The Dallas Cowboys threw away their chance at a 2012 post-season with a 28-18 loss to the Washington Redskins, spurring many fans of “America’s Team” to lash out at quarterback Tony Romo.
Jessica Simpson‘s ex-boyfriend — who is now married to Candice Crawford with a newborn at home — started the game against the Redskins off on the wrong foot by throwing two interceptions, and he ended the game the same way.
Romo’s last play of the 2012 NFL season was an interception he threw when he was fooled by the Redskins’ defense. While hordes of fans lament the move as “Romo being Romo,” others argue the QB holds numerous on-the-field records. The truth is, Romo just can’t win those high-pressure elimination games.
Romo has moved the team forward only once out of seven must-win games. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters after the game he refused to talk about personnel. But former Cowboys Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders, now analysts for the NFL Network, were happy to weigh in, and the Los Angeles Times was nice enough to transcribe portions of their comments.
Romo had just given a rambling press conference, in which he — like head coach Jason Garrett before him — droned on and on about how hard the team worked, and how hard they played, when Irvin was asked if the Cowboys’ season was a fail. “Jerry Jones said it earlier, if you’re not in the playoffs, it’s not a successful season,” says Irvin. “I’m never going to say 8-8 is a success, not a guy who holds three rings. Playing hard is good. Winning is better.”
Hey Romo, you might want to listen to the guy who “holds three rings.” Just saying …
Sanders was asked, if the Cowboys were his team, would he be moving forward with Romo as quarterback. Deion answered by posing a question for Jones to ponder in the off-season. “How many times are we going to sit here as fans and say, ‘Here we go again?’ I love to win at all costs,” Deion says. “1-6 in elimination games, that’s telling me something is not getting better around here. The kind of person I am, I need to jump off and try to correct this thing.”
Deion went on to explain how other positions weren’t supporting Romo by playing well, but in the end, brought the spotlight back on the beleaguered QB.
“Tony brings me to the same situation at the conclusion of every year,” Sanders says. “Take a picture, this date, and see if we’re playing the same picture next year. We always think it’s going to get better, but it’s the same-old same-old.”
If the Cowboys were your team, would you fire Romo?