Despite the Cowboys' record when he got injured against the New York Giants last season, 1-5, Tony Romo was actually in the middle of having another strong year.
He had a 69.5 percent completion percentage on 213 attempts for 1,605 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Of course, he still had seven interceptions at the time, and with the exception of the 2009 season, interceptions and fumbles have plagued Romo throughout his career.
He'll have to take care of the ball this year, even while spreading it around to the numerous explosive targets he has in the passing game.
Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten just might be the best 1-2-3 receiver-tight end combination in the entire National Football League. It will be up to Romo to keep them all happy with enough touches.
Austin is a terrific route runner, able to get separation on almost any defensive back, but he struggles with drops on passes that were a little off line last year. Witten is a master at getting open on any area of the field, and is probably Romo's favorite target. Bryant seemed to have a little more chemistry with backup Jon Kitna than Romo last season, but a full training camp with the first team offense should rectify that.
Romo has to become a leader of the football team, both on and off the field, for the Cowboys to succeed this season. He got off to a good start by organizing team workouts during the lockout, but that will need to carry over to the season as well.
Romo has all the talent in the world, but he has yet to harness that into consistent playoff success for the Cowboys, which is the only measuring stick that matters to the fans of America's team.