Eventually, every player loses their luster. Losing seasons just makes that process faster. And a loss like Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants can place a big ole’ magnifying glass up against the Dallas Cowboys’ roster. And there are no two more polarizing players from Sunday’s loss then quarterback Tony Romo and wideout Dez Bryant.
We all know the story of Tony Romo. It’s damn near legendary. An unknown, undrafted free agent rises through the ranks and is given the keys to the Cowboy kingdom. All that was and is missing from that fairy tale of a story is that elusive Super Bowl ring. On Sunday, the crown prince threw four interceptions and the ball away on the last play of the game. A case can be made that without Romo, we would not have been in that position to win anyway. It’s much like the chicken and the egg. Romo is a quarterback enigma, wrapped in great individual plays and interceptions, surrounded by idiots. Seriously, his o-line and receiver core’s Wonderlic tutor must have been Mo Claiborne.
Then there’s Dez Bryant, whose obvious lack of playbook (or possibly any book) knowledge has cost the Cowboys numerous times this season. We all know about his troubled past, his saggin’ pants, and his ten round bouts with relatives. He’s a tremendous player and a tremendous headache. His reception in the endzone to win the game was amazing. His lack of awareness and need for self preservation within that same play took it all away. It has always been that way with him. Dez giveth…then Dez taketh awayth.
Despite being 32, Romo has only been the starting quarterback for seven season. A fact his defenders will repeat with a politicians’ veracity. And don’t forget the amazing year he had last season, despite leading the team to an 8-8 record. But hasn’t Romo had enough time to prove himself? Is it time to try something different?
On the other hand, Bryant is only 23. He came into the league three years ago with “problem child” stamped on his forehead. Everyone knew grooming him would be an uphill battle. And while the talent was evident from day one, it’s his immaturity on and off the field that continues to plague him. How much more can Jerry Jones take from Bryant? When is it time to admit defeat and start over? When is it okay to let him be someone else’s problem child?
Here’s the basic question and what I believe has become the theme for the Cowboys’ season: When is enough, enough? At some point, Romo and Bryant will both be gone. Either as heroes or goats. But both will leave. The question, oh Cowboys’ Nation, is who should be first?
If Jerry Jones and the Dallas front office intends on making a big move soon, these two names rise to the top. Tell us what you think by participating in the poll below and commenting as well.