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Tony Romo may have a new job

Tony Romo will do anything to avoid another December slide, even if that means conjuring up some painful memories from January past.

The Cowboys used Romo as their holder for field goal kicks in Wednesday’s practice. 

“We feel like we need to do something, whether it’s the whole operation itself or some of the parts,” head coach Wade Phillips said.  “We’ve got to get more confidence from our kicker. We need to do better. There’s a possibility we’ll make a change this week as far as the holder is concerned.”

The usual holder, punter Matt McBriar, has mishandled a few snaps lately and kicker Nick Folk has been struggling.  Backup quarterback Jon Kitna has never held in his career. 

Phillips once joked when he took the Cowboys job that Romo was “retiring” from holding.  McBriar even said as much during the 2007 season while lauding Romo’s ability to bounce back from his famous botched snap.

“Everybody thought it might be something Tony couldn’t dance back
from,”  McBriar said. “But they don’t realize that Tony’s not in the league
to be a holder and he’ll probably never be a holder again.”

We can’t kill the Cowboys for possibly making the change.  Addressing the issue makes more sense than hoping it magically disappears.

Of course, Romo hasn’t held on kicks since that fateful day in Seattle.

At least he knows the footballs won’t be extra slick for this week’s home game.

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36 Responses to “Tony Romo may have a new job”
  1. purpleguy says: Dec 9, 2009 7:51 PM

    When the post said new job, most of us figured promoter or party host in Mexico or Vegas.

  2. virtualplague says: Dec 9, 2009 7:53 PM

    did you really post an article about who is going to hold for a field goal

  3. scrapdawg12 says: Dec 9, 2009 7:59 PM

    Wade Philips is a complete moron. Like you said, Romo messed it up once against Seattle and I cheered. When he does it again this year, I’ll cheer again. God I can’t stand Romo and the rest of the Cowfags.

  4. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Dec 9, 2009 8:01 PM

    “We feel like we need to do something, whether it’s the whole operation itself or some of the parts,” head coach Wade Phillips said.
    How’s this for a change? Getting rid of you and Jason Garrett for your inability to lead these men or play to their full potential.
    Wade, you are a stat whore. You are ready to hang your hat on a career that has wins but no rings. And unfortunately, Tony Romo is heading in the same direction.

  5. slipkid says: Dec 9, 2009 8:02 PM

    they must have run out of new ways to lose in december etc. and went back to an old reliable way…

  6. brian forster says: Dec 9, 2009 8:03 PM

    HOW HARD COULD IT BE? Seriously, anyone reading this who has tried it or knows anything about it, please chime in. It seems so simple!

  7. Manbat619 says: Dec 9, 2009 8:06 PM


  8. sultanofslot says: Dec 9, 2009 8:20 PM


  9. BradyGazelle says: Dec 9, 2009 8:22 PM

    He should be really good at holding since he’s basicially no more than a backup QB.

  10. The Real Shuxion says: Dec 9, 2009 8:33 PM

    Of course, Romo hasn’t held on kicks since that fateful day in Seattle.
    That is telling me that this is a bad idea.

  11. Gene Simmon's Tongue says: Dec 9, 2009 8:33 PM

    I predict Romo will get kicked in the fingers first time out and his season will end, thus preventing the December slide being blamed on him.

  12. Zaggs says: Dec 9, 2009 8:38 PM

    I thought the new job was going to be picking dingleberries out Philips’s ass.

  13. Cubano says: Dec 9, 2009 8:49 PM

    Romo sure can hold some balls!

  14. hardtolikedabears says: Dec 9, 2009 9:00 PM

    This ought to work out well. I am crackin’ up read this story and all the great comments.
    # Gene Simmon’s Tongue says: December 9, 2009 8:33 PM
    I predict Romo will get kicked in the fingers first time out and his season will end, thus preventing the December slide being blamed on him.
    This scenario makes some sense to me…………….

  15. Levito says: Dec 9, 2009 9:20 PM

    no question this is preparation for a trick play at some point. Wade can’t possibly be dumb enough to have Romo hold the ball for anything else, can he?

  16. Deb says: Dec 9, 2009 9:40 PM

    Has Phillips ever watched ESPN Classic and seen safety Charlie Waters holding for Landry’s Cowboys? He does realize the holder doesn’t have to be a QB, right?
    Geez, I don’t even like Romo, but I’ll feel sorry for him if Phillips makes him start holding for kicks. It’s not like the guy doesn’t have anything else to focus on this month.

  17. packers4life says: Dec 9, 2009 9:43 PM

    Breaking news to get to everyone! Tony Romo is now the new holder for field goals. Here’s Suzy Kolber with more…..
    Seriously Florio? He snaps the ball, grabs it, puts it down, and the kicker kicks it thru. Not really worth reporting about, wouldn’t you say?

  18. Deb says: Dec 9, 2009 10:01 PM

    @packers4life …
    Well, that’s the way it’s supposed to go … but Romo adds a little extra drama. Maybe it’s a Cowboys Mystique thing.

