Do The Dallas Cowboys Really Need Offensive Line Help?

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Everywhere I go someone purporting to be a Dallas Cowboys fan wants to tell me that Tony Romo is the problem with the Cowboys. I openly confess to you I don’t know how anyone can have that opinion. He was one of the few bright spots we’ve had on this team in recent years. Is he worth the contract? No one is, but damn people that is the market for Quarterbacks who can produce, and whether some people can admit it or not is irrelevant, Tony Romo produces.

I hear it all the time, stats don’t matter. I agree and I disagree at the same time. Stats do give us a pretty good idea of a player’s talent level in the system he plays in. Stats do not however tell the whole story. Not even wins and losses. Some will eschew that idea as false. They are crazy. In the 1970′s Archie Manning was one of the best QBs in the entire NFL. His wins and losses do not reflect that because his football team was a mess.

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) signals at the line of scrimmage with center Ryan Cook (63) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

I hear it all the time when I bring up the need to fix the Offensive Line in Dallas. “How many excuses does Tony Romo get?” You want the honest answer? Here it is, no more than any other QB does. Why didn’t Dan Marino win Super Bowls? Because he lacked the talent to do so? You’re out of your damned mind if you think that. He did not have the team around him to do it. Why didn’t Dan Fouts win Super Bowls? Same reason as Marino.

John Elway and Peyton Manning both fell short of these lofty heights until they patched the holes around them. For Elway it was the running game with Terrell Davis. For Peyton Manning it was a Defense that could stop the other team from time to time. How is Tony Romo any different? Because he plays in Dallas and more is expected of Cowboys QBs? Excuse me while I pull on my hip waders but it is getting really deep in here if people believe that.

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  • ta

    22 players. When your up by 12 with 4 minutes to play and one of those guys is named Terrance Newman – you can’t blame the loss on Romo.

  • Richard Storm

    Anyone “purporting to be a Dallas Cowboys fan” who says that Tony Romo is the problem with the Cowboys needs to get his ass kicked….They’re not really a Cowboys fan but a Dallas Cowboys hater who is a fan of some other team….Most Cowboys fans love Romo…The ones who don’t are fake Cowboys fans who band wagoned themselves to the Cowboys team when they started winning a bunch of Super Bowls in the 90s. Those idiots are in the minority who are just louder than us Romo fans. I really wish they would go band wagon themselves to the Giants team or to the Redskins team so that they can go suck on Eli or RG3….But I’m going to the first Dallas Cowboys home game. I will wear a shirt that says “Rome haters SUCK!!”. I suggest that all the real Cowboys fan do the same at this game…

  • GoCowboys

    This article is awesome.

  • Juanito Juanito

    the stupid heaters are dumb people who dont like read articles like this, they just hate because lisen other dumb hate, haters are so delitional to think that romo play in awesome team, and cowboys now are average

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Good article. The problem with the Cowboys now is due to past poor personnel decisions.I have never heard that Romo participated in the draft or free agency signings. Yet ignorant fans point to him as the reason for Dallas’s mediocrity. As long as management is the way it is now, the Cowboys will not be contenders.

  • Renny Mason

    “Truth”, where are you at? Wonderful piece Mike!

  • billy

    there have been a couple of articles written recently disclosing stats from the dallas defense and offense. dallas was near the bottom in several of those stats. after one reads and understands those stats he will wonder how the cowboys managed to be 8 and 8 the last two seasons. they should have been 4 and 12 at best. they are a truly terrible team. injuries or whatever reason they have been bad. theres only two words to explain why they were able to win 8 games and they are tony and romo. he made some mistakes, sure. but the team he played with were awful. you can thank jerry and his lack of player evaluation and drafting for that. tony cant help jerrys weaknesses enough to win championships. the league is too strong for that to ever happen

  • http://twitter.com/OldFrog75 Old Frog

    Tony Romo is not the problem but as this article highlights we have so many glaring problems that need to be fixed he should have been traded now while he had value for draft picks to address all the other problems. I would rather do that than end up with another Dan Marino scenario. Suffer two lousy seasons with Orton now and build for the future.

    • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

      The only problem with obtaining draft picks for Romo would have been the fact that the same general manager would still be there making the same personnel mistakes.

  • LesterBallard

    Did Romo throw that interception against the Redskins because of any of the reasons Mr. Burke mentions?