Tony Romo wants referees to pay attention to Broncos secondary

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Tony Romo wants to make sure referees are watching Denver's physical play.

Tony Romo wants referees to know that he's noticed Broncos defensive backs getting what he perceives as leniency on defensive pass interference calls.

Romo said on a conference call that Denver's defensive backs "do a great job with their hands," which initially sounds like praise until Romo added: "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."

The Dallas quarterback is off to the best start of his career, posting a 105.1 quarterback rating -- but his subtlety is in the negative.

Denver's secondary has been called for pass interference five times in 2013. As a team the Broncos have been penalized 27 times this season, tied for ninth-most in the NFL. This doesn't directly refute Romo's assertion, but it's a little more damning when his own defense has just one more penalty on the season.

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