Jul 22, 2013; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during drills at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo's Legacy Dependent On Success Of Dallas Cowboys

How much longer will it be before our Dallas Cowboys are relevant again purely because of their merits on the field? Every offseason it looks as if the drought will end, and this year is no different.

As I thought about this I began to wonder what it’s really going to take before we erase the past drought as a distant memory.

Will a playoff berth do it? Nope, as we have seen the Cowboys make a few entrances since the 90’s only to be bounced immediately. What about a playoff victory? That won’t do it either seeing as how the one playoff victory we do have in the last fifteen or so years merely serves as a punch line for why Tony Romo doesn’t deserve his new contract.

So what will do it? An NFC championship berth or victory? A Super Bowl berth?

The more I thought about it the more I tied it to Tony Romo.

Much of the Cowboys successes and failures over the past few years have been credited to Tony Romo whether it was well deserved or not.

No matter which side you are on, it would be ludicrous to label the past seven years as anything other than “The Romo Empire”. I truly believe that Tony Romo’s legacy and the success of the Dallas Cowboys have become directly synonymous.

Thanks to the lucrative contract Romo just signed he has officially set himself up to perhaps be the biggest scapegoat in Cowboys history.

If you don’t believe me just take to Twitter to see the many differing comments on the quarterback’s newfound wealth. Donovan McNabb had plenty to opine.

Demarcus Ware put it best when he said, “It’s time to put up or shut up”. Playoff berths and victories mean nothing now. I’m not even sure a loss in the Super Bowl would do anything to boost the approval rating of one of the most polarizing athletes in professional sports today.

Even we Romo supporters have our hands tied now. There is no turning back for Tony Romo and his reign at the helm. His legacy will forever be attached to what happens in his last days in the blue and silver.

It’s Super Bowl champs or bust.

The only thing that can change his legacy will be a photo of him hoisting the Lombardi Trophy above his head atop the shoulders of his teammates on the front page of every newspaper across the country.

Anything less will be just another checkmark on the long list of disappointment we have tasted since Aikman last led us to glory.

The Cowboys open this season on Sunday Night Football against the New York Giants. Cowboys tickets at Vivid Seats begin at only $31 for Standing Room Only, or $70 for Upper Level seats. The average ticket price is $251, making it only the 4th most expensive Dallas home game this season.

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  • Longtime Cowboys fan

    Building a legitimate dynasty takes time. Not two or three years then change directions. But pick a system and live with it, warts and all. I’ve been a Cowboys fan since 1960 when The Knothole Club sold us kids tickets for fifty cents to sit in the end zone at the Cotton Bowl. I’ve been witness to the early failures growth took to become success. Tom Landry didn’t change directions. He led. He motivated by building a team made of players who demonstrated they had the strength and passion for the game to persevere regardless of what it took. There are few of those players on today’s Cowboy roster. Name a Cowboy player who’s willing to sacrifice for the betterment of the team and only Whitten and Ware’s names come to mind. When I see how Ratliff and both starting guards are taking their game today, I realize this team will never make it to The Show because they’re not willing as a team or as individuals to pay the price for what it takes to get there.

    • James Joyner

      The 49ers went from lousy to the Super Bowl in two years under Harbaugh. Seahawks have seemingly turned it around under Pete Carroll. You don’t get years and years anymore. Landry coached in the days when you could draft a guy and keep him forever. Now, they’re free agents in four years. And there’s a salary cap, too.

  • Michael Meredith

    Another John Elway perhaps? Who knows!

  • JoeDaBeast

    When I think what former Dallas QB reminds me of Romo most, I think of Danny White. Not able to get out of Captain Comeback’s shadow, for one reason, no Lombardi Trophy. The last QB that was able to get out of a legend’s shadow and make his own mark was Steve Young (out of Joe Montana’s shadow). I truly feel that Young would not be considered a Hall of Fame QB until that Super Bowl victory. Man up Tony R!!!!!!

    • James Joyner

      Aaron Rodgers had Brett Favre’s not inconsiderable shadow to escape and did so. And, while not quite the same thing, Eli Manning escaped his brother’s shadow with his Super Bowl wins.

      • JoeDaBeast

        I agree with you, although the difference with Farve is that many of the Green Bay fans were ready to let him go. Rodgers was the epitome of being professional and not bashing his predecessor.