The Dallas Cowboys Will Never Win a Super Bowl with Tony Romo
I've been skeptical of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo for years now. On the surface, the guy has everything a franchise quarterback needs to be successful: a strong arm, good leadership skills, and a great supporting cast. Still, Romo always seems to find new ways to lose big football games. As a rookie quarterback, he led the Cowboys to an apparent playoff win in Seattle, but fumbled a snap on a potential game-winning field goal attempt. Who knew that one play would foreshadow his team's disappointing play over the next four seasons. Since that 2006 playoff loss to Seattle, Romo and the Cowboys have won just once in the postseason, despite a roster filled with future Hall of Famers and lofty goals from owner Jerry Jones.
The latest disaster was a 27-24 loss to the New York Jets last night. Despite leading for most of the game, the Cowboys invented new ways to lose their season opener at the New Meadowlands. Before the start of the 4th quarter, all indications were that Dallas was about to spoil the party for the Jets and their fans on an emotional night. It was the 10-year anniversary of 9-11, and the other New York football team had already been outclassed by rival Washington. Romo looked amazing and the Cowboys had a two tocuhdown lead early in the 4th quarter.
Then, weird things started happening that only Dallas fans could understand. After New York scored to cut the Dallas lead to 7, Romo marches his team down to the Jets 1-yard line only to fumble it away. On the next series, Romo goes 3 and out and the Jets clock a punt and return it for the tying score. With just under a minute left to play, Romo tries to connect with injured receiver Dez Bryant, but his pass is intercepted by Darrelle Revis. After former Cowboys kicker Nick Folk put the Jets up 3 with a 50-yard field goal, Romo had one last chance to get Dallas into field goal range. Then, the coup de grace...Romo gets hit in the chest by the football because he was not expecting the early snap from the shotgun.
These series of improbable events gave the Jets a 3-point win, but for Cowboys fans, the scene was all too familar. Their star quarterback plays three great quarters of football, only to ruin his performance and his team's chances of winning by a few boneheaded mistakes. Now, it is still just one game and in fairness, the Cowboys could still go on to make the playoffs and even win a Super Bowl. I just don't see it happening as long as #9 is under center for America's Team.