The rep for every defensive coordinator is that if you hit and pressure a QB enough that turnovers and stupid decisions are not far behind.
In the past three games Romo has been dealing with the latter which may be leading to the former. At the very least it looks that way.
I asked Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Bill Callahan if the way the line has played has negatively affected Tony Romo (cough-cough - loaded question - cough-cough).
"Say that again?" Callahan asked. "You have to ask him that question."
ME: You watch the film, you can tell.
Callahan: "Affect him negatively? I know this - he is one tough son of a gun to sit there in the pocket and take on what he takes on. For everybody to step into that pocket and to step up when the heat is on is a tough job. No one likes to see him get knocked down, believe me. We are doing our best to keep him clean. Does it affect him? This guy comes back time and time again. I've seen him get him, come back and make a play. With all due credit and respect, he does bounce back whether it's favorable or unfavorable."
Romo is being ripped for his five INTs against the Bears; two of the picks were on his receivers, but there are still an additional three, which may be a product of a guy trying to do too much.
At the very least, Romo has never played scared. He may not always make the smartest play, but he always tries to make plays rather than check down with a safe throw, or a play that will save his stats.
Go back to 2007 and a Monday night game in Buffalo when he was an I-N-T machine - five - he never stopped playing. The Cowboys won 25-24.
He can play smarter, but the worst thing that can happen to the Cowboys is if Romo loses his nerve.
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