The man is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made these comments Wednesday regarding his starting quarterback:
I’ve often said it is one of the biggest disappointments of my entire time to have Romo as quarterback and not be in better shape for the playoffs as we looked to his career. We need to change that.
Dallas Cowboys fans are collectively holding their breath as their team heads into yet another crucial December. With playoff implications at the forefront of player’s minds, did Jones place undo stress on his star player?
The Ledger thinks Dallas’ owner was spot on with his ‘criticism’, hammering home a valid point.
Normally this time of the year, Jones is wildly spinning the damage control wheels. In the past, his penchant for painting a rosy picture despite how bleak the Cowboy’s future appears, has become the butt of all jokes on sporting networks and local radio shows.
How can one man, regardless of how desperate his team’s situation is, be so confident that things are ok?
Not this year buddy.
Dallas is at a point in their season where they needed a stern shot of reality. Headed into their final four games, it was perfect timing to say what needed to be said, and Jerry Jones delivered that shot with a solid right-hook.
‘Criticism’ may be a little harsh to describe his comments towards Romo. Let’s be honest and call it the ‘harsh truth’. In reality, despite more losses than wins, Tony Romo’s numbers are superb in December.
Except for one glaring stat.
When given the opportunity to take the Win & Your In road during back-to-back season finales, Tony Romo veered off the highway and slammed into the Lose & You Snooze roadside ditch.
It’s no secret. Our Blessed Romo of Dallas can’t seem to conjure up the right mojo to drive our beloved Cowboys through the gauntlet of pressure packed games that good playoff teams always find ways to maneuver around.
Jerry sees it. Fans see it. My labrador retrievers see it.
Now, whether the quarterback likes it or not, his boss made it loud and clear that Tony Romo sees it.
Well done Mr. Jones.
The Ledger is claiming Dallas’ Thanksgiving matchup with the Oakland Raiders, ‘ their most important game of the season’.
Critics are running amuck stating the Cowboys are nothing more than an 8-8 team.
Maybe. So why should anyone not believe them?
Since 1997, Dallas has posted a perfectly average record of 137-137, epitomizing the old saying, “you win some, you lose some”.
At 6-5 headed into the annual Turkey Day game, Dallas faces the most absolute monumental moment of their wacky season.
A Dallas win solidifies (not guarantees) an all-important 9th win. Yes, a ninth win.
By beating Oakland and going 7-5 headed into their final four games of the season, I find it difficult to believe Dallas will lose 3 of those 4 games to finish 8-8.
Back in September when the season started, Dallas’ final four December games resembled a Who’s Who of Murderers Row.
At Chicago on Monday night. Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay at home next. Then, two important divisional games: one at Washington and the finale at home against Philadelphia.
But now in November, with each team in their own state of mini-crisis due to injuries and in-house matters, the schedule looks manageable.
Rodgers will have returned from a separated shoulder, but will be nowhere near 100%. The once formidable Bears defense is a fraction of its old self, and they too might be playing with a banged-up QB. The Redskins locker room is imploding with dissent amongst the players, and RG-Knee’s productivity has taken a step backwards. As for Philadelphia, QB Nick Foles has been named the starter over Michael Vick, which Dallas’ defense has had tremendous success against.
With each team in a state-of-emergency, I don’t see Dallas going 1-3 against the group. Do you?
At worst, Dallas plays down to the competition and splits the quad of games going 2-2, ensuring a 9-7 finish. That ninth win just may be enough to win the NFC East crown, securing a playoff spot for sure.
At best, Dallas takes advantage of these teams and wins 3 out of 4, finishing 10-6. Ten wins will get Dallas into the playoffs with or without the NFC East title, and more importantly, the third seed, securing a wild card home game.
Either way, shutting the ‘experts’ up about 8-8 and .500 would be a huge monkey off of their backs, specifically Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones.
I like the sound of 9-7 and 10-6.
But first, Dallas has to win #7 against Oakland on Turkey Day!
Dallas took control of the NFC East by winning their fourth divisional game in as many tries against the New York Giants in Week 12.
It proved to be your typical smash mouth, trash talking, penalty marred Cowboys-Giants game that went down to the wire.
The Ledger takes a look at 5 Hot/Not Hot issues for Dallas.
Tony Romo – We’ve seen the graphics. We know how great he is in the fourth quarter. Tony didn’t disappoint.
Offensive Coordinator – Dallas’ refusal to stick to the running game for all four quarters will eventually come back to haunt Dallas down the stretch. It defies all game planning and clock management logic to continuously stray from the run.
Cole Beasley - He may not get you Wes Welker numbers every game, but the SMU alumn seems to always be there for Romo in the clutch. Beasley’s third-down reception on the final drive proved to be the dagger that stabbed the Giants heart.
Terrence Williams - The rookie is still tops among first year players for wide receiver productivity, but Romo’s early season touchdown maker has disappeared the last few weeks.
Jason Witten - Hard-hittin’ Jason Witten is but a fraction of his old-self, but how opposing defenses continue to pay no attention to Tony Romo’s security blanket in the red zone baffles me. It’s ok mind you, but it still baffles me.
Gavin Escobar - Dallas spent a high draft pick on the tight end. Chalk it up to rookie jitters but he has yet to meet the high expectations of the great pass catching tight end that will spell Witten. ESPN Dallas Tim MacMahon had this to tweet about during the Dal-NYG game regarding Escobar’s productivity:
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon: “Gavin Escobar getting punched in the face is his best contribution to the Cowboys in several weeks”
Bruce Carter & Jeff Heath – Both defensive reserves stood up to the pressure and played solid defense throughout the majority of the game. Heath returned a Victor Cruz fumble 50-yards for the game’s opening touchdown. Carter, playing in place of Sean Lee, recorded seven tackles, one for a key stop on third down.
Bruce Carter & Jeff Heath - All it takes is one knucklehead play to make both the Hot AND Not Hot List. Heath & Carter’s failure to tackle TE Brandon Myers on a swing pass as he rolled around on the turf led to an inexcusable touchdown, ranking a 10/10 on the “WTF Meter”.