It seems that every time I flip on SportsCenter there is some importnat bulletin about Romo at the bottom of the screen. Whether that be about Romo's newest love affair, his new found ability to scramble, or about his newest argument with Jason Garrett, he always seems to be there. In his most recent antics, (If that is what you wish to call them), Romo had a terrible week one performance against the New York Jets and lost the Cowboys the game. Then in the team's week-two matchup, Romo went in against the San Francisco 49ers with a broken rib and punctured lung to lead a comeback victory in overtime.
Take that for what it is. Keep in mind that following Romo's comeback win, he received an immense amount of praise from the media, coaches, and even fellow players. While only one week before he was under heavy scrutiny, and was almost being ruled out as a winning quarterback in Dallas, following his abismal performance in New York. It seems that Romo truly is a quarterback that will be analyzed and judged week by week.
Does this not sound familiar? Remember last season? Before Romo went down with a broken clavicle for the season? For the first six weeks he was able to play, (A time in which the Boys' posted a bleak 1-5 record), the blame game was being tossed around Dallas. It went from the coaching of Wade Philips, who would end up being fired, to the aging Dallas defense, and then ultimately it would fall back on Romo.
It is a vicious cycle. But to an extent, Romo brings it onto himself. I know this is going back a number of seasons -- But do we all remember the Jessica Simpson drama? Because when I was watching Cowboys game's during that time, it felt more like I was watching, 'CELEBRITY WATCH!' After every single completion, the camera would pan up to a box to show an excited Jessica jumping around to Romo's pass.
That was the hottest news in Dallas. This season, Romo married some super model, and that chapter of the saga has been closed. But it appears that the new chapter that has been opened has been titled, 'ROMO FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL - DALLAS COWBOYS AGAINST ALL ODDS.' And in a way -- It is almost comical.
One week, Romo throws a game losing interception to Darrelle Revis, the next he leads a heroic comeback win in overtime while seriously injured. Then the media and fan reaction to both. It really is a week by week bais. Let's say next week against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football, Romo comes out and throws two touchdowns and two interceptions. Let's also say that the Cowboys win on a defensive touchdown late in the game, and the final result did not rely on Romo in a last-minute drive.
What would the media reaction be? Nothing.
With Romo, it is clear that it is all or nothing. If Romo loses the Boys' the game, huge problem. If he wins the Boys' the game, big deal. There is no median for Romo in Dallas, and there is no way this should be considered fair. There are few quarterbacks in the NFL that live in the world that Romo lives in, and it is one that makes it tough to succeed. There is big-time pressure, big-time money, and big-time dedication in Dallas, and whatever Romo does, he can't get out of the spotlight.
Win-Lose, you'll see Romo's face in the headlines.
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