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Bill Callahan takes blame for Romo’s late interception against Packers

Eric Edholm
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Bill Callahan and Tony Romo (USA Today Sports Images)

Just about everyone has taken blame for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's late-game interception in the loss to the Green Bay Packers: Romo himself, Jerry Jones, Cole Beasley, Miley Cyrus, Mike Woodson, and the dude from Duck Dynasty.

Add Bill Callahan to the list.

The Cowboys' offensive coordinator — who shunned media Sunday night after the loss and let his players take accountability first — said Thursday that killer Romo pick, which was a pass audible from a called run play, was just standard operating procedure based on the defense the Packers showed, per the San Antonio Express.

“That’s the option,” Callahan said of the play. “It’s not so much a check as it is an option he has to [throw] to a receiver who is being covered man-to-man when the box gets loaded up. He has that option, per se.”

The Packers rallied from a 26-3 halftime deficit, winning 37-36, after scoring following the Romo pick that came with three minutes left. Callahan, who took over play-calling duties from head coach Jason Garrett prior to this season, said Romo “followed the rules” when he chose to pass in that situation and that he should have found a way to prevent that situation from happening in the first place.

“It more or less falls on me,” Callahan said. “I’ve got to structure a better play and a better design and try to eliminate that option for him in those situations.”

It's no matter now, really, and the pick has been blown way out of proportion compared to a defense that has melted into bad fondue. But the Romo pick has been the media talking point this week, and blame has been assigned to (and accepted by) multiple parties, including Callahan now.

“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.”

Everyone wearing a Cowboys jersey can.

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