I hate this question. It's utterly useless to ask. Unfortunately, it's the question everyone asks about Tony Romo. Nothing else matters, and nothing else should.
This is professional sports and the only thing that matters is winning championships, besides getting paid of course. This is especially true for the National Football League.
So, the question must be asked. Can Tony Romo win a Super Bowl for Dallas?
He absolutely can. He has the skills and the ability, but just like every other quarterback, he needs the right tools around him.
That includes a head coach that can light a fire under his you know what, a running back that can play the majority of the season and an offensive line that can give him enough time to make something happen.
Now, we all know of Romo's spectacular ability to do the worst possible thing at the worst possible time. Certainly you can put the lion's share of blame on his shoulders, but let's look a bit deeper.
Go back to the Detroit Lions game last season, the one where Romo completely melted down.
Romo threw back-to-back interceptions and another pick later on to blow a 27-3 lead. Sure it's easy to say that he threw the ball, so it's his fault.
Not so. The first question I asked was why in the hell was Romo throwing so much with a 24-point lead? Literally everyone knows that you run the ball with that kind of lead. Even with a 27-10 lead, you run the ball.
And yet, Jason Garrett dialed up another pass play. It boggles the mind.
It wasn't until Week 7 that DeMarco Murray emerged against St. Louis and had a game for the ages. After that point, Romo threw four interceptions for the remainder of the season, having thrown six before that.
Murray played admirably the next seven games, and the Cowboys went 5-2. In the first quarter against the Giants on December 12, the former Oklahoma Sooner fractured his ankle and was ruled out for the season.
After that, the Cowboys went 1-3 and lost back-to-back division games that kept them out of the playoffs.
The moral of the story is when the weight of the game or season isn't put on Romo's back, the Cowboys have a chance.
In fact, the short comings from last season as a whole can hardly be blamed on Romo. He threw for 4000-plus yards, 31 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. Less than a decade ago, those were considered MVP-like numbers.
This season has gotten off to an interesting start, to say the least.
After a win for the ages at MetLife Stadium in the season opener against the G-Men, the Cowboys have gone 2-3.
This year, the main reasons in the losses have been severe offensive line deficiencies, dropped passes, mind-numbing coaching decisions and clock management and yes, Tony Romo throwing nine interceptions in six games.
As you can see, all of those things compound to put even more on Romo's shoulders, and he's proven that he simply cannot carry a team on his own.
Is there any quarterback that can? And before you say Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees or the Manning brothers, think twice.
Is it Brady or Belichick that deserves the credit for those three Super Bowl wins? Perhaps it was the stifling defense the Patriots played during that spectacular run.
Is it Rodgers alone, or the pieces and system around him when Matt Flynn can come off the bench to play one game all season and throw six touchdowns? You don't want to give any credit to Mike McCarthy?
Is it really Brees? Look at the Saints record this season. Look at Drew Brees' spectacular numbers so far. Still think Brees can do it on his own?
Actually, you can make the best case for Peyton Manning. The level of consistency he displayed with the Colts was amazing, and when you consider their spectacular collapse the lone season without him, the case makes it self.
For brother Eli however, it has a lot more to do with the team and coaching around him.
Put him on the Dallas Cowboys, put any of the aforementioned on that roster today (excluding Peyton), and you hardly have a better chance at a title.
This is not meant to downplay these amazing quarterbacks' abilities at all, but simply to illustrate that even the best would have a hard time being put in the situation Romo is in.
There's another, more likely reason that the Cowboys haven't been successful for the better part of two decades now. His name is Jerry Jones.
Before we throw him under the bus and run him over, let's not forget that his leadership, as much as anyone else, brought three Super Bowls to Dallas in the 90s.
Unfortunately, the game has passed Jones by. He is no longer fit to be a GM in this league, and his decisions and overbearing presence continue to cost the Cowboys year after year.
It's time to let go of what you love Jerry, and watch it flourish.