Romo’s Abysmal Outing Leads To Season-Opening Defeat, Concerns For Health
Terrell Owens isn’t noted for being a voice of reason among football gurus. Come to think of it, he isn’t a voice of reason among any set of gurus.
But maybe after watching Tony Romo throw a game completely away in the first half of Sunday’s 28-17 Cowboys loss to San Francisco, we have come to realize that we should have given Owens’ word more credence when he said this past winter that Romo’s better days were behind him. Especially considering the alternative theory being propounded from Camp Jerry all off-season that the surgically-repaired Romo was fine and dandy, and primed for a five year run to retirement composed of nothing but highlight reel material.
Jerry, as has been noted more than once, isn’t exactly a voice of reason for happenings around the Ranch either.
Romo certainly scored a point for the Owens camp on Sunday amongst a sea of red-clad fans at sold-out AT&T Stadium in Arlington, tossing three first half interceptions while digging his team an insurmountable 28-3 deficit. An opportunistic 49ers defense will receive the credit. But a gullible Romo will get the lion’s share of the blame, if not from those within the Dallas locker room then certainly the national media. Romo threw into double coverage. Triple coverage. And even made throws that a high school quarterback knows better than to make. He stole points out of the Cowboys stocking, and gift-wrapped them instead for their opponent.
To make matters worse, when his decision making wasn’t causing problems for the Dallas offense, his accuracy was. Romo missed a wide-open Cole Beasley by a wide margin on a critical third-down play in the second half which led to a Dallas punt, and missed on several more routine throws.
This can’t be good news for Cowboy fans who are hoping for their team to make a push to the playoffs this season. Romo entered the game as the NFL’s highest all-time rated passer to open a season, yet looked like an uncomfortable youngster for much of the afternoon.
And head coach Jason Garrett may shrug it off as just a bad day at the office, but can’t ignore the possibility that Romo’s back may not be one-hundred percent after off-season back surgery. To earn a new contract after this season Garrett must have Romo running at peak performance. He doesn’t need an average quarterback under center. Average won’t be able to outscore what is likely to be a very generous defensive unit in Dallas this season. And Garrett doesn’t need an injury-prone quarterback right now either.
If Romo goes down, then Garrett and the Cowboys are as good as Texas Toast, even in a weak division.
It is a local preference that Romo re-find the magic that which has made him a productive quarterback for some eight seasons. Not only for the Cowboys’ immediate well-being, but because if he doesn’t then the man named Owens would have the last laugh. And nobody wants to witness such an “I-told-you-so” moment as that would be.