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Romo kicking himself over pass beyond the line of scrimmage

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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had both a brilliant play and a dumb play on the same play in Sunday night’s loss to the Giants, and afterward he was kicking himself over it.

With the Cowboys facing third-and-5 at the Giants’ 39-yard line, trailing 14-0 late in the second quarter, Romo dropped back to pass and looked to his right, where he was pressured by Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Romo avoided Pierre-Paul, turned back and ran to his left, where he was nearly sacked by Osi Umenyiora but managed to shake free. There he was pressured by Pierre-Paul again before he bolted to his right and into the clear, eventually passing to Dez Bryant. Romo scrambled for a full 12 seconds on the play, and it was one of the most impressive examples of a quarterback buying time for himself that you’ll ever see.

Except for one thing: By the time Romo threw the pass, he was about two yards beyond the line of scrimmage. The resulting penalty — five yards from the spot of the pass and a loss of down — led to a Cowboys punt. If Romo had simply continued running instead of throwing the ball, he had room to pick up the first down, and the Cowboys would have had a great shot of continuing the drive and cutting the Giants’ lead to 14-3 or 14-7 at halftime. Instead, the Cowboys punted, and the Giants drove down the field and scored again before the end of the second quarter, and the halftime score was 21-0 Giants.

Romo said he saw the down marker just as he threw the pass and was surprised at himself for making such a bad decision on that play.

“I looked right over, right at that moment,” Romo said. “It was obviously a very big play in the game. I can’t remember the last time that happened. That’s another one to think about.”

That’s one Romo may be thinking about all offseason, and it was one play that encapsulated much of Romo’s career: We got a glimpse of greatness, and then we got a big mistake.

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  1. vegaskid21 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:25 PM

    I can guarantee he isn’t kicking hard enough

  2. dmartin17 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:25 PM

    I think that kind of sums up the enigma that is Romo.

  3. steelbydesign says: Jan 5, 2012 3:25 PM

    I’m surprised that Jerry Jones has stuck with Romo as long as he has.

    Romo is a talented QB, and as far as ranking in the NFL he’s probably in the 12-15 range…

    But he lacks that “it” factor. He’s just never going to be a guy that leads his team to a Superbowl. He could get there in the Trent Dilfer role, but he’s not a great QB.

  4. speedlimit41 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:25 PM

    Dallas needs to clean house on defense in the off season,James,Brooking,Newman bye bye

  5. cliverush says: Jan 5, 2012 3:26 PM

    “That’s another one to think about”, while playing golf, fishing, lying on a Mexican Beach. Thinking about it wherever a QB who consistently make stupid mistakes goes to in the off season.

  6. nflsucker says: Jan 5, 2012 3:28 PM

    I hope he kicks Terrence Newman when he’s done with himself.

  7. unbiased8383 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:28 PM

    steelbydesign says:
    Jan 5, 2012 3:25 PM
    I’m surprised that Jerry Jones has stuck with Romo as long as he has.

    Romo is a talented QB, and as far as ranking in the NFL he’s probably in the 12-15 range…

    But he lacks that “it” factor. He’s just never going to be a guy that leads his team to a Superbowl. He could get there in the Trent Dilfer role, but he’s not a great QB.
    ———————————–

    I guess Jerry forgets how easy it is to find good quarterbacks w/ the “it” factor. Hopefully he reads this and just picks one up in the 5th round.

  8. polegojim says: Jan 5, 2012 3:30 PM

    Is it me, or have the Cowboys noticed that Romo has something to kick himself about EVERY week?

    @steel – he has the ‘it’ factor… but not in a good way. More like ‘it was my fault’, ‘it was a poor effort game’…

  9. nicnacbootysmack says: Jan 5, 2012 3:31 PM

    Just another play that shows that Romo buckles under big game pressure.

  10. citizenstrange says: Jan 5, 2012 3:32 PM

    The Cowboys have won ONE playoff game since 1996.

    Jerry Jones fired Jimmy Johnson in April of 1994.

  11. sicklife1 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:33 PM

    Exactly why Romo won’t win a Super Bowl…moronic plays such as this. He can put up all the great numbers he wants but when it comes down to crunch time or your season on the line, would you really want him as your QB????

