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Emmitt Smith: Don't Blame Romo, Blame Shoddy Offensive Line Play

Tony Romo hasn't led the Cowboys to the playoffs since 2009



    Tony Romo hasn’t led the Dallas Cowboys to the playoffs since back in 2009, when he earned his first career playoff win before losing in the divisional round to the Minnesota Vikings. Romo also plays in Dallas, in a “what have you done for me lately?” league. Considering all this, it’s no surprise that Romo is among the most criticized quarterbacks in the NFL.

    But, at least according to Hall of Fame running back/Cowboy legend Emmitt Smith, a good deal of the criticism is less than fair--because Romo has spent most of his career playing behind a less-than-impressive (and in some cases, outright terrible) offensive line.

    I don’t think any of it is really fair, especially Tony Romo,” Smith said in an interview with 105.3-FM The Fan over the weekend, via the Dallas Morning News. “Tony Romo is playing behind an offensive line that is not that good. They’re not that good.

    “This kid is running for his life. How can a quarterback get into a nice rhythm when he’s dropping back five steps or six steps and has to move around because somebody’s coming off the edge, and then has to circle back and somebody’s coming off the other edge, and then try to go up the middle and the middle’s already collapsed.”

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