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TheFinisher
10-04-2011, 01:46 PM
Many people, including myself, didn't expect much from Dallas this season. Maybe they could sneak in as a wildcard if the defense can just get a little better from last season and the new faces along the offensive line begin to gel around week 8, but that was a long shot. No high profile additions to the team and most likely, this would be a rebuilding year for Dallas. Expectations were low and Tony Romo seemed to be in a pressure free situation heading into the season.

My, how so much can change within a month.

Rob Ryan has turned one of the league's worst defenses from a year ago into the #3 ranked unit in the NFL through 4 weeks. He seems to have lit a fire under the butts of Mike Jenkins, Anthony Spencer and co. while Sean Lee is playing like an early DPOY candidate. The young offensive line that was supposed to be abused early in the season against the Jets and the Lions, has stepped up to the challenge and limited the amount of pressures Tony Romo has seen this year.

The pieces of the team that were considered weaknesses in the off-season have emerged as solid units, and in the defense's case a great unit.

But all is not well in Big D. Sitting at 2-2 going into the bye week, Dallas' 2 losses unfolded in spectacular fashion, both setting franchise records for biggest collapses in team history. The man behind it? Tony Romo.

Romo's turnovers and reckless play have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory twice in four games. He has now posted a record of 3-7 in his last 10 starts while Dallas enjoyed a 5-3 finish last year under the leadership of the great Jon Kitna. He is now being looked at from the outside as one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, problems on that football team. It appears his label as a choker is no longer perception, but in fact reality.

With questions about the Defense and Offensive Line being answered, the only question remaining is Tony Romo. The pieces seem to be in place once again, no more excuses... Can you deliver? This is make or break time for Romo and if he fails to get Dallas into the playoffs the weight of Dallas Cowboy nation will come crashing down on his head.

Caulibflower
10-04-2011, 03:14 PM
This is make or break time for Romo and if he fails to get Dallas into the playoffs the weight of Dallas Cowboy nation will come crashing down on his head.

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH. Scary!

Ness
10-04-2011, 03:44 PM
Dallas better have an adequate replacement for Romo if they want to get rid of him. Or they'll be a much worse team they are now. Maybe Kitna could steer the ship for a year or so, but he's really up there in age.

Rosebud
10-04-2011, 05:10 PM
*shrug* it's still early in the season. That interior OL still sucks and because of it they can't run well, if the D keeps up and Romo puts up a couple more epic collapses to cost htem the playoffs then yeah, Dallas should look into trading up for a rookie to groom behind him if they like someone. Until then Romo is a good QB who's high risky style of play cuts both ways.

Trogdor
10-04-2011, 06:10 PM
It's 4 weeks in. Romo has had 3 bad throws (Jets, 2x in the Lions game). Just because he's in the media every week being either the G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) or the goat doesn't mean his stock actually fluctuates that much. He's a gunslinger with a risk taking offensive coordinator who can't manage a game to save his life. Mistakes are going to happen.

Dallas doesn't have a QB on their roster to reboot and you don't scuttle the ship for the sake of doing so. Unless a viable alternative appears to supplant him he isn't going anywhere. And please stop with the 'Kitna is a reliable' QB. He's old and atrocious behind that same oline as Romo.

Tired of this same article anyhow so some fun facts:

http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/Articles
/11_3992_Tony_Romo%3A_Choke_Artist_or_Not%3F.html

Conclusion
If you think Tony Romo is a choke artist that can’t get out of his own way in close games, then you’re going to have to expand that gallery to include some other quarterbacks, such as Rodgers and Rivers.

Romo has had his share of mistakes. He has underperformed in the postseason. But it is all overglamorized because everything, including the criticism, is bigger in Texas. Romo does not have the Super Bowl win to help people forget his mistakes like some other players, nor does anyone seem interested in giving him credit when he does win big games.

Fact remains statistically Romo is no worse in crunch-time than most. If you expand the scope to all situation he's top 4 among active QB's in QBR and top 4 all-time in yards per completion.

Now that the facts are out of the way. I'm not a Romo apologist I hate that he takes extreme risks that offer minimal gain. He's cocky and overconfident in his arm. To make matters worse when under duress he gets careless. That being said he makes plays out of nothing and puts Dallas in a position to win 99% of the time.