The line to defend Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo after his team’s recent loss against Denver is shorter than the one to support Houston’s Matt Schaub.
Romo threw for 506 yards and five touchdowns, but his interception late in that game led to a 51-48 loss. That was enough ammunition for Romo’s critics to point out his inability to win games in the clutch. Romo’s detractors noted he received a six-year, $108 million contract extension with $55 million in guarantees ($25 million signing bonus) this past offseason and is supposed to help Dallas win close games, not lose them.
Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin disagrees with anyone willing to criticize Romo for that loss.
"You put that one on me," Kiffin told DallasNews.com.
What gets lost in Romo’s criticism is Kiffin’s 28th ranked defense has not played well recently.
Dallas' defense allowed 51 points, which is a ridiculous amount. Romo made a critical mistake, but when a team scores 48 points, that should be good enough to win any game, except in the Arena Football League.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns. Denver converted 9-of-13 first-downs and never punted. The Broncos averaged 9.9 yards per pass play against Kiffin's defense.
In addition, Dallas has allowed as many points (68) in the past six quarters as the defense did in their first 3 ½ games. The Cowboys also have not recorded a sack in the past six quarters.
"We’ll be OK," Kiffin said.
For Romo’s sake, Kiffin better be right.