December 17, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) smiles during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Dallas Cowboys defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-15. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Could 2012 Be Tony Romo's Best Season Yet?

With the exception of Jerry Jones as GM, Tony Romo is unquestionably the most polarizing figure associated with the Dallas Cowboys organization.  He is often made the scapegoat for all of the Cowboys’ shortcomings.  Many of the pundits say that he lacks what it takes to win in the Playoffs.  Many fans, despite his impressive statistics, want Jerry Jones to bring in a new QB.  Those of us with a more objective approach were shocked, baffled, and then nauseated when Cowboy fans started suggesting that the Cowboys would be better off with Tim Tebow under center.  That suggestion is so prima facie without any merit, it would be insulting to even waste time penning a response.

Whether you like him, love him, or hate him, Tony Romo will be the Dallas Cowboys QB when the 2012 NFL Season begins.  The only way you will see another QB taking snaps in a Cowboy uniform is if Romo gets hurt.

Tony Romo will have a career year in 2012, and here are a few reasons why.

The acquisition of Lawrence Vickers and a healthy DeMarco Murray will provide the Dallas Cowboys with a formidable running game.  The Cowboys have not had a balanced offense on a consistent game to game basis since Jason Garrett became the Head Coach.  Many analysts and fans mistakenly believe this is because Garrett, being a former QB, prefers an offense based on a passing attack. This is not true.  Jason Garrett wants a balanced attack.

Jason Garrett is not stupid.  He knows the benefits of a balanced offense.  The problem is that they haven’t had an effective running game.  The problems with the OL , omnipresent injuries to the RB’s, and a defense that results in playing from behind a lot,  have all combined to make it almost impossible to implement a balanced offensive attack.  You can not have a balanced offense if your running plays are always getting stuffed for 2 yards or less.

Garrett will, and has, call a balanced game when it is working.  Look at the 6 games last season (St. Louis, Seattle, Buffalo, Washington, Miami, and Tampa Bay) when DeMarco Murray was healthy and the running game was effective.  They were all wins, and they all featured a heavy dose of running, and they were all very balanced between running and passing.

Garrett will call lots of runs when he can do it effectively. To read the rest of this article, click this link to go to SportDFW.

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