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December 20, 2012

Romo is thriving in play-action with Murray, but Garrett cautions against using it too much

Tony Romo is playing well in play-action, but coach Jason Garrett doesn’t want to count on it too much. One problem in relying on it too much is that the quarterback’s throwing technique could suffer, Garrett said.

“One of the things you have to be careful of doing is overdoing it, and as a quarterback getting yourself out of position to throw the football,” Garrett said at his Wednesday press conference. “At the end of the day, it’s about throwing the football. So you want to be able to maximize the faking and make it look exactly like the run and all of that stuff. But at the same time, you’ve got to be able to get your feet underneath you and be able to see the field.”

Garrett said play-action has been good for Romo, and he didn’t discount the idea that it has improved simply because DeMarco Murray has been the back he’s faking to.

“It certainly helps your team when you’re running the ball well and you can play-action fake, and it really affects the defense,” Garrett said. “Tony has a real comfort level with that, and he’s been throwing the ball well. He’s been throwing the ball well on a lot of different passes.”

Garrett continued, “I think it gets better the better you’re running the football. I don’t think there’s any question about that. They play more run defense. It all fits together. That’s why you want to be able to attack the defense in a lot of different ways.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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