What Tony Romo Must Do to Remain Dallas Cowboys' Starting QB

Chris HummerAnalyst IOctober 10, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Five interceptions later and once again the Tony Romo bashing has started. However, no matter how much flack he takes, he will remain the Dallas Cowboys starting QB in 2013.

Romo is perhaps the most polarized signal caller in the league. After a good game, he is proclaimed by the masses as elite, but after a poor showing, Romo isn’t even worthy to line up under center.

Never has that been more evident than in the aftermath of Romo's five-interception game against the Bears. People looked at the stat line and immediately proclaimed him the Cowboys' cancer, without even reviewing the tape.

If people looked closely, they would have seen that the first two interceptions were on the wide outs,not their quarterback. On the first one, Dez Bryant failed to hitch on a route and on the second, Kevin Ogletree allowed a pass to deflect off his hands for a pick.

The last three interceptions were on Romo, but they came in the second half when the Cowboys were playing from behind with Romo pressing to make things happen. It's still not an excuse for the picks, those are always inexcusable for QB's, but it's understandable considering the situation.

Still, he's the quarterback, so he will take the blame for the loss from the fans. However, with that being the case, Romo deserves credit for the teams' wins as well.

Actually, it's a little ironic how quickly people have forgotten Romo's spectacular Week 1 performance against the defending Super Bowl champion Giants.

It was in the Meadowlands that Romo completed 75.9 percent of passes, threw for three touchdowns, and displayed complete control of the flow of the game.

This was in spite of a shaky offensive line performance and one of the league's best defensive lines chasing him around the backfield for the entirety of the contest.

Romo's excellent career numbers shouldn't be forgotten either.

For all the talk about his inaccuracy and gunslinger mentality, Romo has the sixth-highest completion percentage of all time and the fourth-highest career passer rating in NFL history.

The other big criticism of Romo's game, is his inability to perform in the clutch, which turns out to be a fallacy when you examine the numbers.

Romo has the eighth-most fourth quarter comebacks out of active QB's and each of the gunslingers ranked ahead of him have been a starter longer than Romo's six seasons. And for all of the criticism he receives about his play late in games, he actually led the Cowboys on four game-winning drives in 2011—it would have been five too, if Tom Brady didn't tear apart the Dallas defense with a minute to go.

Overall, he's just an outstanding quarterback.

Jerry Jones knows it too, there's a reason the pair were discussing a contract extension earlier in the season—though, the talks broke off last week.

Still, Romo is under contract through 2013, so he's here to stay.

Sure, he can be cut, but who would start instead, Kyle Orton? There’s a reason the guy couldn’t find an NFL starting job.  Heck, he got benched in favor of Tim Tebow, a guy more famous for running shirtless in the rain than for his passing ability.

The Cowboys could move up in the draft to select a Matt Barkley or Geno Smith, but why mortgage multiple picks for a player who might turn out to be as good, or slightly better than Romo?

Romo is the best person for the starter's role in Dallas.

No one Jones could bring in to replace him with would be an immediate upgrade, so chances are slim that he ends up going anywhere.

Besides, even suggesting Romo being cut is silly.He has all of the tools and numbers to prove he's capable of leading this team.

Now, all he needs to do is perform his best at the right time of year.