Why Cowboys called a screen on last play

September, 15, 2013
9/15/13
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Needing to travel about a mile from the 4 without a timeout and only 16 seconds remaining the Dallas Cowboys called for a screen pass to start their final drive of Sunday’s 17-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

DeMarco Murray gained 10 yards on the Tony Romo pass, but the Cowboys were unable to line up before the clock ran out.

Why a screen?

“Ninety five percent of the teams are going to be really soft in that situation,” Romo said. “You think you can get a good 30 to 40 yards to throw a jump ball. With that much time you can get out of bounds to the 40, to the 50 and have a chance at it, so I thought that was a good call and it gives you a chance, an opportunity to do that. They played a little bit of an aggressive defense, two-man, at that point, which you don’t normally see.”

Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan wasn’t so pleased with the decision.

“I’ve got to do a better job of making a better call in that situation,” Callahan said.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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