  12. marvsleezy says: Jan 5, 2012 3:35 PM

    “Forced the Cowboys to punt.” “Cowboys had to punt”
    _______________
    What league are they talking about? Why couldnt they go for it on fourth down? I dont understand what rule the writer is talking about that would force the cowboys to punt in that situation.

    Thumbs up if you think the article should at least acknowledge going for it is a reasonable option.

  13. damnyoulinelliot says: Jan 5, 2012 3:36 PM

    Dallas LOLboys

  14. duanethomas says: Jan 5, 2012 3:39 PM

    Romo and Sanchez…two beans in the same average taco.

  15. bigtganks says: Jan 5, 2012 3:39 PM

    Seriously?

    IF IF IF IF….

    Let it go….

  16. cubano76 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:39 PM

    I bet he slipped and fell before he kicked himself!

  17. tcostant says: Jan 5, 2012 3:39 PM

    Major gaff. Romo will have this stuff throw at him until he wins the big game. Steve Young was shamefully mocked until he won a Super Bowl. I’m not sure Romo can do it.

  18. johnnyb216 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:39 PM

    Yeah, not a big fan of Romo. He seems to be a nice guy and everything, but I would not want him running the offense with the game on the line. Hard to believe he’s from Wisconsin. With all the losing he does, I would have thought he was from Minnesota.

  19. 1buckeye76 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:40 PM

    vegaskid21 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:25 PM

    I can guarantee he isn’t kicking hard enough
    ———————–
    nice work!

  20. bigjdve says: Jan 5, 2012 3:41 PM

    How come everyone blames Romo, what about the defense that allowed all the points. The line that didn’t block and the other players that didn’t make plays.

    Every QB that has or hasn’t won a SB have had alot of mistakes. I can’t think of one that hasn’t.

  21. lockoftheweak says: Jan 5, 2012 3:42 PM

    Hey, the kid’s growing up. Last time he just sat and cried.

  22. hmpennypacker says: Jan 5, 2012 3:42 PM

    And this is why Dallas won’t win a championship. The consistently good quarterbacks don’t make boneheaded plays like this one and then get talked up as great by their Owner wanna be GM. Jerrah loves his Cowboys so much he’s killing them.

  23. hus10188 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:43 PM

    Lets face it the title, ‘Romo kicking himself’ is one that is used every first week of January.

    2006 playoffs- Romo kicking himself over botched snap v Seahawks.
    2007 playoffs- Romo kicking himself over romantic getaway with Jessica Simpson during one and done playoff run.
    2008 season ender- Romo kicking himself over 44-6 turnover ridden game in week 17 against the Eagles.
    2009 season- Romo kicking himself over breaking his clavicle which in turn prevented from kicking himself later in the year.
    2010 season- Romo kicking himself for throwing eight yards past the line of scrimmage in must win game.

    Which begs the question what will lead to Romo kicking himself in 2012 after another debacle.

    TONY ROMO: THE ANTI-CLUTCH!!

  24. phonymcringring says: Jan 5, 2012 3:43 PM

    Garrett iced him and he missed.

  25. boover3 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:43 PM

    steelbydesign says:
    Jan 5, 2012 3:25 PM
    I’m surprised that Jerry Jones has stuck with Romo as long as he has.

    Romo is a talented QB, and as far as ranking in the NFL he’s probably in the 12-15 range…

    …I can name over 20 teams that would take Romo…i think you are short-changing him. Puts up big numbers every year, and has the 2nd best passer rating in history. If they have a good secondary, he will get Dallas a ring.

  26. spytdi says: Jan 5, 2012 3:44 PM

    Once Jerry figured he could no longer build a winning team, he resorted to building an entertaining one. “Romo, Dez, and even Rob Ryan may not get me a Superbowl ring, but they will sell tickets.” Unfortunately for Cowboy fans, Jerry has the rings from yester year and the keys in hand now; his sense has gone by the wayside.

  27. kevpft says: Jan 5, 2012 3:44 PM

    What is this, your third or fourth post on how Romo screwed up in some specific moment of this game? It’s starting to look obsessive.

    What killed Dallas was their completely horrible defensive performance, and the complete inability by Garrett and Ryan to make adjustments as the game went on. They both just looked shell-shocked. Add a weak offensive line performance, and you’d have to be a superhero just to keep it close.

    How many teams that missed the playoffs last week would trade their QBs for Romo in a heartbeat? And how many of those teams’ QBs would Dallas want to trade Romo for?

    ‘Nuff said.

