makes things happen, and throws for the kinds of yards and touchdowns only the top quarterbacks in the league can. But Romo also makes some of the biggest mental mistakes in the league, and that is what keeps him from being elite overall.

If he can improve on the mental side and eliminate the dumb mistakes, then he will truly be an elite quarterback. The problem is most people will refuse to recognize that unless the ‘Boys win a Super Bowl, just like Witten says. At least Romo believes he’ll get there. I’m not as confident.

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