Yes, the first team finally scored some touchdowns and yes, Romo looked sharp doing it. But doesn’t this script look familiar? If you watch Cowboys games, this one seemed to fit right into a similar script from last year. The opponent scores first, the Cowboys shoot themselves in the foot with penalties, they can’t run, and eventually have to turn the game over to Tony Romo to get them back in the game.
All we heard this off-season was an emphasis on the run, and then we see an absolute inability to get a running game established early on. Unless they settle on a front five, the Cowboys will not be able to run effectively. This whole game of shuffling players across the offensive line is eventually going to put Tony Romo on the injured list. Mark these words, they are playing with fire.
Just like last year, when this team attempted to run and got nothing. They consequently found themselves down and had to hand the game over to Tony Romo. That’s just what they did in this game. Romo took over and simply started slinging it to Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. To their credit, they scored and it looked great. That style has earned Romo most of the Cowboys passing records, but it won’t translate to consistent success.
The Cowboys need to be able to win with Romo doing less, more often. Romo is at the best when he doesn’t have to constantly keep the Cowboys in every game. Not to say he can’t do that for a couple of games a year, that’s what separates good quarterbacks from great ones. There are only a handful of quarterbacks that can be consistently successful, with as many pass attempt as Romo needs to keep his team in every game, and Romo isn’t one of them. Forcing Romo to use his talent to keep his team in every game leads to bad decisions, and the Cowboys are back to where they have been – 8 and 8.
It can be really tempting to see this game as a success with the offensive breakthrough they had. But it’s not if you dig a little deeper. It’s the same style of winning that the Cowboys have employed over the years. Now, there is a silver lining to this dark article. I am all for the preseason benching of Murray for his fumble, finally some accountability. Anyone else notice Murray running a little harder in the third quarter? Also, the change to the defense side of the ball seems to be working well, hello turnovers! This script is familiar, but just maybe this year’s team will make some edits to the story.
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