Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) scrambles against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

What If Tony Romo Had Finished The Season?

Tony Romo managed to escape the usual criticisms this year. 

Maybe it was the Sports Illustrated article, maybe it was the Hall of Fame statistics he put up this year, or maybe it’s as simple as him ending his season on a high note. 

In my opinion, it’s because he wasn’t the quarterback in this year’s season ender.

That’s not to say we still would have lost had Romo been healthy and playing, I think we likely would have made the playoffs with Tony under center.

But, just for argument’s sake, let’s imagine things played out exactly the same only with Romo at the helm.  It would have been the same rhetoric, the same complaints, all over again.

“Tony can’t win the big games.  Tony chokes under pressure.  We will never make it to the Super Bowl with Romo as our quarterback”.

What a fickle bunch Cowboy’s fans are, aren’t we?  Had Romo delivered the last minute interception he would be cursed and criticized, but being that our backup threw it, instead we curse our luck.  “Why did our infallible star quarterback have to go down when we needed him most?”

Also, no one seems to be blaming Orton the way they would typically hold Romo responsible in this outcome.  Could it be because as the backup, he is held to a different standard than we would our starter?  If that’s the case, I feel compelled to remind people that not only is Orton the highest paid backup, he is paid more than roughly a third of the starters in this league.  Shouldn’t that warrant the same level of expectation from him?

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with Orton and I’m certainly not trying to rally up the torches and pitchforks. 

The truth might be that the lack of outrage comes from the somber realization that no matter who the Cowboy’s have under center…we always seem to fall just short.

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