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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Who cost the Cowboys more against Broncos: Jason Garrett or Tony Romo?

Jimmy-Johnson-Terry-Bradshaw-Jason-GarrettFirst and foremost, it should be noted that it is nearly impossible to win a game in the National Football League after allowing more than 40 points. The Denver Broncos somehow pulled it off on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. If Dallas fans want to blame anyone for the loss, they should probably blame their defense. If not, Tony Romo and head coach Jason Garrett have emerged as quality scapegoats.

Romo is too easy. After throwing for 506 yards and five touchdowns, he went classic Romo and threw an interception with just over two minutes remaining. The turnover gave the Broncos the ball in field goal range and positioned them perfectly for the win. That’s when Garrett made a questionable coaching decision.

With roughly 1:45 remaining in the game, Denver faced a 3rd-and-1 from the 2-yard line. Rather than allowing Denver to score and giving his offense a chance to tie the game with about 1:30 left and no timeouts remaining, Garrett had his defense try to stuff the Broncos on third down. Knowshon Moreno did the best thing he could have done at the time, picking up exactly one yard and giving Denver a first down without scoring. Peyton Manning was then able to take a knee and run the clock all the way down for the Broncos to kick a game-winning field goal as time expired.

On one hand, you can understand why Garrett went for the stop. The Cowboys had one timeout left at the time. Had Dallas stopped Moreno, it would have been 4th-and-1 and they could have used the timeout and forced Denver to settle for a field goal. That would have given the ball back to the Cowboys with plenty of time to get into field goal range for the tie.

The other side of the argument is that you play the odds in that situation. The chances of stopping Denver’s offense from picking up one yard were slim. Had he let Moreno walk into the end zone, Garrett would have given his team a chance. By going for the stop and failing, the game essentially game to an end.

As they say, hindsight is 20-20.