  28. seahawkhuskyfan says: Jan 5, 2012 3:45 PM

    It is time for big changes in Big D. A new coach, a new GM, a new defensive backfield, and new QB. They are going to be the laughing stock of the NFL soon, if not already. Garrett is not a head coach, they need somebody with some fire.

  29. caboose12 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:45 PM

    Have you noticed when your team is losing you say to yourself all we need is a stop and ascore and another stop then an onside for the win. The cowboys are the only team to never come through. This team invents new ways to lose games. Unbelievable.

  30. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 5, 2012 3:48 PM

    Romo is a talented QB, probably top 10 in the league, but there were a lot of top 10 QB’s who never could go the distance.

  31. usmutts says: Jan 5, 2012 3:48 PM

    Dearest Jerry:

    Please don’t get rid of Romo. Please don’t fire Jason Garrett. Please don’t dump Rob Ryan. And – above all else – please don’t waste money on a GM with football knowledge. Stay just as you are. Never change. We love you like you are.

    Thanks so very much,

    Giants fans everywhere.

  32. briscocountyjr says: Jan 5, 2012 3:49 PM

    A mental mistake for Romo?!? you don’t say…..

  33. gosuhgo says: Jan 5, 2012 3:49 PM

    Who are all of these people that voted for him over Stafford in the pro bowl?

  34. blaz0037 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:50 PM

    It was people JUST LIKE the commenters on this thread who said the SAME STUFF about a guy named John Elway…….ever heard of him?

    and they said the SAME STUFF about Steve Young, and they said the SAME STUFF about Peyton Manning.

    How did that turn out?

  35. briscocountyjr says: Jan 5, 2012 3:50 PM

    I think the sample of work is extensive enough to start a new category of QB… the ‘Anti-Comeback Quarterback’.

  36. Nevis says: Jan 5, 2012 3:50 PM

    At least he can still hold for FG attempts.

    Oh wait…

  37. mikeeg says: Jan 5, 2012 3:51 PM

    He could have ran for the first down… anyways, the problem isnt all Romo… it’s the ego filled, over aged owner who thinks hes the proper fit for GM… I know this story very well, being im a Raida fan and all

  38. mogogo1 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:51 PM

    It’s good he’s upset about it. You want the players to care. That said, it amazes me how big a deal some fans make out of relatively minor mistakes that Romo and other QBs make. Far and away their biggest problem in that game was that their secondary–notably Terrance Newman but others as well–was being torched on virtually every play. A single play in the 2nd quarter wasn’t going to overcome that.

  39. buffalomafia says: Jan 5, 2012 3:52 PM

    Romo is a bust! Draft a QB Jerry Jones!

  40. buffalomafia says: Jan 5, 2012 3:52 PM

    Maybe Peyton Manning to Cowboys?

  41. nineroutsider says: Jan 5, 2012 3:52 PM

    tcostant says: Jan 5, 2012 3:39 PM

    Major gaff. Romo will have this stuff throw at him until he wins the big game. Steve Young was shamefully mocked until he won a Super Bowl. I’m not sure Romo can do it.
    ———————————————————
    Steve Young was a league MVP before he won a Super Bowl and the only reason he was “mocked” is because 9er fans didn’t like that the front choose him over Joe Montana. It’s a little different when you are following Quincy Carter…Young is a HOF’er and everyone knew he would be when he was playing, not even close to Romo. The league didn’t “mock” him like they do Romo, only 9er fans did for a short period.

    I’d rather have Alex’s 17-5 3,200 yards any day over Romo. Never thought I’d write that…

  42. rc33 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:54 PM

    I was actually surprised at Romo’s season ending numbers when I looked ‘em up the other day. Not saying he is but statistically, you could make a solid case he was the 4th best QB in 2011 behind the Big Three.
    He’s certainly not perfect but I think Dallas can win with him. Plenty of other issues to be addressed on that squad more so than QB.
    For a person that gets criticized as much as Mark Sanchez, Romo is sure as heck better than that guy.

  43. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jan 5, 2012 3:54 PM

    all i can say is… ha ha ha! suck it dallas fans!
    it must suck to be you!

