For the second consecutive season the Dallas Cowboys missed the playoffs with an 8-8 record. Many fans were quick to blame Tony Romo for his poor decision on a well under thrown pass to DeMarco Murray that resulted in an interception. That pass alone did ultimately lose the game for the Dallas Cowboys against the Redskins, but the season was ultimately over well before that. If the Cowboys would have moved on to face the Seattle Seahawks they would have been so depleted on both sides of the ball that the Seahawks would have beaten, no demolished the Cowboys. Dallas would have likely been without Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Dwayne Harris, and Cole Beasley in a game against Seattle, all four of them suffered injuries during the loss against the Redskins.
Although many ,including myself, were devastated by the loss, it’s when you reflect back on what happened that game and throughout the season that you realize it wasn’t the Cowboys time. The Cowboys faced adversity all year long and it wasn’t until late in the season when the Cowboys started to emerge as a consistent and explosive offensive team. The Cowboys were also hit with the injury bug all year long which like I mentioned before, depleted them out of playoff contention.
Now instead of the Playoffs the Cowboys have another 1st round pick under the 20′s (18th) and are in a great position to land some help for Tony Romo along the offensive line. Tony Romo had a great season passing for 4,903 yards, more yards than fellow quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers. Imagine what Tony Romo would be able to accomplish with a good offensive line? I believe Tony Romo is two or three good offensive lineman away from leading this Cowboys team deep into the playoffs or possibly a Super Bowl. Many may think other wise but it’s that type of criticism towards Tony Romo which has people blaming him over and over and over again, rather than looking at the real flaws of this Cowboys team.
Sure a quarterback will always be the one to be severely criticized that comes with the territory. But if a teams offensive line is clearly struggling and forcing the quarterback to play under unordinary pressure, you shouldn’t be surprised if your quarterback doesn’t land every target. Tony Romo was 97 yards away from having 5,000 yards for the season. He managed to accomplish this despite dealing with a lackluster offensive line for most of the season. Despite having to workout new contracts for Anthony Spencer and Tony Romo, the Cowboys won’t have too high of an order to fill this offseason, instead they can finally focus on getting Tony Romo the help he needs along the offensive line.