Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) scrambles against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

QB Tony Romo Among Gods and Monsters

Jerry Jones is screwing over quarterback Tony Romo.

Every day. Ever since Romo came on the scene, wrapped up in an unexpected package, Jerry has been jumping up and down like a little kid on Christmas. But the biggest joke of all is this: the gift of Tony Romo wasn’t for Jerry Jones to open.

Yet the general manager — also known as “Dumbo Tron” — keeps pushing unnecessary business upon his quarterback.

So Tony Romo is being asked to run the team like Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning? Like a Hall of Famer? Get this straight: Tony Romo is being asked to emulate a legend of the game? A Super Bowl winner and MVP?

Hilarious. Absolutely hilarious, Jerry. Thumbs up. I just want to stand up and give you one of those, 2013 NFL Draft high fives.

Dude, back off. Seriously.

I like me some Tony Romo. I really do. I admit it. I like the fact that he is staying put. Brother has unfinished business in Texas.

But come on, let’s get real here. Tony Romo has not proved worthy of emulating Hall of Fame quarterbacks of this modern-day game. Not yet. Let’s close the door on that right now until he actually bursts down the door with some bling on his hand. Or at the very least, some playoff wins.

So Dumbo Tron, and his son, mini Dumbo Tron, must leave Tony Romo alone in his element. He’s got enough on his plate. Don’t overfeed something that can’t take anything else down. Duh. What’s one to do instead?

I’ll tell you: You go back to the essentials. Winning NFL teams are anchored by their offensive line.

2012 NFC Champions The San Francisco 49ers had three first round offensive linemen protecting the quarterback. Three? Yes, three. Makes you want to cry. I know — when I heard this I wanted to burst into tears like a little girl.

That’s what it takes to win games. The cliché that a winning team starts with the interior linemen is, well, true. Jerry, sir, you put the responsibility on the big men — the heart of the team; the gods who protect your multi-million dollar investment.

You want to steal The Patriot’s two tight-end system and waste a precious second round pick? On yet another tight end? Stop man. Because your QB isn’t going to be busy looking for catchers; he will busy laying on the turf getting a tan.

Drop emulation. Start with the core and work your way out. And drafting offensive lineman Travis Frederick in the first round does not constitute as a patch. In fact, this pick only assaults the team. And it makes you look dumb.

Well, more dumb.

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

Travis Frederick is not first round talent. Yes, he was taken in the first round, and will assume the stage and responsibility as a first rounder. Poor guy. He’s already set up for failure.

Sure, Frederick may show up Sundays with signs of great gifts. Let’s hope so. But even if he does turn out well, this will come about as surprise charity, not as an expectation.

We expect first round starting left tackle Tyron Smith to be great. He had to be. So far, so good. He’s proving to be worthy of a first round draft pick because dear friends, he is, in fact, a first round player!

Mr. Jones, you want to steal blueprints from other teams? Steal from your own closet. Steal from your friend and former head coach Jimmy Johnson. Johnson died for an offensive line. He mounted his mouth where the trenches were. And with a strong line, you run the ball until the other team cries.

Bruise them. Punish them. And when their sorrows could be heard from upstairs, own the sky by the hand of Tony Romo.

Start with the offensive line. Die by it. Surround your most precious possession with protection. That’s a necessity. That should be your luxury. All other picks are complimentary.

Jerry Jones is setting up Tony Romo for failure. Instead of surrounding Romo with needs, Jones has given The Cowboys quarterback the responsibility of running around the field playing tag, with his head chopped off (once again).

Critics may light fires. Fans might file for divorce.

And because of this, Tony Romo will not be remembered as a god. Tony Romo will be more of a monster.

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  • Aaron

    Why didn’t they draft Larry Warford instead of Escobar?

    • Michael Vu

      Good question. Some reason I like Eddie Lacy RB with the second pick. I think he’ll do great with the Green Bay Packers.

      • ‘mericas_team2013

        Not a fan of Lacy, he wasn’t even the best RB on the team that goes to TJ Yeldon. Randle was the better pick… Alabama RBs are like USC QBs one is over hyped seemingly every year but hardly any of them make any impact in the NFL. Lacy needs a dominant oline to succeed in the NFL, he wouldn’t have had that in Dallas.

  • Gary Dodson

    We 49er fans applaud the Dallas organization for extending Tony Romo’s contract which will insure zero playoff success for the next few years within the NFC division.Ya’ll take care now you here.

    • Nicholas Brunson

      Love ‘em or hate ‘em, everyone knows what the Cowboys are doing ;-) Can’t remember the last time I ever went looking for news on the 49ers. Because I never have.

      What happened the last time Dallas played the 49ers by the way? Oh yeah, Romo stuck it in ya.

  • Artie C

    After further review, it seems like the team is beginning to reload the offense with younger talent. It seems they are almost, and I mean – almost – acting like they are secretly rebuilding hoping that they will be able to compete again in a couple years with a young offense and a wily veteran QB to lead them – like the Patriots have, or the Broncos. Or maybe my initial thought that Stephen spilled coffee on the their draft card was spot on.

    • Michael Vu

      Cringe. You said rebuild. Quincy Carter flashed before my eyes.

      I disagree with you Artie C, I thought it was rum and Coke.

  • Artie C

    The very fact that they are fiddling with what to do about Doug Free, while the best available free agent veteran offensive lineman are starting to get snapped up by other teams, speaks volumes.

    • Michael Vu

      We keep pumping money into the wrong people. I guess it could be worse: You could pick up 4th round talent with your 1st pick. Nobody will ever do that.

  • SharksBreath

    JJ destroyed the Romo era with the 2008 draft. Three draft picks in the 1st two rounds and none of them are with the team. They entered that draft needing a WR. They traded out of the spot in the 3rd where they could have took Manningham. Since they didn’t it led directly to the Roy Williams trade. Which led to the 2009 draft. Where we should have been looking for OL help in the first round. Which then led to us taking a tackle in the 2011 draft when we should have drafted JJ Wyatt.

    The Romo era was crushed in 2008 and the Cowboys have been playing catch up ever since.

    You can’t waste 3 #1 picks. A second and a third in back to back drafts and expect to be competing for a Super Bowl.

    Having a coach who’s offense was ranked 30th in the 1st quarter and 26th in the 2nd doesn’t help.

    When your offensive production for a half is below the Jets. Your not going anywhere.

    FYI. Every coach under the Jets were fired last year.

    • Michael Vu

      Very good points. I wouldn’t change a thing you said. How we draft is so important and has long term effects on an organization. We can’t cater a person here and there for patches or band-aids.

      We need to have better drafts. 2013 was a great opportunity to start, but in my opinion, the Cowboys fumbled.

      I’m jealous with The Ravens. I think they deserve a lot of credit in their drafting department. Their drafting success correlates with the organization’s success as a whole.

  • Renny Mason

    Nice piece brother!