The latest entry in the “Stand by Your Embattled Quarterback” movement comes courtesy of Jason Witten.
With the exception of the two weeks in which he cast doubters aside by playing through fractured ribs and a punctured lung, Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been a human pinata this season, taking the hits from all sides. The latest came from Giants RB Brandon Jacobs, who stood by Eli Manning at Romo’s expense.
Predictably, Witten has Romo’s back. But, if you read carefully, he’s also not giving Romo a free pass, either, after the fourth-quarter collapse in Week 4.
“He’s our guy. He’s our leader,” Witten told NFL Network’s “Around the League” on Thursday. “He’s won some games for us too, if you go back and look at the San Francisco game and the Washington game.
“I hope we’re not getting too used to what happened two weeks ago (in Detroit). I think that’s not who he is, and that’s not who our offense (is) and what this franchise is about. We feel like we have a really good team, we let some opportunities slip, and we need to play better in those situations, and I think he’s included in that. I think he’s an elite quarterback, I’m sure he’d like to have a couple of those throws back.”
Witten added he doesn’t believe Romo necessarily will change his style. But Witten did allude to the fact he expects changes in the way Romo takes care of the ball.
“There is an understanding of where the situation is in the game, and from that standpoint, yeah, I do think those things will change in the way we play and some of those throws that he made,” Witten added. “It’s just being smarter in those decisions and keeping your team in the best situation you can. I think he’s learned a lot through that, and our team has learned a lot through that.”