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Growing rift between Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray?

Tony Romo DeMarco Murray The relationship between Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray isn’t great because of differences over playcalling, according to a report.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday that the relationship between the two Dallas Cowboys offensive playmakers is “frosty.” He said there is a growing rift between them, all because Murray feels like he’s not getting the ball enough and wondering why Romo tends to audible into passes instead of runs.

“DeMarco Murray, their star running back, grumbled to teammates about not getting the ball enough,” Rapoport said of “NFL GameDay Morning.” “He doesn’t understand why Romo always seems to choose pass instead of run. … The relationship between Romo and Murray is frosty, a little bit of a growing rift there. It’s surprising that some pettiness should creep in at a crucial point of the season, but that’s what’s happening.”

It’s an absolutely legitimate concern that has been shared by many people.

Murray was probably the most effective offensive weapon the Cowboys had in consecutive losses. He went for 146 yards on 18 carries in a Monday night loss to the Chicago Bears, and he posted 134 yards on 18 carries in a game the Cowboys blew against the Packers last week.

Romo notably checked out of a running play and into a passing play late in the game and was intercepted. The interception led to the Packers winning the game.

The cries about the Cowboys’ playcalling have been loud. Troy Aikman was critical of it both on the FOX telecast and during the week afterwards. During Sunday’s Cowboys-Redskins game, even LeBron James was complaining that Murray wasn’t getting the ball enough.

If you were running the ball as well as Murray has the last few games only to see Romo blow it, you’d probably be pretty upset, too. I wouldn’t put too much into this — all offensive players want to get the ball more because they feel like they can help their team win. Not getting the ball enough really just becomes a problem when your team is losing like the Cowboys have been.

Jason Garrett says Tony Romo changed play before interception; Cole Beasley takes blame

Jason GarrettJason 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:

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.

SEE: Tony Romo’s two interceptions in the final 3 minutes of loss

Atlanta Hawks Twitter jabs Tony Romo for late-game play

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Tony Romo was taking heat from all angles following his choke job against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Even the Atlanta Hawks’ Twitter account jabbed the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, who threw two interceptions in the final three minutes of a 37-36 loss, by sending this tweet:

That photo was from Al Horford’s game-winning shot to beat the Washington Wizards 101-99 in overtime on Friday night.

As our friend DJ Gallo said, I’m not sure why a historically mediocre franchise like the Atlanta Hawks are trolling Romo, but that’s how bad things are for the Cowboys right now. The Cowboys should respond by flashing their Super Bowl rings.

Tony Romo throws two interceptions in final three minutes of historic loss

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Tony Romo added another chapter to his legacy as a choker by throwing two interceptions in the final three minutes of the Dallas Cowboys’ 37-36 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Yes, Dallas blew a 26-3 halftime lead and 36-24 lead with under eight minutes to go in the game … and they blew it to a team that has Matt Flynn at quarterback. In fact, the Cowboys allowed Flynn to throw for 299 yards and 4 touchdowns!

The Packers completed the comeback with a lot of help from Romo, who was picked off in Dallas’ final two possessions of the game.

For his first interception, Romo threw behind Miles Austin, who was wide open, and Sam Shields intercepted his pass around midfield with 2:48 left in the game.

Green Bay took the ball and drove for the go-ahead touchdown.

Despite the touchdown, Dallas appeared to have a good chance to come back and win the game. They had the ball with 1:31 left and only needed a field goal to regain the lead. But Romo was intercepted on the second play of the drive.

Romo threw a pass for Cole Beasley, who broke off his route to sit down in the middle of a zone. Romo expected him to keep going and the ball went into the hands of Tramon Williams, who made a great catch.

Here’s a look at the play:

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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.

Tony Romo reportedly played through stomach bug, was vomiting before game

Tony-Romo-Troy-AikmanDallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has always struggled in clutch situations, but there are very few who would question his toughness. Romo has played through broken ribs and taken some brutal hits throughout his career. On Thursday, he reportedly played through a nasty stomach virus en route to a 31-24 win over the Oakland Raiders.

Jerry Jones said after the game that Romo had “terrible stomach issues” throughout the day and was “very sick.” The team later announced that Romo was vomiting earlier in the day and needed IV fluids before the game and during halftime. He was unable to warm up or throw any passes before the game.

“He kind of put on that Michael Jordan that is sick and sticking it out and pulling this W out for us,” Dez Bryant said, via The Dallas Morning News. “He’s already a beast, but beast times two comes out [in that situation]. That’s exactly what he showed. Whenever he’s doing things like that it just boosts every one of these guys up and makes them want to play harder, bring out something that we didn’t know that we had.”

The Cowboys trailed 21-7 late in the second quarter before Romo led a 70-yard drive that cut the deficit to 21-14 heading into the half. In the second half, the 33-year-old caught fire and completed all 12 of his pass attempts. Naturally, he shot down the Jordan comparison and said he wasn’t nearly as sick as MJ was back in 1997.

With the NFC East race as tight as it has been all season, Romo has now led the Cowboys to back-to-back victories that required tremendous focus in the second half. Between the game-winning field goal drive on the road against the New York Giants last week and the stomach virus this week, Romo deserves plenty of credit for his clutch performances.

Tony Romo, wife Candice Crawford, son Hawkins appear in Thankgsiving message

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Tony Romo, his wife Candice Crawford, and their baby son Hawkins all appeared together for an adorable video message that was played during the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday.

Romo and his family wished viewers a happy Thanksgiving on behalf of them and the Cowboys. After the video message was played, CBS showed a shot of Crawford in a luxury suite watching her husband play:

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