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With Romo, Cowboys are getting what they paid for

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Apart from the question of whether Cowboys coach Jason Garrett threw quarterback Tony Romo under the bus when pointing out that Romo called a game-changing audible from run to pass, the Cowboys made their bed in the offseason when they gave Romo a gigantic contract and told him, essentially, “Now go be like Peyton Manning.”

On Sunday, with the Cowboys nursing a lead and the coaches calling for a run, Romo did something Peyton Manning would do.  Romo saw an opportunity to throw the ball against a defense that was expected a run, and he decided to take it.

When owner Jerry Jones said he wants Romo to be like Peyton Manning, this is what Jerry asked for.  A guy who would take charge of any and every situation, behaving like a coach on the field.

And that’s what makes Garrett’s decision to publicly call Romo out even more glaring.  Would Broncos coach John Fox ever call out Peyton Manning for changing the play called by the coaching staff?

While the Cowboys ideally envisioned Peyton Manning-type results, the Peyton Manning-style sausage gets made with the quarterback deciding how to stuff the grinder and which direction to turn the crank.  That’s what the Cowboys have empowered Romo to do.  Though others outside the organization may criticize him for screwing up, the Cowboys have no basis for complaining about how Romo exercised the authority that the team has so zealously vested in him.

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102 Responses to “With Romo, Cowboys are getting what they paid for”
  1. weepingjebus says: Dec 16, 2013 1:30 PM

    Peyton Manning has an IQ over 85.

  2. golforepar says: Dec 16, 2013 1:31 PM

    Jerry Jones started this Cowboys fiasco! Now it’s time to leave!!

  3. crisper57 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:31 PM

    They paid for Peyton Manning and they are getting Peyton Manning. The cold weather, outdoors version, but still Peyton Manning.

  4. losntina69 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:32 PM

    He is who we thought he is…and we let him off the hook.

  5. jerruhjones says: Dec 16, 2013 1:34 PM

    gave Romo a gigantic contract and told him, essentially, “Now go be like Peyton Manning.”

    ===================================

    Is Romo going to start making pizzas? That’s the only chance he has of being like Peyton.

    bwahahahahaaha!!!!!!

  6. thepftpoet says: Dec 16, 2013 1:35 PM

    What does the NFL & Brokeback mountain have in common?

    The cowboys both suck.

  7. ccjcsr says: Dec 16, 2013 1:35 PM

    He is who he is, nothing new here!

    #CowboyNation

  8. mimitaroo says: Dec 16, 2013 1:35 PM

    “Now go be like Peyton Manning.”

    Romo took it too far and now chokes in December/January games, just like Peyton.

  9. shaggytoodle says: Dec 16, 2013 1:36 PM

    With 5 TDs in the 2nd half. they may have to change their name to the Allas Cowboys.

  10. thepftpoet says: Dec 16, 2013 1:36 PM

    I wish I could get payed a 120$ contract to throw interceptions in the fourth quarter :(

  11. pnut87 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:38 PM

    “Apart from the question of whether Cowboys coach Jason Garrett threw quarterback Tony Romo under the bus”

    That’s not a question. He did it.

  12. pftfan says: Dec 16, 2013 1:38 PM

    Another game where the Cowboys defense chokes away a massive lead and the blame gets placed on Romo.

    This never made any sense to me. If Romo got you a 20-point lead and the defense primarily squanders it, how is it entirely Romo’s fault?

    Not saying Romo doesn’t deserve any blame, but give any NFL team with a passable defense like the Jets 2 TDs and 350+ yards each week and see what their record would be.

  13. cubslose105yearsandcounting says: Dec 16, 2013 1:38 PM

    Perhaps Garrett should throw himself under the bus. After all, with a 23 point lead and a RB averaging 7.4 yards per carry like Murray, I would continue to pass….Garrett must have bet on the over. Garrett as HC has to take control of the situation and not let the inmates control the asylum.

    What a great win for the Pack…enjoy watching the tape Pokes!

  14. teal379 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:39 PM

    First things first – I am not a Tebow guy. Just pointing something out.

    I think it’s interesting that there are people out there who defend Tebow with “Stats don’t matter man, all that counts is he’s a winner and took Denver to the playoffs”

    Those same people turn around and defend Romo with “But look at his stats man, he’s the best in the fourth quarter – ever” and ignore the fact that he’s blown it with a last minute INT about 7 times at least.

