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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  • Earl Robertson

    Be nice if Garrett would read this article! Why they won’t run the ball is beyond my imagination!!

    • Old Frog

      I think it was lack of faith in th O line, whether it be Callahan or Romo checking out of the run at the line of scrimmage, particularly on 3rd down. Hopefully drafting a premier guard will fix that.

  • PaulTX

    Something I have noticed about Romo is that he is not disciplined in the pocket. Often he needs to step up in the pocket, and in doing so, his OL can protect him. Instead, he starts scrambling and sure he might dodge a tackler, but he also throws interceptions and gets sacked. If you watch film, you will see what I mean. Tony often scrambles for no reason.

    • Earl Robertson

      I’m not sure about this because I didn’t pay that much attention to that but if it is true it might be because the inside protection has been so bad for a few seasons that he might got in a habit of not stepping up

      • PaulTX

        Romo has always done this. Maybe it is because of bad protection. I think the Flozell Adams, Marc Colombo, Leonard Davis, Andre Gurode line-up from 2007-2009 was a solid group, and he was doing it then too.

        • Old Frog

          I agree. Romo loved being compared to Brett Favre and it might have gone to his head.

  • SmartThinking

    Do less rather than more? I think Romo’s age and physical condition will make that happen long before his brain decides it’s true. All the more reason for him to move the ball around — more to Murray on the ground — more to his TE’s and WR’s as well. It isn’t like he doesn’t have a decent complement of tools.

    If he holds onto the ball as long as he has in the past, it can only lead to a bad outcome either by injury or outright losses. Playing with stealth is the key.

  • brian basile

    I have been saying this for years…Wonder why people bash on him for “choking” so often it is because he seems to be put in that position EVERY WEEK!!!! Fact of the matter is, he has won a lot more games that they should of lost than other way around…Last year they were 4-3 when scoring 30+…rest of NFL is winning them games at a 90% clip….