Romo’s fault? Not totally, Cowboys teammates say

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday that Romo isn’t the only quarterback to let a great performance be undermined by a stumble at the end. He talked about all quarterbacks struggling to balance being smart and being aggressive.

“I think the better players get, the more aggressive they tend to be,” Garrett said. “In this particular case it didn’t work out well for us, but you never want to take away a quarterback’s aggressiveness from him.”

Romo cut way down on his mistakes in 2009 and the Cowboys won the division and he earned his lone playoff win. He broke a collarbone six games into a disappointing 2010 season, and has said his time on the sideline left him craving the competition.

Jon Kitna did an admirable job filling in, sparking talk of what a great leader he was _ and Romo wasn’t. But Romo took charge during the lockout, organizing workouts attended by more than 40 players. And the former gossip-rag cover boy disappointed single women everywhere by walking down the aisle this summer.

Tight end Jason Witten broke into the league with Romo and remains a close friend. Nothing he saw Sunday night dimmed his opinion of Romo.

“Obviously, it was a disappointing couple of plays, but that doesn’t define who he is,” Witten said. “We know what type of player he is, so we’ll get back on track. We have all the confidence in the world in him.”

Witten said he has “no filter” when talking to Romo, so he would tells his buddy if he thought the quarterback blew it. Witten described the emotion as “more of a disappointment than it is more anger, frustration toward him.”

“I think that’s across the team,” he said. “That’s not just the tight end talking, or a teammate or a buddy. You go around this room there is a lot of confidence in him and what he does and what he creates for the team. Nobody is pointing the finger, and it’s not just saying the right thing. I think everybody in this room believes it.”

As for Romo, he didn’t speak with local reporters Monday, but he did conduct a conference call with San Francisco reporters. He said he got home around 5:15 a.m. and was at team headquarters by 10 a.m. to start getting ready for the 49ers.

“You have to get ready for the next one and we have to put that one behind us,” he said. “I have to come out and play my best game this week and make sure that what happened last week doesn’t happen again, and I’ll do that.”

Notes: Although team owner Jerry Jones said CB Orlando Scandrick (ankle) is likely out three or four weeks, Garrett said nothing has been decided. … CB Terence Newman (groin) could start practicing this week. He’s been out since early in training camp. … Another injured CB, Mike Jenkins, drew praise for playing through several injuries. “If you’re a coach or a player on a football team and a guy is doing that, just putting it on the line and fighting through some things, that’s inspiration, a really positive thing for your football team,” Garrett said. … Garrett said WR Dez Bryant was healthy enough to be on the field late in the game. “He was dragging it a little bit but it seemed like he was fighting through it,” Garrett said. “If there was any question about whether he could further injure his leg, we wouldn’t put him out there.”


AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in Santa Clara, Calif., contributed to this report.

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