Chargers DE: Key is rattling Tony Romo

September, 26, 2013
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Getting into the head of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is apparently the key to the San Diego Chargers' game plan this week.

“We know that once he’s rattled and whatnot, it’s easy to take him out of the game,” Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget said, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

That’s a pretty bold statement from a member of a defense that ranks dead last in the NFL against the pass and has forced a grand total of one turnover in three games. San Diego is allowing an average of 340.7 passing yards per game, having failed to rattle Philadelphia’s Michael Vick or Tennessee’s Jake Locker the past two weeks.

Romo, whose turnovers have tended to come in bunches over the course of his career, has steered clear of catastrophic errors during the Cowboys’ 2-1 start. He has committed two turnovers -- a fumble after a sack, and an interception caused by rookie receiver Terrance Williams running the wrong route after an audible.

To hear Liuget tell it, Romo has benefited from a dumbed-down Dallas offense this season.

“It’s a simple offense,” Liuget said, according to the Union-Tribune. “They don’t do too many plays. The key is to definitely hit Romo early and try to take Romo out of the game and put the ball in [DeMarco Murray's] hands.”

Rest assured that putting the ball in Murray’s hands will be a big part of the Cowboys’ plan after he rushed for 175 yards on 26 carries in the Week 3 victory over St. Louis. After all, the Chargers also rank 28th among rushing defenses, allowing 130 yards per game and 5.1 per carry.

If Romo is rattled, it certainly won’t be by anything he studies in the film room this week.

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