December 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) talks with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) after their game at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 28-18. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

All Is Lost With Tony Romo


Have a seat. Taste your coffee. Get comfortable. Let’s be a little honest. And I’m not talking about a rant or another emotional cry. There’s plenty of people willing to fill in for that. I’m going to try to put this in perspective.

The elimination game against The Washington Redskins was an absolute horrible experience.

The Dallas Cowboys did not surprise me. What surprised me was how surprised I was at being unsurprised. I know, at first it makes no sense. But admit it, deep down you believed they could win. And when they didn’t, it just tore you up inside out.

Dec 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) talks with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) after the game at FedEX Field. The Redskins won 28 – 18. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA Today Sports

I hate it when the season ends like this. First off, when The Cowboys finish 8-8 (again), we miss out on a high draft pick. I’m not saying it’s better to be a losing team. Not at all. But this team needs something to look forward to. Especially after that performance. The fans deserve it.

I’m not going to take this opportunity to use the word “mediocrity.” I dislike that word. When I hear it used I see images of The Dallas Cowboys. I decided to banish the word for good. That’s not right.

I wanted this Garret and Romo carousel to work; this organization needed it to work. When former Quarterback Troy Aikman left the pads for the booth and microphone, The Cowboys were desperate for a franchise player to replace him.

My honest feeling is we have not found him.

I’m not saying that because Quarterback Tony Romo just cost us another big game with a poor decision. I’m calling this like it is. Maybe it was never meant to work out. We should of known Romo would let us down ever since he bobbled “that snap” against the Seattle Seahawks back when Head Coach Bill Parcels was coaching.

It’s hard to defend Romo. Look, I did it for many years. I still could, arguably. But this stat speaks loudly: He is 1-6 when facing elimination games. Listen, if you came to your boss with that stat, do you think he would fire you?

Absolutely!

The truth is Romo has now imploded with three head coaches (Bill Parcels, Wade Phillips, and Jason Garrett). I haven’t seen much in those years to say he has boarded the plane and turned the corner. Maybe he is designed to be where (and what) he is. We can dress him up as much as we want, surround him with sick talent and hall of fame coaches, but at the end of the day the last name on the jersey remains the same. Romo had his chance and his fair share of support.

You can say that it was in fact Romo who put this team in this position in the first place. That’s a fair assessment. What is also fair to say is that you can’t win games with stupid interceptions. Not in a season opener, and certainly not in a elimination game. No. That’s not good. Just because your coach is clapping doesn’t make it okay. Got it?

There’s the little things too that bother me. For example: Play clock management. I don’t think it’s beneficial to let the clock run down to the last second on every down. I can understand getting the assignments and coverage correct. But it all just looks sloppy and predictable. Heck, I’ll send my grandma on a blitz every time you snap with one second on the play clock.

Dec 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher (59) sacks Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during the second half at FedEX Field. The Redskins won 28 – 18. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA Today Sports

I don’t know about you, but Tony’s countenance before games makes me nervous. Maybe the responsibility of caring for his kid is keeping him up at night. Or maybe the pressure of being the franchise quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys is too much for him.

I think Tony Romo is a fine quarterback. Don’t get me wrong. I love his story: an undrafted free agent turned starter. He has the mechanics, poise, and talent to be a starter in this league. I just don’t think it should be with the Cowboy’s any longer.

What’s the worse thing about all of this? That for many, many years the Cowboys had a legit shot at making history, but failed in each run. Romo’s Cowboy teams unfortunately will not be remembered for what they did or did not do. They will be remembered for what they could have done.

We can attempt to fill this balloon with air again, and give it another go, but let’s face it, it’s still the same balloon. I don’t think I have enough air in my lungs to do it. I’m not giving up on the Cowboys. Never. When their season ends, so does mine. I don’t even watch playoff games if they are out — not 100 percent anyways. It’s too hurtful to think about what should have been and maybe, what could have been.

I live and work in the D.C. Area. I’ll get my fair share of jokes and laughs. I’ll take it. Because I love the Cowboy star. But right now, it just feels like all is lost.

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  • sportzmen24/7

    How bout ‘shut the hell Up’… I mean, damn…! The entire Cowboys organization Is and Has been on a downward spiral since the end of the 90′s. Tony Romo has been fantastic in situations where the WHOLE starting team was on the field at the same time in any of the 8-9 seasons. Fact is Romo has had a slew of wr’s to throw to for several seasons now. (crayton, glenn, owens, hurd, ogaltree, witten, harris, austin, beasley, bryant, williams, phillips, hannah, bennett, robinson) I may be missing 1-2 from the past 8-9 seasons, but all in all for the most part rhese cast of players minus just a few have bern injured, in-consistent and quite frankly just didn’t get open. Whether it’s bad route running or not fast enough, strong enough to get open. The running game is a whole other topic of discusion for another time. I’m just saying Romo isn’t the issue for Dallas. It’s the lack of experienced players, a coaching staff put together from.a cracker jack box (in my opinion) bad decisions for some time now by Garrett and Robbie and from there it boils down to j.jones. We All know where that has led us Dallas Cowboys fans… Pathetic is where i stand on that.. All in all get off Romo’S damn back and get to he real sourse of the problem; THE ENTIRE TEAM…!!!!

