July 31, 2014 Louisville, Ky.
Is the Mediocre success of the Dallas Cowboys Really Tony Romo’s fault?
Dallas Cowboys’ fans should be able to relate to the above question being posed. Is the Mediocrity of the Dallas Cowboys’ the fault of its QB leader Tony Romo? Often times Cowboys’ fans have to endure the ridicule of opposing fan bases about their Quarterback. Anyone who claims to be a Dallas Cowboy fan should know. Fans of other teams smile when they see Cowboys’ fans coming. Many of the opposition feel they know why the Cowboys haven’t experienced the success of the Dallas teams of yesteryear. “Y’all need to get a new quarterback” is the quote that’s often heard by most of Cowboys’ Nation. Every year all season long these same quotes are debated throughout the year. “When is the last time y’all won a playoff game” “Tony Homo is a turnover waiting to happen” “The Dallas Cowgirls won’t win anything until they get rid of Romo”
Owner Jerry Jones has tried to capture the success of the 1990 Cowboys teams of the past. The highlight of his career was when his organization won 3 Super Bowls out of 4 years behind Cowboys Legends Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, and Troy Aikman. Since beating their arch rival Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX 27-17, the Dallas Cowboys organization have not been as fortunate in recent seasons. 1995 and 2009 are the only times the Cowboys have advanced past the first round of the playoffs in the last 18 years. 11 of those 18 years they didn’t even make the playoffs.
Tony Romo didn’t come along until 2003 as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois. Former Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells saw something in Romo to clear a roster spot for him. 4 years later on Oct. 23, 2006 Tony Romo replaced then starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe and led the Cowboys to a Wildcard playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. Tony Romo has not been able to shake whatever happened to him in his first playoff appearance as a Dallas Cowboy, because ever since he was responsible for botching the football for the potential game winning field goal, he has continued to have problems throughout his career performing in the clutch of late game situations. This is a telling stat about Romo that many may not know, Romo has thrown 8 INT in the Final 5 minutes of the 4th Quarter when the game is within 7 points. This equals the most of any Quarterback in the National Football League’s last 3 years.
Although Romo had 1 playoff win during his tenure as a Cowboy, Jerry Jones didn’t waste anytime signing his franchise quarterback to a six-year 108 million dollar deal, with 55 million guaranteed. The deal was later restructured in 2014 to help the Cowboys get under the salary cap. Why would Jerry Sign Romo to that type of deal many asked? It may have to do with the numbers that Romo is capable of putting up. Romo has had Pro Bowl seasons in 2006, 2007, and 2009. Romo now holds All-Time NFL records for most passing attempts/yards thru 100 starts, along with most consectuive road games with at least one touchdown pass. (33) 2009-Present. Romo has taken down records of some of the Cowboys legends also, he has Games of 3+ touchdown passes with 32 versus Danny White previously record of 20. Tony has had 44 games with 300+ passing yards in compared with Troy Aikman’s 13. Aikman Records of lowest career interception percentage of 3% and Touchdown passes thrown of 165 was erased by Tony Romo with a 2.68% and 208 TD’s. Romo is now tied with Roger Staubach with the most 4th Quarter Comebacks and Game-winning drives with (23). Tony Romo is the first quarterback in franchise history to average over 300 passing yards a game for the season averaging 306.4. Romo is also the first and only Cowboys’ quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season. This has happened 4 times (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012).
The Dallas Cowboys have went 8-8 and missed the playoffs in the past three seasons. Each time they could have enter the postseason by beating a division foe in a last game scenario where the winner of that game wins the division and clenches a playoff berth. The Cowboys failed each time, once against the Redskins, once against the Giants, and the other against the Eagles, 2 of them with Tony Romo as their starting quarterback. Who is to blame? Is it really Romo’s fault the Dallas Cowboys teams can’t get it done. It’s hard to put the blame totally on the shoulders of Romo, but someone has to take the blame. Who? Coaches, Owner, Defense, Oline? Although Romo has clutch issues, and is able to put up impressive numbers, he has yet to make a Super Bowl appearance because of either. With the 2014 season quickly approaching, Romo still has a few years left to make something happen, but until then Cowboy fans will have another season to try and figure out who’s the fault of these mediocre Dallas teams.
Let your voice be heard Cowboys’ nation. Who’s fault is it? Comment Below