Embarking on the Tony Romo Conversation: Part I

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IMAGINE if Romo had a defense capable of consistently holding late leads and closing out games. If your offense takes a late lead, but your starting defense persists on allowing the opposing offense to drive the field and take the lead back and consequently win the game, then Romo is not receiving the help he needs. If your offense cuts into the lead needing just one extra possession to win the game, but your defense does not help you out by delivering the ball back in time for the offense (cough…Falcons and Turkey Day match-up vs the Redskins), then Romo is not receiving the help he needs.

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) in the huddle against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

In order for our Dallas Cowboys to return to glory and restore some of the pride that has been slowly evaporating since January 28th, 1996, Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones need to fully commit to making this team “Romo Friendly.” They have already spoken of their confidence in Romo and the desire to keep him around for the remainder of his career, but without the necessary help in all facets of the game, Romo’s career will inevitably have a Danny White feel to it.

I am a HUGE Tony Romo fan, and everybody that knows me, knows that much about me. I have had MANY arguments with fellow Cowboys fans on the other side of the Romo fence. They disagree with me on one important question…

Can Tony Romo indeed win a Super Bowl in Dallas?

 The answer is YES! However he desperately needs the tools around him to win that trophy we as Dallas Cowboys fans, are intimately connected with. Though he does not fit my definition of “elite,” Tony Romo is still a terrific quarterback within this Dallas system. Hate him or love him, every Dallas Cowboys fan is certainly not shy to share their opinion of him. With Cowboys Nation seemingly divided, what side of the Tony Romo fence do you fall on?

One thing is certain regardless…Our 2013 Dallas Cowboys need to be “Romo Friendly.”

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  • Mekkio wekkio

    There is a lot of imagine in this post… If I have to imagine all of this I might as well imagine this team drafting a qb this off season. Imagine the Cowboys trading Romo for some draft picks too..Imagine how many super bowls we will win if we had all that you just mention with an elite qb

    I cant imagine Romo taking us to the playoff even if we have all that you have imagine. Think about … this guy can no get you a 9-7 record to make the playoffs. Do you really honestly think this guy can make the necessary run in the playoffs and actually beat the best team from the afc in a super bowl.???

    You know what.. If i imagine this team had the 85 bears on defense and imagine we had Jerry Rice, Dez Bryant, Barry Sanders, and Larry Allen on offensive then its possible with Tony Romo.

    • Renny Mason

      We might draft a QB in April in the middle rounds, though I tend to disagree with that notion. We have too many other needs in this draft (DL, OL, RB, S etc..), with only 6 current picks, to draft a QB who would not play for another 4-5 years, especially with Orton right behind Romo for the next few years. To answer your question, Yes, I honestly believe that Romo can win a Super Bowl in Dallas…He simply needs the help and the commitment from the Cowboys brass to put a championship team around Romo. Thank you for your input though.

      • Mekkio wekkio

        Romo is an alright guy but we need make this guy earn something in Dallas. This team has always committed to Romo .. So are you telling me Witten, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Demarco Murray was not good enough ? How about in 2010 when we had Roy Williams as well ?? Hey in this passing league the qb is going to take some hits. It’s the point Romo need to start man up and prove his worth. JJ has done everything in his power to produce for Romo but it only reflects on failure because Romo is not holding up his end of the bargain. We can bash, clown. or rip JJ all we can at the end of the day players play and coaches coach. For the past 3 years this team has witness failure on Romo hands but it always shielded from the guy why???

        Any other winning franchise base would have tore this guy a new hole.Fan bases that respect Romo are the fan bases that never had a great history of qbs.. In my opinion let them have him. We as Cowboys fans have lower our standards way too low to accept this guy because JJ botch the Troy Aikman situation. If anything blame JJ for riding Troy for so long without a backup (you think we are in a similar situation) then waiving him with no one to look to.. we didn’t receive any draft picks for Troy nothing.. we just waive the guy smh.. Once he was let go JJ look every where for a qb except for the draft. Well we did pass on Drew Brews to draft a junkie and Aaron Rodgers in favor for Spears. If Dallas would have handle their business Brees or Rodgers should have been Cowboys.

