Dallas Cowboys: Why It's Now or Never for Tony Romo to Prove He's an Elite QB

Micah ChenAnalyst IIIDecember 17, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 11:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys looks for an open receiver against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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There are very few quarterbacks that we love to hate more than Tony Romo, and he knows that.  Unless Tony Romo wins a Super Bowl, he will forever go down as one of the biggest goats in league history.

It's hard to deny Tony Romo's talent, because he is a talented quarterback and when he's on, he's one of the best in the game.  But Romo has developed a bad reputation for blowing it in the big game, and it hasn't just happened once or twice in his career. 

From the botched hold against the Seahawks in the playoffs, to the 12 point lead he blew in the fourth quarter, Romo has always found a way to lose games.

Since he took the reins of quarterback in 2006, Romo has manged to win ONE golden playoff game.  Nearly six years as the man under center for the Cowboys, and only one playoff win to show for it.

Dallas is a city with so much pride, and that is simply unacceptable.  But Romo has another chance this year, maybe his best chance yet. 

The NFC East has gone from an elite powerhouse division to perhaps the worst division in football almost overnight. 

The Eagles are... well you all know how they turned out.  The Redskins just haven't been a threat really all season.  The Giants, by all means, shouldn't be even in the conversation for who's going to win the East, and yet they are.

So despite all these opportunities Romo and the Cowboys have had to run away with the East, they still haven't done so.  But that's OK, because they still are tied for the lead and have a slightly easier schedule than the Giants.

As weird as it sounds, Romo isn't getting younger, he is no longer the pretty boy rookie.  He has turned into the grizzly veteran of the locker room, and time is running out for him. 

He is slowly leaving his prime, at the ripe age of 31 years old. 

The opportunity is there's for the taking, and if Romo plays football like we know he can, he should be able to make the postseason.

He SHOULD be able to, but with Romo, there just isn't any guarantees.

Romo and the Boys decide their own fate.