Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo's Role in Historic Collapse Signals Time for a Change

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 26:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field during play against the Washington Redskins at Cowboys Stadium on September 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Tony Romo's was able to fool the general public into thinking he may not be a choke artist, but after blowing a 27-3 lead at home, it's clear that the Cowboys can't win as long as Romo is under center.

The Cowboys can bring in elite weapons to surround Romo with, beef up the offensive line, fire the coach, stack the defense and make excuses for Romo until he retires, or move in a different direction before it's too late.

Romo's heroics with a punctured lung in Week 2 and win with a cracked rib in Week 3 had some people thinking that it was the media who had blown Romo's short comings out of proportion.

Maybe people were too overly critical of Romo over the botched hold and a few unlucky plays in crucial situations. Maybe Romo could lead Dallas to the promise land after all.

After Week 4, it's clear that Dallas isn't going anywhere as long as they keep Romo under center. His inconsistency and MIA status in the big moment will prevent Jerry Jones from adding to his Super Bowl collection.

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Romo threw three picks and was an instrumental part of the Lions' epic comeback win. His stat line isn't indicative of how bad he was when it mattered most. The only way the Lions could come away with a victory was if the Cowboys handed them a victory, and Romo did everything in his power to make it happen.

The Cowboys have made significant changes, but Jones' loyalty to Romo will ultimately bar them from succeeding. Romo is 31. He's been on talented enough teams to make deep runs in the playoffs, but his lack of the "it" factor binds the entire team to failure.

The Cowboys had this one in the bag and choked. They can make all of the personnel changes they want to in order to turn the team around, but at some point they need to take a long look at their situation under center and trade Romo in for a field general they won't have to keep making excuses for.

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