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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