A very good friend and long-time Cowboy buddy and I had this discussion today. Dandy Don was an immense talent, but couldn't quite get the team over the top. He was very fun loving and respected for his devil-may-care demeanor. It almost seemed as if the game didn't mean as much to him as the playing of it. Remember, he was the leader of, 'Next Year's Champions,' a phrase I hated, probably because it rang so true. It wasn't until Roger took over(after the disaster of C Morton) that Dallas became a champion under Landry.
I see a lot of that in Romo and now begin to wonder if he has the makeup to be a championship-level QB. There are plenty of very good players at that position that haven't won championships. Further, I worry now that this gets into his head as I believe it did Meredith, who walked away because the fun went of of the playing as a result.
The challenge is to put a coaching staff in place that maximizes his positives(which are considerable) and corrects the deficient - ball security being Issue #1. While I no longer believe Wade P can be effective as this team's HC, I really haven't heard a credible alternative. Cower ? Never was that impressed and he's gone on the record stating DAL has to get rid of TO - OK so he starts trying to replace 10+TD's a year. Holmgren ? Maybe, but only if Capers becomes DC. Honestly, for the first time in memory, I'm almost at a loss to clearly see the critical 2-3 issues we need to fix.
Don't get me wrong, I like TR, respect his unique talents and believe we are better at the QB position than we've been since Troy. But if you want an apt comparison, look further back in Cowboy history than Danny White