Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) walks off the field after defeating the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Will Tony Romo Ever Get His Ring?

I used to be sure he would get it one day, but things haven’t gone as they were supposed to go, once the Cowboys finally got their franchise quarterback after years of post-Aikman purgatory.

By now, both Tony Romo and his long-time coach Jason Garrett should have figured it out, but years come and go, and they still look like young pretenders trying to find their identity and instill it into their team.

How about winning?

Well, there was this one year when the stars seemed to align for them. They were the best team in the NFC, they got T.O. at his best, and only the undefeated Patriots were a bigger story than those Romo-led Cowboys.

But then, Eli Manning, a shy kid that nobody took seriously at the time, he was just Peyton’s little bro, stole the show and beat the Cowboys on their own turf. He ended up getting his first of two rings after beating the undefeated Pats led by pretty boy Tom Brady.

That was the year. Maybe the only season when Tony Romo looked like the quarterback Cowboys Nation had been waiting for so long and had a team to support him. It was 2007.

In 2009, they had a good season, it was the last year they won the NFC East Championship and Romo and Co. even got a playoff win; only to lose against an ageing Brett Favre in the Divisional round.

However, the excitement that year wasn’t quite like that of 2007. We all knew, they weren’t the best team, both New Orleans and Minnesota were the stories of the season.

Those were Romo’s peak years. Ever since things have been going south and with no Defense at all at the present moment, there are no indications that results will change any time soon.  That Defense will need a couple of years to rebuild and by then Romo will be nearly 37 years old.

I don’t know, maybe the playoffs are getting to me and I’m just frustrated because for the 18th year in a row my beloved Cowboys aren’t playing in the NFC Championship Game.

Maybe next year Romo will pull a Phillip Rivers kind of year; or even better, he will pull a John Elway finish to his career and deliver a ring or two for this storied franchise.

And just to be clear, I love Tony Romo’s game and passion. I think he’s one of the 6 or 7 best quarterbacks in the league.

It’s just one of those stories when timing wasn’t right, or things didn’t evolve as they were supposed to.

I hope I’m wrong. But I just don’t see it anymore.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys Jason Garrett Tony Romo

  • Old Frog

    My answer would be “No”. Same for Witten and Ware; at least if they stay on this team. Too bad but thems the breaks.

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  • Earl Robertson

    You pretty right on about this. 2007 hurt almost as bad as ’81 when they lost to niners.

  • Juanito Juanito

    no with that GM

  • Chesney Blair

    Best top 6 or 8 based on what? Please lets get this straight. Quarterbacks are paid to lead, and to win games. That is why they earn the most money. For you to say he is the best 6 or 7 is wrong. I think he was definitely in the top 10 or 12 region before the year begun. Now he can be as low 13-15. He has to win games that is what makes quarterbacks elite. Eli no matter how horrible he recently has been, during his runs he got hot at the right moment. Tony has enough players in his offense. He has better wr1, te1, rb1 than Eli did during those couple of Super Bowl wins yet he hasn’t produced the playoff runs that Eli has. Now you can be a defeatist accept what is force-fed to you or the thousand excuses Cowboy fans are presented with.

    Furthermore, I also want to point something out to you guys who bash the defense. The defense was horrible this year, and depleted in many areas yet when it came down to it there were times they gave the offense the opportunity to close the deal. You can’t except a defense when it is DEPLETED, to make stands when the offense constantly runs three and outs while the time of the possession amounting to 45 seconds for each offensive drive despite holding a lead. That is not the defense that is the coach’s problem and play calling. Sometimes I think jerry has more say than we can see, that he wants more pass heavy offense like the Saints despite our qb is not being as good as Brees, just to make things more dramatic and more exciting. I wonder if there is any truth to it. Certainly the calls during this season didn’t make football sense. That can be where he messes this team the most not the draft. Why doesn’t anyone question his output to the play calling during the season. Who knows otherwise? He signed a 33 year old qb to a long term contract, and signed numerous over the hill players to long term deals. So if he puts players in place for the system, who is to say he doesn’t have say in what gets called during the games?

    What I want to say is they passed far too long, far too much, far too unnecessarily this year. Look at the last four teams, they all run power run schemes, and do so despite having more than capable of passers. Do any of the teams resemble any of the play calling that the Cowboys run?

    • Luis Dominguez

      Besides Brady, Manning (Peyton), Brees, Roethlisberger, and maybe Luck and Russel Wilson, there’s no QB in the NFL I would prefer right now to lead the Cowboys. Based on nothing. Just my personal opinion.

      • Chesney Blair

        Fair enough. You wouldn’t have Newton, Rogers, Rivers, Kaepernick though? Alex Smith might even be better leading the boys; Anyone can have inflated stats when they throw 80 % of the time. Romo to me is in the 10-13 spot, but that is my opinion.

        • Luis Dominguez

          Definitely forgot about Rodgers. But with Rivers, Newton & Kaepernick I’ll took my chances.

          • Chesney Blair

            I would love to see what Rivers, Newton and Kaepernick would do with this team. I think people underestimate how quickly things can change in NFL. Two years from now Romo might not even be quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. I believe we are too patient, with coaches and players but that is me. We hold on to players too long because our talent evaluator is a guy who has no clue on how to run a team.

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