ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 talks with Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys on the sidelines during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Jerry Jones has long seemed like he'd be a pretty good guy to have across the table from you in poker.
Sure, he's got a big bankroll, but his unwillingness to admit when all is lost would definitely work against him. His pride wouldn't let him fold when the chips start piling up, much the same way that his pride wouldn't allow him to let the Cowboys start playing young players once this season got away from them.
The hand would play out and you'd finally get him into a position where he had to choose between going all in or folding his pair of threes and living to fight another day. Until Tuesday, there wasn't a doubt in our minds which path he'd take -- next stop bust city -- but now it appears that even Double J knows his limits.
The Cowboys finally placed Tony Romo on injured reserve Tuesday, two days after Jones made it fairly obvious that the quarterback wouldn't make it back to the team this season. He stopped short of actually saying that, however, which left open the possibility that we would actually see him under center against an Eagles team that would have liked nothing more than driving his rusty bones into the turf with extreme aggression come Week 17.
Thankfully, that won't come to pass. Romo can now rest up and be fully healed for the 2011 season. And, yes, he'll be the quarterback come 2011.
Sorry if that bursts the bubble of those enamored with Jon Kitna's performance in the last eight games, but Romo is obviously the best choice for the Cowboys moving forward. No matter what some columnists, television talking heads or talk radio hosts might tell you, there is no such thing as winning know-how or innate leadership gene that Kitna possesses more of than Romo.
There are many reasons for the team's improved play since Jason Garrett took over as coach and improved quarterback play is one of them. That quarterback play would be even better if Romo was under center, because he would allow the Cowboys to throw the ball deep and use wide receivers as a bigger part of the attack than they've been in the Jason Witten-centric passing game Kitna features these days.
That's a thought that should warm people through the long, cold winter as we wait for the return of a Cowboys team led by the quarterback who still gives them the best chance to win on a weekly basis.
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