Will 2012 be a do or die season for Tony Romo?

With the NFL Season to start in a mere 5 month and the acquisition of Kyle Orton as the backup quarterback some fans are grumbling that it’s time to replace Tony Romo. This is nothing new for the quarterback of The Dallas Cowboys but it does make you wonder if it is going to be his do or die season with the Dallas Cowboys.

The Dallas Cowboys have addressed the offensive line as well as the secondary in free agency. The offensive line will not only help Tony Romo succeed and hopefully have an even better year than he did last year with an offensive line that, at times broke down.  A younger, quicker offensive line also aides the running game, something Dallas has sorely been lacking.

Jan 1, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

If Tony Romo gets all the offensive line help and depth he needs and hasn’t had throughout most of his career starts, he can be expected to have just as good if not better numbers than last season. Couple that with the fact that Kyle Orton is the new backup, younger and mobile, it makes you wonder with Tony’s contract coming up in 2013 if this will be the year that makes or breaks him, the one that makes him a Troy Aikman or a Danny White.

Statistically this past season, Tony Romo was great almost to the point of elite. Only three quarterbacks were better statistically according to ESPN’s Player Passing Statistics; Aaron Rogers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady. Romo ended his season with a QBR of 102.5 while throwing for4184 yards and 31 touchdowns all the while being sacked 36 times and only 10 interceptions. Imagine with a solid offensive line, run game and a better secondary, what the 2012 season will bring for Tony Romo and with Kyle Orton looking over his shoulder, so to speak. 2012 will be the season that defines Tony Romo, for better or for worse.

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