  44. boisestatewhodat says: Jan 5, 2012 3:54 PM

    Like I said a week ago when I stated that it didn’t matter that he was practicing while hurt, they’d still get crushed by the Giants. The Dallas Cowboys will never win a championship with Tony Romo under center…

  45. sixaspadz says: Jan 5, 2012 3:54 PM

    To hell with the line of scrimmage, he should be kicking himself for losing Carrie Underwood — Dummy!

  46. randolph32 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:54 PM

    …but they sure do have a nice Stadium, fwiw.

  47. boisestatewhodat says: Jan 5, 2012 3:55 PM

    I’d still take him over Phyllis Rivers though…

  48. eaglessuperfan says: Jan 5, 2012 3:56 PM

    This guy makes McNabb look clutch.

  49. thefiesty1 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:56 PM

    Typical reaction to at least one stupid play every game. When you make a mistake you strive not to do it again. But not Romo and the CowBabies. They continue to make dumb mistakes every game. It’s obvious that none of them can correct their stupid mistakes. They don’t have the ability to correct themselves.

  50. skipbayless says: Jan 5, 2012 3:57 PM

    Romo = Good but not Great.

  51. farmmbig says: Jan 5, 2012 3:57 PM

    Romo– Most overhyped/media-made “Super Star” in the history of Sports.

    If he was playing in Jacksonville, nothing would EVER be reported on the guy.

  52. wingz101 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:59 PM

    Romo is what now, 32 or 33 years old? He’s not gonna get any better any time soon. It is probably time for them to start grooming a replacement.

  53. seahawkhuskyfan says: Jan 5, 2012 4:00 PM

    Very Simple. As long as they have Romo, Garrett, and JJ running the show……… they will not win a big game.

  54. clamnewton says: Jan 5, 2012 4:00 PM

    lockoftheweak says:
    Jan 5, 2012 3:42 PM
    Hey, the kid’s growing up. Last time he just sat and cried.

    That’s really funny….especially since it’s true.

  55. ragingmouse says: Jan 5, 2012 4:01 PM

    He should put a “huge boot” on and put the rest of his offensive line, defensive line, corners as well as Garrett, Ryan and the biggest ASS himself JJ!!!!!

    All in that order!!!!

    Thanks for nothing “boys”…

  56. brutus9448 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:01 PM

    romo will be thinking about that all summer on the golf course. NOT

  57. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 5, 2012 4:01 PM

    This type of football awareness and smarts is what Bill Belichick calls “situational football”. His teams were once known for always making the smart decisions at these moments. It is COACHING that failed here. I still think Garrett can grow into a good coach, but Romo hasn’t been coached on these intellectual nuances of the game. But if all you haters wanna throw him outta Dallas, I gotta tell you, I’d love to have a QB as good as him in Washington!!!

  58. dtm1088 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:03 PM

    It really sucks for the Romo, but it always comes down to the play he DOESN’T make. Hes a good quarterback who can Never make the play he needs to. He has outplayed a guy like Eli Manning his whole career, but when push comes to shove, one makes the play and the other does not. Whether he can’t get a snap down in a playoff game, or misses a wide open Miles Austin week 14 vs. the Giants, his seemingly good statistical career will always come down to the plays he did NOT make.

  59. casophonic says: Jan 5, 2012 4:03 PM

    Romo being Romo….I love that people think this guy is so good. “A brilliant play and a dumb play.”

    He gives games away –

    * It’s not a brilliant play when you break rule number one of passing by crossing the line of scrimmage.

    * It’s not a spectacular performance when you pass for 331 yards and 3 TDs but throw 3 INTs in the 4th Quarter and lose.

    8 It’s not a good night when you pass for 340 and a TD but give it directly to Revis with the game on the line. I thought he was going to turn around and block for him after the pick.

    All the playoff losses, all the poor performances, and fans still want to put him up there with the top QBs. He’s not a winner, it’s that simple.

  60. MedCityBob says: Jan 5, 2012 4:05 PM

    This year is probably his final chance to either
    get it done; or say good bye to the starting QB
    job………….

  61. cowboylover says: Jan 5, 2012 4:06 PM

    Ugh. Every QB in the league makes mistakes and Tony’s aren’t any bigger than any other guy. The secondary is and has been the main problem with this team for several years. Out of 16 games, in only 5 the offense scored fewer than 20 points and one of those was the last Eagles game when Romo was injured and didn’t play. The Cowboys have problems, but the stumbling block to the SB isn’t because of Romo.

