Garrett criticism of Romo is fine

Any player who believes he's above occasional public criticism from his head coach isn't worth having on the roster. When you think about it, Garrett has publicly criticized several players over the past couple of seasons, but he's never malicious.

Just off the top of my head, he has publicly criticized Doug Free, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Bruce Carter, DeMarcus Ware, B.W. Webb and J.J. Wilcox over the past two seasons.

We need to be less concerned with Romo's feelings and more concerned with whether the quarterback can find redemption Sunday against Washington. It's going to be difficult, because Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has really done a good job containing the Cowboys offense.

In the six games against Washington with Haslett as coordinator, Romo has 10 touchdown passes, seven interceptions and a 86.1 passer rating, while averaging just 6.5 yards per attempt.

This from a guy with a career passer rating of 95.8 and an average of 7.8 yards per attempt. Romo has had a passer rating of more than 90.0 only once against Washington since Haslett took over in 2010.

Let's be clear, the pressure on Romo to deliver a playoff appearance is immense -- even if most think the Cowboys will get blown out no matter who they play in the first round.

No sane person would hold Romo accountable for the blowout loss to Chicago, but the Green Bay defeat is another story. Garrett let down Romo with his overall game management, but Romo had the right to speak up every play along the way and didn't.

He's every bit as responsible for that debacle as Garrett and Callahan are. Romo deserved the criticism Garrett directed his way.

Now, it's on to Washington. An opportunity at redemption awaits.

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