    If stats don’t matter and it’s about winning and losing – then Romo’s not nearly as good as some would like you to believe. If it’s just winning and losing then Romo’s got an issue there as well.

  15. packeranddarien says: Dec 16, 2013 1:41 PM

    Cache, Mike

    One guy has it…the other can’t even spell it.

  16. eckertae says: Dec 16, 2013 1:42 PM

    Not sure why people felt like much was going to change. Romo isn’t a young QB. He’s not going to get “better” all the sudden in these situations regardless of who is calling plays. This is who he is. An exciting player who is not on the Manning/Brady/Brees level, and one who has a knack for turning it over late. This is mental for him and has been for awhile. I’m a Skins fan and know he’s very talented. Also know that if its late in the game and Dallas is throwing, I am expecting a turnover. Maybe so do they now.

  17. bobbyhoying says: Dec 16, 2013 1:42 PM

    I can see Cousins beating the Boys for Shanahan’s last game as coach of the Native American Skins. I can see Cutler destroying the Eagles’ secondary, setting up a showdown in big D. It would be fun to watch Tony blow one more game that appeared to be won.

  18. isitheshoes says: Dec 16, 2013 1:42 PM

    Troy Aikman is not walking through that door Jerry.

  19. greenbaypackersowner says: Dec 16, 2013 1:45 PM

    Garrett’s stupid grin = Wiped off.

  20. basballguy says: Dec 16, 2013 1:45 PM

    Not a cowboy fan, but Tony Romo isn’t the reason the Cowobys have the worst defense in the NFL.

  21. drs76109 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:46 PM

    The Cowboys (and Garrett and Romo) are what they are…

    …and they let ‘em off the hook! (bangs stand, lol)

  22. berlinstravels says: Dec 16, 2013 1:46 PM

    Wrong, this wasn’t an audible. Garrett never even said it was an audible, so I’m not sure where this idea came from. It was a package play, with run as the primary option and slant to Austin as secondary option. Romo wasn’t necessarily wrong to throw it to Austin, as he was open earlier in the play, but Romo threw late when the window had closed, and behind Austin, so it was picked.

    tl/dr – this was not an audible.

  23. mvp43 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:46 PM

    I don’t fault Romo for changing the play. I fault him for throwing an ill advised pass when the best option would be to either take a sack or run it himself.

  24. dolphins4 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:47 PM

    They’ll still win the division because the Eagles defense is horrible.The Eagles cornerbacks and safeties would have a hard time covering high school receivers.

  25. jjb0811 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:47 PM

    6 running plays in the 2nd half w/ a huge lead? blame QB, OC & coach. All are equally guilty of that loss.

  26. rdefranc27 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:48 PM

    I honestly don’t know what to make of Romo anymore. Is there a good historical comparison for him? His stats are going to be better than other QBs from the past because of the rules changes and the way offense is now played, but who from the past is most similar to Tony Romo?

  27. all4patriots says: Dec 16, 2013 1:48 PM

    they forgot to tell him “like Peyton plays the regular season” instead of “like Peyton plays in the playoffs”

  28. gmen5280 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:52 PM

    I don’t know what organization is more dysfunctional, the Cowboys or the Redskins.

    My Giant’s SUCK this year, but at least the front office knows how to handle themselves in a professional manner.

    I find myself rooting for the Eagles, ah that is hard to think, let alone say aloud.
    But I want to see the carnage if the Cowboy’s don’t make the playoffs.

  29. hsvox says: Dec 16, 2013 1:52 PM

    @pftfan the blame goes on Romo for this one because with under 3 minutes left and a 5 point lead and averaging 7 yards a carry you should be running the ball and clock, not audibling to a pass. This defense is terrible and Monte Kiffin should have been fired weeks ago, but this game should have been won when they were up 36-31

  30. 2difshoe says: Dec 16, 2013 1:52 PM

    Romo was tossed under the bus…they say they called for a run play…check the replay, there is no running back in the backfield. So, Romo was going to run and instead passed? That’s asinine.

  31. tvjules says: Dec 16, 2013 1:52 PM

    Fire the GM, head coach, DC, and bring back Jimmy Johnson.

