He has led the Cowboys to an even 3-3 record and not much else. The offense has been inconsistent and so has Romo’s decision-making.
Romo is now in his 10th season and has just one playoff win. That is not entirely his fault as other factors come into play, but in the end, Romo is seen as the leader of this Cowboys team.
For the Cowboys, they will go as far as Romo can take them. At the age of 32 and 10 years in, is there much more that he can do?
I believe that Romo has a lot of game left in the league, but what does he need to take the Cowboys to the next step?
For Mr. Antonio Ramiro Romo, here is my how-to guide for him to revive his career in Dallas.
Stop The Turnovers
This one is such a simple step because of what it means. A turnover, for those who aren’t familiar, is when there an abrupt change happens. Like, when Romo accidentally throws the ball to the opposing team.
For that simple act, Romo has to cease and desist that activity immediately. He has a penchant for trying to make something out of nothing. If a play breaks down and Romo is pressured, instead of eating the sack or throwing the ball away, he usually tries to slide the ball into a tight or impossible spot, and the pass is sometimes intercepted.
To stop turning the ball over, he needs his receivers to run the correct routes, but he also has to learn to look toward the next play.
But the issue that he faces is that there are times when Romo can turn a broken play into a first down or a touchdown.
Now, where Romo finds that balance is somewhere between the ear pads in his helmet. Once he can cut down on the turnovers, he will be in a much better place.
Limited Media Exposure
This one is really tough because Romo is genuinely a nice guy. He is always friendly to the media and has a pretty good relationship with the beat writers in Dallas, from what I can tell.
Yet, being nice and open to the media hasn’t gotten Romo anywhere. NFL players believe he’s overrated, most fans who aren’t loyal followers of the Cowboys think the same, and some members of the media are responsible for levying this distinction on Romo.
He should both grow a beard and state that he will not cut it until the Cowboys win a playoff game, or limit his time with the media to focus on the season.
Fans will appreciate Romo’s renewed focus on making the Cowboys better and the media will understand his ploy to come across as a more mature player.
Become More Physical With Players On The Field
I’ve seen Romo yell and scream at his offensive line when they do something wrong, and become animated toward certain players on the sideline after a failed drive.
What I have yet to see is Romo chide Bryant, Austin or one of the young receivers when they run a wrong route.
Yes, I have witnessed him tutor receivers and other players after a turnover or a bad play. But where is the Romo who gets in Bryant’s facemask after he continues to make the same mistakes?
Like after Bryant drops two touchdown passes in consecutive weeks and jumps to complain to the referees.
I believe that Romo has become a more vocal leader since his first day as starter of the Cowboys. Now, it is time for Romo to show and prove that he is the unquestioned leader of America’s team.
More Deep Passes
Romo and the Cowboys used to be considered a big-play offense. When receiver Terrell Owens was a member of the team, Dallas frequently utilized his speed and size on go routes and deep crossing routes.
Dallas has two big-play ability receivers on the team this year and there have not been many big-play attempts for Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.
According to stats listed on NBCDFW.com, Romo has only attempted nine passes of 20 yards or more. He is 10-for-20 with three touchdowns on those routes, which is among the best in the NFL.
If Romo, and head coach Jason Garrett, take more chances down the field, there may be more scoring opportunities for one of the league’s worst scoring teams.
Now, all of this isn’t on Romo. He runs the plays that are called and probably has little control over where Garrett decides to go with the game plan. However, he can look for deep plays on some of the more conservative play calls that Garrett has yelled through his helmet microphone.
Romo is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, in my opinion. Good quarterbacks are few and far between in this league of 32 teams. He isn’t the best of his own division, the NFC East, because Giants quarterback Eli Manning has two Super Bowl rings and Romo has none.
But Romo is above the likes of Eagles signal-caller Michael Vick, Bucs youngster Josh Freeman, Cardinals two-headed quarterback monster in Kevin Kolb and John Skelton, Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson, and 49ers field general Alex Smith.
That is six quarterbacks he is head and shoulders above in the NFC and many teams would love to have the services of Romo if the Cowboys decided to take a different direction.
I believe that if Romo can shake some of the Brett Favre syndrome off, trying to turn burned plays into brand new ones, then players and fans across the league would change their opinion on him.
Still, in the end, the opinion of others does not matter. It is Romo’s play on the field that will be his ultimate decider.