Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Tony Romo is like just about every quarterback in the NFL when it comes to turnovers. He is going to make mistakes most often when he is trying to make something happen.
“When you don’t run the football, when you’re behind the chains a little bit and you’re the guy who has the ball in his hands on every play, there’s a natural instinct if you’re a great competitor like Tony is to say, ‘Hey, I can do something. I can fix this.’ ” Garrett said at his press conference Thursday at Valley Ranch. “And ultimately, when you do that at any position, particularly at the quarterback position, you set yourself up for some difficult situations.”
Romo has thrown eight interceptions this year. Six came when he was trailing (3-0, 17-7, 17-7, 27-10 and 34-10 against the Bears and 10-0 against Seattle) and two came when the game was scoreless. An interception against Tampa Bay occured on the third play of the game.
“I think Tony’s done some really good things for us this year, and at times when he hasn’t done good things, it’s probably because we haven’t been in a great situation and he’s trying to make up for something,” Garrett said. “He just has to go back and be 1/11th of the offense like he’s been throughout most of his career and do his job and trust everybody else to do their job.”
Last year, when Romo had his best statistical season, he threw five interceptions when the game was tied or scoreless, three when he was ahead (27-3, 27-10 and 30-27 against Detroit) and two when he was trailing (14-0 to Philadelphia and 21-7 against the Giants).
“I just think it’s the nature of the position in the National Football League,” Garrett said. “If you look around the league, really at every quarterback, there’s always games where they’re playing well and things are going well around them and they’re kind of doing their part. And then when things aren’t going quite as well, there’s a tendency for them to try to do too much and turn the ball over. It’s just the nature of this position in this league, and it has been for a long, long time.”
Romo brushed aside a question about whether mistakes happen because he is trying to do too much.
“We’re not here to talk about negative stuff,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s about winning football games, and we’ve just got to do the things that allow us and give us a chance to win football games, and we’re doing some things to correct that.’’
-- Carlos Mendez