Typical Unlucky Tony Romo; The Choke Artist Returns?

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The Dallas Cowboys had an offensive explosion on Sunday against the high-powered Denver Broncos offense. Despite losing the game 51-48, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo had a career day throwing for over 500 yards. It just another Cowboys record Romo can hang on his wall. Despite his personal success, it was his lone mistake in the game that most fans will ultimately remember. And unfortunately, ill-timed mistakes are a disturbing trend during Romo’s roller-coaster career.

Editor’s note: After this article was published, one of our faithful readers named Thomas pointed out that Romo is not totally at fault for this perceived mistake. He directed me to a wonderful article written by Joey Ikes over at BTB that clearly illustrates he made the right read and the right decision to throw the ball. It was an ill-fated misstep on tackle Tyron Smith’s back heel that was the real culprit for the interception. Check it out if you have a chance. You can chalk this one down to bad luck. As you’ll read in the rest of this article, regardless of the excuses, bad luck seems to be a running theme in Romo’s career.

Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is sacked in the fourth quarter by Denver Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips (90) at AT

Some of you may construe from the title of this article that I am a Romo-hater. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, I’m convinced now more than ever that he is the right man to lead Dallas back to the promised land a.k.a. the Super Bowl. But there is no denying Romo does have the label of “choke artist” attached to him and his play. It’s been there since he botched the hold on the field goal attempt in the 2006-07 NFC Wild Card game against the Seattle Seahawks.

The label’s usage among fans intensified the very next year when the Cowboys lost their divisional playoff game against the New York  Giants. With less than thirty seconds left, and on fourth down, Romo threw an interception in the endzone eliminating Dallas from the playoffs. His three fumble and one interception playoff performance against the Minnesota Vikings in the 2009-10 playoffs didn’t help the negative talk either.

For the past two seasons, the Cowboys have gone 8-8 and missed the post-season each year. Both times, losing the final game of the season to a divisional rival that determined their playoff fate.  Last year’s final game against the Washington Redskins was another three interception performance by Romo. The “choke’ label remains.

For every success, Romo has monumental failures that overshadow him. But he is also a man you want to root for. He says the right things, and by all accounts, does the right things in order to succeed. Romo seems to only miss one thing: the clutch gene. Can that be learned? Who knows? But what I do know is one Super Bowl trophy can erase all his mistakes in one stroke. Just like another legendary quarterback I remember…

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  • Keith Ranson


    • bk

      Pulled him from the side down, quit blaming the ref’s.. blame whoever decided to pass the ball vs run it
      on first down there,,,run it get a few cuz nobody was expecting it, get a second and short.. don’t leave any time
      for Manning.

      • Keith Ranson

        Are You THAT Ignorant? The ‘Roy Williams’ Rule CLEARLY States That A Player Is NOT Allowed To Tackle Or Grab Another Player By The Collar! DOES NOT MATTER From What Side He Grabs! This Rule Happened After Roy Hurt T.O. In ’04 With The Same Play! If The League is Gonna Institute Such Rules, The Fucktard Refs Need To ENFORCE Them! Get A Clue!

  • Mike C.

    I think all the Tony Romo HATERS better pray that GOD does not judge them the same way!!!!

  • JTracker

    All I know is that Tony was gr8 but had the same amount of interceptions as the gr8 Peyton did. Conclusion: our defense sucks!

    • Keith Ranson

      Well Dude, Denver’s defense sucks More; And People Are going To figure That out!

  • jayhwk01

    The Defense gave up 51 pts. Unless Romo plays D now this game is not on him or the offense at all. Not even Manning had a perfect day. Romo/Manning played better than anybody could ever reasonably expect any QB to play. I saw two D’s get shredded and the Dallas D was 3 pts worse yesterday. No way can this loss or last weeks be put on the Offense or Romo. Dallas D has got to get better.

    • Keith Ranson

      People Wanna Shit On OUR Defense; Where The Hell Was DENVER’s Defense? Has ANYBODY Ever TORCHED The Broncos For 500 Yards In The Air? Think About That.

      • jayhwk01

        I don’t think anybody is shitting on the D as you put it. The point was placing this loss at the feet of Romo is silly when the D gave up 51 pts. It is not shitting on anybody to point out the fact that the D was not good against NY, SD, and now Denver. The numbers do not lie and frankly it does not matter a damn bit to me what Denver’s D is…I will let Denver fan worry about that.

  • joel

    I place that INT squarely on the coaches – sorry coaching. Throwing for 500 yards – do one thing: RUN THE BALL. Or at least try to run the ball. He was due for an INT and we were asking for it, so obviously lining up to throw on every down in the 4th Qtr. Unbelievable.

  • daledoe

    Listening to the views of a bunch of untalented hacks and fans with low football iqs is not the way to pass judgement on a players performance. I guess Manning’s interception in their playoff game with the Ravens makes him a loser too? No! Their defense shouldn’t have put him in the situation to begin with.
    Football is a team sport and it takes everyone doing their jobs to have a winning team. Baltimore did not have the best individual players last season. They came together at the right time and won as a team.