A Cowboys Fan Still In Shock, and Tony Romo...

  First let me say I'm relatively new around here (been posting comments for about a year), and I don't post alot of FanPosts and/or Shots, while very few of you probably recognize my name.  In the two FanPosts I have posted here on BTB, I have tried to keep my opinion out of it and stay objectional based on statistics, the eye test, and what could be considered facts.  After yesterdays game, I feel an opinionated and emotional (we'll see) post will have to suffice.

  As the headline suggest, I'm still in shock after the loss to the Detroit Lions.  It doesn't hurt, I'm not really angry or upset, and just have a numbness feeling about the game.  Unless my heart is acting up again, I'm going to guess its shock.  Just like every Cowboys loss, the finger pointing began immediately to try to find a reason for loosing.  The easy answer is usually the one taken by the majority of fans, and that answer is Tony Romo.  I posted a comment in the first post after the loss where I said:

First to say

Lets not blame Romo people. Really look at the game, its not his fault. Blame can go all around, from coaches to players. Its never one guys fault.


  In my perfect hindsight, I realize I should have clarified myself much better.  I did not mean Romo did not play a hand in the loss, just that the sole reason for loosing is not him.  I have not even the vaguest idea if that clarification would had made a difference in the response to my comment, but never the less, here they are:

dude shut up!!!

It WAS all on Romo!!!..Stop being a Romo apologists and just face facts…He became a snake just like he always is!!!

by Brother J on Oct 2, 2011 1:45 PM PDT up reply actions  

i love romo but

There’s no way I can defend him after that

by Cowboys9SRT4 on Oct 2, 2011 1:46 PM PDT up reply actions  

It was all on Romo

I’ve defended that choker for too long. No one can win games when you throw 2 pick sixes in the 3rd quarter, than a critical pick later that leads to a TD.

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by ScottB1985 on Oct 2, 2011 1:57 PM PDT up reply actions  


Did Garrett throw three terrible passes right to opposing players? This was ALL ROMO. Again.

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by Lord Humungus on Oct 2, 2011 1:49 PM PDT up reply actions  

You could say its everyone's fault

But Romo has the DUTY to lead the team to win. Lots of players played badly in the second half, but its his job. And he didn’t set an example, was not effective, just plain bad.

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by Qpalzm94 on Oct 2, 2011 1:50 PM PDT up reply actions  

I love Romo as much as the next man

But this is another loss that is on him. 3 interceptions, 2 for 14 points is not Garrets fault, it is Tony being a gunslinger that get’s to self absorbed in his own ability.
He certainly has the ability to lead us to the promised land, but until he starts maturing it ain’t gonna happen!

Worst thing is that we once again has to listen to his pathetic "I lost the game, I gotta do better" speech. It’s getting kinda old!

by chrmc on Oct 2, 2011 1:51 PM PDT up reply actions  

Garrett gets partial credit on the 3rd and 2 call and the third interception.

Those were bad calls for the game situation. Rome gets most of this one, but Garrett has to take some of the bame, too.

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by Tom Ryle on Oct 2, 2011 1:55 PM PDT up reply actions  

*Romo, obviously. I'm too hacked off to type well.

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by Tom Ryle on Oct 2, 2011 1:55 PM PDT up reply actions  

The Decline and Fall of the Romo Empire?

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by East Bay Ray on Oct 2, 2011 1:56 PM PDT up reply actions  

Jason Garrett as Nero

Fiddling while Romo burns down a 24 point lead with awful INTs?

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by East Bay Ray on Oct 2, 2011 1:57 PM PDT up reply actions   1 recs

u r the first one that got a bit of a giggle out of me east bay - thanks for that...and your wording

was exactly right – the "decline and fall" – normally one would assume the phhrase would be "rise and fall"…but unfortunately we’ve never really "risen" since our SB days of the 90’s it seems….sigh – maybe one day we’ll turn it around

by Loozeeana_Cowboy on Oct 2, 2011 2:35 PM PDT up reply actions  


3rd and 2 they could have run out of the shotgun or not call the Robinson slant for the umpteenth time. But the last INT I don’t think was on 3rd down. Don’t really fault Garrett for that one. Wasn’t it 1st down?

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by selke99 on Oct 2, 2011 2:02 PM PDT up reply actions  

Don't put it on Garrett.

