Biggs: Cowboys ask Romo to get ahold of things
In an effort to get a grip on things the Dallas Cowboys are turning to the man who let a playoff victory slip through his hands.
Tony Romo is back as the holder for the team, a role he last played in 2005 and 2006. It was following the 2006 season that he bobbled a snap on a 19-yard field goal attempt by Martin Gramatica that would have given the Cowboys the lead with 79 seconds remaining in a playoff meeting with Seattle.
But the Cowboys feel they have to do something as punter Mat McBriar, the holder this season after backup quarterback Brad Johnson handled duties a year ago, has mishandled two snaps for kicker Nick Folk.
"We feel like we need to do something, whether it's the whole operation itself or some of the parts," coach Wade Phillips told reporters. "We've got to get more confidence from our kicker. We need to do better. There is a possibility that we'll make a change."
Folk has missed five of his last seven tries, and McBriar was blamed for placing the ball forward on two of those. Phillips said that Romo is a better holder than Johnson was last season. But when the franchise hasn’t won a playoff game since after the 1996 season, the memory of Romo’s botched placement and futile effort to scoop the ball up and run into the end zone remains fresh.
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