Tony Romo says you don’t have to worry about him passing up a chance to go deep. It’s just that right now, he’s taking what’s there.
“Believe me, if there are shots down the field, I’ve never been accused of not taking them,” he said Thursday at Valley Ranch in his weekly visit with reporters. “I think more than anything, you’re just going to go through the progressions and see what the defense is giving you.”
Romo, told about owner Jerry Jones’ remarks this week that Dez Bryant should get throws even when he is double covered, said, “That’s great. I think Dez is a good enough player to have a chance to do different things. There is a time and place. I think everyone understands there are certain double-coverages that are different than others. Dez is doing a great job doing that, and we’re going to try some things to continue getting him the ball.”
Bryant has 23 catches for 282 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 12.3 yards per catch, with a long of 53. He is roughly on pace to match last year’s season totals of 92 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. Last year, he averaged 15.0 yards per catch and had a long of 85.
“I’ll say this, I’m very confident in anything that I’m doing,” Bryant said. “I feel that I can do whatever. If that’s what was called – ‘Let’s get it down to Dez’ – OK. If it wasn’t, I’m fine. Either way. I’m confident in whatever I have to do to help the team.”
Romo brushed off criticism that now he is too conservative, though his yards per attempt (6.68) is an all-time low and he has only seven attempts over 20 yards and only three completions over 25.
"I think, more than anything, you play the play that’s called," he said. "Since you’re 12 years old, there’s a coverage and there’s places to go with the football, and you take that. Kansas City wanted to play single high coverage and press man, and the ball went to Dez five times down the field. We got two called. One he dropped. He wishes he hadn’t. The other, he got called for a penalty. That might change the whole balance of certain things, too. And then in some of the other games, they dared us to run, so we ran it."
-- Carlos Mendez