Ride Or Die With Tony Romo

As a Dallas Cowboys fan, there are three things that you expect from your team. You should have a dominant running game, a fast but furious defense, and a quarterback that can take you to the promised land. As much as it pains me to say, today’s Cowboys team is lacking production from all of these areas.

It is no secret that the Dallas Cowboys have been in trouble the past few years. When you look at our storied history as of late, Tony Romo is a great option at the quarterback position. You can’t argue that he isn’t the best quarterback to wear the jersey since Troy Aikman retired, and if you think differently, then you don’t know the game well.

Although he was undrafted, there is not a throw in the playbook that Tony Romo can’t make. Romo is a Bill Parcells guy, and he garnered the trust of Bill who is now gone. Everyone thought that when Bill left, Romo would flourish. However, that has not been the case. In fact you, could argue that he led to the demise of the Wade Phillips era as head coach, and his lackluster play will probably be the undoing of Jason Garrett as head coach as well.

You have to wonder what happened to the wonder boy. When he took off, he and Terrell Eldorado Owens were like a well-oiled machine. They kept defenses on their heels and basically ran roughshod through the NFL. Everything was going well. Romo was winning come-from-behind games. He would pick up a fumbled snap that he should have lost 30 yards from and turn it into a 35-yard gain. He was dissecting defenses with his ability to run and throw. Everything was great until Romo lost his MOJO.

Romo’s MOJO was destroyed in the playoffs against Seattle. Romo had played a perfect game, but that one play has haunted his mystique for years now. That fumbled snap was the beginning of the end. Since then, Romo has been enigmatic. He is like two faces. Good Romo and bad Romo. When he is good, he is extremely good. He makes it look easy and effortless. But when he is bad, it gets magnified because it is usually going to decide the outcome of the game.

Putting the effect of that botched field goal snap in perspective is hard. You would think that a person would eventually climb out of the depths of the negativity and emerge as the true talent that he is by this point. However, it hasn’t happened to Romo. Since the botched snap, he appears as a man who has lost his cloak of invincibility and turned him into a mere mortal.

Dallas Cowboys fans have mixed emotions when it comes to Romo. He is a better option than Quincy Carter, Chad Hutchinson, Drew Bledsoe, Drew Henson and Vinnie Testeaerde, but at least you knew what to expect from those guys. The fact that Romo has the talent makes things worse because now he is expected by most to fail in the clutch.

When the game is on the line, you had best hang on tight when No. 9's got the ball in his hands. The highs are way high, and the dips are some doozies. Dallas' lightning rod of a quarterback really seems to like to keep both teams in the game at all times.

Sunday I witnessed a guy who can just make plays as he kept the Cowboys close against the Ravens. He made solid throws, and he also played well most of the game. He threw an interception before the half that led to a Ravens touchdown that really changed the momentum of the game. If he just throws that ball away, the Cowboys kick a field goal and possibly go into the half with nothing worse than a 13-13 tie.

When the game was approaching the end, Romo was hit or miss. I thought it was going to come together for the field general as the game was winding down this past weekend. It seemed like Romo was getting his mojo back. He completed big passes on fourth down throughout the drive and kept the chains moving.

When he hit Dez Bryant in the end zone, I was sure he was finding his mojo. Then when the two-point conversion failed, I was left wanting. The final drive was the icing on the cake. Romo came out and fired a couple of great passes to get the Cowboys in position to win despite the failed conversion earlier. Inside you just had the feeling that a big play was looming and Romo was going to get off the schneid. However, bad clock management and a missed field goal have us waiting to place the blame on number 9 once again. It’s too bad too because if he gets a win, it could have been a signal that Romo has his mojo back.

Like him or not, it is what it is …

Stay Breezy ~ I’m Out!

18 Replies to “Ride Or Die With Tony Romo”

  1. Nice article, and I agree for the most part. I've defended Romo for years, although I could see where people were coming from after the Chicago loss. However, I put the loss more on Garrett for letting the clock continue to run with a timeout left.

    That being said, as a "leader", you gotta take the initiative as QB and just call the TO yourself, and deal with the coach later. At the very least, you get a chance to get a few more yards and give your kicker a better shot. To have a win basically gift-wrapped for you, and then blow it is ridiculous. I still defend #9 to an extent, and yesterday's game helped his case a little more, but he's definitely a Jekyll and Hyde...most NFC East QBs are.

  2. As an Eagles fan, I have no problem with the Cowboys riding with Tony Romo. The guy is good and talented and all, but I fully expect him to play about as well and intelligently as Michael Vick come clutch time … and that's not a good thing.

    1. Rev.. You aren't going to put any of that on the defense? I didn't see it but it looked like the Lions were just doing what they wanted too when they went to their 2 minute offense.

      1. Trust me, I gave the defense the blame it deserved, particularly Juan Castillo inexplicably taking Nnamdi off Calvin in the 4th quarter after Nnamdi had shut Megatron down.

        But at the end of the day, man, you can't win football games consistently when your quarterback is turning the ball over more than two times a game. Vick has 13 turnovers in six games man. I don't care what the circumstances, you can't do that as a quarterback. I'm getting dangerously close to being done with Michael Vick.

        1. Rev... I can understand where you are coming from. However if he's getting hit as often as he is there is some credence of a faster clock in his head and the fact that 100 jabs can knock you out eventually. It starts to take its toll. Quite frankly I am surprised he is not on IR yet. But I get your point

          1. Here's the thing about that … it's not like he's trying to get rid of the ball quicker or anything and making bad reads. He's actually holding on to the ball too long trying to make things happen, then making terrible decisions. Certainly he isn't being helped by his line, but he's not helping himself either.

  3. You know me, Crazy Joe. I'm riding with Romo until the wheels fall off, and even when they do, Imma get a jack outta the trunk, put the wheels back on, so I can ride with him some more. Our problems are institutional, which is another story in itself.

  4. For those of you old enough to remember, I have the perfect Romo comparison. It came to me Saturday in the barber shop when the Cowboy fans were making the presence known.

    Romo = Danny White.

    For you youngsters out there, Danny White was a very capable QB who came after Roger Staubach and his Hall of Fame run. (Similar to how Romo has been the next significant QB after Aikman). Danny White took Dallas to three straight NFC Championship games but lost all three and never guided Dallas back to the Super Bowl. Romo also puts up good stats but the team just doesn't get over the hump in the most critical games.

    Think about it.

    1. I think that is a fair comparison. The reality is that Danny White had to deal with Joe Montana.

      Tony Romo's had to deal with his own inner demons. The reality is he is good. The sad issue is that he is his own worst enemy at times. A good coaching staff would exercise those demons and let him be great.

  5. I think a lot of teams from coast to coast would still take a chance on him for what he can do for a stagnant offense, despite his flaws.

    With that said, I always believed this was an inevitable fate when he told Rachel Nichols, "I've got a little Favre in me" back in that 2006 Sunday Conversation. He put himself in lofty, yet dubious company once he said those words.

  6. Romo played well Sunday. I'm pleased with what he did, and I've come to expect the occasional idiotic interception, like what took place in the first half (which I'm not calling a good thing). He's our quarterback, and as long as he is, I'm riding with him.

    I'm more fed up with Jason Garrett than anyone. Out of our last 10 losses, 3 of them can be attributed to horrible clock management on his part in the closing minutes/seconds. As a football team, we have problems. When looking at things from a top-down vantage point, I'm no longer confused as to why we make so many mistakes on the field. Garrett's not a good head coach, and doesn't even impress me as an OC.

    But Jerry swears by the guy, so yea...

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