Cowboys coach Garrett: Romo should have checked down
OCT 08, 2013 1:43p ET
With two minutes left and the scored tied, 48-48, the Cowboys faced second-and-16 at their own 14. Romo threw downfield to rookie tight end Gavin Escobar who was surrounded by three Broncos defenders.
One of those defenders, linebacker Danny Trevathan, made a diving interception to set up Denver's game-winning field goal as time expired.
Garrett said Romo should have dumped the ball over the middle to running back DeMarco Murray, who was uncovered.
"I think when you evaluate that, he probably should have come down and thrown the ball to the back," Garrett said during his Monday media session. "It's a play that we know. We've seen him make throws like that, in between defenders in the zone, a lot. He made a few of them in this ballgame. But I think when you reflect back on it, you say, 'When you felt that little bit of pressure on your lefthand side, kind of slide in the pocket, find DeMarco Murray.'"
On replays, Murray can be seen walking off the field with his hands held apart, as if to indicate he was wide open.
Garrett would have preferred a more conservative decision by Romo given the game situation.
"Cut the distance in half, make it a manageable third down and then go from there," Garrett said. "Those plays happen in split seconds. He saw something that he liked, he cut it loose, their defender made a good play. It was a difference-making play in that game."
The interception marred a record-setting performance by Romo, who passed for 506 yards and five touchdowns. The late interception was the only one Romo threw in the 51-48 loss.
"I thought Tony did a fantastic job seeing what the issues were with coverages and attacking the coverages," Garrett said. "Sometimes they'd double this guy, sometimes they'd double that guy, sometimes they'd play zone. Consistently throughout the ballgame, [offensive coordinator/play-caller] Bill Callahan did a great job giving him options and then Tony found the right answer."
Romo's one wrong answer, as Garrett himself said, made all the difference.
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