  19. mad555 says: Dec 9, 2009 10:04 PM

    You really can’t write the comical nature of that football team. Starting with the owner to the G.M., oh wait, the owner is the GM. HAHAHAHAHA, to the dumbfounded coach,”44-6?!?!?, What in tarnation just happened?”, to the Gomer Pyle, look-a-like QB. “Awww, Gee Whiz, Miser” This is truly hilarity at it’s finest

  20. The Coop says: Dec 9, 2009 10:06 PM

    A couple people hit this on the head…. this isn’t about Romo, it’s about Wade Phillips making a change in the kicking game.
    Really? THIS is gonna stop the December slide?
    I heard an interview on the Dan Patrick Show awhile back where Jimmy Johnson told a story about how the moment he sensed his kicker lacked confidence, he cut him.
    Wade? Yeah, he’s changing the holder.
    I guess that’s why one of ’em has rings, and one of them is best know for being “Bum’s son.”

  21. Bigbluefan says: Dec 9, 2009 10:36 PM

    I figured the new job was towel boy at a gay bath house
    It is what he is suited for after all

  22. Bagman says: Dec 9, 2009 11:02 PM

    @The Coop
    The kicker isn’t lacking confidence. The holder is supposedly “lunging” for the snap as it comes to him, He only does it in games, never practice.
    The kicker, holder, and ST coach have all identified this as the problem.

  23. SaintsBaby says: Dec 9, 2009 11:05 PM

    I think he needs to be working at the snack bar or maybe delivering high quality H2O to the real players. The December 19th day of reckoning is coming.

  24. Rickah99 says: Dec 10, 2009 12:14 AM

    @ Sultanofslot
    Hahaha! I fell outta my chair laughing at that post!
    I almost feel sorry for Dallas….almost!

  25. nittanylion0 says: Dec 10, 2009 1:59 AM

    everyone who’s knocking Florio for posting this story either is too young or too dumb to remember that playoff game in Seattle.

  26. Drat says: Dec 10, 2009 4:01 AM

    The Cowboys are radical. They’re gonna fix their problems by switching the holder for FG. Mind blowing. Outside the box. The NFL will never be the same.
    Here’s what they should do. Hire Martz as OC and start Kitna. Guaranteed 30% increase in yards per season and 5-6 extra wins per year. Or seven. That’s how many wins the Lions dropped after punting Martz and Kitna.
    And can you imagine Jerry (Coolaid) Jones and Mad Martz together? Now, that’s mind blowing. Us lazy farts could just eat popcorn and watch ESPN forever.

  27. Bwa Ha Ha says: Dec 10, 2009 7:12 AM

    Yes, Virginia, there IS as Santa Claus.
    This is the best Christmans present EVER!!!!!

  28. The Coop says: Dec 10, 2009 7:54 AM

    Hey, you’re probably right, but I’m not making it up, I’m just going on what Bum’s son said:
    “We feel like we need to do something, whether it’s the whole operation itself or some of the parts,” head coach Wade Phillips said. “We’ve got to get more confidence from our kicker…”

  29. Ron E says: Dec 10, 2009 7:59 AM

    Making your starting QB the holder sounds like a really bad idea because of the chance he may get hurt. Now the fact that he is back there will help on fakes or if something should go wrong.
    First off, I have always liked Kitna, he’s a great guy to have on a team, and a really good backup QB to have. I am a Bengals fan, and I remember the days when Kitna mishandled the ball as a QB. They always said it was due to his small hands. So, given the fact that he has never been a holder, and he has small hands, he is not an option.
    Depending on who has done it before, I would think you’d want a wildcat type player back there to do it, someone who can run or throw.

  30. FootballFanatic718 says: Dec 10, 2009 8:38 AM

    I’ll make sure to have my revolver next to me now that Romo will be holding the ball, all in Dallas is right now, we can sleep with ease and rest assure.

  31. overkil2 says: Dec 10, 2009 9:12 AM

    If Romo mishandles a snap and costs them the game again, I bet Wade is way out of a job, not that he isn’t already.

  32. Kevin from Philly says: Dec 10, 2009 9:48 AM

    “Addressing the issue makes more sense than hoping it magically disappears.”
    Vox, read that sentence – you may learn something.

  33. VoxVeritas says: Dec 10, 2009 10:38 AM

    “I figured the new job was towel boy at a gay bath house. It is what he is suited for after all”
    I’m sure you know all about that.

  34. VoxVeritas says: Dec 10, 2009 10:39 AM

    Kevin from Philly:
    20-16. In Philly. That’s your house, man. How did you like the Cowboys coming into your house and bitch-slapping your loved ones? You must have liked it because neither you nor the Eagirls did a damn thing about it.

  35. Bedhead says: Dec 10, 2009 1:00 PM

    This is why the Cowboys are still the greatest franchise in the NFL. Even the most insignificant “news” brings out legions of brain dead, moronic, foaming-at-the-mouth haters. You’re all addicted to the Cowboys!

  36. Kevin from Philly says: Dec 10, 2009 2:39 PM

    As I told your butt buddy Hap in another thread, it takes an idiot Cowboy fan to think 20-16 mid season trumps 44-6 with the playoffs on the line. As I recall, they won the first game last season, and gagged down the stretch. Looks like history repeating.

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