Last week, Tony Romo signed one of the most lucrative contracts in NFL history. Yeah, that Tony Romo. The guy with just one playoff victory to his name. The guy who supposedly shrinks in big games and hides when the spotlight is directed at him. That inconsistent, mistake-prone loser who has the opposite of ice (fire?) in his veins.
Regular readers know that I think Romo has earned an extremely unfair reputation inside and outside of Dallas, based primarily on circumstances beyond his control. In various columns, I've listed them all.
Jerry Jones, the coaching staff, the defense, the running game, the pass protection, bad luck, injuries, Celine Dion. Whether or not they're "excuses," they've all been big-picture factors. Factors which I believe the majority of fans choose to ignore because they want—they need—somebody or something to blame for the fact that, since 1996, the Dallas Cowboys haven't gotten their way.
So I decided to go back to the beginning and work forward in an attempt to gain a better, hindsight-assisted feel for what exactly Romo has and hasn't been able to accomplish during his 10 seasons in the National Football League.