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Has There Been A Serious Fallout Between Tony Romo And Jason Garrett?

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Jason Garrett, Tony Romo

The greatest teams in NFL History have unshakable foundation at the most important positions - Quarterback and Head Coach. The truly elite teams in NFL History have pillars of stability here, but more than the great teams they have an unbreakable bond between the two. It's what the World Champion New England Patriots have in Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. It's what the Dallas Cowboys used to have in Tony Romo and Jason Garrett, until everything fell apart.

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Jason Garrett sits while being interviewed by NFL Network's Melissa Stark and Steve Mariucci while a FaceTime call to Tony Romo is placed.

During the recent NFL Combine Jason Garrett was interviewed by NFL Network's Melissa Stark and Steve Mariucci. At the beginning of the interview Melissa and Mooch question Jason Garrett about something he stated during one of his portions with the media, that he hadn't spoken to quarterback Tony Romo since the season ended.

Mariucci playfully jokes about how preposterous this is and proceeds to grab his iPhone, saying that he's going to FaceTime Tony Romo. This is a move that a lot of celebrities are seemingly making these days as Jimmy Kimmel got to FaceTime with Romo before hosting the Oscars, but when this particular call happened Jason Garrett turned a shade of red that would make his hair look dark.

Ultimately Tony Romo doesn't answer the call and an obviously relieved Jason Garrett goes on with the rest of the interview, but the question really is one that most members of Cowboys Nation have asked themselves since seeing/hearing about this - how have Jason Garrett and Tony Romo not communicated at all since the season ended?

"Yea I just haven't... you know, I don't talk to a lot of players this time of year." -Jason Garrett when asked about why he hasn't spoken with Tony Romo since the Dallas Cowboys season ended.

This interview took place on March 2nd, and I'm here to tell you that the dish Jason Garrett served in it is a whole bunch of bologna. Here's why.

March 8th, 2014: North Carolina At Duke

Jason Garrett, Tony Romo

Jason Garrett and Tony Romo at the Duke/UNC game in 2014.

Over the last few years - yes, years - we've seen that Tony Romo and Jason Garrett have an affinity for Duke basketball. This affinity is made all the more large by their relationship with Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Duke rivalry with the University of North Carolina is one of the best that sports has to offer, and in 2014 Tony Romo and Jason Garrett took it in together in person.

This game happened on March 8th, 2014, but Jason Garrett told us on March 2nd, 2017 that he doesn't typically talk to a lot of players this time of year... right? That can't be possible then because the dates match up so similarly. Maybe he meant in terms of the NFL calendar?

To be totally fair to Jason Garrett the 2014 NFL Combine took place February 19th through 25th, so this was a good while after the NFL point-in-time in which he's referring to, but it is worth noting that Free Agency began in 2014 just three days after this photo was taken.

March 2015: Another Duke Trip, With Double The Party

One year later the Cowboys were coming off of a painful Divisional loss in Green Bay - where Dez Bryant definitely caught it - and had an offseason decision to make between essentially re-signing Dez Bryant or DeMarco Murray.

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It was the latter that joined Romo, Garrett, and Jason Witten as the foursome spent a few days at Duke and took in the annual UNC game on March 5th, 2015. The annual Scouting Combine was the previous February (17th through 23rd) as it had been a year before, but NFL Free Agency didn't begin until March 10th, 2015.

We see here again that not only is Jason Garrett with Tony Romo in back-to-back years around the calendar time he suggests that he's not with any players, but he's actually with multiple players. We now have two prime examples of "Whoa Coach, what are you talking about?" to chin-scratch over; however, there's one more.

March 28th, 2016: A Jason Garrett Birthday Trip To The Boss

The third March of Romo/Garrett shenanigans didn't involve a high-quality college basketball tilt, but instead a special 50th birthday present for Coach Garrett to go see Bruce Springsteen at Madison Square Garden.

