In the wake of his infuriating, game-losing Texas two-stub Sunday night in New York, Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo is in the middle of a familiar tug-o'-war.
In this corner: Supporters who claim he's an elite player who simply, spectacularly goofed up trying to aggressively make plays to seal the upset win for his team. And over here: Trade the effin' bum!
Owner Jerry Jones weighed in this morning on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan with a ringing endorsement:
"I thought Tony played one of his best games ever Sunday night. ... He's a winner. We're gonna rise and fall with Tony Romo over the next couple of years. ... Don't drop Romo. He's our ticket."
I read some comments on this blog and took lotsa calls on the radio Monday concerning Romo after his crucial fumble/interception gaffe in the 27-24 loss to the Jets for which he has taken full responsibility. After watching the Patriots throw for half-a-thousand last night we're reminded that Romo is no Tom Brady. He also, however, is no Tarvaris Jackson.
While I'm not promising Romo will ever mature into even Danny White, I'm also suggesting those who scream "the Cowboys will never win a Super Bowl with him at quarterback" remember a time when they yelled something similar about a team called the Mavericks and a player named Dirk Nowitzki.
Since Troy Aikman's retirement in 2000 most of us Cowboys fans have endured the likes of Randall Cunningham, Quincy Carter, Anthony Wright, Ryan Leaf, Clint Stoerner, Chad Hutchinson, Vinny Testaverde, Drew Henson, Drew Bledsoe, Brad Johnson, Brooks Bollinger, Jon Kitna and Stephen McGee. See, Romo ain't that bad.
He also, of couse, ain't this good:
"I'll take that guy over anybody in the league," linebacker Keith Brooking lied Monday at Valley Ranch. "Y'all might think I'm crazy, but he's going to have an all-time year. He's going to shatter every record."
At 31 and with five years starting, 4,000-yard seasons, a playoff win and multiple Pro Bowls on his résumé, Romo should be at the peak of his career.
Truth: Romo's somewhere in between the polar opposites of stud and shit. But where exactly?
You're the Cowboys' GM. Each of the other 31 teams call today wanting to trade -- straight up -- their quarterback for yours. Let's get it to it. How many starting quarterbacks in Week 1 are you trading Romo for?
Jets (Mark Sanchez) -- No.
Patriots (Tom Brady) -- Yes.
Dolphins -- (Chad Henne) -- No.
Bills (Ryan Fitzpatrick) -- No.
Bengals (Andy Dalton) -- No.
Ravens (Joe Flacco) -- No.
Steelers (Ben Roethlisberger) -- Yes.
Browns (Colt McCoy) -- No.
Jaguars (Luke McCown) -- No.
Texans (Matt Schaub) -- Yes.
Titans (Matt Hasselbeck) -- No.
Colts (Kerry Collins) -- No.
Raiders (Jason Campbell) -- No.
Chargers (Philip Rivers) -- Yes.
Chiefs (Matt Cassel) -- No.
Broncos (Kyle Orton) -- No.
Seahawks (Tarvaris Jackson) -- No.
Rams (Sam Bradford) -- Yes.
Cardinals (Kevin Kolb) -- No.
49ers (Alex Smith) -- No.
Panthers (Cam Newton) -- No.
Buccaneers (Josh Freeman) -- No.
Saints (Drew Brees) -- Yes.
Falcons (Matt Ryan) -- Yes.
Vikings (Donovan McNabb) -- No.
Packers (Aaron Rodgers) -- Yes.
Bears (Jay Cutler) -- No.
Lions (Matt Stafford) -- Yes.
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Redskins (Rex Grossman) -- No.
Giants (Eli Manning) -- No.
Eagles (Michael Vick) -- Yes.
Give or take, behind my GM desk it's clear Romo -- warts and all -- remains a Top 10 NFL quarterback. You?