Jason Garrett took the brunt of the blame for the utterly sloppy way in which Dallas handled their final drive on Sunday, but according to one NFL quarterback-turned-ESPN analyst, Garrett doesn’t deserve all the heat he’s getting; rather, Trent Dilfer says, we should be looking at quarterback Tony Romo.
“The bottom line is, if you’re Tony Romo, you can’t throw a 2-yard completion in the middle of the field in that situation,” Dilfer told Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio this week, via ESPN Dallas. “Time is more important than downs in that situation. What I mean by that is, time is paramount, completions aren’t.
“You only throw the ball to complete it in the middle of the field if it’s worthwhile, if it’s going to make a significant difference in field position. You don’t make any contested throws in the middle of the field in that situation.
“It blows my mind that he threw that ball. And every quarterback I talked to yesterday said, ‘Why aren’t people talking about the right thing?’ Chuck the thing out of bounds, eat seven seconds and get two more plays.”
Of course, Dilfer has a point. Romo isn’t a rookie; he’s in his seventh season of being the starting quarterback of the Cowboys. That said, folks probably wouldn’t be so quick to blame Garrett if this weren’t the third instance of poor clock management down the stretch of a game since he took over as head coach.
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