Yaron Weitzman on Twitter

For some reason Tony Romo, Jason Witten and Jason Garrett were at the @springsteen show tonight at MSG

Of course with DeMarco Murray having lost his mind an offseason before when he went to Philadelphia, he was not part of the special club's little trip in 2016. We did however see Romo, Garrett, and Jason Witten rocking out to one of the best music has to offer.

The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine was February 23rd through February 29th and Free Agency began on March 9th, so the 2016 'Boys Trip took a little longer to happen than in years prior. The fact of the matter though is that Jason Garrett does indeed hang out with players - let alone Tony Romo specifically - around this time of year, while he told Melissa Stark and Steve Mariucci that he did not.

It's an unfortunate reality that the relationship between Jason Garrett and Tony Romo is seemingly not as strong as it once was. It's understandable though for all of us when you consider the events that have transpired since "Born In The USA" was sung by the most iconic members of America's Team. Also for what it's worth this year's Duke/UNC game at Chapel Hill took place four days after the Super Bowl, so it may have been more difficult to attend than in year's past, plus you know the whole fractured relationship thing.

The fate of Tony Romo is one that is still up in the air, and a road that appears to have no end in sight. This has been one of the more exhaustive things that Cowboys fans have had to go through in quite some time as it has been an emotional roller coaster full of debate along the way. Whatever happens with Tony Romo though, it's fair to assume that things will never be the same between him and Jason Garrett.

Tell us what you think about "Has There Been A Serious Fallout Between Tony Romo And Jason Garrett?" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!



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  1. Kenneth Reed

    March 10, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Jason Garrett & Jerry Jones are frauds & fakes. Early last session their wasn’t a free agent or roster spot that was more important to this team than Tony Romo is. That’s out of Jerry’s mouth. Less than a year later they are kicking Tony to the curb….. Hhuuumm….

  2. Charles

    March 10, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I imagine he’s embarrassed considering he went against his own philosophy where he preaches competition at all positions and the best player plays. Not hating on Dak but a healthy Romo wins that competition every time. Gonna miss you Tony you’re a class act.

  3. dallas1966

    March 11, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Jason and Prescott is now joined to the hip. Human nature would be to distance oneself of the former.

    Once Cowboys fans realize their is a new Sheriff in town, the better. It’s a new era, rather we like it or not.

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When it Mattered Most, Cowboys Offensive Line Protected Dak Prescott

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All-22 Notes: Connor Williams Stands Out in Wild Card Win

Throughout the 2018 NFL season, one of the major story lines surrounding the Dallas Cowboys was how frequently Dak Prescott was taking sacks. It's an area that the Cowboys will have to look at in the offseason to better protect their franchise quarterback moving forward. In the playoffs, however, Dak Prescott and the offensive line were much better at keeping their prized possession upright than they were in the regular season.

In the regular season, Dak Prescott was sacked 56 times for an average of 3.5 times a game. There was only one game where he wasn't sacked at all, way back in week two against the New York Giants. Four times this season, the Cowboys' quarterback was sacked five or more times. The New Orleans Saints got him for a season high seven times.

According to Pro Football Focus, Dak was "kept clean" -- not pressured -- on 63% of his drop backs during the regular season, which ranked 25th in the NFL. When kept clean, Prescott completed 74.1% of his passes, which was good for 5th in the NFL during the regular season. He was under pressure 37% of the time, which was the sixth highest rate in the NFL and his completion percentage dropped to 52.6%, still good for 10th in the NFL. It was better than Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, and Baker Mayfield.

During the playoffs, Prescott's "kept clean" percentage rose from 63% to 68% and he was only sacked once in each game. The one sack against the Los Angeles Rams probably shouldn't have been called a sack as the referee blew the whistle because Prescott was "in the grasp"...

...of his offensive lineman.

During the playoffs, the Cowboys offensive line kept the pressure off of Prescott at a better rate, allowing him to be pressured on only 31.9% of his drop backs. Meaning he was kept clean at an improved rate from the regular season at 68.1% of his drop backs. This while playing against two teams that are really good at rushing the passer. The Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks both finished in the top half of the league in sacks this season and feature players like Aaron Donald, Jarran Reed, and Frank Clark who all had double-digit sacks.

