I officially have a man-crush on Tony Romo, and the momentum he’s brought to this Cowboys team just might be enough to carry them deep into the playoffs. So, I’m sitting on my couch wishing I hadn’t eaten two plate fulls of food in a period of 15 minutes while at the same time watching my beloved Dallas Cowboys (yes, I’m a Cowboys fan, but please finish reading before you crucify me) thrash the poor Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
For the past four games I’ve been skeptical about Tony Romo as the “future” of my favorite team. Sure, he has been very solid since his first start posting a 100 passer rating in four games as a starter. He had thrown eight touch down passes. He had efficiently eluded every defense he’s faced thus far as a starter getting sacked fewer than four times in four games behind that offensive line’s sometimes shaky pass protection. He’s revitalized the entire Dallas Cowboys team with the slightly possible exception of Drew Bledsoe (boo hoo).
But was he really the missing piece that could take the Cowboys to the Super Bowl?
I was still skeptical until a certain throw he made to Terry Glenn today against the Bucs. It wasn’t a spectacular pass. It wasn’t as flashy as the huge touchdown pass that Romo threw to Glenn in the first quarter. It was just a pass that was extremely well executed by Romo who showed the poise and concentration of a quarterback that really knows what he’s doing and can do it well. He proceeded to compile a stat line that one usually sees next to a name such as Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, or the occasional Carson Palmer among others. Now, don’t get me wrong! I’m not saying that Romo is as good as Manning, Brady, or Palmer, but what I am saying is that what Romo showed me today in combination to his previous four starts is a quarterback that has a special future ahead of him and a possible Super Bowl this season if he keeps up his level of play.
Romo’s entrance into the starting quarterback roll has not only given the team a stable and reliable offensive anchor, but it has completely risen the level of excitement, desire, and resolve in the entire Cowboys team and coaching staff.
His athleticism and quick release has given the offensive line an easier job, and it has allowed Jason Witten and/or Julius Jones/Marion Barber to run more routes instead of having to stay behind the line to block nearly every pass play as they had to do with Bledsoe (who, as I’ve been told, has still not been able to get the pigeon droppings out of the cracks in his helmet). Romo’s decision making has allowed more receivers to be involved thereby spreading the ball around resulting in a much more efficient air attack. His youthful enthuisiasm and confidence hasn’t effected his veteren-esque poise and concentration, but has, to the contrary, been another component in energizing the Cowboys on both sides of the ball. He’s been an all around pick-me-up for the Dallas Cowboys, and it may just be enough to get this team to the level necessary to compete for the priviladge of representing the NFC in this year’s Super Bowl.
Of course, I’m not going to definitively say that the Cowboys are going to make it to the Super Bowl. There are still some potential road blocks along the path. The next four games for the Dallas Cowboys will be the deciding factors. They have to go to the Meadowlands to play their biggest foe for the division title: the NY Giants. They then travel back home to play one of the NFC’s hottest (but not recently) teams in the form of the New Orleans Saints. After that comes the inconsistent yet still dangerous Atlanta Falcons. And finally the last potentially tough opponent they face is the Philadelphia Eagles who have been crushed by the loss of the face and the force of their team. If Romo can successfully guide the Cowboys through the roughest portion of their remaining schedule then they’ll be in great position to get to possibly win the division since they host the lowly Detroit Lions in the final game of the regular season.
I now have full faith in Tony Romo. Some may say that it’s immature and premature, but I’ve found that the gut feeling I get about some things is suprisingly accurate – Tony Romo has put that feeling in my stomach.