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.