As we know, pressure rates and sacks aren't all completely on the offensive line. The quarterback, wide receivers, and the play calling all factor in, but the Cowboys are trending in the right direction with their pass protection. A full offseason for Connor Williams in the Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning program, better health for Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and -- fingers crossed -- Travis Frederick, should all help the offensive line play at a higher level heading into the 2019 season.

It can't be overstated how important it will be to get Travis Frederick back into the fold this season. Joe Looney was good, and that might be overstating it a bit. He was not noticeable on most plays during the season, but getting your All-Pro center back will tremendously help the offense in every facet of the game. Frederick's one of the smarter players in the NFL, who helps everyone on the offense to see the blitzes and calls out the protections. Both his mental and physical ability will be a welcomed site when the Cowboys begin practicing in the offseason.

With another year of growth for the quarterback and for the young pieces along the offensive line, and with a full offseason for Dak Prescott to grow with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Blake Jarwin, the Cowboys should be better next season at keeping the quarterback clean.



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5 Studs and Duds From the Dallas Cowboys 2018 Season

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I know we are all still little disappointed with the way the Dallas Cowboys 2018 season ended, but if we are completely honest with ourselves it ended a lot better than we initially thought it would. With the season officially over, it's time to start the evaluation process to see what went wrong and what right this past year.

I don't know about you, but I started the evaluation process a lot earlier this year than I have in years past. That is why today I want to share with you five of the Dallas Cowboys players who I believe had a fantastic 2018 season and five that unfortunately didn't quite live up to expectations.

Before we get started, I want to let you know that I tried to stray from pointing out the obvious, especially in the stud category. Instead I went with players who kind of came out of nowhere to have a really good season. I thought that would make it a little more enjoyable instead of pointing out the obvious. I hope you enjoy.

✭ Dallas Cowboys 2018 Studs ✭

Byron Jones

Dallas Cowboys CB Byron Jones

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Byron Jones completely turned around his career this season with the Dallas Cowboys after being moved from safety to cornerback, his more natural position. Many had him pegged as a first-round bust, but he definitely quieted his critics by making his first Pro Bowl and becoming a Second-team All-Pro. I would say that qualifies as stud status.

The Predator and Wolf Hunter

You can't really mention one and leave out the other, which is why you're getting a two-for-one special here with Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. This dynamic duo arguably played like the best LBs in the league, although it's Vander Esch who has received the majority of the attention and got the Pro Bowl not as a replacement. Both definitely had Pro Bowl caliber seasons and that alone speaks volumes to how they played in 2018.

C, Joe Looney

No one could've possibly predicted the kind of season Dallas Cowboys backup Guard/Center Joe Looney would have in 2018 after replacing Travis Frederick in the starting lineup. He became somewhat of an afterthought this past season, which is pretty impressive in itself considering he was replacing one of the best centers in the league. What's even more impressive is the fact he played every single snap on offense. No other Cowboys player accomplished that feat on either side of the ball.

DE, Randy Gregory

You may disagree with me here, but the way Randy Gregory played in the second half of the 2018 season earned him stud status in my opinion. If he would've played that way for the entire year he would've joined DeMarcus Lawrence with double digit quarterback sacks. His ability to turn his speed into power gave opposing left tackles fits. He ended up being among the best at pressuring the QB in the latter part of the season.

DT, Antwaun Woods

Antwaun Woods was viewed as nothing more than a camp body when the Dallas Cowboys picked him up in the offseason after being released by the Tennessee Titans, but it's not always where you start it's where you finish. He went on to earn the starting gig at the 1-tech or nose tackle this past season and was largely responsible for the success Dallas had at shutting down opposing offenses rushing attacks. Unfortunately, as well as he played all season it will probably be forgotten after the way the LA Rams completely dominated Woods and the rest of the Cowboys DL in the playoffs.