  62. comeonnowguys says: Jan 5, 2012 4:08 PM

    Playing for Dallas Cowboys + Fantasy Football = Romoverated.

  63. tmkelley1 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:12 PM

    Thanks, Tony, for not letting us down! You’re just like the Redskins, always finding a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

  64. pioniere says: Jan 5, 2012 4:12 PM

    A friend of mine who is a long-time Cowboys fan said Romo reminds him a lot of former Cowboys QB Danny White… always puts up great numbers but can never seem to win a game when it counts. Good comparison, although we may be insulting Danny White with that comparison.

  65. edhochuli says: Jan 5, 2012 4:12 PM

    And Cowboys fan collectively wish to kick Jerry Jones out of his GM duties.

  66. chocolatebaconbutter says: Jan 5, 2012 4:17 PM

    Look, Tony Romo sucks. But look at it this way. Who are they going to get that’s better?

  67. 13fitzj says: Jan 5, 2012 4:18 PM

    Did Garrett ice him before he kicked himself?

  68. paulsmith107 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:19 PM

    I love all these posts like romo doesn’t have the it factor. Or he is about the 12th or 15th best qb or steve youngs playoff failures are any different than romo’s lol. Let’s touch on the it factor undrafted out of eastern Illinois and is the face of a cowboy franchise who let’s be honest has been coached like crap and talent has been over blown for years. Two name 15 qb’s that are better ie don’t make the same mistakes won at least one playoff game I will laugh at anyone of those qb’s outside of big ben Brady Rodgers brees and Peyton manning. And as fir young he was a playoff looser who benefitted fro
    Not having to play emmit smith in the playoff game the year they wonn the super bowl but guess what happened the next year Dallas fully healthy won what was theirs to begin with

  69. jimmylions says: Jan 5, 2012 4:19 PM

    Could be worse – at least he didn’t pull a Dan Orlovsky in the end zone.

  70. marktheaudioguy says: Jan 5, 2012 4:19 PM

    I am a Cowboys fan and a Romo fan. I am very, very critical of him. He has performed poorly in big games, but I also feel that the entire team has for decades.

    People tend to forget that Romo is the reason the Cowboys even have a shot (i.e. 2006- The only reason the Boys were in the playoffs was because Romo took over…but then botched the snap). I have faith in Romo but his time is limited. The rest of the team needs to step up (and at times make up for Romo’s mistakes)

    It takes more than an elite QB to win the Superbowl.

  71. heyguru1969 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:22 PM

    Rookie Dan Bailey tried to kick Romo too, but after Jason Garrett “put him in timeout” for a minute, he came back and missed wide left.

  72. zack2482 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:23 PM

    Clearly there a bunch of idiots on this site that don’t know much about football. Love how they bring it back to blaming Romo. If it weren’t for him they wouldn’t be in this game. But ELI who is famous for his duck and chuck throws that always find a way to be caught is clutch? I didn’t realize that Romo is the one that covers Cruz? Giants one and done. Question? If Manning throws 3 picks and one TD is he going to get blamed? No. Because the media has to hype a Manning one way or another.

  73. paulsmith107 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:23 PM

    Romo haters maybe cause he’s better than the qb starting for your favorite team. Or maybe cause he was a long shot and is now leading Americas team and the rest of you choads never amounted to isht. Or maybe cause your moms sisters wives girlfriends and daughters would chomp at the bit to have little romo babies running around so keep hating sorry pathetic haters

  74. seoulpatrol says: Jan 5, 2012 4:26 PM

    boover3 says:Jan 5, 2012 3:43 PM

    I can name over 20 teams that would take Romo…i think you are short-changing him. Puts up big numbers every year, and has the 2nd best passer rating in history.

    —————————-

    For the nth time, stats are losers…

    His QB rating means nothing to me as a Dallas fan; I only care about the scoreboard…

    For the record, Troy is number 42 on that rating list; I guess Romo is 20 times better…SMMFH

  75. hailvictory10 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:29 PM

    Just wait till the Redskins get a QB.

    Keep Romo a Cowboy so we can whoop that butt

    redskins should have swept the Cowboys with Rex ……like we swept the Giants

    2012 is the Redskins year

  76. marktheaudioguy says: Jan 5, 2012 4:31 PM

    paulsmith107 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:23 PM

    Romo haters maybe cause he’s better than the qb starting for your favorite team. Or maybe cause he was a long shot and is now leading Americas team and the rest of you choads never amounted to isht. Or maybe cause your moms sisters wives girlfriends and daughters would chomp at the bit to have little romo babies running around so keep hating sorry pathetic haters

    Dude, come on. This is why the rest of the NFL hates us Cowboys fans. Because you are too ignorant and immature to debate logically. Just shut your mouth.

