7:49 pm on November 9, 2012
For two minutes and 28 seconds last Sunday, the Cowboys’ offense looked nothing like a rickety wagon mired in the mud. Instead it resembled a high-speed train zipping from one point to the next.
Operating in shotgun, without huddling his teammates, quarterback Tony Romo completed six consecutive passes as the Cowboys covered 78 yards and scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 19-13 loss to Atlanta. The drive was as quick as it was unexpectedly efficient.
And while it didn’t sow the seeds for a victory, it did plant an idea in the head of tight end Jason Witten, who wondered aloud if the Cowboys should consider playing in hurry-up mode more frequently instead or resorting to that style only when they are trailing by a significant margin.
“The coverages change a little bit when you’re in those situations, but Tony honestly is as good as there is in those situations,” Witten said. “Maybe it’s something we look at.”
Only four days before, Romo was thinking along the same lines when he told reporters he liked how the Cowboys’ offense functioned when Dallas erased a 23-point deficit in its 29-24 loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 28.
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