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Cowboys Mailbag: October 3, 2011

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Jared Laguidara - Reading, PA: It's nice that Tony Romo is accountable for his mistakes, but when is he going to show that he's learning from them, as he always promised he will?

Rob: The 2009 season was the best example that Romo had curbed those turnover tendencies. Overall, I think he's a little like Brett Favre in that it'll be a constant battle his entire career. What makes him a very good quarterback also makes him prone to mistakes. The first interception was just a poor decision; however, the last throw to Jason Witten and maybe even the pass to Laurent Robinson could be considered more execution breakdowns than bad decisions.

Josh: It's just something you're always going to have to deal with, I suppose, because it's in his nature to try to be aggressive with the ball. That's what happened with the second and third picks on Sunday. He needs to have a better awareness of the situation in the game, that there's no need for such risky throws, and that protecting the football is the most important job. He's proven before that he can play without killer mistakes for long stretches, but I think Jason Garrett needs to tighten the reins on him in some of those scenarios. It's like they have to trust him to go win the game for them, but they also can't let him go out and lose it.

Steve Craig - Las Vegas, NV: I do not blame Tony Romo. I blame Jason Garrett, who had a 24-point lead, and didn't run the ball enough in the second half. Even if the running game is not going well, punts are better than risky pass plays

Rob: The Cowboys ran the ball 14 times in the first half and 13 times in the second half. Twenty-seven rushing attempts aren't too few. They didn't run it as well in the second half (3.6 avg.) because it seemed the Lions were scheming for it. I agree that you have to protect your lead, but you can't just run three times every possession and punt. The Lions would have chipped into the lead that way, too. To some extent, still have to play to win.

Josh: Well, when Romo started throwing interceptions there were 25 minutes left in the game, meaning it was far from over. You don't just go into a shell with so much time left. One of the things everyone loved about Garrett when he took over as coordinator in 2007 was his willingness to go for the jugular when the team had a lead, and that's probably what he was thinking yesterday. But if there was one thing the coach should have done differently, it was letting Romo play so loose.

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