A stream of criticism and mockery is nothing new for Tony Romo.
The embattled quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys has been through the wringer on an annual basis. His shortcomings have far outweighed his achievements, and the mediocrity surrounding him has dragged his name through the mud.
Consider that Romo has been among the best quarterbacks in the league over the past several years, at least as statistics are concerned. He is eighth in passing yards, seventh in touchdowns and sixth in passer rating since 2008.
Nevertheless, a few late-game failures have defined his career.
This season may be no different for Romo, whose team saw little improvement on paper during the offseason. The Cowboys were unable to spend in free agency, leaving holes all over the roster to be filled by bargain-bin free agents, rookies and underwhelming performers already on the roster.
The good news for Romo is that his top receiver has had an entire offseason to recover from nagging injuries. Dez Bryant played through pain in 2013, and hopefully he won't have to this season. He is also in a contract year, which amplifies the stakes a bit as far as his performance goes.
It will be interesting to see if Terrance Williams can step into the No. 2 role comfortably in his second season with Miles Austin gone, though Austin was hardly there thanks to injuries in recent years.
Romo also has a pretty good offensive line protecting him, starting with Tyron Smith, who was among the best-rated offensive tackles in the league over at Pro Football Focus.
Romo will have to avoid late-game blunders to even begin clearing his name, but another solid season is in store for the Cowboys quarterback.
Passing Projection: 65 percent completion, 4,100 yards, 29 touchdowns, 12 interceptions
Rushing Projection: 30 carries, 45 yards