1st and 3rd INT’s entirely on Romo. You can say the 2nd was at least partially on Robinson for not doing more to shield the CB, but there was nothing wrong with the call.

by rhbgsherb on Oct 2, 2011 3:47 PM PDT up reply actions  

Thank you for someone looking at it with a clear head

the easy cop out is to blame romo. He isn’t faultless and no one else is either. Blame to go around

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by codydoser on Oct 2, 2011 4:01 PM PDT up reply actions  

agree but i would say he's to blame on the first interception

the third was all on romo , he throw planted with the wrong foot

by ratware on Oct 2, 2011 4:14 PM PDT up reply actions  


by ratware on Oct 2, 2011 4:17 PM PDT up reply actions  

he's not

at least nnot so much

by ratware on Oct 2, 2011 5:53 PM PDT up reply actions  

Nah, I like Romo, too, but he lost this one. He was inexplicable this time.

by Fernie67 on Oct 2, 2011 2:07 PM PDT up reply actions  

I've defended Romo for his entire career.

No more. The guy has a ten cent brain when it comes to decision making on the field. I’m really starting to think that we need to go in a different direction at the QB position. The road with Romo at the helm leads to nowhere. Actually, it’s more of a circular road. We’ve seen everything there is to see and we always know whats around the next corner.

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by JimCrankshaft on Oct 2, 2011 2:12 PM PDT up reply actions  

sorry man, this game is only on Romo

everyone except Romo played solid game

before there was law, there were the Cowboys!!!

by orli on Oct 2, 2011 2:18 PM PDT up reply actions  

Neah this was Tony this time.

His int’s for touchdowns is what ultimately did it and Garrett didn’t call for those. It also can’t be coached out of him, he has to make better decisions.

The Garrett Guillotine demands more blood!
by Blue Eyed Devil on Sep 5, 2011 3:30 PM PDT

If you're going to eat poison, you might as well lick the plate.

by Final Frame on Oct 2, 2011 2:47 PM PDT up reply actions  

I'm usually his most ardent defender.

But Romo lost this game. That’s all there is to it.

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by TXHC on Oct 2, 2011 2:59 PM PDT up reply actions  

when you led by 24

If no one was open, you throw the f*king ball away and punt and wait for the Lions to do something, you do not give them 14

That was completely on Romo

by a hay on Oct 2, 2011 3:04 PM PDT up reply actions  

when you are up by 24

why are we still slinging the ball all over the field ? And if you say it is because we can get the run game going, that there is part of the problem too………

anyone remember what happened back in the day when we were up by 24, It was Smith to the right, Smith to the left, Smith up the middle…… did Romo make bad decisions with the ball, heck yes, but just like it takes more than one person to win the game, it takes more than one to lose……we need to find a rushing game before we get too much further in this season or we will be seeing this all year

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by BigBad Joe on Oct 2, 2011 5:05 PM PDT up reply actions  

s/b cant get the run game going

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by BigBad Joe on Oct 2, 2011 5:05 PM PDT up reply actions  

but they did not even try to run the damn ball

I would prefer running on all 3 downs and running 2 minute off the clock

After Romo throws the first TO, that is what they had to do, they did not and lost

by a hay on Oct 2, 2011 11:12 PM PDT up reply actions  


that is why i dont think it is all on Romo, Garrett is part to blame as well

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by BigBad Joe on Oct 3, 2011 8:40 AM PDT up reply actions  

whenever I think Romo has learned from the past he does it again

I love the guy but wtf. I can understand the pic on the slant pass. but to Bobby Carpenter? Barbie was right there, it wasnt some tricky coverage he was playing

and the 4th quarter pic when they actually still had a lead. He had good intentions but you cant throw off your back foot across the feild, thats the crap Favre always pulled

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by sprewelllatrell on Oct 2, 2011 1:44 PM PDT reply actions  

When you throw it as much as Garrett has Tony throw it I usually expect an INT

I just don’t expect 3 of them and 2 of them returned for TD’s. He just does it at the worst times I guess. Like Grizz said, he does it in a fashion that everyone remembers it. I know that I will

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by kameleon_o on Oct 2, 2011 2:59 PM PDT up reply actions  

  Obviously, the majority of posters believe Romo is the major reason for losing, if not the sole reason, and obviously, I feel a little different.  I'm not here to just defend Romo through thick and thin, there's enough fans out there who will do that already.  I'm just here to remind fans of who we were, and maybe of who we are.  But first, a little about myself.

