by Dustin Dalia
Last sunday Tony Romo was arguably single handily responsible for the worst collapse in Dallas Cowboys history when he threw back-to-back interceptions that immediately resulted in touchdowns with a 24 point lead in the third quarter.
Romo would later add a third pick when he mistakingly attempted a rather deep pass off of his back foot under pressure to tight end and BFF Jason Witten.
Following the heartbreaking collapse Sunday afternoon, the media and many Cowboys fans are left with the question of whether Tony Romo can lead Cowboys to a Super Bowl victory.
Many QB’s make mistakes and still seem to win but the problem is that Romo’s mistakes seem to come at the worst time.
Lets take a trip down memory lane to the 2007 playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks. Tony Romo had the team in position to win at the end of the game but he botched the snap on a 19 yard field goal attempt that would have likely sealed a win for the franchise looking for it’s first playoff win in over a decade.
Now I will admit that this mistake has nothing to do with his play as a quarterback but the argument could be made that he seems to, dare I say the word, choke a little more than you would like to see out of your “franchise QB”.
In Tony Romo’s defense he has led the Cowboys to 12 fourth quarter comebacks in his career since he has become the starting quarterback in 2006. So he has some clutch genes in there somewhere.
Despite these horribly timed mistakes, the Cowboys front office still voice nothing but support and confidence in the oft criticized QB.
“There’s no issue regarding Tony. I had all the confidence in the world in him on the last drive. He has the ability and gives us the best chance to go down and score a touchdown. We didn’t get it done, but we have a lot of faith in Romo.” said Cowboys Owner and General Manager.
Now Jerry Jones is not going to come out and blast his star quarterback so these comments are not surprising. Head Coach Jason Garret also states that he has no issue putting trust in Tony Romo; even after the 2 Cowboys losses have been a direct result of Romo’s bone-headed mistakes.
“I don’t think it’s difficult to trust him,” Garrett said. “We’ve had a lot of success in these situations over the last 6½ years with Tony as our quarterback. Now, have they been a 100 percent perfect? No. But you try to create the environments, and you try to do the things as a coach, to help him be as good as he can be in those situations.”
The front office obviously has confidence in Romo and we will not likely see the end of the Romo era for at least a few more seasons but as fans what do you think? Can the Cowboys win the big one with Romo?
I honestly believe that Tony Romo could win us a Super Bowl. If Trent friggin Dilfer can win a Super Bowl then Romo definitely can. Tony Romo is a damn good quarterback and yes he makes tons of mistakes but he makes tons of plays as well and he has won a lot of games for the Cowboys.
It is unfair how he gets treated and it sickens me whenever somebody questions his dedication, work ethic or leadership. Remember this guy went from undrafted nobody to the quarterback of America’s Team. That was no accident ladies and gentlemen. He had to work his butt off to even sniff a start in the NFL.
I admire Tony Romo for the crap he takes and how far he has come. His dedication and patience with the Dallas media and fans is simply amazing. Most other people would have cracked and went Ryan Leaf on everybody. I am going to agree with Terence Newman on this one.
“If you ask me, I’ll ride with Romo any day of the week.”