    • Robert Mccall

      I agree 1000%. Romo is a baller and a really good QB. The offensive line sucks and the other skill positions/players (except for TE) are inconsistent. Witten and Bryant are studs. RB is a disaster of inconsistency. They need a set of better LB’s too. HD Coach is ok but could let a Norv Turner type call plays. DC is good but needs some LB’s. Owner is fantastic and borders on great where he is willing to pay what it takes to invest in players, coaches, etc. He also is a great evaluator of talent and has built a great roster. Romo is one of the only really good things along with Ware, Bryant, Witten, and Claiborne that the Cowboys have going for them on the field. I’m a KC Chiefs fan and would take Romo in a heartbeat. I think Romo is after Tommy Terrific, The Great one (Peyton Manning), The real superman Rogers, Drew Brees, and Eli then Romo in my book. I would take all other QBs after Romo.

  • Stu

    A quality judge of personnel to go along with Jerry Jones’ business acumen has been the key to Cowboys’ success twice in the past ( Johnson and Parcells). Why can’t Jones accept this fact? Romo is not the issue.

  • kurumba

    If The Draft is not very promising then I would look to a successful team’s back-up QB: how about Ryan Mallett with Brady & Belichick? The guy is 6ft 8″ or so he is thus BIG and YOUNG. Can he play? Well ProFootball Weekly and others stated that he certainly can play and could develop into a good pro. Mallett would cost maybe a second or third rounder if Belichick would trade him. Mallett in my view would be worth the gamble and he is probably ready to play if a full offseason preparation was afforded to him. One thing we do know: Keeping Romo & Garrett together does NOT work and thus maintaining the “status quo” is totally futile.

    • Sodapop

      Getting rid of Romo would be a BIG gamble. There aren’t too many RGB’s and Luck’s out there. Getting rid of Garret would not be a risk at all, as you could not possibly do any worse.

  • Sodapop

    Tarts, like Vu, never cease to amaze me.

    So Romo lost one game for the team. Who lost the other seven? Was Vu really foolish enough to believe the Cowboys were going to the SuperBowl???

    The Boys went 8 and 8 this season. The combined record of the teams they beat is 41 and 62. I’ll state that again: The combined record of the teams they beat is 41 and 62.

    The only teams they beat, that had winning records, were the Giants and the Bengals, and the Giants whooped them in the rematch.

    You don’t pull great QB’s out of a hat. Even first round draft picks are not guaranteed to work out. Romo may not be top 5, but is top 10. Drew Bledsoe looked great when he was with New England, but he was horrible with Dallas. The difference was the teams he played with.

    The entire Dallas team, starting with the head coach, is sub par. If the team was better, then Romo wouldn’t look so bad.

  • Juanito Juanito

    romo need a diferent guide guy, a different coordinator, diferent than garrett

  • vublows

    Blah Blah Blah, You’re a halfwit hater Vu. You show you know nothing about the game. Yes Romo has thrown ill advised throws but has really never had a running game, a offensive line, a defense that has ever stepped up with the game on the line. They have a head coach who insist of calling the O plays and shows he’s is inept at it. So please, see the big picture before spewing your ignorance.

  • ghostofakid

    Vu, you really aren’t a football guy. Anyone could see as the play developed that Murray has to let the linebacker come into him another step or two to blow by him flatfooted. Murray broke too soon and the linebacker went with him. In the meantime the guard and tackle missed the blitz up the middle and Romo was left to throw off of his back foot. Does Romo make mistakes? Yep. Was this one of them? No.

  • M-ROD

    Ok,
    have not had the time to say this but I really LOVE being a Dallas
    Cowboys Fan, it’s been hard to do so these last past years but we as
    real silver a blue fans we do know there will be times for success and
    time for struggle, seeing my boyz beating their souls on the gridiron up
    to the point of injury themselves almost takes away the pain of the
    unreached goals. Team has the heart, braveness and guts to face real
    good teams even knowing they were not at his top conditions. Congrats to
    the “on the run” added team members who also showed to have as much
    heart as our initial squad depth, some of them really amazed us and
    collaborated to keep our faith alive even when we all knew it was a hard
    road to go. To our young fellows either rookies and sophomores I’d like
    to recognize their talent, keep up polishing your skills it’ll
    eventually speak out for you guys; to our experienced players basis your
    talent and wisdom can be seen as you evolved and grew up with the team
    along the way. To our coaches my respect for being able to keep up the
    team’s spirit up against adversity, injuries, the opposition from some
    media criticism and adversity that has always surrounded our team,
    specially this year. This years ride was a thrill, a drama, an epic
    quest where what stands out above all is the fact our team has heart and
    soul; the pain you faced, the blood you shed, the spirit shown not only
    speaks for the ones wearing the uniforms it also reflects the beating
    heart of the COWBOY NATION we all are part of.

    Being a Cowboys
    Fan is always a Pain and a Pride, a Joy and a Cry, but I would not have
    any other way, future is bright, but until it comes to present… GO
    COWBOYS!

  • Onetonoffun

    Are they still Americas’ Team ????