On The Fringe: Tony Romo

Jamie BrownCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field during play against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Tony Romo should be called Mr. September. 

Eight wins, one loss in month No. 9 over No. 9's career.

Until Sunday, that is.


Still, incredible statistics. This is what Romo gets paid for. To win.

He has done a reasonably good job at that. Winning. That is, in the regular season. Lost the one time he made the playoffs, but that isn't the point.

Wait, yes it is.

I wrote an article about Romo being "Gone" in 2010, and at this rate it could become reality. If there is anything in the NFL that matters it is consistency. Lack thereof leads to lacking a team, and then beginning flipping burgers. Remember Tim Couch? 

A bit harsh comparing Romo to Couch, but let's look at this rationally.

Couch had an ordinary first season, but you wouldn't know it if you watched him against the Saints. He threw a deep bomb for a TD in the closing seconds.

Then in 2002, he and the Browns went 9-7 and did pretty well. He then went downhill after that.

Today he watches football from his couch (no pun intended).

You know why? He was inconsistent.

You know who else is inconsistent?


Back to my Mr. September point...Romo has done extraordinarily well when there was no pressure. The Giants game on Sunday was perhaps the most hyped thing on ESPN and NFLNetwork I have seen since the Super Bowl. 


He threw 353 yards and three TD's in week one.


So the pressure has accumulated and then it was Sunday. One TD and three picks. Kevin Kolb (if you've never heard of him, it's understandable) did better than Romo. 

Now, you can argue that the Saints' defense isn't the Giants' and you can argue that the Giants were playing the pass more heavily than the run (they were). Then why on Earth did Jason Garret give the ball to Romo? 

That was a mistake on Garret's part. But it shouldn't have to come to keeping the ball in the running back's hands just to stop turnovers. Romo should have done better, and so should have Garret.

This kind of play is what gets players cut.

Yeah it is early in the season, but is this an early glimpse for later on? When the pressure builds up?

I don't know.