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December 19, 2013

Callahan says he shouldn't have sent in play with pass 'tag' for Romo, who says he should have eaten the ball

Offensive coordinator Bill Callahan said Tony Romo “followed the rules” when he chose to pass on the second-and-6 run call, a throw that resulted in an interception and fueled Green Bay’s comeback last week.

“That’s the option,” Callahan said. “It’s not so much a check, it’s just an option that he has to take a receiver who is being covered man-to-man when the box gets loaded up. He has that option, per se. It more or less falls on me, and I got to structure a better play, a better design, and we got to eliminate that option for him in those types of situations.”

Callahan, talking to reporters Thursday at Valley Ranch after declining comment after the game, said it’s common to have a pass built in to that run play, to get the offense out of an unfavorable matchup. But considering the game situation, Callahan said he should have sent in a play without that option, or “tag,” as the Cowboys call it.

“I just would say if we had to do it all over again, we certainly do it different,” Callahan said. “That was the design of the play, and we certainly can do better. Certainly I can. … It came up so quick, so fast, we still had the tag on the play. We just felt like it wasn’t the time to take it off.

“I should have taken it off. I will live with that.”

Callahan said Romo should not take the blame for passing out of that play.

“I put that on myself just because it was built into the play,” Callahan said. “That’s how I look at it. We can do better. I can do better, certainly.”

Romo said he should have eaten the ball.

“You just go by your rules, and you look to run certain looks and you look to pass in other ones,” he said. “Obviously, like I said before, if you could do it again you wouldn’t make the same choice. More than anything, it came up a little differently because I had to make a guy miss, and you just got to eat the ball at that point.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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