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The Dallas Cowboys Need To Move-On From The Tony Romo Era Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Thursday, 31 March 2016 15:13

 

 

The Cowboys have not made the playoffs in 5 out of the last 6 years.  The surprising 12-4 record of two seasons ago was fueled by a top ground game that took a tremendous amount of pressure off of Tony Romo to carry the offense.

 

Romo is 36 and has a broken down body due to numerous recent shoulder and back injuries.  He clearly is past his prime.  Quarterbacks who are old and battered do not like to take hits and look to get rid of the ball as quickly as possible.  This often results in forced throws, bad decisions and turnovers.  Romo has always been turnover prone and his desire to avoid punishment could easily result in a rash of mistakes. It is highly unlikely that the Cowboys’ quarterback has two more top seasons in him given his age and injury history.  It is completely delusional to think he has 4 or 5 years as Jerry Jones has stated.

 

In addition, Dallas is not just a good starting quarterback from winning the Super Bowl.  The team has major question marks at running back (is a brittle Darren McFadden and a declining Alfred Morris really a top backfield?).  The defense could use two quality defensive linemen, another quality linebacker and another quality cornerback and safety.  That is a lot of defensive needs.

 

The reality is Tony Romo in his prime was a good stat compiler who did not play well in big games.  Romo was more likely to make the big mistake in crunch time than be the hero.  Dallas was a mediocre team when it was the “Air Romo” offense and those days are over for the Cowboys’ quarterback.

 

The Cowboys should use the 4th pick in the draft on Carson Wenz or Jared Goff and finally have a talented long-term answer at quarterback.  The last thing the franchise wants is to repeat the laundry list of garbage quarterbacks (Anthony Wright, Clint Stoerner, Ryan Leaf, Chad Hutchinson and others) paraded out until Bill Parcells discovered Tony Romo.  Jason Garrett should be fighting hard for a young quarterback or his future could be a lot like the Dave Campo era.

 

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