After the defense finally got a stop, the Cowboys’ offense took over on their 15-yard line. As Washington had been doing all game long, they blitzed, and as Romo looked over the middle of the field, he hit Jason Witten for a 14-yard gain. The Cowboys went no huddle, the ball was snapped, the blitz came, it wasn’t picked up by the protection, and Romo lobs a pass out into the flats that gets picked off.
I stared at my TV set in disbelief I couldn’t help but to think that, for all the franchise records and gaudy numbers Romo puts up, he makes some of the dumbest mistakes when the game’s on the line. It’s a hard pill to swallow because I’m a Romo fan.
I like the guy; I think that if he had a better team around him, he’d be making things happen. Unfortunately, that’s not the case and hasn’t been at any point in his career. Even when you throw out the 13-3 team, that team wasn’t great, but neither has Romo’s play in crunch time. There’s a stat out there, which says Romo is 1-of-6 in win or go home games, and that stat is the one that makes it the hardest to defend Romo.
I mean, here’s a guy who threw for nearly 5,000 yards and 28 touchdowns this season, you can’t argue with those numbers. Those are elite-like quarterback numbers, however, he has no hardware to show for it. Maybe it is time for a change at quarterback in Dallas. I don’t know who would come in and survive behind that atrocious offensive line, but it’s easier to see now, Romo will not get this team to the Promised Land without a lot of help.
I don’t know about you, but evaluating where the team is right now and where this team has gone the previous two seasons, I’m not sure I’d want to invest long term in Romo, anymore. I’d give him two years to bring his cap number down and hope Johnny Manziel comes out as a junior.
Ok, that was just to provoke excitement.