You know what they say, people never truly change intrinsically.
The same can be said about Tony Romo, who, despite all his accolades, has yet to lead the Dallas Cowboys past the divisional playoffs in his career.
And you can forget about him leading the Cowboys to a championship.
Romo, when on, is as good as any quarterback in the league. The problem is, it's about more than showing up from time to time. To be an elite quarterback, you need to be consistent. Romo has yet to prove this, despite this being his seventh season as a starter in the NFL.
You look at Romo's career numbers before Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears and the three-time Pro Bowler looks like a Hall of Famer (64.5 completion percentage, 96.6 QB rating, 153 touchdowns to 75 interceptions).
But Romo became the only active quarterback to post multiple five-interception games on Monday against the Bears, and that's a snapshot of his Kryptonite: turnovers.
It's not like the 32-year-old constantly commits turnovers; it's that every once in a while he truly implodes, and it's hard to trust a quarterback like that. He had a respectable 10 interceptions last season (to 31 touchdown passes), but there are games (like against the Detroit Lions last season) in which he single-handedly loses the game for his team.
That's not even mentioning his 1-3 record in the playoffs. His QB rating has dropped significantly in the postseason (80.0) and he has committed four turnovers in four career playoff games (two interceptions, two fumbles lost). All four turnovers have come in the divisional round.
It's always been a story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for Romo. One game he looks like a world-beater, the next he looks like a backup quarterback.
You can blame it on Romo's offensive line, but, at the end of the day, that doesn't excuse him from throwing interceptions. The fact of the matter is, taking a sack would serve him well at times because an interception is worse.
You can also blame it on Romo's receivers, but, at the end of the day, Romo is the leader of this team and it's his responsibility to develop a better rapport with the receiving corps. It's his job as a leader to set guys straight.
You can't blame everything on Romo for the bad games in his career, but, when it comes down to it, he is the one charged with these turnovers—and turnovers single-handedly lose games. This has been a trend throughout his career and, if he hasn't changed at this point, he never will.