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Cowboys Mailbag: October 4, 2011

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JASON ALAN WASHINGTON, DC :How do the Cowboys players feel about Tony Romo? Are they encouraging to him, or do they whisper when he comes around?

Nick:If they are whispering, they aren't going to be doing it around us. Yeah, I think it's only natural to be upset about the situation and I'm sure that stuff happens. Just like I'm sure the offense probably did it a couple of times last year when the defense couldn't stop a nose bleed. It happens.

Josh:They're all saying the right things publicly, but they're only human. I'm sure guys vent to one another from time to time, or to friends or their significant other. But I think most of them realize how difficult the position is, and wouldn't want to trade places with him, either. There won't be a mutiny.

ADAM JAMESLINDENHURST, NY:What do you think the Cowboys need to do to improve their running game?

Nick:First of all, there needs to be more of a commitment to it, but they need Derrick Dockery back at left guard. He's got some size that will help. But really, this is an undersized line that was built to get out in space and move. That's good on screens and tosses, but there comes a time when you have to pound it up the middle for tough yards and this team clearly can't do it right now.

Josh: To me, it's a week-to-week proposition. The ultimate success or failure of the running game will be based on the ability of Jason Garrett and the coaching staff to game plan ways to run on opponents, finding soft spots in their front seven. They're disadvantaged because this isn't a great line, though I think it'll get better as the season goes along. It doesn't have to be the No. 1 running game in the league, but they do need to be better in short-yardage situations.

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