  77. flowadelph says: Jan 5, 2012 4:36 PM

    Did he just start kicking himself or did he start Sunday night. He should give TO a call so they can kick themselves at the same time. “That’s my quarterback” (sniff).

  78. steelbydesign says: Jan 5, 2012 4:36 PM

    “I guess Jerry forgets how easy it is to find good quarterbacks w/ the “it” factor. Hopefully he reads this and just picks one up in the 5th round.”

    So because it’s hard to find a franchise QB, you just stop trying? I’m sure a lot of teams would be happy with Romo, and would also be happy with a slightly above average team year after year…

    I’m a Steelers fan and I wouldn’t be happy with that, I’d want the Steelers to be a Superbowl contender… I would think the Dallas freakin Cowboys wouldn’t be happy settling for a medicore squad every year either.

    But hey if they’re cool with a 9-7 ish season then cool keep Romo around.

  79. ronin36 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:38 PM

    At some point:

    JJ and the Cowboys coaching staff,
    The Cowboys players,
    The media ‘experts’,
    and
    The Cowboy fan base,

    will have to face the truth, the Cowboys are a so-so (average, 8-8, mediocre) team. They are what their record is.

    And until the above listed people recognize that, and honestly deal with it (JJ) they’re going to be a disappointment.

    They are not:

    “champions that missed a couple opportunities”
    “the (most, very) talented football team”
    “poised to make a championship run”

  80. yevrag3535 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:40 PM

    Romo = loser. Simple as that – rate him anywhere you want , he is still a loser.

  81. boisestatewhodat says: Jan 5, 2012 4:42 PM

    Paul that was the dumbest post I’ve ever read…really, really…really dumb dude!

  82. bobhk says: Jan 5, 2012 4:47 PM

    More often than not Romo makes a critical mistake when the pressure is on. He does make some good things happen.
    He really needs a guy like Jimmy Johnson but he’s got Jason Garrett.

  83. briang123 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:51 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I enjoy watching Romo throw dumb interceptions, fumble at crucial times, and often fail to make plays when they are there, i.e. the one in this post and missing a wide-open Miles Austin that would have iced the first Giants game. (Austin lost it in the lights? Nice try Tony). The way I see it, Romo is stuck on the same level as Andy Reid. Too good to just get rid of, but not good enough to stop making the same mistakes over and over again. Many Eagles fans like me feel like it is time to try someone else for those reasons. I wonder when Jerry Jones will decide to look elsewhere too.

  84. dalfanforever says: Jan 5, 2012 4:58 PM

    Romo, unless you are responsible for covering Nicks and Cruz, you’re not responsible for the loss even though it goes against your record.

    If you are responsible for getting a good pass rush on Manning, then you can take the blame for that too. We were already down 14 before the gam really got started.

    Almost 4200 yards, 31 TDs, 10 INTs, 102.5 QB rating, I’d say you did YOUR job. You can’t make the defense do theirs. But taking blame is what leaders do, even though it’s not directly their fault.

  85. Grulks says: Jan 5, 2012 5:12 PM

    I am a cowboys fan, so I freely admit my bias.

    I dont think Romo’s fault is talent, or even choking under pressure. I think his big issues are that he doesn’t prepare himself properly, he cuts corners instead of doing things with discipline/attention to detail.

    What I mean by that is too often I see him floating balls/throwing off his back foot even though there is no pressure near him, throwing a ball across the middle to center mass instead of uphill shoulder of the WR, things like that. There is no doubt that he prepares for defenses, and studies. But when your QB takes the easy way out, that’s a problem. Just as much as when he tries to do too much himself (trying to make something happen instead of throwing the ball away). The fact that its something different every week bothers me.

    As far as the rest of the squad goes, I feel like Dallas didnt play with any kind of attitude this year. Except for the 49ers game, Dallas seemed to play with a sense of “entitled to win”, instead of going out there and kicking the opponents buttholes off the field. For the life of me, I cannot understand this at all. Dallas has not done ANYTHING in the last 15+ years that should entitle them to that kind of attitude.

