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07:15 AM ET 10.04 | Often, coaches are accused of working officials before a game, but is Tony Romo doing the same thing in advance of Dallas facing Denver? The Cowboys quarterback on Wednesday offered perhaps a back-handed compliment to the Broncos' secondary when he said Denver's defensive backs "do a great job with their hands." ... "They grab, they hold, they've almost put a lot of pressure on the refs -- whether or not they're going to call the game close or not," Romo said on a conference call with reporters in Denver. "If they get called once or twice, that's a good thing. But they're all over guys as far as using the little tricks, I guess you could say, that good linebackers and good secondaries use when they're playing man coverage." Romo said he didn't think the Broncos had been "exposed with a lot of penalties."

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October 4, 2013  07:28 AM ET
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This fellow better be careful.....what secondary do the Cowboys have?

I'll get back to you on that Eli. If I watch this game it will only be to see how many points Peyton hangs on them.

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October 4, 2013  07:37 AM ET

Is Romo paid a bonus everytime he says something that's intended to sound like bravado but really sounds foolish because it comes from, ah, Romo?

October 4, 2013  07:39 AM ET

Is "calling out" like Tweeting?

October 4, 2013  07:42 AM ET
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There's some potential for Peyton to hang some points here

They just benched Claiborne, first round pick 2 years ago. Could be a bust in the making. He can't stay healthy and he has about NO confidence.

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October 4, 2013  08:11 AM ET
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They just benched Claiborne, first round pick 2 years ago. Could be a bust in the making. He can't stay healthy and he has about NO confidence.

Benched Bruce Carter too after Danny Woodhead made him his personal valet.

October 4, 2013  08:14 AM ET
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Benched Bruce Carter too after Danny Woodhead made him his personal valet.

part of that problem was the defensive set. Guess Kiffin is not such a genius afterall.

October 4, 2013  08:16 AM ET

I know it's a different level, but I guess he didn't see what happened to Ole Miss after their QB called out the Bama defense. The team that racked up an average of the high-thirties in their first three games (including the rusty cows) laid a goose egg.

In other words, don't give the opposition any bullitin board material.

October 4, 2013  08:23 AM ET
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part of that problem was the defensive set. Guess Kiffin is not such a genius afterall.

Or - Bruce Carter isn't a 4-3 linebacker.

October 4, 2013  08:35 AM ET
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Or - Bruce Carter isn't a 4-3 linebacker.

but the Cowboys have been trying to fit square pegs in round holes for years. ohhh..no wonder they have sucked for so long.

October 4, 2013  08:42 AM ET

I think the Denver defense can be exposed. They can play the run now, but you can take the corners deep the same way Baltimore did last year. The difference right now is that you can't do it often enough to keep up with Peyton.

October 4, 2013  08:44 AM ET
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I think the Denver defense can be exposed. They can play the run now, but you can take the corners deep the same way Baltimore did last year. The difference right now is that you can't do it often enough to keep up with Peyton.

that may be so, but the offense has to get on the field first and I don't think the Dallas D is going to help out in that regard.

October 4, 2013  08:51 AM ET

A two way street in the NFL. Receivers do more grabbing, holding and pushing off than defensive backs. Until they call it, you keep doing it. It is a contact sport still. At least in theory.

October 4, 2013  08:53 AM ET
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A two way street in the NFL. Receivers do more grabbing, holding and pushing off than defensive backs. Until they call it, you keep doing it. It is a contact sport still. At least in theory.

Remember the commercials, 'If it's in the game, it's in the game'. Well..not anymore.

October 4, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Once upon a time defensive backs could maul a receiver until the ball was "in the air." And drill him when he came over the middle. Sometimes I think I am watching a foosball not a football game.

October 4, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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Remember the commercials, 'If it's in the game, it's in the game'. Well..not anymore.

Michael Irvin was the best at "creating space" I ever saw. They called him for it sometimes, but not enough to stop him from doing what worked.

October 4, 2013  08:57 AM ET

Tony Tony Tony... Has done it again. and it doesn't look feel good.

 
October 4, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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that may be so, but the offense has to get on the field first and I don't think the Dallas D is going to help out in that regard.

I think Denver wins, but Dallas is the best team they have played this season. No Ryan Clady and Demarcus Ware lining up on the other side is giving Bronco fans some chills.

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