  32. challer9 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:53 PM

    They pretty much are getting Peyton Manning. Gaudy numbers in less meaningful games and a choke artist in big games. “But Peyton Manning has a Super Bowl!” Yeah, the one he threw for 247 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT in. He really came up huge. What about the pick-6 to Tracy Porter in the Super Bowl against the Saints to end the game? Or the interception in overtime last year against the Ravens that automatically put them in field? Don’t forget about the 4 interception game against the Patriots in the 2003 AFC Championship. Now if only Tony Romo can get to games as big as those so he can choke like Peyton Manning…

  33. wingz101 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:55 PM

    Not crazy about Garrett’s words but how many times has Romo blown these type of games?

  34. peymax1693 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:57 PM

    I guess changing his arm slot hasn’t improved his penchant for throwing INTs at crucial times.

  35. teal379 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:58 PM

    basballguy says: Dec 16, 2013 1:45 PM

    Not a cowboy fan, but Tony Romo isn’t the reason the Cowobys have the worst defense in the NFL.

    But when he’s directly responsible for putting that defense on a short field, at the end of a game with it on the line – he’s not helping that defense at all either. Perhaps that’s part of why they’re a poor performing unit.

    It’s something that was overlooked during Favre’s run. He could be Favre because he had Reggie, Butler, Santana et cetera to cover up for his INTs. Throw a pick? No worries, defense goes 3 and out to get the ball back. When Fritz and those core pieces left you saw what Favre was – a TO machine.

  36. tccoats says: Dec 16, 2013 2:01 PM

    the only silver lining is that since Philly lost, this Dallas loss has no bearing on the playoff race. Win out and you’re in the playoffs, which is all Jerry cares about (no matter how ugly)

  37. steelersnowand4ever says: Dec 16, 2013 2:02 PM

    The only difference bewteen Peyton Manning and Tony Romo is that Manning waits until January to choke.

  38. thehouseofho says: Dec 16, 2013 2:02 PM

    @cubslose105yearsandcounting says:
    Dec 16, 2013 1:38 PM
    Perhaps Garrett should throw himself under the bus. After all, with a 23 point lead and a RB averaging 7.4 yards per carry like Murray, I would continue to pass….Garrett must have bet on the over. Garrett as HC has to take control of the situation and not let the inmates control the asylum.

    What a great win for the Pack…enjoy watching the tape Pokes!

    =====

    The inmate that’s controlling the asylum is the owner. Garrett no longer calls the plays, Callahan does. Jerry Jones gave Callahan play calling duties at a press conference. Jason Garrett found out he wasn’t the play caller 20 minutes later. That’s undercutting the HC right there.

    Jerry Jones goes into the locker room and has little one on one conversations with his favorite players. He tells them what they should do, how they should act. He tells them if they have any problems they can always go to him. That’s called undermining the HC.

    What if Garrett overrules Callahan or berates his players? Those pampered, little punks would easily go running to Jones and tell him how mean the redhead was to them because that’s what Jones allows and preaches.

    The media and everyone piles on Garrett for the playcalling that he didn’t make and you expect him to just take it? The owner has him pretty much castrated and acting as nothing more than a whipping boy for the mistakes of Callahan, Romo, and Jones himself. I say good for Garrett that he’s finally grown a spine and is standing up to Jerrah, even if it means selling Romo out.

  39. upperdecker19 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:03 PM

    “the Cowboys made their bed in the offseason when they gave Romo a gigantic contract and told him, essentially, “Now go be like Peyton Manning.””

    Papa John is confused

  40. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Dec 16, 2013 2:06 PM

    rdefranc27 says:
    Dec 16, 2013 1:48 PM
    I honestly don’t know what to make of Romo anymore. Is there a good historical comparison for him? His stats are going to be better than other QBs from the past because of the rules changes and the way offense is now played, but who from the past is most similar to Tony Romo?
    ************************************************
    Sry about that last post. This is a GREAT question. Although I don’t go back that far (early 70’s), his luck (or lack thereof) reminds me of ex Cowboy Danny White.

  41. backdapack4evr says: Dec 16, 2013 2:09 PM

    Look to me that he is doing as instructed.
    Go out there and choke in the big games!!

  42. ares690 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:12 PM

    Anyone remember Danny white. Great statistics during the regular season but didn’t show up when the games counted….He sucked!!! Romo’s a carbon copy…..

