I did not get to see today's game (work) and my dvr screwed me so even though it was set to record it didn't. So I may not have a full perspective, but lets get beyond this game. The topic of tony's performances are well documented, critizied, analyzed, and cause a lot of headaches among us fans (me included). I went to the cowboys website and watched his post-game press conference.
I felt that he was not pleased with his overall performance (and will be the first one to say that he still needs to improve). I felt that he was also getting a little bored with the media retreading the same questions. Did his play warrant the questions, possibly, but what I did not see out of him was giving into the perception of others outside of the team may think of them as a team. Romo was a little defensive about whether or not the victory was a good one due to the difficulties they had against an 0-4 team. I for one liked his response, it showed that he is not concerned with what fans and other outsiders may view the teams performance. Romo talked about how achieving victory while undergoing adversity is sometimes more important than winning by a 40+ margin of victory. Victory is what matters most, not how but did you win the game. I think that tony is maturing more and more as a leader, he will not stand for anyone outside the team to make aspersions about what they think their performance should be. Tony's response today showed that the team has high expectations for itself to show that they are contenders. I believe this shows evidence that he is past worring about the perception of the team by others; he is only going to focus on bringing victory to this team. Tony admits that it is not always going to be pretty, but he is not worried about the presentation, only the outcome. So not matter how much he may falter in the coming weeks, the team believes in him, the coaches believe in him, and more importantly he believes in himself; even if we sometimes doubt him. Remember as fans we will never be satisfied until the team achieves what we feel they should achieve. I believe in romo (even though he makes me mad sometimes), but I know he has it, that tells me if the team is in need of a score 9 times out of 10 he will get the team that score.
I have a confession to make, honestly I really am not to concerned with trying to convice others on what I think. I usually do not worry about trying to take the effort to respond to every comment that does not fit my own view. I like the discussions and read them and sparinly add my own two cents. I use fanposts in an effort to start an open minded discussion, so feel free to critique my thoughts.
Just one comment on the fans who are already on the ledge; there are other teams that are considered contenders that have much bigger questions than dallas:
Green Bay, Philly, and San Diego. There are others but these teams have serious holes that cannot be simplified with key injuries. Teams that have faced adversity and failed to achieve victory, luck does factor into it on some small scale but each of these teams has lost two games in a row at some point this season. Dallas was one Sam Hurd grab from taking away the game from the skins; I feel that we are just too impatient to know the question in our hearts (can they win in the playoffs), the fear of failure, and having to endure another season of hearing how our team riduculed again for several months. I feel that is what drives a lot of this talk of how certain people know who is going to move foward and who will not. Keep in mind that the most dominant teams in the fall are not guranteed anything, and our team knows the pressure they are under; honestly I think they are learning to deal with that burden and will be stronger for it.