For Dallas Cowboy Fans, Reality Bites

Phil BrennanCorrespondent IOctober 7, 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)

Remember in your youth when you naively got into that relationship with that special someone despite all the red flags that went off in your brain.

We’ve all done it.

Sure, that person didn't have the best pedigree and did things a bit different, but you loved the way they improvised and made everything seem exciting.

You couldn't resist.

Somewhere down the line you said fooey to better judgment and dove right in, head-over-heels.

Everything was fresh and new.

You were committed and sold-out to this individual.

Things were looking great. 

Sure, there was an occasional hiccup, but you were just glad of the prospects of something better than your past relationships (see Quincy Carter, Drew Henson, Anthony Wright, Chad Hutchinson, Ryan Leaf, Drew Bledsoe, et cetera).

Nothing could shake your happiness; you just knew you had found the one.

Like most relationships though, the honeymoon phase soon faded away and the warts started popping up.

All of a sudden those cute little things they did weren't so cute anymore.

You asked them to change, and they promised they would, but in the end they just couldn't help themselves.

Finally, as the relationship clearly met its crossroads, you had a moment of sanity and realized "ah man, this is bad."

Recently, many Cowboy fans have had this moment of clarity concerning quarterback Tony Romo.

The season's first four weeks have been a microcosm of the relationship between Romo and his fans. 

Week One: Excitement.

Week Two: Anger, disbelief, and disappointment.

Week Three: Signs of change. Renewed hope.

Week Four:  Resignation.

It's becoming apparent to even the most die-hard Romo supporters that he may not be the guy; the one; the next in line of great Cowboy quarterbacks to lead this team to its next Super Bowl.

Okay, so maybe you're over it; you're ready to move forward and look for someone who can fit that bill. 

Not so fast.  It gets worse.

Any die-hard Cowboy fan realizes how generally loyal GM Jerry Jones is, but especially so towards his star players, or more accurately put, his investments.

Romo still has a lot of years and guaranteed money (aprox. $30 million) left on the six-year, $67.5 million contract extension he signed back in late 2007.

So lest Jerry has some sort of change of heart, it appears Romo is not going anywhere, anytime soon.

To make matters worse, until drafting Stephen McGee in the fourth round of 2009 draft, Jerry and Co. never had a contingency plan in place to bring along and develop a young QB via the draft or free agency.

Even if you believe that McGee is the future (and I have my doubts), he's years away from being anywhere near competent enough to play as a starter.

So what does this all mean?

Well, it means you're stuck. 

Like being in a relationship with someone you know you don't have a future with; you hope for the best, but your gut feeling tells you it's going nowhere with no clear way of getting out.

It means whine, moan, grunt or cry, things aren’t going to change.  Fans will have to decide if they want continue to watch, follow, and support the team, which they undoubtedly will. 

As a fan, that's simply reality, it just happens to bite.


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