The Monday Morning Blues: Tony Romo, Cowboys Losing Fans with Lackluster Play

Tom DeRiggiContributor IIOctober 5, 2009

DENVER - OCTOBER 04:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys walks to the bench after failing to convert a third down against the Denver Broncos during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 4, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 17-10.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

During my entire existence on this gracious planet, I have seen hundreds of football games—from pee wee to high school to college all the way to the granddaddy of them all, the NFL.

I've seen nearly every situation a team can go through, every off-the-field incident a team can endure, and every high or low that a fan can possibly live through.

However, yesterday was the last straw for me...

If you didn't already know, I am a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. I bleed blue, and no one in the state of New Jersey is a bigger fan than I am. I stick by my team despite all the heckling and trash-talking that comes my way (and it's a ridiculous amount, because I live in a state that is 75 percent Giants fans, but 80 percent of those fans became fans right after they won the Super Bowl...great fanbase guys!).

Week in and week out I hear it from all angles. When the Cowboys win, it's never good enough: "Oh, well, they're supposed to win. Oh, Tony Romo still sucks even though they won." And if the Cowboys lose, it's a feeding frenzy: "Wow man, the Cowboys really suck. God, they are so bad. Those Cowgirls suck."

But it's OK because I deal with it, realizing that the people who talk trash to me don't know half as much as I know about football.

Through all this I've stayed upbeat, realizing that it is just a game and there are things in life that are more important than football.

But I'm here to tell you now...I am done rooting for players that don't care about their fanbase or what that star represents on the side of their helmets. I'll still root for this team week in and week out, but why invest so much stress and time into a team full of players that do not even care if they win or lose?

Ninety percent of the players on the Dallas Cowboys are there because they have been blessed with unique abilities but don't play with any heart. They are there to collect a paycheck and go home to their million-dollar mansions.

It all starts at the top in this organization. You have an owner who wants to win so badly that he'll do long as he can control it. So he goes and hires a puppet coach who he can control and have do whatever he wants...a coach who could not coach his way out of a paper bag.

Now you have a "head coach in waiting" in Jason Garrett, supposed to be regarded as the top offensive mind in all of football—yet he can't get his "star" quarterback to prepare and study the way a starting quarterback should in this league.

Now, this leads me into Mr. Romo. I have defended Tony Romo from Day One. I've stuck with him through every snap, argued against every moron that said that he sucks and he could never win a big game...WHEN HE'S ALREADY WON BIG GAMES. (He's won at Giants Stadium, Philly, Indianapolis, Green Bay, all numerous times.)

But this is a "what have you done for me lately" league, and everyone forgets what happens as soon as the next week's whistle blows.

I've stuck by all of Romo's off the field antics, with his girlfriends, vacations, and other sport ambitions. I've always supported him as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys...until now.

I cannot root for a quarterback that routinely, week in and week out, fools his fanbase into believing that he is genuinely trying to get better each week. The reality is that he doesn't care enough about the game of football and his fanbase. Sure, he says all the right things after games, but he doesn't go and act on them.

Tony Romo needs to call up Peyton Manning and have a long talk about what it takes to succeed in the NFL at the quarterback position. Even though Romo has only been in the league three years as a starter, he's been around long enough to know that what he is doing is not working.

It's time for a change, Mr. Romo.

So until this team starts caring about how they play on the field, and they figure out what that star on the side of their helmets represents, I'll be watching with a cautious eye. I won't be fooled by a joke organization again. Start showing some heart, and some fight, and that's when you win back the fanbase that you men have destroyed.

Just some quick notes from the weekend...

Relax, Jet fans. It was one game against a top five team. Mark Sanchez will be fine; you guys are going to win at least eight or nine games. No reason to start calling for Rex Ryan's head, because you know that's what the New York media is doing today. I'd rather have a young quarterback who cares about winning then to have that bum down in Dallas.

The Giants beat up on another horrendous team. So they've beaten four teams that have a combined four wins? And had to go down to the wire with the Cowboys despite getting four turnovers? Hope you can sleep at night, Giant fans.

Peyton Manning is the best player in the NFL. From when he wakes up in the morning to when he goes to bed at night, that man breathes football. Colts fans really need to just appreciate how great of an athlete they have.

St. Louis, Washington (despite two wins), and Tampa Bay are the three worst teams in football. It's not even close.

Who ya got tonight? I'm going Vikings in OT. It's tough for any team to come in and win at Minnesota...but the Packers...on Monday night—that place is going to be rocking. Vikings 30-27.