  43. metalhead65 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:18 PM

    why should garret get the the blame? a run play was called and romo changed it so how is it the coaches fault? their defense has sucked all year but the reason the packers won is romo gave them the ball and the chance to win it and they did. he is not getting paid all that money to throw the ball to the other team in crunch time is he? and what about romo throwing his receiver under the bus? that is ok but garret explaining what happened is not? you complained about calling for a pass in that situation and simply told you the truth. it was a run and romo changed it. how is that throwing him under the bus? just because romo is a nice guy and sucks up to the press and you guys at pft does not mean he should not take the blame. somehow I do not think you would be defending Jay Cutler if he had done the same thing.

  44. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Dec 16, 2013 2:20 PM

    You could probably label me a Cowboy hater because I love watching them choke and lose. Having said that, Romo isn’t responsible for that pathetic defense they play game in, game out. He consistently puts up enough points for that team to win, but with a defense like that you’re going to lose alot of close games. That’s football.

  45. wademaxwell1990 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:23 PM

    This franchise is going no where with a ginger head coach and until jerry jones gets off his high chair and disapears in the booth and hire a real gm

  46. lancer255 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:23 PM

    The reality is Dallas is just not a good football team. They receive all this attention because they are Dallas but if this was another franchise these stories wouldn’t exist. I just don’t understand how this coaching staff has not been fired. They are a mediocre team with talent that under achieves.

  47. kmartin173 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:29 PM

    “This never made any sense to me. If Romo got you a 20-point lead and the defense primarily squanders it, how is it entirely Romo’s fault?”

    —————————————–

    The defense doesn’t have to come back out onto the field if you don’t keep throwing the ball right in the other defense’s hands.

  48. ares690 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:29 PM

    Doesn’t anyone remember we have had another quarterback we had. He was exactly like Romo. Just like Romo he followed a HOF qb. Great individual statistics but when the games counted or he was needed to come through in the clutch he faded……Danny White!!!

  49. harveyredman says: Dec 16, 2013 2:32 PM

    “pftfan says: Dec 16, 2013 1:38 PM

    Another game where the Cowboys defense chokes away a massive lead and the blame gets placed on Romo.

    This never made any sense to me. If Romo got you a 20-point lead and the defense primarily squanders it, how is it entirely Romo’s fault?”

    How many other players on the team touch the ball on every offensive snap? How many other players have a $100M contract?
    He’s your “leader” – you don’t want him collapsing at the end of the game. You want your $100M man to take control of the game, not give it away.
    Yeah, the defense sucks, but nobody there is being defended as “elite” are they?!

  50. craigkintexas says: Dec 16, 2013 2:32 PM

    This is the funniest thing I’ve read lately. Trying to put Romo in the same league as Peyton Manning. JJ really doesn’t have any idea about football talent. The QB position requires some level of intelligence or at least an IQ above your jersey number. Romo just can’t make the cut.

  51. kmartin173 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:33 PM

    Danny White won playoff games and came very close to going to a Super Bowl, Romo will never sniff a Super Bow.

    For the apologists crying about the defense, Romo has played behind top-10 overall defenses multiple times in his career. What exactly does he have to show for it?

  52. randywhite54 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:33 PM

    The bad money was spent on the GM, the COACH, and the DEFENSE. Romo ISN’T the REASON they lost, but he is the scapegoat. Had that DEFENSE been able to stop them or any other team this season, they’d have 11 wins now. If it still weren’t for him, the Cowboys wouldn’t even BE in these games with the points the defense gives up.

  53. bigjdve says: Dec 16, 2013 2:34 PM

    How many times has Romo blown these games? A fair bit, however how many times has he won the game? Didn’t he lead them on a game winning drive just a week ago?

    If you put anybody in the position where week in and week out where the game is on the line at the end, there will be failures.

    And I am sorry, you can say what you want but any team that allows 35 points in a half, doesn’t deserve to win and it doesn’t have anything to do with the QB.

  54. jjbadd385 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:34 PM

    Romo would likely flourish elsewhere. I’m not trying to insult the Cowboys, but its a very “unique” place, not in a good way…

  55. kmartin173 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:37 PM

    “How many times has Romo blown these games? A fair bit, however how many times has he won the game? Didn’t he lead them on a game winning drive just a week ago?”

    ——————————-

    Feel free to Google his Won/Loss record in December.

  56. 12strikes says: Dec 16, 2013 2:37 PM

    To paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen..

    “Romo, you’re no Payton Manning”.

