The Dallas Cowboys Must Ask Tony Romo To Do Less

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Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) looks to the sidelines during the game against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 31-16. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys had quarterback Tony Romo running for his life in 2012. Somebody will make a documentary about it.

But, hey, no problem. Right?

Tony Romo ended the 2012 season 97 passing yards away from 5,000. He had 28 touchdown passes, completed over 65 percent of his passes, averaged over 300 passing yards per game (career high), and slapped the season with a 90.5 quarterback rating.

So What Was the Problem?

In 2012 Tony Romo was sacked 36 times (tied for career high), attempted 648 passes (career high), and nearly averaged 41 passes per game. He also had a 28/19 touchdown to interception ratio.

Oh, and the Cowboys missed the playoffs that year.

How Romo finished the 2012 season playing 16 games is a mystery. The quarterback dodged defenders in epic fashion. For the Hollywood movie, it’s a coin toss between Bozo the Clown and Harry Houdini as to who will play Tony Romo in the feature.

And The 2013 Season?

In 2013 the Dallas Cowboys had quarterback Tony Romo juicing the team offensively. Defensively, the Cowboys weren’t sure if the players were prepped for defense or offense.

Someone should label the playbook. Might help.

Dez Bryant probably thought about pulling a Deion Sanders and doing a “Full-Time” by playing cornerback.

The Cowboys were just plain awful on defense. Awful. The best thing for everyone involved (fans too) is to do a memory wipe–Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind style.

But, hey, the Cowboys got Tony Romo. Right?

Make him pick up the slack. For the poor defense. For the poor running (more on this later). For poor protection. For the poor play-calling. For the poor conditioning coaches. For the poor weather.

Tony Romo finished the season with a 96.7 rating, nearly 4,000 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions in 15 games.

Tony Romo had the Cowboys 5-0 in the NFC East Division.

In the 4th quarter alone, Romo owned a 105.6 rating (highest of all quarters), a 69.6 completion percentage (highest of all quarters), and 10 touchdowns against only four interceptions.

What is Tony Romo worth to the team today?

To answer that, we warp back to 2003 to check the quarterback class as well what the Dallas Cowboys did in that draft.

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