    I will always love this team, but damn am I sick of their mail it in performance.

  86. paulsmith107 says: Jan 5, 2012 5:16 PM

    Marktheaudioguy really that’s why the NFL hates cowboy fans really where did you do our research to come to that conclusion. Did you poll the majority of the NFL to see why and what they said cause we are ignorant lol maybe your just an idiot

  87. paulsmith107 says: Jan 5, 2012 5:18 PM

    And @ briang123 where are your eagles on this date pal an I’m sure it has nothing at all to do with your quarterback being just as big a turd that you claim romo is. How’d that dream team work out for you pal

  88. marktheaudioguy says: Jan 5, 2012 5:27 PM

    Paulsmith107…where do I begin?

    First, it is *you’re. And no I am not an idiot. I am being a realistic Cowboys fan.

    Second, you really think that people hate on Romo because people’s girls might want to sleep with him?

    Get real. Find another team to root for because you ruin it for all Cowboy fans.

  89. apm says: Jan 5, 2012 5:28 PM

    Maybe if he works on his game hard enough in the off season he can qualify for the US Open this summer.

  90. romoscollarbone says: Jan 5, 2012 5:32 PM

    Romo is so bad, yet Eli, threw a pass directly to Asante Samuel, who didn’t catch it, then threw a prayer up that somehow stuck to Tyree’s helmet. He’s elite. He also threw a 7yr pass to Cruz and they basically refused to tackle him for 74yrds. He’s not Elite, he’s Elucky.

  91. jdandcoke says: Jan 5, 2012 5:38 PM

    romo getting abused as usual

    as a giants fan i love eli…..but if eli wasnt there, i wouldnt mind romo at all.

    the guy basically catches as much heat as he does because he plays for the team with the worst GM in the nfl.

  92. romoscollarbone says: Jan 5, 2012 5:39 PM

    Cowboys defense was horrible, all year. What other D coordinator blitzes all game, with those corners. I don’t think Jenkins was targeted all game, bc Newman is so bad. Scamdrick, looks lost, no communication. There was a play I think it was Nicks, just glided across the middle, visibly Scamdrick’s to cover and he assumed he had safety help and jumped up and down like a little kid after the catch. The safeties are bad, no depth. Just horrible. Time and time again recently they have had the chance to draft secondary guys who have panned out and don’t. Delmas was there, TJ Ward, Couldve signed Goldson this off season, Jonathon Joseph, instead of chasing Asomougha. They need to figure out drafting Claiborne from LSU, trade up, whatever, just do it. And sign some genuine FA talent/depth. Dave Campo can’t turn chicken poop into chicken salad.

  93. pnut87 says: Jan 5, 2012 6:00 PM

    I’d agree, but he probably screwed up that kick too.

  94. vortexblaster says: Jan 5, 2012 6:08 PM

    Kicking himself, assuming below the lower back, assuming right side, 42.5% completion rate probability.

  95. mnlittle says: Jan 5, 2012 6:38 PM

    it was one play that encapsulated much of Romo’s career: We got a glimpse of greatness, and then we got a big mistake.

    So true

  96. paulsmith107 says: Jan 5, 2012 6:49 PM

    @marktheaudioguy
    listen the comment was sarcasim I am sorry that you wouldn’t understand that. See Tony being hated because of someones wife or girlfriend wanting him is as logical as 12 to 15 QB’s in the league right now being better than him. Or that a guy who was undrafted and played division two foorball at eastern illinois doesn’t have the IT factor. Honestley your kind of corny for even posting about my post and actually telling me this is why cowboy fans are hated by the NFL. Does the NFL hate us I doubt it because we put a ton of money in the NFL’s pocket for supporting one of the most popular teams in the NFL maybe other NFL fans hate us but who really cares buddy and that is what makes you an idiot

  97. paulsmith107 says: Jan 5, 2012 6:58 PM

    Romo must be the only QB who makes mistakes. peyton manning never threw a bad pick in a super bowl against the saints. drew brees didnt lose to a 7-9 team in the playoffs. I don’t think I have ever seen a so called GREAT QB WITH THE IT FACTOR make a mistake ELI never turned the ball ove 30 times in a season damn it took Elway how many tries to win a super bowl before the front office understood he couldn’t do it alone. Jim Kelly is a hall of famer and failed how many times. Marino was in how many suoer bowls? yeah ROMO sucks. Idiots, HATERS GONNA HATE I guess thats why the NFL hates cowboy fans