  57. harveyredman says: Dec 16, 2013 2:38 PM

    “ares690 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:29 PM

    Doesn’t anyone remember we have had another quarterback we had. He was exactly like Romo. Just like Romo he followed a HOF qb. Great individual statistics but when the games counted or he was needed to come through in the clutch he faded……Danny White!!!”

    Yes, except that Danny White couldn’t win the NFC Championship game. And Danny White played in an era where the NFC East was the best division in football.

    Romo plays when the NFC East sucks and he can barely make it to the Post Season – lost to a hobbled rookie last year. I only wish there was a Tom Jackson in the NFL today who could put a “Danny White” lick on this joker.

  58. cubslose105yearsandcounting says: Dec 16, 2013 2:38 PM

    Here’s a scary thought for Cowboy fans — Lovie Smith, Head Coach. You would get a coach who’s defensive minded, believes in a ball control – running game and gets you 10-6 records with a one and out playoff ritual.

    Jerry would like him because he never says a bad word about his team. However Smith is very boring copy for the press and would probably get a very sore neck staring up at that 160 foot scoreboard with his distant lost stare.

  59. 63deuceman says: Dec 16, 2013 2:41 PM

    jjb0811 says:
    __________
    6 running plays in the 2nd half w/ a huge lead? blame QB, OC & coach. All are equally guilty of that loss.
    ______________

    No mention of the ‘Boys D giving up points on ALL FIVE meaningful possessions in the second half?

  60. kmartin173 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:42 PM

    “The bad money was spent on the GM, the COACH, and the DEFENSE. Romo ISN’T the REASON they lost, but he is the scapegoat. Had that DEFENSE been able to stop them or any other team this season, they’d have 11 wins now. If it still weren’t for him, the Cowboys wouldn’t even BE in these games with the points the defense gives up.”

    ———————————————–

    How exactly do you explain the rest of his career?

  61. backdapack4evr says: Dec 16, 2013 2:49 PM

    Donald Trump would fire Jerry!!

  62. trueblue1971 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:52 PM

    Today, I’m sad to say that I am a Cowboys fan! The way they lost this game is unacceptable. Yeah, Romo threw another interception but the play calling for the entire 2nd half was riddiculous (which ultimately falls back on the coaching staff)!! Terrible owner and a bunch of clowns for a coaching staff. This organization should admit they are clueless and seek help!!DISGRACEFUL!!! I can see it now….. Next year Mr. Jokey Jones will hire Chucky as the new coach and I’ll have to watch him make ugly ass faces all next season. A True Blue fan since the age of 5 and I am just about done! No more excuses, the whole entire organization flat out SUCKS!

  63. mypoint02 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:52 PM

    They might have got away with it too if it wasn’t for that meddling owner…

  64. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:54 PM

    anybody see the article on deadspin after the game defending romo? it was pretty pathetic. it’s sad what has become of what was once a great site.

    atleast this site is consistent. deadspin is a major letdown. it used to be a site focused on sports scandals…it didn’t really report sports…now it’s espn with swearing.

  65. dirtydrynn27 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:57 PM

    It`s going to hurt The Dallas Cowboy nation some kinda bad after Kirk Cousins,Alfred Morris and Pierre Garcon torch that pathetic defense….LOL!!!!

  66. packsince1960 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:01 PM

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    Coming January 1 since the season is officially over signed tear stained skirts from Dez will be available.

  67. mackcarrington says: Dec 16, 2013 3:05 PM

    @2difshoe:
    Maybe you are living in an alternate universe or something, but DeMarco Murray is clearly in the backfield on the pass Romo threw to Austin. As you advocate,”check the replay”.

  68. mogogo1 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:13 PM

    Typical Cowboy debate. They give up 5 TDs in a single half and the focus is on how Romo lost the game for them.

    And unless Romo audibled to a pass on every play of the second half, Garrett does not deserve a break for the play calling.

  69. ziplock10 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:14 PM

    Whats funny is that the interception he really threw was overturned. His WR pulled up on the route on this one….

    Hey it’s December! That’s what they do!!

  70. rodh32340 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:16 PM

    Jerry Jones insists on being the smartest person in the entire organization, this is why the Cowboys coaches are who they are and the team is what it is.