✭ Dallas Cowboys 2018 Duds ✭

Sean Lee

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

LB, Sean Lee

The Dallas Cowboys wisely drafted Leighton Vander Esch as insurance if Sean Lee couldn't remain healthy in 2018, and thank the heavens they did. Vander Esch was supposed to be Lee's backup this season, but it ended up being the other way around after #50 once again missed quite a bit of the year with injuries. It looks like the torch has already been passed, making Sean Lee's future in Dallas a mystery moving forward.

DT, David Irving

Remember last offseason when the Dallas Cowboys decided to place just a second-round tender on David Irving and we were worried some other team would snatch him up? Yeah, well it looks as if the Cowboys are the ones who paid too much to keep him around because did basically nothing in 2018 despite all the high expectations we all had for him. After he sustained a high ankle sprain he pretty much went M.I.A. and no one really knows what the heck is going on or what his future holds.

WR, Allen Hurns

The Dallas Cowboys signed Allen Hurns this past offseason to help replace some of the lost production in the passing game after they decided to release Dez Bryant. Unfortunately, he never found his footing in Dallas and finished the year with an unimpressive stat line of 20 receptions for 295 receiving yards and two touchdowns. To add insult to injury (pun intended), his gruesome leg injury might be the only thing we remember about his 2018 season.

S, Jeff Heath

I'm actually a fan of Jeff Heath's, but he didn't particularly play very well this season. He ended up grading out as one of the worst tackling safeties in the NFL this past season. I don't know if it was some kind of fluke or what, but the Dallas Cowboys will surely be looking to upgrade the safety position this offseason either through free agency or the draft, perhaps both. Regardless, his days in the starting lineup may be all but over.

RB/WR, Tavon Austin

There were a lot of high expectations for Tavon Austin when the Dallas Cowboys added him via trade with the Los Angeles Rams. Austin was supposed to provide a different dynamic to the Cowboys offense and help improve their return game as well. Unfortunately a groin injury pretty much wiped out the majority of his season, but even when he was on the field he wasn't as impactful as we'd all hoped. He did show a few flashes of his talent, but for me it wasn't enough.



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Report: Antwaun Woods Played with Torn Labrum in Loss to Rams

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Late last night, Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network reported yesterday that Antwaun Woods suffered a torn labrum in the second quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams and proceeded to play with the injury for the rest of the game.

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Cowboys DT Antwaun Woods tore his labrum during the second quarter of the #Rams game and had surgery today to repair it, source said. He played the rest of the game with the ailment. One of Dallas' young talents on the mend.

Woods is a tough player, but there's no way that it didn't affect his play. The labrum is the cartilage in the socket of your shoulder joint. It acts to protect the bones from rubbing together and allows a smooth surface for the shoulder to rotate and extend. The labrum also serves as the location where the tendons and muscles of the rotator cuff attach.

A torn labrum will effect the range of motion and will be painful to use when attempting to perform range of motion. Also, any blows to the shoulder, which is always for a defensive tackle will be painful as well, and it will limit his play strength.

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Antwaun Woods responded to Rapoport's report with confirmation of the injury and surgery.

Woods was a highlight of training camp and a standout this season. His play at the 1-technique defensive tackle position helped the Dallas Cowboys become a top 10 rushing defense and gave the Cowboys something they've struggled to find for years; a penetrating 1-technique defensive tackle.

Woods finished the season with 34 total tackles (15 solo), two tackles for loss, and five quarterback hits according to Pro Football Reference. He also had 16 stops, which Pro Football Focus defines as a play that resulted in a loss for the offense, which was second on the team at defensive tackle to Tyrone Crawford.

Things are looking up for Woods as he'll likely be back with the Cowboys in 2019 and manning the nose tackle position for a defense that is on the rise in the NFL. Injuries are never a good thing, but the Cowboys and Cowboys Nation just learned how tough Antwaun Woods is and how much he's willing to give for his teammates.



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