Late in the first quarter of Sunday’s Dallas Cowboy victory over the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Tony Romo was scrambling to try and find an open receiver. It was third down and goal in Seattle’s red zone. With no visible options, Romo tucked the ball and ran towards the endzone. He was stopped a couple yards short, and the Cowboys were forced to kick a field goal. But as Romo left the field, the home crowd in Arlington began to boo.
To understand the full impact of these boos, you have to understand the atmosphere. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington is known for being state of the art and cutting edge. It is not known for crowd noise. In fact, it’s probably the closest thing to a public library that you’ll find in the NFL. (Minus the go-go girls and dancing drummers on platforms) I’m amazed that I can hear Romo calling out plays at the line of scrimmage so easily. I actually heard him yell a blocking assignment to TE Martellus Bennett so clearly, I started to go into motion from my sofa. So if you hear boos in Cowboy’s Stadium, they’re loud.
Now whether the crowd was booing Romo or just the Cowboy’s lack of a red zone conversion is up for debate, but I think a lot of that hometown hate was for our quarterback and his pasts sins. And a part of me felt disgusted by it. I understand booing a quarterback after a poor performance, but with it being only the Cowboys’ second offensive series, there seemed to be little reason to do so that early in the game.
Also take into account that Dallas started that drive at their own two yard line because of a bone-headed punt return mistake by WR Dez Bryant. It turned out to be a 96 yard drive, which is the Cowboys’ longest scoring drive of the season. And what happens at the end of it? Boos.
For anyone who watched the game, there were plenty of times to boo. Bryant’s fumble near the endzone. The three downs when the Cowboy’s couldn’t punch it in from Seattle’s one yard line. Or any one of Dallas’ four penalties in the first quarter. But why boo after a 96 yard drive when your injured quarterback slides down when he realizes he can’t make it in? Romo went head first against the Jets in Week One, diving for the endzone, and fumbled the ball. Now we call him a wimp and boo him for learning from his mistakes and guaranteeing points on the board? Romo can’t win. Here’s the play, in case you missed it:
For better or worse, Tony Romo is our quarterback. Although there have been times this year where I have booed him myself, the first quarter of a home game is not one of them, especially when so many of us doing the booing actually want Romo to do well.
There is a time for everything under the sun. There is a time for cheering, and there is a time for booing. That drive and this play by Romo in particular, was not one of them. Some Cowboy fans should show a little more faith and support for their players, especially at home games. The Romo hate is getting a bit ridiculous.