  98. briscocountyjr says: Jan 5, 2012 7:12 PM

    paulsmith107 says:
    Jan 5, 2012 5:16 PM
    “Marktheaudioguy really that’s why the NFL hates cowboy fans really where did you do our research to come to that conclusion. Did you poll the majority of the NFL to see why and what they said cause we are ignorant lol maybe your just an idiot”

    Paul- Mark probably hears cowboy critics all day every day [don't you?] he talks football with others; he’s akin to a walking survey about the topic as he hears the negative reviews of the fans. He has my credibility stamp of approval.

  99. briscocountyjr says: Jan 5, 2012 7:13 PM

    @paulsmith107

    I don’t think the Cowboys are qualified as “America’s Team”…

    More like “America’s Punchline”

  100. briscocountyjr says: Jan 5, 2012 7:15 PM

    @paulsmith107

    Question from the PFT Community- Are all the punctuation keys on your laptop disabled?

  101. MichaelEdits says: Jan 5, 2012 7:36 PM

    I loved that play, because I’ll always hate the Dallas Cowboys.

  102. paulsmith107 says: Jan 5, 2012 7:42 PM

    @briscocountyjr
    Yeah you are right America’s punchline lol as if that hurts me because I was the one who coined that phrase. I hope that wasn’t too confusing for you to understand. I hope my puctuation keys are being utilized well enough for you and the rest of the PFT community. Finally thank you for giving the stamp of approval for his credability now I will change my sarcastic ways of trying to get a point across. I will say this for you also that post about Romo being hated because other peoples girls was meant to be idiotic as idiotic as Romo being the blame for a crappy teams failures or that he is the only QB who makes critical mistakes or that there is 15 QB’s better than him lol

  103. kevpft says: Jan 5, 2012 8:12 PM

    It comes down to the plays Romo doesn’t make because no one else on the team makes the plays. He’s always going to be the last guy with the ball, giving the last effort before they finally fall.

    (And for all the grief I’ve given the writer of this piece for his recent anti-Romo trend, I’m starting to think he must be a Dallas fan like me – no one else would both care this much and have such a highly-developed sense of woe about the team, even if I disagree on whether Romo is the issue.)

  104. nfceastisbeast says: Jan 5, 2012 8:31 PM

    Newman can’t cover my Grandma, but he looks super cool trying to look like Deion Sanders.

  105. vman0626 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:24 PM

    romo is an outstanding player. however he has come up short in big spots. that’s the difference between him and someone like eli. people love to make fun of and bash eli yet eli plays best when it counts. he makes plays.

  106. ceschatz says: Jan 5, 2012 11:45 PM

    @vman0626
    Eli plays best when it counts? His many years in a row now have the giants missed the playoffs since winning that superbowl? Eli is garbage, he threw 30 ints last year and despite the media hype his numbers lacked alot compared to Romo and he got lucky this year because his defense bailed him out towards the end of the season. The giants beat 1 team with a winning record this year and 1 team that actually made the playoffs. They will be one and done against the falcons.

  107. jdrules6977 says: Jan 6, 2012 12:02 AM

    How many times does this guy have to screw up before somebody realizes this guy is not a great QB, Jerry Jones get a real G.M. and head coach like Jeff Fisher, Mike Holmgren, Bill Cowher, Charlie Weis etc and maybe you might win another Super Bowl in the next decade but then I am a Green Bay Packer fan so you keep up the great work Jerry, you’ll be no competition for us LOL LOL.

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  108. kingcarlbanks says: Jan 6, 2012 1:04 AM

    Everybody loves hating on Romo, but the fact is dude is better than half the starting qbs in the league right now. Cant blame him if the rest of the team folded. I know the sorry Foreskins would take him in a heartbeat! They havent had a decent Qb since Mark Rypien!

  109. kingcarlbanks says: Jan 6, 2012 1:08 AM

    Oh btw, keep hating on Eli and the Giants. Gives you haters something to do while you pack your team gear away for the year!

  110. bigbluelou says: Jan 6, 2012 4:35 PM

    Romo said he saw the down marker just as he threw the pass and was surprised at himself for making such a bad decision on that play.
    ———————————————–

    “No! Not Romo in December”

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