        Then you Romo lovers come out the wood work with statements like we can never find anyone as good as Romo. As if Romo is the only person that can play qb for the Cowboys.. You never know until you look. I just laugh at this stuff.. Because other fan bases and analyst on television are just laughing at us. Romo and the cowboys are always the center of a joke.But they give us attention because our fan base drive ratings up.I guess i’m the only person who see that.

        • Renny Mason

          I can see your argument, but as always the case with the Tony Romo conversation, we will just agree to disagree.

    • truth

      Yes…yes, yes!! If Romo “Chokes” in meaningful games – okay, all are meaningful but I’m trying to be nice to mr. ramiro – how much more in the playoffs, or worse, the Super-Bowl??!
      He can’t even perform well in the clutch, in pressure situations and some(not you of course) expect him to Win in the Playoffs??? “playoffs…” – lol.

  • truth

    First Sir Mason, you err with Romo anytime you include his name with “leader.” He is never been a “leader” persay, never. Many HOFs have said it and many pertinent Football Players(former and current) that say the same about Ramiro…
    With that said, your article is all for not. I only had to read that far when I knew for a fact that it was garbage. Just saying sir. Probably filled with conjectural statements with no facts whatsoever.

    • Renny Mason

      Oh I sprinkled a few facts in there…

  • truth

    And just to add to the plethora of experts who directly or indirectly, say that it’s not the team, the defense or OLine, but rather Romo….over and over!!
    Recently, Wade Wilson, Cowboys and Romo’s QB coach and now Calahan/OL Coach. Saying basically that the OL was good and what many thought they saw wasn’t what was!! He can’t say that enough from what he was saying. He could’ve chose not to say anything about the OL or talk about anything else. But he didn’t, he wanted the world to know that Cowboys OL was pretty good.
    Many fans are just that, fans. Not students of the game or in a capacity to expertly talk about the ins and outs of the game and it’s players, and how they interact on and off the field. Romo, through analytical measures, holds on to the ball for way to long. When the NFL average is 2.5 seconds – might have recently went up to 2.7 – Romo averages 5 seconds it seems. But again, through analytical measurings, he ranks very low. In other words, he sucks!! What boggles the mind to me, is when you see a QB like Andrew Luck recently come out and say, “if my OLinemen allows someone in without blocking him, and I get hit, I don’t blame him or get in his face because I have made many mistakes myself…” – See, you don’t ever hear Romo saying that. You don’t ever hear Romo taking responsibility or saying something like that so that we the fans can get a glimpse into his thinking. But what he doesn’t say, may be saying more than he really wants the football world to know. Yeahhh…

  • billy

    damn guys did you watch the same games i did this year? the cowboys could hardly run a play without a holding or motion call on the o line or one of the receivers. when they did manage to get off a play romo was usually running for his life. our running game was a joke no other team even worried about. we couldnt block anyone in the run game or the pass game. our special teams play was pretty bad until harris started returning punts. our defense almost never gave us a short field to play on. they couldnt hold a lead if we managed to get one. why dont you give tony a break . almost any other qb in the league would be dead playing with this team. we are lucky to have him. think about how bad all the other ones were jerry drug up for us. if i were tony i wouldnt sign a new contract unless the joneses promised to draft two linemen in the first three rounds this year and at least one in the first two rounds next year. we cant have a team with the ol we have i dont care who is qb

    • Renny Mason

      Sadly Billy, you and I are fighting a losing battle. Cowboys fans will always be spilt right down the middle regarding the always heated Tony Romo conversation. Stay tuned for Part 2 this Wednesday.

  • Carl

    There’s never going to be a right and wrong answer because it is an opinionated conversation. However, if Romo takes the Cowboys to the Superbowl next year, I’m sure many Cowboys fans will immediately bow down to Romo. I don’t believe that Romo will ever be in the same conversation as Peyton Manning, but he has enough talent to make a run in th playoffs…and if he can take the Cowboys to the Superbowl, who knows what could happen. Either way, if you are a Cowboys fan, your only choice is to support the team that takes the field next year. Assuming Romo is still the QB next year, everyone better get comfortable rooting for Romo.

    • Renny Mason

      Spoken like a true Cowboys ( duh…Colts) fan there Carl!! Proud of you!!