Tony Romo: 5 Reasons Romo's Run with Cowboys is Over

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IOctober 2, 2011

Tony Romo: 5 Reasons Romo's Run with Cowboys is Over

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    If unclutch was a word, Tony Romo would be the definition.

    No season is a successful season for the Dallas Cowboys unless Jerry Jones is hoisting a Lombardi Trophy at the end of the year.  In 2011, Romo has made it loud and clear that the Cowboys will never win a Super Bowl with him under center.

    Dallas should be 4-0 right now.  Sure, Romo proved his toughness playing with a broken rib and punctured lung, but hard as it would be to negate all of the praise for such a heroic performance, No. 9 managed to do it.

    This year will mark the last of the Tony Romo era in Dallas.  If he’s still starting for the Cowboys next season, it would be a shocker and here’s why:

5. Turnover Prone

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    Tony Romo has put up big passing yards and touchdown numbers ever since he took over in Dallas as a full-time starter.  Throwing for 300 yards and three touchdowns looks great on paper, but how many points the opposing offense scored off of turnovers doesn’t show up next to Romo’s name.

    He threw for three interceptions against the Detroit Lions giving him five on the season through four weeks.  Last season, Romo threw seven picks despite playing just six games.  He also has had issues with holding on to the football and not just on field goal holds either.

    Romo has fumbled the football a whopping 41 times in his career.  Turnovers lead to losses.  You can’t be as careless with the football as Romo is and consistently win football games.

4. Bad Timing

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    As soon as Tony Romo’s hot seat reaches its peak temperature, the Cowboys have plenty of replacement options.  Dallas won’t be bad enough to draft Andrew Luck.  Of course, I’d never count out Jerry Jones to pull off a blockbuster deal to trade up for the best quarterback prospect to enter the draft in years.

    The 2011 draft class has plenty of depth at the QB position as well, though.  Matt Barkley and Landry Jones are each talented enough to be selected inside the top five.  Again, Dallas will most likely win too many games to finish among the worst five teams in the league.

    Still, borderline first-round to second-round picks like Ryan Tannehill and Nick Foles are solid options as well.

3. Postseason Failures

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    When quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger and Mark Sanchez struggle in the regular season, at least their teams can simply shrug it off and point to the QBs’ consistent success in the playoffs.  The Dallas Cowboys can do no such thing.

    Romo boasts just one postseason win since 2006 when he took over under center for the Cowboys.  He has made three Pro Bowls during that time period; he puts up monster numbers the first 17 weeks of the year.  From his 2006 bobbled hold against Seattle to failing to lead a single touchdown drive against the Vikings in 2009, though, Romo has been a flop in meaningful games.

    The regular season is virtually meaningless for NFL quarterbacks.

2. Inability in Crunch Time

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    For the second time this season, Romo has failed to finish off what should’ve been easy wins for the Cowboys.

    In Week 1, Dallas was up 24 to 17 against the New York Jets.  On 3rd-and-goal from the Jets’ 2-yard-line, all the Cowboys had to do was play it safe and kick the field to take a two-score lead in the fourth quarter.  Instead, Romo scrambled, fumbled and lost the football.

    His interception with the game tied set the Jets up for a 27-24 victory.  Against the Detroit Lions, Cowboys fans would see a reenactment from Romo.

    Dallas was leading the Lions 27-3; the game was over and all the Cowboys had to do was to take care of the football.  Three Tony Romo interceptions, two that were picks sixes, and two Calvin Johnson touchdowns later (Rob Ryan salute), Detroit had come back to win 34 to 30.

1. Time's Up

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    The time to talk is up.  The Dallas Cowboys go into nearly every season looking like paper champions.  Each year though, preseason predictions are turned into postseason trash.

    Tony Romo is basically the LeBron James of the NFL.  He is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league, but he lacks the killer instinct to finish games. 

    The question every team must ask themselves about their starting signal caller is: can we win a Super Bowl with our QB under center?  When Jerry Jones asks himself and his staff that question about Tony Romo next spring, the answer will be a resounding no.

    David Daniels is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and a Syndicated Writer.  Follow him on Twitter.