Why Did Dallas Lose to Denver and Why Tony Romo Is Not to Blame

James WilliamsonSenior Writer IOctober 5, 2009

First off, I want to congratulate the Denver Broncos. They beat the Cowboys and they proved they are not lucky to be 4-0.

Why did Dallas lose to Denver? That team did lose, but what parts were especially weak?

Well, the Cowboys were playing 5,280 feet above sea level and oxygen is hard to get. It wore them down. I remember they called a timeout to catch their breath, not because they needed to make an adjustment.

The lack of Felix Jones was sad too. He really could have helped when Tashard Choice and Marion Barber were heaving with the carries up there. Mile High is easily one of the best homefield advantages in sports.

This Dallas team shot itself in the foot in the end. I’m not going to rip the defense at all except for maybe a missed tackle here and there.

A defense should be allowed to have a few mistakes when it has a great offense. This defense allowed only 10 points. I refuse to count the first seven because you cannot turn the ball over your own 20-yard line and expect the your defense to prevent them from scoring.

Granted, they threw a tight spiral that even befuddled announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. I, myself, did not know how that ball managed to go through Anthony Spencer’s hands into Knowshon Moreno's for the touchdown.

I’m not going to fault Spencer because that was just weird. I think that play may happen one out of 10 times. Maybe one out of 10 times.

I’m going to say this. I’m not sure that the Dallas fanbase should blame it all on Tony Romo. Tony Romo actually played pretty good in that game. The offense, in general, did not execute.

Sometimes Romo held onto the ball for a long time, but he’s doing that because he’s following advice. He did not try to force anything or try to become Brett Favre. He did an excellent job of protecting the football.

The forced fumble was a result of bad playcalling there. If you watch it closely, every lineman has their guy blocked very well, but the safety came in on a blitz towards Romo’s blind side, and Tashard Choice was out as a wideout instead of being in the backfield picking up the blitz.

An audible should have been made there to bring Choice back to block the blitz and the fumble would not have happened.

The interception was an interesting one. Miles Austin is lined up on cornerback Champ Bailey, and he is running a hook route from what I could tell. The hook route is a simple maneuver where the receiver runs up field then breaks the straight route and race back to the football forming a hook.

The route causes separation from the corner because the corner is in front of him and he has to change direction to try and get the receiver before the ball is thrown.


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