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“I don’t know that it’s appreciably different, but the idea is that we are really as a team trying to emphasize that and … empower him to do that more and more,” Garrett said. “You want him to like the plays you are calling into his helmet so he can go play his best football.”

With Romo more involved and Bill Callahan replacing Garrett as the play-caller, the offense is heavily dissected every week. When the running game sputtered in a loss at Kansas City, Dallas answered with 175 yards rushing from DeMarco Murray.

This week, the questions revolve around whether Dallas can sustain anything _ and whether they can exploit the only weakness in Denver’s stats so far. The Broncos are close to the bottom of the league in pass defense.

“I think probably the reason that the pass numbers aren’t quite as good as they’d want them to be is because they’ve been way ahead in ballgames and teams have to throw the ball over and over and over again,” Garrett said. “They’re willing to give up those yards to win the ballgame.”

Opponents just have a hard time keeping up with _ and comparing to _ Manning.

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