  71. dexterismyhero says: Dec 16, 2013 3:19 PM

    While the Cowboys ideally envisioned Peyton Manning-type results, the Peyton Manning-style sausage gets made with the quarterback deciding how to stuff the grinder and which direction to turn the crank.

    Great stuff there man!!!!

  72. thinredline69 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:23 PM

    Cowboys are 7-7, with no championships to show for it with Romo under center. So yeah, they’re getting what they paid for if mediocrity is considered being successful.

  73. Dogsweat says: Dec 16, 2013 3:30 PM

    Tony Romo was a Packer fan growing up. Hmmmm!!!!

    Those last two picks, looked intentional. Get him out of here.

    I would take Mc Coy over Romo.

  74. deltaoracle says: Dec 16, 2013 3:33 PM

    Tony’s a good Wisconsin lad in his heart.

  75. johngaltwho says: Dec 16, 2013 3:39 PM

    Interesting subplot –

    Matt Flynn is from Tyler Texas
    Tony Romo is from Burlington, Wisconsin

    Welcome home Tony!!!!!

  76. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 16, 2013 3:40 PM

    At least Peyton waits until the playoffs to choke.

  77. vavikingfan says: Dec 16, 2013 3:54 PM

    You can classify me a Cowboy hater too, because I am. I think Romo is a good QB who shows a lot of escapabilty in the pocket and can make plays; on the first interception Shields made a great play so let’s give him some credit. I further agree with the post that basically the offense has to play defense since they are so weak.

    None of this would be an issue if the Cowboys weren’t so continually overrated and overpublicized.

  78. finsguy says: Dec 16, 2013 4:16 PM

    Megahead would have done the same thing, but only in the playoffs, otherwise he is money all the time.

  79. johngaltwho says: Dec 16, 2013 4:32 PM

    The officials almost gave away another game. After the Williams interception that was called an incomplete pass, the officials went to spot the ball and Romo wisely was hurrying his team to the line to get the snap off. McCarthy had to call a timeout to stop the play and then the officials realized their mistake and announced that Green Bay would not be charged a timeout and the play was under review. If McCarthy did not call the timeout, Romo would have snapped the ball and there would be nothing left except for another NFL apology for an officiating snafu.

  80. cajuntigerman01 says: Dec 16, 2013 4:33 PM

    Dec 16, 2013 1:52 PM

    Fire the GM, head coach, DC, and bring back Jimmy Johnson.

    *******************************************

    What they need is for Jerry Jones to stay his ass in his private box and let the coaches coach and the players play. They will NEVER be a playoff team with an owner like Jerry Jones…………….NEVER!!

    GEAUX SAINTS!!! (Take a lesson from Tom Benson)

  81. eagleseagleseagles says: Dec 16, 2013 4:40 PM

    when you pay for stupid, what do you expect to get?

  82. steelpalace5000 says: Dec 16, 2013 5:01 PM

    Once again Romo will take the blame for a loss that the Defense caused. Romo had this team up by 23 at the half but the defense could not stop Greenbay 1 time NOT ONCE. The same fans who will kill Romo will defend a bum like ware to the end. What has ware done in 2 seasons ? NOTHING he is over paid and does nothing but overrun EVERY play. Before you lay blame put it where it belongs on the worst defense in NFL history and D Ware the lazy overrated BUM

  83. johngaltwho says: Dec 16, 2013 5:14 PM

    Loved Jimmy Johnson’s post game comment – (said with a tone of disgust) – “I picked the Cowboys when I heard the Packers had Matt Flynn, I forgot that Flynn was playing against the Cowboys defense”

  84. grognard62 says: Dec 16, 2013 5:14 PM

    Can you imagine what Romo would be if he’d had a really good coach to work with for a couple of years?

  85. wimpyburgers says: Dec 16, 2013 5:54 PM

    The Cowboys are the epitome of an average team.

    Nothing stands out about them; and building a monster stadium with a monster big screen can’t cover the fact that JJ continues to screw up his investment -

  86. ripster65 says: Dec 16, 2013 5:58 PM

    For each of the last 2 years, at the beginning of the season, a buddy and I bet a lunch on all Dallas games (I bet against them). Doesn’t matter the team/schedule, location, injuries…anything. Straight up, every game. So far we’re dead even. 15-15 since the start of last season. Great stuff.

  87. billsfan1 says: Dec 16, 2013 6:12 PM

    Romo took it too far and now chokes in December/January games, just like Peyton.

