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Is the Tony Romo Era Over for the Dallas Cowboys?

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 30:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field following the Cowboys 28-18 loss to the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 30, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Jamal CollierAnalyst IIIDecember 31, 2012

As baffling as Tony Romo’s big-game struggles are, the Dallas Cowboys have committed to him as their quarterback and don’t seem eager to replace him anytime soon.

With a trip to the postseason on the line in the last regular-season game that any NFL teams played in 2012—a de facto playoff game—Romo threw away the NFC East division title to the Washington Redskins. The part of his performance that raised eyebrows wasn’t that he made a mistake—he has a reputation as a guy who turns the ball over too much.

It’s that he was playing so well in the games immediately before—and then chucked three interceptions against a bad pass defense in a game that the Cowboys had to win for any shot whatsoever at a Super Bowl appearance. In the four games before Dallas’ showdown with the Washington Redskins, Romo completed 103-of-155 passes (66.5 percent) for 1,328 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception.

His passer rating was well into the triple-digits—it was 150.5 against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13—in three of the four games. Still, Romo’s crunch-time deficiencies were highlighted on Sunday Night Football: He went 20-of-37 (54.1 percent) for 218 yards, two TDs and three picks.

Washington is ranked 30th in pass defense.

I thought Dallas would exploit the Skins secondary but they couldn't handle the blitz. Disappointing finish for Cowboys.

— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) December 31, 2012

 

It comes as little surprise to Cowboys fans that Romo wasn’t able to play his best in the biggest moments for his team. For whatever reason, they’ve been through this before—which is why there shouldn’t be expectations that he’ll get axed in the offseason.

 

It’s well-known that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is quite partial to head coach Jason Garrett as well as Romo. He’ll stick with his guys and—in Romo’s case—it’s with good reason. There has been far too much horrific quarterback play this season to throw away an adequate passer. 

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