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Mailbag: Why Doesn't Bryant Go In Motion More Often?


I was wondering why the 'Boys don't put Dez in motion occasionally so he can get into his routes better? Wouldn't it also give Romo a better idea of what coverage the defense is playing?

Nick: I'm all for the "always have to get better" and "room for improvement" approach, but I'm not sure any of us should really question what this team is doing with Dez Bryant and his route-running here lately. Sure, there are ways to improve, but he's arguably been the best receiver in football, aside from Calvin Johnson, here lately. But don't forget too, Dez is still learning this offense. There's no secret they've tried to simplify things for him and he's starting to take on more and more. Perhaps, that's part of the offense that he still needs work with.

Jonny: I think the Cowboys' have been trying to keep Dez's routes as simple as possible since the miscommunication between he and Romo early in the season. At the end of the day, they just want to get him one-on-one with a defender. By putting someone else in motion, like perhaps Austin in the slot, then they have a better chance of determining what kind of defense will be played on Dez.


Will this game be a defining moment in the career of Tony Romo? Would the questions about how clutch he is really decrease with a win?

Nick: I don't think it will be. If they lose, then it'll just be yet another disappointing loss for him and this team. If they win, I'm sure his critics will just shift the focus from elimination games to playoff games, or whatever. One victory in a game like this might help temporarily, but if the Cowboys came back and lost a playoff game at home the next week, all won't be forgiven. It's the way it is for Romo.

Jonny: It will absolutely make him a clutch quarterback. At least for six days. And then they would play a playoff game the next week and he would be a choker if he loses. If he wins that game he buys himself another week and so on and so forth. In the NFL, you are clutch when you win and not clutch when you lose. That all changes when you've won a Super Bowl. There's not a lot of logic behind that, but that's how perception usually works for quarterbacks.

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