Romo's judgment on Cowboys is candid
By Tom Orsborn - Express-News Web Posted: 10/15/2010 12:00 AM CDT
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo isn't following his head coach's lead when it comes to the issue of whether the team is guilty of playing stupid, undisciplined football.
“We have to play smart, and we have to play a disciplined football game,” Romo told reporters Thursday in Irving.
The head-on manner in which Romo tackled the subject stood in sharp contrast to the way Wade Phillips answered a question about the team's mistake-riddled performance in Sunday's 34-27 loss to Tennessee.
“Our offense had very few mental errors, and we didn't have very many defensively,” Phillips said. “We'll have technique errors, now. Unfortunately, we had some penalties we don't need to make.”
The Cowboys had 12 penalties for 133 yards against the Titans, including an excessive celebration flag against right tackle Marc Colombo in the fourth quarter that played a big role in the home loss. Dallas also had 12 penalties in the season-opening loss at Washington.
Romo said he's hammered home to his teammates the need to play smarter Sunday at Minnesota.
“It's easy to get on the guy who is kind of halfway there mentally,” he said. “I get on those guys.”
The Cowboys and the Vikings are both 1-3 after entering the season as trendy Super Bowl picks. Since the NFL adopted the current playoff format in 1990, only five teams have rebounded from a 1-4 start to make the playoffs.
Romo has been criticized in the past for not being a forceful leader, but that apparently hasn't been the case this week.
“Those situations are things you have to avoid,” he said of penalties and mental errors. “But you never know what play (the game is) going to be determined on. A holding penalty or (a receiver) not releasing the right way or me throwing the ball to the wrong guy or us not catching the pass defensively could all make the difference in a game....
There's no right way to do the wrong thing.
To compete for the playoffs, Dallas has to improve here: Only four sacks against Eli Manning over the past six games!