Pressure is on Tony Romo and Dallas Cowboys

Is there more pressure on Tony Romo or the Dallas Cowboys’ defense in 2012?

It’s a simple exercise. Pick one, take a stance and explain yourself.

Unfortunately, nothing is that easy with the Cowboys.

“The short answer is both,” former New York Giants center Shaun O’Hara said Tuesday on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access.”

No, Shaun, that’s what the media calls a cop-out.

O’Hara has a point, though: The Cowboys’ defense was mediocre last year, and Romo made some terrible decisions in key moments (see Week 1 vs. Jets and Week 4 vs. Lions).

“Last season, the defense gave up more points at the end of halves than any other team,” O’Hara said.

However, he defended Romo, pointing out his 102.5 passer rating, and that since 2007 he has thrown more fourth-quarter touchdowns than any other NFL quarterback.

Willie McGinest pointed out Dallas’ defense didn’t have an offseason to learn coordinator Rob Ryan’s sceheme and believes the unit will be better in 2012. The additions of CBs Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne (No. 6 overall draft pick) should help that endeavor.

McGinest said when it comes to the Cowboys, the attention always will be on the quarterback.

“If you can’t get your team into the playoffs, if you can’t make those clutch plays at opportune times, if you can’t play great situational football when your team is under pressure, if you can’t be that leader that everybody can rally around, then the pressure is always going to fall on you,” McGinest said.

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