May 21, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during organized team activities at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo: Do Not Pass 4,000 Yards

I don’t want Tony Romo to have another 4,000 yard season. Never, ever again. He shouldn’t want to either.

The Dallas Cowboys cannot succeed with Tony Romo’s arm alone. I think that is obvious by now. And it’s not that I think Romo’s right arm can’t do it, — because the arm is able — he just needs a little help from friends.

Speaking of friends, Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones, and Jason Garrett should protect their 33-year-old investment. Asking him to throw bombs (with little changes to the front line and backfield) isn’t the way to go.

Underneath all the criticism and negative murmurs, Romo has thrown up impressive numbers — a trend that he has held up for seven seasons now. Tony Romo doesn’t need to prove or confirm his numbers any longer. He needs to confirm himself as a winner.

The NFL has a done a disservice to the league. Quarterbacks are piling on yards with ease. I don’t like this. I don’t think defenses appreciate this either. Nor do I think this is respectful to quarterbacks of yesterday, who played in a different era with different rules and standards.

But this is what happens when you tamper with the rules. Now it’s to the point where running backs aren’t as important. After all, there’s only one football to toss around. I get it.

This is what Dallas needs to get back to: A strong running game. I’m sure Romo is clamoring for one now that he has “Peyton Manning” kind of responsibility.

The way I see it: Follow the NFL passing trend and lose, or reverse to a traditional power running game and win. Pioneers are welcome. So are winners.

DeMarco Murray is a fine running back. The problem? There are more than 10 weeks in the regular season. Will he stay healthy for one full season? Don’t count on it. Don’t count on him until he actually does it. That’s a shame, because The Cowboys need him — badly.

Unfortunately, the forecast is calling for “Romo 4k” once again. Instead of electing to promote off-season needs, the Cowboys have chosen to go with luxury instead.

I wish I could sit back and write to you, “Don’t worry, be happy.”

But honestly, my tone these days is more like: Do worry, fasten seat belts. That’s because among one of those passes that gets Romo to 4,000, one of them could be the throw that breaks the back and ends a season.

We’ve seen it before.

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