NFL 2010 Season: After Tony Romo Fractures Clavicle, R.I.P Dallas Cowboys Season

Daniel DinunzioAnalyst IOctober 26, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 25:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys wears a sling on the sidelines after a left shoulder injury against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium on October 25, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The one player the Dallas Cowboys couldn't afford to lose for any extended period of time was quarterback Tony Romo.  He is a leader and his performance under center helps the Cowboys in many more ways than they can im agine.

It all happened so quickly in the second quarter vs. the Giants when Romo went down to the turf after completing a pass to Miles Austin.  He was driven into the turf by Michael Boley after fullback Chris Gronkowski missed a blitz that he should have picked up.

With that Romo was down and out, laying there helplessly and in the matter of seconds the air was vaccumed out of Jerry World.

It will be evident over the next six to eight weeks as Jon Kitna will takeover as starting quarterback.  Dallas stands at 1-5 and with a difficult schedule ahead of them, the season is all but over.

For these Cowboys 2010 has been a failure.  Eight weeks ago they were all the talk of the NFL.  Dallas was going to win the NFC East and was preparing for a Super Bowl run. After all, they thought they were going to become the first team to play in the Super Bowl in their own Stadium.

At this point I have as good a chance of winning the lottery as that happening.  Romo is out for the most critical stretch of the Cowboys season.

The offensive line is old.  They have struggled all year with pass-protection.  That doesn't help when you have an offensive coordinator in Jason Garrett who loves to pass the ball.  He abandons the run and has put Dallas in tough positions in close games.

There is no questioning the talent of the Cowboys.  In the NFL talent doesn't automatically translate into wins.  Dallas is sitting at the bottom of the NFC East and is most likely going to be there for the remainder of the season.

Wade Phillips is living on borrowed time as the Cowboys head coach.  He won one playoff game last season, and got an entire year out of it.  With the Cowboys 1-5 record after six games, I think Jerry Jones wishes he had fired Wade when he had the chance.

The window of talent is closing for the Dallas Cowboys.  As long as Jones is calling the shots from the office, this team isn't going to be Super Bowl contending franchise. It just won't happen.  Bill Parcells built this team and handed it off to Wade Phillips.

The reason Parcells left was because he couldn't handle Jerry Jones.  Now four years later, Dallas is no better off then when they lost to Seattle in Parcells' last game as Cowboys head coach.

There is no telling how many more games Dallas can win this season. They face a brutal schedule, a 38-year-old quarterback and a defensive secondary that got burned on multiple occasions.

I haven't even talked about how Dallas is the most penalized team in the NFL.  Time and time again dumb penalties and stupid mistakes will contribute to losses.  

Wade Phillips the enabler has 10 games left as Cowboys head coach.  Jones has never fired a coach mid-season, and I don't think he is going to start now.

Looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be on the clock early in the 2011 NFL Draft.  After last night's loss it is going to be a long 10 games for the remainder of this unbelievably disappointing season.