    Now? you act like ROmo hasn’t been there/done that..
    He has been doing this for about 7 years….

  88. mezanine10 says: Dec 16, 2013 6:14 PM

    maybe jason garrett will be a candidate for the ut job. he’ll be on the market in a few weeks.

  89. mezanine10 says: Dec 16, 2013 6:16 PM

    the last time i looked, romo doesn’t play defense. the jason garrett and monte kiffin deserve the blame for this. the cowboys defense is awful.

  90. drednot says: Dec 16, 2013 6:18 PM

    Yep, it was Romo’s fault that the Packers scored 34 pts in the second half…absolutely ALL his fault!!!

  91. thetooloftools says: Dec 16, 2013 6:39 PM

    Romo is like the awesome looking girl who can’t get it done where it counts.

  92. TheDPR says: Dec 16, 2013 6:51 PM

    Romo plays for one of the most dysfunctional franchises in all of professional sports. No wonder he’s a screwup. I almost feel bad for the guy.

    Almost.

  93. jpk6044 says: Dec 16, 2013 6:54 PM

    We never doubted that Tony would come through for us.
    Signed,
    Eagles Fans Everywhere

    P.S. God bless Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder. May they never die.

  94. dawkphan says: Dec 16, 2013 7:00 PM

    He got mixed up , he thought they said go play like ELI Manning !! Honest mistake :)

  95. 700levelvet says: Dec 16, 2013 7:38 PM

    The ” Most mediocre franchise in sports”…

  96. uplate5301 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:08 PM

    The Cowboys give up over 23 points/ game. The “Good” teams in the NFL give up less than 17. Give Romo an actual NFL caliber defense (right now the boys are ranked absolute last), and instead of being 7-7, the Cowboys are at least 10-4 and quite possibly 12-2.

    Send Romo to a team like the Cardinals or or Texans and you’ve got an instant SB contender.

  97. uplate5301 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:09 PM

    The Cowboys give up over 23 points/ game. The “Good” defenses in the NFL give up less than 17. Give Romo an actual NFL caliber defense (right now the boys are ranked absolute last), and instead of being 7-7, the Cowboys are are probably 10-4 and quite possibly 12-2.

    Send Romo to a team like the Cardinals or or Texans and you’ve got an instant SB contender. Or leave him in Dallas with no defense to speak of and complain about him. Frankly, that works for me…..

  98. rayb47 says: Dec 17, 2013 2:00 AM

    The problem with the Cowboys goes much much deeper than Romo. I am not a Cowboy fan and never will be. I just read these articles to see what idiotic statement or finger pointing comes out of that dysfunctional organization.
    In the last decade 3 once proud and winning teams are now the jokes of the . Their decline is directly due to the meddling hands of their owners. Which 3 do you think they are?

  99. sportsguygerald says: Dec 17, 2013 4:07 AM

    Romo is better than most NFL QBs. He does have a tendency to go brain dead, or become too aggressive at inopportune times, but without him, they wouldn’t even be a mediocre football team. Exactly what available QB would all you Romo haters replace him with? Nobody out there that I know of. This is a mediocre football team and has been since 1996. They have a .500 winning percentage over that period of time. Long before Romo arrived on the scene. This team has problems with X’s and O’s, ie coaching, Jimmy’s and Joe’s, ie players and most of all a marketing genius, that thinks he is a quality GM in PT Barnum Jones. The system that Jones has in place will never allow this team to be anything more than long term mediocrity or worse. Expecting more from them is foolish and complaining just falls on deaf ears. I used to be a Cowboy fan back in my younger days, but eventually learned that having passionate feelings for the laundry any team wears is stupid and a waste of time. Dallas and Philly probably win next week, but I think the Eagles end it all for Jerrah’s kids on the 29th.

  100. wbeck677wayno says: Dec 17, 2013 7:58 AM

    Let’s face it, The Dallas defense sucks!!

  101. bill4544 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:02 AM

    sorry Pucker fans, but romo and the boys gave you that game on a silver plater . the freshman class from Cheezebay High could have beat them .

  102. natepalmer1 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:19 AM

    Jerry Jones made that play call that cost the Cowboys the game…This is why Jason Garrett still has a job…Smoke? Flash? These were codes used by American Soldiers during WWII…So give me a break…Jerry Jones and Monte Kiffin need to go…lol

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