Of course, Cowboys’ fans have offered a lot of reasons why Romo has faded down the stretch, namely inexperience. Owner Jerry Jones even had his own theories why his Cowboys, including his star quarterback, can’t get it done late in the season. Their last playoff victory was in 1996.
The charismatic owner went so far as to rid his team of supposed 2008 distractions, cutting malcontent receiver Terrell Owens in March 2009 and also severing ties with safety Roy Williams, veteran DE/OLB Greg Ellis, off-the-field maniac CB Adam “Pacman” Jones, and talkative troublesome DT Tank Johnson, plus released former Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart.
However, one person that you cannot blame for the quarterback and team’s “problems” any longer is entertainment starlet and former Romo girlfriend Jessica Simpson. As entertainment magazine People reported that earlier this week, apparently right before a planned “Ken and Barbie” birthday celebration for the femme fatale, that Romo had indeed severed ties with Simpson.
The pair had been dating since 2007 and unfortunately for the Cowboys, coincidently, it was right around the time of the team’s very disappointing divisional playoff round 21-17 loss to eventual Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.
Romo and Simpson made headlines by vacationing in Cabo, Mexico the week before the crucial game. After the Cowboys’ disappointing loss to a Giants team that they had defeated twice in the regular season, Romo was blasted everywhere. Even Cowboys legend Troy Aikman was very critical of Romo by saying, "You don’t go to Cabo the week before a playoff game, you just don’t do it!"
Earlier this offseason, Jones emphasized the need for Romo’s leadership and focus to increase in order to bring the Cowboys back to playoff glory by saying, "I think his leadership role will naturally foment…him exerting leadership is a big ingredient to us winning". Was Jones really saying, "Lose the blond and get serious”, apparently so as Romo is now a single quarterback again.
Everyone knows that Antonio “Tony” Ramiro Romo does have some talent as shown by his two Pro Bowl appearances and numerous Cowboys’ single season passing records, including 36 touchdown passes in 2007, in only 39 career starts. However, the NFL is all about winning late in the season when things are at their toughest, so I will not be sold on Romo’s leadership until he can will his team to victory in situations like last year’s Week 17 “Win and Your In” game in Philly—passing numbers of 21-39, 183 yards, 0 TDs and one INT with one fumble that was returned for a touchdown in a bad 44-6 loss.