Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has come out in support of under-fire quarterback Tony Romo.
The 71-year-old is known to openly criticise his players and staff, but stuck with Romo following his two-interception fourth quarter helped the Green Bay Packers claim an improbable victory in Texas last weekend.
"No I don't (think Romo has too much latitude)," he told his radio show.
"When it basically has to unfold for him out there, the defense gets out of their structure, we get out of our structure on pass routes.
"All of a sudden, you're into a little more sandlot-type football. In doing so, there's more risk that's involved. Make no mistake about it: With where we are with our personnel, we're going to have to take risks.”
Romo’s crucial interception came with 2:46 left in the contest in Arlington, when the QB changed the original running play to a throw.
Coach Jason Garrett said the 33-year-old shouldn’t have done it post-match, but Jones was happy to see the former Eastern Illinois University star show some aggressiveness.
"I was for the aggressiveness we showed ... and it can apply to many parts of the game," Jones added.
"But in this particular case, aggressiveness was throwing the ball on our end of the field -- throwing the ball in there close. Aggressiveness with Romo can mean not throw the ball but buy more time, which increases the chances of having a bad play."
The loss meant the Cowboys remain second in the NFC East, one game behind the Philadelphia Eagles with just two games left in the regular season.
If they win both, they’ll make it to the postseason, with a trip to the Washington Redskins next on the schedule before the Eagles fly south in a probable winner-takes-all meeting.