The backlash against Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has reached a fevered pitch after yet another mental meltdown against the New York Jets on Sunday.
Blotch praised Romo yesterday for accepting responsibility for his mistakes, but for many folks, Romo’s mea culpa lacks an upside. We’ve heard it all before. Doesn’t learn from his mistakes. He’s cursed. Choke artist. Can’t win the big one. Time to cut our losses and find a genuine leader instead of Staubach Lite.
Yardbarker‘s article “Tony Romo needs to find his inner Tim Tebow” even coined the phrase “pulled a Romo” to describe disastrous mistakes at the worst times in the biggest games. Maybe “pulled a Romo” will become as big as “jump the shark.”
On the bright side, LeBron James is breathing a sigh of relief. He was the loser everybody enjoyed smacking around until Romo became the punching bag du jour.
Locally, Romo is catching a bit of a break. His teammates assure everybody that Romo is still their guy. A Star-Telegram reader poll asked whether the team should replace Romo. Yesterday, most people favored dumping Romo. Today, however, the poll shows 35 percent prefer to stick with Romo (32 percent say to “blow this thing up and find somebody else.”)
As for myself, I’ve supported Romo from the beginning. I keep sticking with him even after he disappoints year after year. Romo plays like a champ most of the time. He just falls apart at the worst moments. I keep thinking he’ll learn from his mistakes. Isn’t that what people do in life?
Last year, the team tanked under Romo and then came alive when Jon Kitna started taking snaps midseason. If the Cowboys lose next week under Romo, that’s it. I’m done apologizing for him. Pull the plug on the chokemaster and let’s ride Kitna the rest of the way.
Or start third string QB Stephen McGee. That way we’ll go 0-16 and can draft Andrew Luck.