Found July 18, 2013 on Sports Blog Net:
When it comes to discussing the subject of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, there really is no common ground. A person is either a supporter or a hater. The supporters will say if it wasn't for Romo, the team would probably have a 4-12 or a 5-11 record besides the 8-8 record they've compiled in the last two seasons. The fact Romo's play has kept the Cowboys average isn't saying much for the performance of the rest of the squad. The haters will always go back to all of the crucial mistakes Romo has made in the team's biggest games since Romo became the starter during the 2006-'07 season. Personally, I can see both sides of the equation. Romo makes some plays that will make you think he's one of the best QBs in the league. Other times, he'll be neck-and-neck with New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez to see who will have the most "Not Top 10" plays. Regardless of what side people are on, here are some facts. Dallas has won one playoff game (2010) since Romo has been starting, which is also the only win since the 1996-'97 season. In the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, the expectation is to contend for a Super Bowl title every year. Fans and critics continue to ask if Romo is the man who can lead the Cowboys back to the glory days. Owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones thinks Romo is the answer if he's willing to sign him to a six-year, $108 million dollar extension. Included in the contract is $55 million in guaranteed money. This is definitely money that says Romo is an elite QB, but overall, that's highly questionable, especially considering Romo apparently wasn't having too much say so in the weekly game plans for the Cowboys' opponents. Nobody knows for sure what's going on behind the scenes, but there appears to be some trust issues within the coaching staff and the front office. Head coach Jason Garrett wants to remain the play caller, but Jones and new offensive coordinator Bill Callahan say differently. Even before Callahan got there, it seemed like Garrett didn't really want to turn Romo loose. I guess when a fan sees some of the turnovers Romo has committed over the years, one could understand why Garrett would be reluctant to do so. On Thursday, we heard what might be a little change in how things have been ran. Romo told the Racine Journal Times he thinks he'll be more involved in game-planning. If Romo wasn't more involved in the game plans before, why not? He's the starting quarterback of "America's Team." There's absolutely no reason to have Romo out there if the coach doesn't trust he can one, execute the planned attacks, and two, doesn't trust his input. It seems pretty clear the elite QBs, such as Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and New York Giants QB Eil Manning, among others, have a significant say-so on the game plan. If Romo is elite, he probably should have more of a say-so in the weekly game plans, assuming he hasn't been all that involved. Judging off of the rollercoaster that is Romo's overall play, having more say-so could be good or bad depending on the game. Personally, I think this is good because someone on the Cowboys need to step up and be a leader on the team. Who better than the franchise and nicely-paid QB? Every year is a put-up or shut-up year for the Cowboys, but it's especially true for this upcoming season. It's probably the case more for Romo than anyone else, who needs to show he can be more consistent. When a man gets signed for the money Romo was signed for, results are expected yesterday. The contract says Romo is elite. As the season approaches, we will soon find out if his play says the same thing. By Charles Taylor
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