Let’s face it folks, no matter how dedicated the Cowboys are to the run this season, or how much this Defense improves, this season will be all about Tony Romo‘s play. That’s not really news. The overall record of most teams in the League are predicated on how their QB plays. That being said, most QB’s can afford a bad stretch throughout the season. Tony Romo has not had that luxury in the past, and he will not have that luxury this year.
Look back to the Bronco’s game last year. Romo played lights-out but one mistake cost them the game. 2014 may look a lot like that Broncos game.
In order for the Cowboys to make a playoff run, Romo is going to have to wipe out the demons that have haunted him.
Give the Cowboys credit, they have built an awesome and young o-line to protect their QB. He has a really good Running Back behind him as well. The Cowboys MUST use DeMarco Murray this year or the results will be the same. The amount of pressure on Romo’s shoulders has been ridiculous in the past few years. The time is now to try to alleviate some of that pressure.
This Defense has been on the decline that last few years as well. Last season in particular, they let Romo and this Offense down far too many times. They were so bad that they actually have nowhere to go but up. If they can make the required leap it will help the Offense out tremendously. It is actually a miracle that this team managed to finish 8-8 last year.
The key for Romo and the Offense this year will be ball protection. They have to find a way to control the ball by running more consistently, which I think they will. This defense has a lot of question marks and the goal of this Offense has to be to keep them off of the field. Regardless of how everyone else plays, Romo will need an MVP type of year for this team to have a shot. There are a lot of questions that remain to be answered.
Unfortunately some of those questions still involve Romo.