MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field after being defeated 34-3 by the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Sometimes Cowboys fans need their football IQ checked. Most of are smart, but a bunch are not.
Like the ones blaming Tony Romo for the 34-3 playoff loss in Minnesota. If you look at the stats, Romo was not good:
22-35 198 yards 0 TD 1 INT 3 Fumbles
Romo had better days, but the guy was running for his life all night long. Romo was sacked six times in the game.
The Cowboys offensive line was pure trash against the new Purple People Eaters.
Left tackle Flozell Adams left the game with a leg injury. Marc Colombo was whipped all day by Ray Edwards. How many Cowboys fans knew who Ray Edwards was before today? I'd say not many. The Cowboys offensive line was punished by the Vikings. Period.
Here's one example of the way Romo was on the run, once Flozell went out injured, Cowboys offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett, called for tight end Jason Witten to block All Pro defensive end Jared Allen one on one. Of course Witten couldn't do it. Allen sacked Romo and caused a fumble that the Vikings recovered at the Dallas 20 yard line.
The Vikings front four never allowed Romo to get the time he needed to throw the ball down the field to his wide receivers to make the big play. Miles Austin and Patrick Crayton combined for just 6 catches for 51 yards and zero TD's. On the flip side, Sidney Rice had 6 catches for 141 yards for Minnesota.
Romo pressed. He tried to make plays and held the ball too long, but that's a guy trying to make something happen for his team. I am not saying he didn't make mistakes because he did. I'm just saying he is not THE reason the Cowboys are going home.
Tony Romo had a darn good year and should improve from this.
Romo put together his best season -- 4,483 yards and 26 touchdowns. He threw just nine interceptions. He cut down on his mistakes after that home opening loss to the Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Romo became more of a leader and with four season in as the Cowboys starting QB I think better days are ahead.