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Ask five different Dallas fans their thoughts on Tony Romo and you will most likely get five different answers.
The Dallas quarterback has vacillated between hero and villain with such frequency that at this point fans don't know what to expect. Romo seems to be just as likely to single-handedly win a game as he is to give it away.
What isn't in dispute is that Romo, regardless of his regular-season foibles, has not produced in the playoffs, a truth that goes against all the hype he had building in his favor before taking the starting job from Drew Bledsoe in 2006. Romo was supposed to be the savior, the skilled youth who would help Dallas reclaim its former '90s glory. Onlookers praised his arm and leadership skills, and when he lead the Cowboys to the playoffs it seemed all part of the plan.
Then, against Seattle in the wild-card round, Romo displayed his debilitating addiction for self-inflicted wounds. After helping Dallas draw to 21-20 with 1:19 remaining, he botched the hold on a 19-yard field goal that would have most likely won the game. His frantic scramble to the end zone only to be stopped short, along with his pained helmet grab whilst lying on the ground in despair, live in Texas infamy to this day.
Since then, Romo has gone 1-2 in the playoffs, never reaching the NFC title game, much less the Super Bowl.
In 2011, Romo is still very much the same quarterback, prone to the same mistakes he made five years ago. His performances against San Francisco and Washington where he played through considerable pain should be admired. His catastrophic decision-making against New York and Detroit should not.
Until he makes a deep playoff run, we must consider Romo unable to live up to his considerable hype.