Romo the Difference in Win over Dolphins – Cowboys Aim for Playoffs
There’s nothing like a seven game losing streak without your starting quarterback to create an unprecedented appreciation for a legitimate NFL caliber Signal Caller. Appreciation is exactly what Tony Romo created Sunday Afternoon in Miami, Florida as he led the Cowboys to a 24-14 must win over the Dolphins. Of course, Jerry Jones instilled his own special brand of appreciation into the media coverage by stating after the game, “It’s an ugly baby. But it’s our baby.”
Romo showed the rust in the first half that comes with inactivity, as his throws seemed to be tentative and without the usual zip and accuracy. In spite of the lack of high level play, it was obvious that the offense was different with Romo on the field. An early interception intended for Dez Bryant that prevented a Cowboys score did not deter Romo or the offense from consistently implementing their plan to control the clock running the ball, allowing Romo to read the defense and call signals as only a wily veteran can and passing as only Romo can.
Add to this the fact that all other NFC East teams failed to keep pace with the Cowboys (The Eagles & Redskins lost while the Giants did not play), the Cowboys remain only two games behind the division leading Giants. The entire organization as well as Cowboys Nation realizes that the mentality of their present place in the NFC East with a 3-7 record
requires them to put together an impressive streak of wins in order to win the division.
And much to the chagrin of Jerry Jones, that mentality does not revolve around him. As seen today, it begins and ends with Tony Romo, who is, at this time, the Dallas Cowboys franchise for the 2015 season. The fact that this extra focus comes after the Brandon Weeden debacle does not escape General Manager Jerry Jones, who made a post Weeden debacle confession to the media this past week, ”
“We tried to get one that was drafted high, obviously in somebody’s eyes had high potential, in this case Mike Holmgren thought Weeden was certainly a first-round pick and he had a lot of credentials coming out of Oklahoma State.”
Jones lamented the entire Weeden process and result and knows he should have prepared better with the position of backup QB.
“There’s no doubt that Cassel could have had better games earlier for us, for sure, had he been through training camp and had he been through OTAs out here in the spring. Weeden had gotten a lot of snaps a year before when Romo was down,” Jones said. “If I had that to do all over again I might go harder there.
Of course, All true Cowboys Fans can tell you that, for the past two plus decades, hindsight has always been the best foresight for Jerry Jones. The
franchise record speaks for itself.
As we approach the next game with the Carolina Panthers, let’s hope the proper mentality will see the same results that Romo’s first game back from injury saw, a win. Anything is welcome that overcomes Jerry’s foresight and ugly baby!