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July 22, 2013

Garrett wants to create environment that reduces burden on Romo, and in turn, chances for interceptions

The Cowboys want to create an environment for Tony Romo where he doesn’t have to do too much, which coach Jason Garrett believes is the main reason quarterbacks throw interceptions.

“If you look at different quarterbacks throughout their careers – great ones, first-ballot Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks – when they’ve been in different environments, the better environment they’re in, the more they can kind of play within themselves,” Romo said. “When the environment puts a little more pressure on them to make all the plays, maybe they don’t play quite as well on a consistent basis.”

Romo matched his career high in interceptions last year with 19. He had thrown only 10 the previous year. For his career, he has 91 interceptions to 177 touchdown passes, a nearly 2-to-1 ratio.

His best ratio year was 2009, when he threw 26 touchdowns against nine interceptions as the Cowboys won the NFC East and went to the playoffs. In 2011, he had a better than 3-to-1 ratio when he threw 31 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.

“You certainly want to take the burden off the quarterback and allow him to make a lot of the plays that he’s made through the years and minimize some of the mistakes that he’s made, particularly in relation to the ball,” Garrett said. “If you look at different seasons in his career, he’s had seasons where he’s had three and four more times touchdowns than he has interceptions. So he’s capable of doing it. That’s what we expect and demand of him. And that’s what he demands of himself.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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