Gunfight At The Cowboys Corral

Look, Tony Romo is great… until he’s not.  CowboysNation already knows this.  Still, all the sports talking heads, especially around Dallas, just want to point that out again.  They want to make yesterdays game all about Romo’s interception.  They are all being lazy – just write about Romo’s always poorly timed interceptions, stretch it to 300 to 500 words and wrap up your article in time for dinner. Lazy.

Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) meets with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) at the end of the game at AT

Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) meets with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) at the end of the game at AT

Like I’ve said too many times, even more-so  in a game where 99 points are scored (the 4th highest scoring game in NFL history I’m told), it’s just not that simple.

The game I saw, Tony Romo stood toe to toe with the immortal Peyton Manning and not only hung with him, but outplayed him for most of the game – 5 TDs, 506 yrds – a Cowboys record and only 32 yrds from the NFL record set in 1951.  How many QBs can do that in this league, against these Denver Broncos?  Maybe Rodgers, Brees, or  little brother, Eli.  Maybe one other.  Romo did, and the only surprise is he did it with ‘Bland Bill Callahan’ calling plays.

I love me a good gunfight.

A great match up – two gunslingers letting the bullits fly.  With all these new fangled offenses incorporating the spread and the running QB, it’s not always like that anymore.  For better or worse, the gunslinger is a dying breed in the NFL.  How many are left?  It’s nice to see the last of them aren’t going down without a fight.

Alas, Romo and the Cowboys came up short.  I’ll take the road less travelled and blame the horrible Cowboys defense for yesterdays loss.  To see it any other way is to say the Broncos scored 51 points on Tony Romo.

A Few Notes:

- It may be time to declare that Monte Kiffin brought USC’s ‘Crappy-2′ D to Dallas, not the Tampa-2 we were hoping for.

- The Cowboys are 2 -3 now, and Jerry’s nightmare is coming true – wasting the prime of Tony Romo’s career.  First, it was the horrible offensive line, now it’s the horrible defense and it’s always been the horrible running game.

- Josh Freeman was cut by Tampa Bay and at least 10 teams inquired about him (Vikings signed him for 1 year $3 million).   Tell me 20 teams wouldn’t break the bank to sign Romo if he was available, even with his ‘at the worst moment’ interception issue.

- Peyton Manning’s dad said it best:  ”I think we’re all guilty of making quarterbacks like tennis players or golfers.  Quarterbacks play as good as their team plays”.  Yesterday’s game is a good example.

 

Topics: Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo

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