My, how a week can change things. Following a Week 15 meltdown at home against the Green Bay Packers in which Jason Garrett should have been charged with with fraud for his horrific handling of the game, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was called a choker. He threw an interception in the final moments of the game that led to thousands of tweets stating simply: “vintage Romo.” Then a week later, the Cowboys’ signal-caller came through on fourth-and-and goal from the 10 to save Dallas’ season. Now he’s out for the year and suddenly being called a franchise savior. America should be ashamed of itself.
Yes, Romo is out for the Cowboys’ Week 17 NFC East title bout against the Philadelphia Eagles, a game that would have given Romo yet another chance to prove the doubters wrong. Now Dallas’ playoff hopes rest in the hands of Kyle Orton, but after all the nonsense about how the Cowboys should just play him “because at least he won’t choke,” tweets are including the word “doom” associated with the Cowboys’ situation without Romo.
It’s funny how the perception of a player can change in a heartbeat. Romo’s injuries would have undoubtedly affected his performance in Week 17 just like they did on Sunday against the Washington Redskins, but now we’ll never know how he would have faired in his third straight winner-take-all game in the final game of the regular season.
And although Romo’s ankle was the most visible hindrance in Week 16, it’s his back that will keep him out for Week 17 (the sciatic nerve caused the lower leg pain). The MRI on Monday showed something severe and he has officially been ruled out for the game against the Eagles.
Now the only thing that the Cowboys have to look forward to in 2014 is a new coaching staff. So really, Romo’s injury is a blessing in disguise for Dallas because had the Cowboys somehow won in Week 17, Jerry Jones would have foolishly kept Garrett and his incompetent crew. Hey, there’s always a silver lining, Cowboys fans.