Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws in the pocket as sun rays enter the stadium in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at AT

Tony Romo Should Have Never Thrown That Ball

I must confess, I don’t know what to write about. Yes, that’s odd. There is a ton to talk about.

Maybe its emotional drain. Or maybe it’s a mental conflict.

On one hand, I’d like to sample a few players and play the blame game. On the other hand, I’d like to celebrate the good things the Dallas Cowboys achieved last Sunday facing the Denver Broncos.

Let’s be real here: many had the Cowboys entering this game as if it was their funeral.

Not the case. A 51-48 losing effort is anything but a funeral.

Look at it from that hand. There’s 16 games (11 more from this point) left in the season. So what do we know now about this team five games in? Well, how about that this squad is better than the team last year.

Nobody can deny that. Just ask the walking legend, future Hall of Fame inductee, Peyton Manning.

And that my friend, is worth talking about.

But so is that “throw.”

My Head Is An Animal

Tony Romo was a god for 57 minutes. (Haters may vomit now.) You can see where I am going with this, right?

Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) scrambles in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at AT

Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) scrambles in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at AT

57 is not the new 60.

Tony Romo was never meant to attempt that pass. Never. But fate is fate. And the narrative doesn’t change until you win.

Sure, there’s blame to go around. Shouldn’t you blame the defense? Yes, they could have played a little better.

Blame grandpa Monte Kiffin? Yes, there’s some blame his way too.

DeMarco Murray? How about him? Yes, the running game stalled. Add him in the blame mix too.

Listen. I make no apologies: Tony Romo deserves his share of the blame. Absolutely. You don’t make that throw. Never. Check it down. Murray was there. Take a page from Peyton Manning — he did it all day with running back Knowshon Moreno.

His lone interception hurt; it wiped the god like smile. Ending the day with five touchdowns, 506 passing yards, and a quarterback rating of 140.0 does not come easy. It was a thrill. A privilege to watch.

It was the day Aikman, Staubach, White, and Meredith opened the gates to welcome Romo in.

But then the doubt. That cloud. There’s still the last two minutes of regulation.

Interception. Close the gates.

Where Romo goes, Dallas goes. That’s what the 33-year old got paid to do.

This is a quarterback driven league. The quarterback is the most important piece. More so in Dallas with its spotlight. And fair or not, the reality is brilliant stats mean nothing if you lose.

It’s in those final minutes when quarterbacks mutate into divine beings. But Tony Romo, once again, showed how human he really is.

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  • John Doe’s Father

    Hi Mike, I’m betting you only work on Monday mornings, and then as a quarterback. Right ? I’ll be honest, I don’t think Romo is a great quarterback, but I think he and his team played a masterful game on Sunday. The fact that you could concentrate on one throw disappoints me. Did you actually watch the whole game or did you get the notes sent to your inbox ? Every QB has interceptions. While that one was more damaging than most doesn’t erase a beautiful performance by Dallas and Romo. BTW, I’m a Packer Fan, so no cross to bear here, I just love a good game . And take it from me , THAT was a great game by both teams and both QBs.

  • Hank

    Clearly you only watched the “analist review” of the game on SportsCenter. You may call yourself a Cowboys fan, but clearly you don’t know much about the game of football. Here’s the Webster’s definition, it might help you understand a little better:

    “c : an American game played between two teams of 11 players each in which the ball is in possession of one side at a time and is advanced by running or passing”

    “…teams of 11 players each…”

    • ‘mericas_team2013

      I believe this guy got me booted under another name for telling others they were being a$$holes (standing up for him), but this is like the 4th or 5th article that Ive read by this guy that is absolute GARBAGE… Not even just that he is hating on Romo, just haven’t seen a quality article yet….

      • MercWithaMouth

        I thought this would have been a well wrote out article with a breakdown of the play and some solid facts to support his opinion. We have all seen the play several dozen times by now and multiple opinions can be supported, but, instead we have this atrocity he calls an article. Not sure what happened to this site but I seem to com back less and less…

  • SmartThinking

    500-plus yards of offense. Six touchdowns. Taking the lead twice during the game. Out gunning arguably the best quarterback to ever play the game.

    And you grouse about an interception caught by a team who, so far this year, has dominated, yes, dominated its competition.

    Quit writing for this site.

    You know nothing about football or what it takes to play the game at an elite level over sixteen weeks and face guys who are paid to also play at an elite level.

  • jrcowboy49

    Romo perhaps was a little hasty in throwing that interception but the focus needs to be on the Dallas defense which played poorly. Why are the Dallas defensive CBs playing so far off of the WRs when they know the Manning offense is based on timing? Why not press the WR’s? Dallas DBs and safeties also play too far back allowing Manning to throw the underneath pass all day long! This was so obvious
    that the announcers were talking about it. Did Kiffen vapor lock during the game? You gave up over 50 points!

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    What hasn’t been written by any of the Romo blasters is the fact that when the ball was intercepted one of his offensive linemen stepped on his back foot as he was in his throwing motion. This caused the path of the ball to be altered and with less zip. Romo says he would have completed that pass otherwise. Of course Romo blasters look at every opportunity to blast away at Romo as if he is a one man team and never take into consideration anything else that goes wrong during the game. Come on, Michael, watch the game and write about what really went wrong.

  • NYCowboysFan

    They’ll let anyone write and article apparently. At least get someone that knows what they are talking about.