  Hi, my name is Cody.  And I'm a Dallas Cowboys addict.  Twenty two year old male whom lives in Northern California.  I've been a Cowboys fan since I've been old enough to remember and understand Football (about the age of six), and grew up loving Deion Sanders because it seemed every time he touched the ball, we would score a touchdown.  At least my six year old brain processed it that way.  My father is a Redskins fan (not to mention a Dodgers and Celtics fan, while I'm Giants and Lakers), so I rebelled in the most frustrating way to a father that he could imagine.  Coincidence?  I have no idea, but I love(d) them Cowboys! 

  Because of my young and tender age, my most significant memory of Troy Aikman is getting sacked by an opposing defensive linemen and having to take off his helmet during the game to pick a huge grass stump out of his facemask, which at the time was a penalty.  I don't remember him throwing touchdowns, or winning us Super Bowls.  Just picking grass stumps.  I could give you similar memories about Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin, and obviously I'm too young to remember the glory days with Roger Staubach.  I do remember Quincy Carter, Vinny Testaverde, Drew Henson, guys like that.  Then I remember thinking, "Hey, Drew Bledsoe ain't half bad."  Which was closely followed by, "We really need a new quarterback.."  Insert Tony Romo.  I know I'm a young'n, and I know the older generation is used to guys like Aikman and/or Staubach, but my generation (well maybe), who doesn't pretend to think they have any idea of how good Staubach and Aikman were, looks at Tony Romo and we see a great quarterback in today's game.  We see hope, after being teased by the Denver Broncos or Green Bay Packers "fans" who filled our childhood.  We see a guy who while maybe not as smart as Troy Aikman, but in my opinion a guy just as skilled, who has done great things for us in his tenure.  Yes, he has a gunslinger mentality, and yes, he has made stupid mistakes.  But I ask you the obvious, what quarterback hasn't?  Remember Brady throwing four interceptions against Buffalo last week? 

  There are those of you who are calling for Romo to be benched, and I ask you to start who?  Do you really think Kitna will be better?  Or that Mcghee is ready for the primetime and won't make similar mistakes?  All fans need to remember sometimes not to think with their pissed off hearts, and think with their heads.  Tony Romo is a top ten QB in this league, and in my opinion number six to be exact.  That's top ten in a league with Brady and Peyton Manning, the likes of which are usually seen once every generation.  I'm not trying to excuse Romo here, but I am trying to get some fans to listen to some reason.  Who would you really rather have?  'Cause Brady isn't walking through that door anytime soon.

  Another point I wish to address is it wasn't all Tony Romo's fault last Sunday against Detriot.  No matter how much you wish for it to be so, it wasn't and it will never be solely one mans fault for a loss.  I have never been a fan to throw any of my players under the bus, unless its a kicker or Patrick Crayton, and I can never understand why anyone would want to do so with our FRANCHISE quarterback, or really any player.  As fans shouldn't we support our guys?  I'm not saying don't be upset or complain about a player, but to go as far to say bench Romo or that he sucks is just ridiculous.  Jason Garrett gets some of the blame for the loss Sunday, as our own Tom Ryle touches on here, for questionable playcalling at questionable times.  This is not a new knock on Garrett, but it is often shoved under a rug when Dallas is winning or even losing, since we often have a bigger scapegoat in Romo.  I can not remember one game where I feel like the playcalling was acceptable all the way through.  I'm not throwing Garrett under a bus here, I love him as a head coach and hope he is here for many, many more years to come, but I do worry about how much responsibility is on his plate, and do not think he should retain the offensive coordinator tag while being head coach. 

  Anyone one else worried about Dez alot more than usual these days?  And anyone else notice if he plays, he seems huge for two or three plays in the first quarter then seemingly disappears for the rest of the game?  At the moment, I'm inclined to believe this is more on Dez than on different schemes, that may or may not be put into play to stop Dez, the Defensive coordinator draws up. 

  I could keep going on about reasons we lost this game, reasons like injuries, miss tackles after the interceptions, Felix running out of bounds on fourth, or whatever.  I just wish to wake up the all to emotional fan (whom I am one most the time), that simply wishes to feel better about the loss by blaming Romo.  We win as a team, and we loss as one, its as simple as that.

  Listen all, Romo will win us a Super Bowl.  Watch it happen.  The talent is there.  Romo, he's my guy.  He's our guy, and even if I just changed one persons opinion on Romo by reading this, that's good enough for me.  If not, oh well.  At least it made me feel better.

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