Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws in the pocket as center Ryan Cook (63) blocks against Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton (98) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo: All Or Nothing


While at my job this week, a co-worker happened to notice my Dallas Cowboy’s phone case as I was slipping it back into my pocket.  I asked if they were a fan and they responded, “Yes, now if we could only fire Tony Romo”.  I exhaled deeply, looked down and shook my head.

 

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

I am so tired of hearing Romo blamed for every Cowboy’s loss, tired of people saying that he always chokes, tired of people acting like he is the problem with this team.

Romo is one of the most underrated players in the game.  He has consistently put up top 5 quarterback numbers, and rallied this team to victory in countless fourth quarters, often while injured.

Tony is constantly put in a position to have to take big risks and low percentage opportunities to get a victory.  When it works out everyone is happy, when it doesn’t everyone blames him for choking.

December 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) runs with the ball as Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins (99) chases in the third quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 28-18. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Anyone that blames one player for an entire teams failures, a player with staggeringly impressive statistics no less, has the most rudimentary understanding of football that they probably shouldn’t go around openly stating their opinions.

Sometimes things just don’t go your way.  Sometimes receivers don’t run the right routes, linemen don’t hit their blocking assignments, and injury depleted defenses don’t stay on the field long enough for your offense to get a breath.  Sometimes you have no choice but to go all or nothing every offensive series.

I think we will see a much more consistent Tony this season.  I think the moves we’ve made in the offseason will help that.

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

The new, much more technical receiver’s coach should help with a lot of the route miscommunications last year.

The addition of Frederick along with the yearly increase of maturity and experience from last season’s returning starters should help Romo get a little more breathing room.  More breathing room equals less unnecessary risks and, in turn, less interceptions and injuries.

With our entire defense able to start the season fresh and healthy, combined with the knowledge and experience of our new defensive coordinator Kiffen, I would expect our defense to eat up much more of the clock this year.  This takes a significant amount of pressure off our offense, while also allowing them a breather between series.

Has Romo made some mistakes?  Absolutely, as has every great quarterback in the league, past and present.  Unfortunately, Romo hasn’t often had the luxury of being able to stick to safe choices and high percentage plays.

I believe this season will be different.  I believe this season for Tony Romo, every play won’t have to be all or nothing.

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  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Good article. Those who blame Romo for the Cowboy’s problems just don’t understand the game. However, some of the fans do get it right by placing much of the blame on top management. The Cowboys are mediocre because Jerry Jones is a mediocre general manager at best.

  • Tom Dobbins

    Great article and I could not agree more!

  • sq

    you romosexuals make me sick…its never Romo fault. Romo threw 3 picks in that Redskins game that were on him. Everyone knew coming in to that game Romo was going to choke. It is what it is though. But please before you make another article tell the whole truth instead of making it seem as if Romo is the all means for Dallas.

    • utgjohn

      Sigh. It goes both ways. They aren’t playing for anything in that game if it wasn’t for Romo. How many games would that team have won with any other quarterback playing behind that atrocious line? Not many.

      As far as the Rob Jackson interception, people need to give the guy his due. He timed his drop into coverage perfectly and I think 31 other starting quarterbacks in the NFL throw an interception there because it was such a good play by Jackson.

      • Dooms

        Bullshit. He got fooled. Just like very other elimination he’s choked in. Nothing else mattered on that last pick but Romo not turning the ball over. Yet he did. It is what it is. Homer garbage. It’s a QB league. He needs to get us over the hump.

    • texasaaa

      Sq… You can’t do your job laying on your back either. They have to put a team around him.

  • texasaaa

    This is a Team Sport. If ALL
    The Cowboys played as well as Romo we would
    Win the Super Bowl every year!