There’s an old saying in football that perfectly describes why the Dallas Cowboys won’t be a playoff team, much less a Super Bowl contender, until either Tony Romo “gets it” and learns to manage a game or the organization finds a new quarterback:
If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have one.
Romo plays like two dueling quarterbacks inhabiting the same body. At times, he looks every bit the part of an elite signal-caller, like a Joe Montana or a John Elway or the good version of Brett Favre. Then there are those times when he just can’t seem to do anything right. From botched snaps on field goals to crippling fumbles and interceptions with the game on the line. It’s as if Romo has a special talent—a knack, if you will—for snatching defeat from the clenched jaws of victory.
In over 51 years of NFL football, a Cowboys team had never blown a 24 point lead and lost the game until yesterday. In all of NFL history, a 24 point lead in a game has only been blown three other times, resulting in a loss.
The Cowboys were up 27-3 in the third quarter vs the Detroit Lions and Tony Romo single handedly decided to literally throw the game away. Romo threw not one, not two but three ill advised passes, two of which were immediately returned for touchdowns. The game ended with the most shocking result in Cowboys history, Detroit 34 - Cowboys 30.
One player does not win or lose an NFL game because there are so many plays, so many referee calls, and so many coaches decisions that result in so many unpredictable results. Football is a game measured in yards but won or lost by inches. UNTIL YESTERDAY…
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo lost that game. For perhaps the first time in NFL history, ONE player was solely responsible for turning a 24 point lead into a 4 point loss in the second half of a game. Think about it. The Cowboys lead by 24 in the third quarter and Romo takes off on a pick feast, throwing three gift wrapped interceptions. WHY, WHY, WHY ?
A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?" The scorpion says, "Because if I do, I will die too." The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp "Why?" Replies the scorpion: "Its my nature..."