After yet another heartbreaking end to the NFL regular season, the Dallas Cowboys continue to turn a blind eye to the faults of starting quarterback Tony Romo and will suffer more disappointment as long as the veteran is under center.
With the team continuing to claim that Romo is the quarterback of the future, all hopes for a deep playoff run—or even a possible Super Bowl for Dallas over the next few seasons—will be put on the back burner.
Romo has struggled so mightily in key moments that the Cowboys would be lucky to make the postseason again with the 32-year-old leading the team.
There is no doubt that Romo has been a regular-season juggernaut—throwing for over 4,000 yards four of the last six seasons—but the lack of production in key moments has caused the team to miss the playoffs every year since 2009-10.
With just one postseason win, Romo has proved he is not the answer, despite what the team continues to say.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett told Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegraph about the team’s belief in Romo as the quarterback of the future and what he brings to the organization:
We have great belief of Tony Romo as our quarterback. Tony has won a lot of big games for us, too, to get us to the point where we can play for the division in Week 17 in consecutive years. We all know that we want to take the next step, and Tony is going to be a big part of that going forward. I think you have to understand the whole body of work. I think you have to understand that winning is how we get evaluated. He's done a lot of great things for this franchise. We're excited about him being our quarterback.
Garrett is saying all the right things to the media, but there have to be internal discussions about whether or not Romo is the quarterback of the future for the Cowboys, or if the team should start considering moving on from the veteran.
By the time the 2013 season kicks off, Romo will be 33 years old, and while that is a prime age for a quarterback in the NFL, Romo has done nothing to warrant another chance in Dallas.
With a 1-3 postseason record and countless errors in games that could have sent the Cowboys to a playoff berth, owner Jerry Jones needs to put his affinity for the quarterback aside and do what’s best for the franchise.
The Cowboys must deal the veteran while he still has some value.
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