Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) on the bench against the Oakland Raiders during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT

Dallas Cowboys Under Pressure: Jason Garrett/Tony Romo

Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) claps hands with head coach Jason Garrett as he is introduced prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at AT

2014 will undoubtedly be the make-or-break year for Jason Garrett, he is in the final year of his contract and without a doubt this team needs to make the playoffs for him to be back in 2015.  He realizes this and I am sure that he will pull out all the stops to get over the hump.  This will include changing the play-caller to somebody that runs his style of offense ( Scott Linehan). 

Tony Romo is under much less pressure after signing a 6 year extension last off-season.  The Cowboys are not going to be in a position to move on from him for a few years for sure.  He is still under pressure, however, to shed his label as a loser.  If he wants to be remembered for more than a great November QB, then the time is now to start winning playoff games.

I fully expect the Cowboys to draft a young QB in the draft this year, if Dallas drafts the right guy, well then in a couple of years, Romo will have to win when it counts or face losing his job.  That would be the best scenario for this team.  Romo has not had the pressure of a good, young QB behind him.  He could use a little bit of worry about his security and frankly, the Cowboys should have been trying to find this guy for a couple of years already.

After two-straight unrelated back surgeries, he is going to need to get healthy in a hurry.  He has been playing at a heavier weight the last couple of years and the fact that he has been under the knife both of those years is surely the main cause.  Tony played at 236 lbs. last year. He was around 225 when he first became a starter.  Ideally he needs to get his weight under 230 lbs., it will help his mobility and get him back to his scrambling highlight years.

Last season it seemed that the Cowboys offense was playing to not to make mistakes.  They were running a dink-and-dunk offense in hopes that the decrease in Romo turnovers would lead to more victories.  Essentially all  they achieved was eliminating the things that make Romo a good QB.  He is a gunslinger, that is what he needs to remain.  I truly believe that the changes made to the offense was the difference in them not making the playoffs again. Along with the horrible defense of course.

Garrett and Romo have been together long enough now.  This is the year for this offense to stop looking so uncoordinated or else this will be the last rodeo that these two share together.


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