If you look at the stat line from the Oct. 1 Monday night matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears, it would appear that Tony Romo was the sole reason for the embarrassing 34-18 loss in Jerry's play palace.
He did the right thing as the leader of the team and accepted blame for the loss, refusing to throw any other player under the bus. He was credited with throwing five interceptions and that's pretty much the only stat people will look at in the losing effort.
I won't apologize for Romo's play because he has to play above the ineptness of those around him, namely Dez Bryant. The Dallas quarterback has been placed in a position where he has to be pretty damn-near perfect on every play to give the Cowboys a chance to win.
Romo did have his share of miscues: overthrowing an easy TD toss to Miles Austin, underthrowing Kevin Ogletree which resulted in a pick and throwing another pass behind Austin that was intercepted. Those two interceptions were squarely on Romo's shoulders.
Two of the picks were not, one in the first quarter that was returned for a score when Bryant apparently didn't read the route correctly. Go figure. The highly talented receiver from Oklahoma State can't run the right routes or read a defense and adjust.
The second was perfectly placed for Ogletree to make a play, but it bounced high in the air and was picked off.
I'm all for placing blame where blame is due, but there were several layers to this ridiculous onion that should be peeled away and examined including bad plays by receivers and a defensive collapse in the second half.
As they say, you win as a team and you lose as a team. But it still boils down to execution on the field.
John Ingle is a graduate of the Midwestern State University Mass Communication program with an emphasis in journalism. He is a lifelong Dallas Cowboys and football fan dating back to the late 1970s and covered the Cowboys as a journalism intern during two training camps at MSU. Follow him on Twitter @inglejohn1973.
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