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October 07, 2013

On the interception, Garrett says Romo should have gone to Murray when he felt pressure

Coach Jason Garrett said Tony Romo’s best decision would have been to throw to DeMarco Murray, instead of trying to go to tight end Gavin Escobar, on the interception that set up Denver’s winning field goal.

“He probably should have come down and thrown the ball to the back,” Garrett said. “It’s a play that we know. We’ve seen him make throws like that, in between defenders in the zone, a lot. He made a few of them in this ballgame.”

Garrett said there was pressure in the pocket on Romo, but that he should have looked for his dump-off.

“When you felt that little bit of pressure on your left-hand side, kind of slide in the pocket, find DeMarco Murray,” Garrett said. “Tried to stick one in there, and they made a good play. He certainly would like to have that decision back, but you’ve got to move forward. You’ve got to learn from it.”

Garrett did not give Romo an out because of the unclean pocket.

“The pocket can’t be clean every snap,” Garrett said. “Obviously, you want those guys to compete and be firm up front. One of the things that did happen in the game, there were a couple of times where they had some line games up front where we didn’t handle those as well as we needed to. Not so sure that was the case there. Just wasn’t a real clean pocket. He felt a little something from his left-hand side. He probably should have slid down the back and moved along.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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I noted the same thing. No one was within 10 yards of Murray because it appeared the Broncos were determined not to let the TE catch the ball up the seam. Hence, Escobar was tripled covered. I think Romo panicked and made another ill-advised throw in the clutch. I found this curious because since he was "under pressure", the safe and much easier throw would have been to Murray. If Romo makes that pass, Murray picks up at least 10-15 yds and the drive stays alive for at least another play.

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