After suffering an ugly loss in which he threw three interceptions, all of which resulting in points, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo put the entire loss on himself. As a fan I can respect that, if you look at his numbers you probably wouldn’t hesitate to agree with his opinion. However, I’m here to tell you that Romo deserves very little of the blame for this loss.
First things first we will start with the offense. Jason Garrett should be held accountable for much of this loss, and I will explain. The Cowboys offense dominated the Giants D on the ground, but had very little success through the air. They averaged 8.7 yards per carry on the ground, and 4.4 yards per attempt through the air. Now, with 38 seconds left in the third quarter, the Cowboys led the Giants 24-20 and had the ball on the Giants 46 yard line.
Instead of playing smart and handing the ball off to milk the clock and protect the football, Jason Garrett decides to take a shot down the field, and it resulted in Tony Romo’s third interception. Don’t get me wrong, it’s Romo’s job to make the right read and throw a good pass, however, he never should have been put in that situation by the coaches, and it ultimately was the turning point in the game.
Defensively, I don’t even know where to start. Wade Phillips obviously cannot handle the double duty of being head coach and defensive coordinator, after two games I am already convinced. It’s almost as if the Cowboys do not practice defense throughout the week. Technically speaking the Cowboys cannot tackle properly, they can’t cover properly, their blitzes are predictable and ineffective, and they are being exploited. This aspect of the game simply must be fixed or the Cowboys could be looking at a very disappointing season.
This loss should be place in majority on the coaching staff, primarily Wade Phillips, and Jason Garrett. If they continue to call games the way that they did last night, then they will continue to find themselves losing football games. Period.