I was all prepared to write a post about how things have gone so far for the Cowboys in the first quarter of the 2011 season. But after the epic collapse to the Lions on Sunday I have changed my mind.
As a writer I try to keep the writer in me separate from the fan side of me. I try to be professional and think things out. With this particular post I can say that the fan in me has won out over the writer. I can also say it was a landslide.
How much longer can I go on supporting Tony Romo as the quarterback of the Cowboys? Well, I’ve supported him a lot in his short career and I’ve also expressed my concerns about him. I’ve made excuses when he has played bad. I’m here to say I will no longer support Romo as long as he is the quarterback of the Cowboys. I simply can’t do it anymore. Year in and year out Romo shows how careless he is with the football. He makes bad decisions at the worst possible times. From the botched snap in Seattle in 2006 to blowing the lead in Pittsburgh in 2008 to the loss to the Lions in which he threw three interceptions that led to 21 points for the Lions. Two of those scores were returned for touchdowns by the Lions defense. In between Seattle and Detroit Romo has had many good moments, but the one constant is that he is careless with the football and has cost the Cowboys many games along the way. It’s back and forth with Romo as well as up and down. Kind of like a roller coaster. I guess we can call it the “Romo Coaster”. My point is that I’ve been watching him do the same things since 2006 and I don’t see it ending because it’s how he plays the position.
Then of course after these losses we have to hear Romo saying that he needs to evaluate the film, learn from his mistakes, get better and make sure it doesn’t happen anymore. As a fan I’m tired of hearing it time after time. I’ve questioned in the past that maybe Tony Romo is who he is and no more. Maybe he’ll never reach another level as far as an NFL quarterback. With Romo it’s usually two steps forward and ten steps back. I can’t name any other team that has a quarterback that loses as many games as Romo does because of their decision making and carelessness with the football over so many years.
“The games turn on turnovers. It’s the most important stat there is in the game,” Romo said. “It’s my No. 1 job and I didn’t do a well enough job of that today.”
“Today and over the next week or two, it’s going to be difficult to look back at it, but at some point here, we’re going to move on,” Romo said. “There’s a lot of guys doing a lot of good things. We’ll evaluate it and get better from it.”
As a fan I’m just tired of seeing Romo being careless with the football as he loses games for the Cowboys. I’m also tired of him saying he will learn and get better. He became the quarterback of the Cowboys in 2006 and now in 2011 can we say things are any better as far as him being careless with the football? Every season something bad seems to happen. It’s like the bad luck follows Romo each and every season. As a fan I’ve had enough of it. We as fans loved Tony Romo from his very first game because he was that breath of fresh air considering what we had gone through with Drew Bledsoe, Quincy Carter, Chad Hutchinson, Drew Henson and others. All I know is that the Cowboys are not about to give up on Romo, especially when it comes to owner Jerry Jones and that concerns me.
“We didn’t get it done, but we’ve got a lot of faith in Romo,” team owner/general manager Jerry Jones said. This doesn’t touch that.”
“What can you say when you blow a lead like this? But we must and will look ahead.”
“If you’re going to try to make the plays, then you’ve got a chance to have some bad plays,” Jones said. “However we go, we’ll go with Tony. As Tony goes, we’ll go.”
“There’s no issue about faith in Romo at any place in this organization, period, any place,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “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.”
Again I will remind everyone that I’m writing this post as a fan. And as a fan I can say that I’m officially done supporting Tony Romo as the quarterback of the Cowboys. Every season I hope that something will change as far as Romo being careless with the football, but nothing has changed and that is what has pushed me over the edge as far as my support for him. I truly believe that nothing will ever change with Romo. He is who he is. I heard a saying years ago that has always stuck with me…Once is an accident, twice is a trend and three times is a problem. With Romo we are well beyond three times and I see no reason to believe that after six seasons as the starter in Dallas that he is now going to change how he is with the football.