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The Trouble With Tony

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    If only Tony Romo were glaringly bad. If only he sucked EVERY game, instead of five or six key games each year. It would be so much easier to deal with him. It really would. You could simply demand he be replaced, and then he WOULD be replaced. That’s the nice thing about horrible quarterbacks.

    But that’s too easy for Tony Romo. No, Tony has to play a handful of games every year where he looks like an absolute world-beater. Against the Bucs, or any garden-variety filler opponent, Romo displays all the arm strength, mobility, field vision, and ballsy swagger needed to be a championship QB.

    And then, there are games like Sunday Night, where Romo looks like a dog trying to ride a surfboard. He’s jittery. He’s sloppy. He’s careless. His final interception of the night was a majestic example of pointless, arrogant, Leafesque brain flatulence. Good quarterbacks don’t huck the ball up in the air like that, throwing their team’s fate aloft, allowing it to come crashing down to Earth so easily. That isn’t something the Peyton Mannings, the Tom Bradys, or even the Matt Ryans of the world do.

    The question is, will that component of Tony Romo’s game ever go away? He’s displayed all the characteristics of a good quarterback. He LOOKS the part. But he’s still yet to BECOME a consistently good QB. And it’s fair to start asking if he ever will. Al Michaels asked the question Sunday Night. Will he be Aikman? Or will he be Danny White, good but never good enough?

    Hasn’t Romo been playing long enough now that we probably know for sure?

    Everyone has an opinion on Romo these days. Tony Dorsett took time out from appearing in idiotic Miller Lite ads to publicly blast him:

    “Well, for one thing, I don’t know why on God’s Earth Tony Romo has been anointed a superstar in the National Football League,” Dorsett said. “Tony is very young in his career. Not to say you can’t be young in your career and be a superstar because you’ve got one up there in Minnesota in Adrian Peterson.

    “But the thing is this: you have a guy who hasn’t done much and quarterbacks in the National Football League, most of them go through this growing curve. He hasn’t gone through that growing curve, but he was anointed this great player all of a sudden. Now he’s having to live up to that. And obviously Tony has some deficiencies.

    And Colin Cowherd, who is horrible, went so far as to compare Romo to JaMarcus Russell. Ouch. Our message board patrons were no kinder…  

    drgrant1912:  Sorry folks, but Romo MUST go! He is still WAY to [sic] immature to lead the Dallas Cowboys to anything and I don't think he'll ever rise to the level of the Cowboy's greats. Trust me, if it was my BILLION dollar stadium and he played like he did, he would have been gone before the light were turned out. Enough is enough. Time to turn the page!…

    Facebook User:  when you put him up against a colt mccoy/bradford skills are there but heart is not. too much money for medicore performance…

    anonymous: Tony Romo is not the quarterback to take this team to a ring. Unfortunately, he is becoming more and more of a Danny White, decent enough to give us a chance to win, but again, will never win the big one....

    iKNOWitALL: I wish we could blame Simpson but shoot we will just have to chalk up the stupidity to Romo himself.

    anonymous: Bill Parcells nailed it when he said Romo will always make that one big mistake every game that will hurt you and just how good does the rest of your team have to be to overcome it? Get used to this...get used to losing big games that count because that's all Romo has done...

    harleyman: So how does Romo blame now...Owens is gone, Jessica is gone...His mom?

    Jerry Jones rushed to Romo’s defense and says the QB has his full support. You do these kinds of things when you’ve invested millions of dollars in Romo and only have Jon Kitna waiting behind him.

    Romo’s not going anywhere any time soon. But after yet another big game collapse so early in the season, it’s more than fair for Cowboys fans to start believing that their quarterback is, as he is now, as good as he’ll ever be and no better.