Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) drops back to pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Forget The Draft, Upcoming Season Is All About Romo


Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) scrambles against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys have a great opportunity to bolster their Defense in the upcoming draft.  They will surely add a couple of Defensive Linemen and I would assume a Safety  and quite possibly a Corner in the later rounds.  That’s all well and good but this will not be a terrific Defense, regardless.  The truth is that there are very few, really good Defenses in the National Football League.   Dallas should feel good to get back to the middle of the pack.  With Marinelli leading the unit and an insurgence of youth, there is a high probability that they will be good.  But they will not be great.

That means that once again, the Cowboys hopes rest on the right arm of Tony Romo.  Some teams have the comfort of leaning on their Defense, or the running game to pick up the slack.  Not in Dallas.  If Romo has a bad year, the Cowboys are finished.  I totally expect a big year from DeMarco Murray, if he can stay healthy that is.  If the Defense can continue its turnover-creating ways from last year, that’d be great.  None of that will matter, however, if Romo does not play excellent football.

Tony is approaching the end of his career, he has 3 or four years left, tops.  If he wants to change his legacy, he has to act now.  Although, I think that he is a better QB than Troy Aikman, easily I might add, he will never, ever get his due until he brings Lombardi home.  Romo faces more scrutiny and biased criticism then anyone I can ever recall.  He has to shut the naysayers up and he has to do it soon.

The time he missed last off-season affected his play last year.  His weight was a little high and it showed.  If he can stay on schedule with his rehab, he should get a good off-season in.  He needs to get back to his play-making ways, a good off-season can only help/

I truly feel that if the Cowboys cannot change their recent fortunes this year, then it will not happen with this bunch.  Romo and Witten are old and they have no young QB’s on the roster.  The time is now.  This season, good or bad, falls on Tony Romo’s shoulders again.

 

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  • Old Frog

    I agree with the assessment that no matter what they do in the draft this year the Defense will not be elite. That is not true for the O line however. A couple of high level picks and the O line can be elite which translates to protecting Romo, giving receivers time to get open, and opening running lanes so we can lean on the running game, particulary on third down.