Tony Romo: Why Captain Comeback Label Was Just a Phase

Clay DefayetteCorrespondent IIIOctober 3, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 02:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys passes the ball against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Cowboys Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Against Detroit, Tony Romo picked up where he left off three weeks ago Sunday night against the New York Jets in Week 1. After a great first half that saw the Cowboys quarterback throw three touchdowns in the first half, Romo and Company blew a 24-point lead against the Lions as there were three interceptions, two of which were pick-sixes.

This is what many have come to expect of Romo while others like Colin Cowherd and Skip Bayless in the media, and unfortunately myself, have an obsession with staying on the quarterback's bandwagon. Romo is similar to an addictive drug—he keeps sucking you back in with his stellar play.

There is nothing to come back from if Romo stops putting himself and his team in these vulnerable situations that Dallas doesn't have to be in. Coach Jason Garrett deserves blame for having Romo pass so many times in the second half, but the veteran has to know when and when not to attempt the throws that he made Sunday afternoon.

As ESPN has pointed out recently, Romo has the highest quarterback rating (who knows why the network didn't use their "simple" Total QB Rating) in the fourth quarter over the past five or something seasons. Whatever the case, it's always something with him.

Eagles, Giants and Redskins fans may want to be quiet though. If there's a word that cannot define Eli Manning, Rex Grossman and Michael Vick, it's consistent.

Romo's will isn't to be questioned. His rib injury may not have been as serious as indicated, like Brian Orakpo of the Redskins believes, but the fact is the quarterback still had a punctured lung. Romo cannot be thrown in the same category as Donovan McNabb, a guy who's showing little emotion and appears to be just collecting a paycheck

The fact is Tony Romo is a Texas tornado. He will continue to sweep through the Dallas/Fort Worth area for at least another 12 games.

The question is whether the house DeMarcus Ware and Rob Ryan are in is big enough to sustain the impact of Romo's wind, because it can blow through an opposing defense while it can also blow Dallas' chances of winning in even the best situations. But quite frankly, it just blows.