Hold Off the Contract Negotiations: Deja Vu for Tony Romo?

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Hold Off the Contract Negotiations: Deja Vu for Tony Romo?
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Tony Romo went from being the second coming of Dan Marino to Rex Grossman in one game Monday night against the Buffalo Bills.

Yes, the stats look great.  Romo has passed for over 1,500 yards as well as 13 touchdowns—numbers most observers thought he had no chance of accumulating this early in the season.

Monday night was one of those nights that only a few QBs can say they wish never happened. By the end of the game, Romo had thrown 5 interceptions. To make it even worse, 2 of them resulted in touchdowns for the Bills.

Granted, Jerry Jones took this as just a hiccup because his Dallas Cowboys won the game with 12 points in the 4th quarter. Nick Folk, the kicker, won the game late, not Romo.

Still, why does this feel like deja vu all over again?

Last season, the emotional savior of the Dallas Cowboys came into a game that was watched by everyone on national television.  He was thrown into a fire that he had never experienced throughout his entire football career.

Some Eastern Illinois alumni and fans in Charleston, Illinois, might say otherwise, but he went to a college of a lower stature for a reason.  Romo has never faced the coverage and scrutiny of media like he is now.

Tony Romo had an amazing first seven games of his NFL career, mainly due to the fact that he was able to avoid turnovers.

However, in his last five games of the 2006 season he had a staggering ratio of 10 turnovers to 8 touchdowns.  That will not get it done in the National Football League.

Let's also not forget the worst botched snap in recent football history against the Seattle Seahawks to lose the game with only seconds left ticking on the clock. 

The only thing Tony Romo can do is forget Monday night's game ever happened and move on to next week's game against the New England Patriots.

In that game Romo will get to see a truly consistent QB work his magic - Tom Brady. This game might be even uglier than the game versus the Bills.

Remember those Pats beat the Bills 38-7 in a game where the Bills looked like a team who didn't belong on the same map as Bill Belichicks' squad. Although, the Cowboys do stay at home in Texas. This gives the Cowboys a small glimmer of hope for a win.

I'm not saying that Tony Romo will be or has been a bad quarterback, but when Jerry Jones has New York Yankees-esque standards you have to watch your back. Romo can bounce back, he has the sure-fire ability to do so.

At the same time, don't be the least bit surprised if Tony Romo folds under the pressure of "America's Team."

However you want to look at it, the Dallas Cowboys need Tony Romo to stay turnover free to even think about contending for a title. Not only that, but he also needs to continue to get the ball to Terrell Owens or the team might have another problem on its hands.

We all know Dallas can't afford to have any problems.  

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