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5 Most Heartbreaking Losses Of The Tony Romo Era

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As we all know by now the Dallas Cowboys lost an absolute heartbreaker to their bitter NFC East rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, in a primetime game at Jerry World with future playoff implications on Sunday night. I think I speak for all of Cowboys nation when I say, "at the time, I can't remember a game that hurt as badly as this one did."

Jerry World, Philadelphia Eagles, heartbreaker, and loss.

That's just plain and simply the worst, and on top of that, Eagles fans act like they've never won a game before.

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YES JORDAN FUCKING MATTHEWS FUCK YOU COWBOYS FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU YEAAAAAAAAAAAA FUCK THE REFS AND THE COWBOYS

However, after watching Jordan Matthews go over the goal line, run past the star and chuck the ball up into Cowboys Nation while it seemed like thousands of Eagles fans roared in glee, it's clear it wasn't the first time we've seen a narrative similar to this one before.

That brings me to a guy whose name not only brings joy to our lives whenever we hear it but also sounds like the owner of your local Italian restaurant. Antonio Ramiro Romo. Miss him yet, Cowboys Nation?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU6EnQMWc4M]

How about now?

Yeah, I do too. But while Tony Romo should go down as one of the most clutch Quarterbacks this league has ever seen, he also will go down as the Quarterback responsible for some absolutely gut wrenching and heartbreaking losses over the years.

We at Inside The Star figured it would be a great time to rank the top 5 most heartbreaking losses of the Tony Romo era because this is as low as it's been in years for Cowboys Nation. While reliving these moments will be hard for all us, this will make watching Tony Romo and our Boys finally hoisting that Lombardi trophy over their heads that much more bittersweet.

So let's get this over with...

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys 12/12/2011 - Week 14

Well, this one was brutal, and against Eli Manning and the Giants no less.

The Cowboys had 2 things go their way in this one and that was Sean Lee bringing in a great interception and Mario Manningham dropping that ball. Aside from that, it was the Giants getting some dumb luck and Eli Manning chucking up prayers off his back foot to convert a critical 3rd and 1.

Oh and Brandon Jacobs dancing like an absolute dunce on the star was chill.

Highlights:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d824f8893/GameDay-Giants-vs-Cowboys-highlights

 

Washington Redskins v. Dallas Cowboys 12/30/2012 - Week 17

Of all of the week 17 debacles the Dallas Cowboys had over the years, this one is by far the worst and most heartbreaking. RGIII running in for a score, Dan Snyder cheering in his skybox like a buffoon, Dez walking gingerly off the field, and Romo throwing that gross interception late were all equally cringeworthy.


Tough to top this one, but alas there are 3 more that are easily worse.

Highlights:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000119790/GameDay-Cowboys-vs-Redskins-highlights

 

Green Bay Packers v. Dallas Cowboys 1/11/2015 - NFC Divisional Playoffs

Dez caught it.

Highlights:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456807/Divisional-Round-Cowboys-vs-Packers-highlights

 

Seattle Seahawks v. Dallas Cowboys 1/6/2007 - NFC Wild Card Playoffs

I remember watching only the second half of this one at a friends house fresh off of a hockey tournament game I had played earlier that evening. I have been a Cowboys fan since day 1 Cowboys Nation, but this game right here was where I really grew close to the team that I love and I'm sure some of the younger fans are right with me.

This one speaks for itself, though, and anyone who has followed the NFL or hated the Cowboys knows what happens in this one. I'll let the highlights speak for themselves.

Highlights:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000274664/GameDay-Cowboys-vs-Seahawks

Good thing Martin Gramatica laid a key block.

 

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys 1/13/2008 - NFC Divisional Playoffs

I know this list may cause some controversy, but this is by far the most heartbreaking loss the Dallas Cowboys have suffered on Tony Romo's watch - hands down.

Die hards of Cowboys Nation know that this was supposed to be "our year." The Giants were just the little kid with an ice cream cone at the beach on a hot day, and the Cowboys were one of the O'Doyle brothers just passing by.

Just one year removed from the terrible heartbreak the Seahawks handed the Boys, this just pushed the stake in our hearts even further.

Highlights:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000274661/GameDay-Giants-vs-Cowboys

That wasn't so hard was it, Cowboys Nation? Ok, yes, it was. But you know what? One day the Dallas Cowboys are going to raise that Lombardi Trophy over their heads in victory once again and we are going to look back at all of these moments and just smirk.

You wanna know what else?

Antonio Ramiro Romo is going to be the first to raise it.


Former hockey player from Orlando Florida who has an unprecedented desire to write and talk about sports every single day. The Dallas Cowboys were my first love in sports and I continue that relationship to this day. Hit me up on Twitter! @H_Brock7 #InRomoWeTrust

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Maliek Collins on the Verge of a Breakout Season

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Maliek Collins on the Verge of a Breakout Season

Maliek Collins has never lacked any ability on the field just the ability to stay on it. Foot and knee injuries have always seemed to get in the way when he's been on the brink of reaching his potential.

2019 is a contract year for Collins which means it's the most critical season of his young career. He hasn't wasted any time, though, showing what he's capable of when he doesn't have any physical limitations.

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Maliek Collins beats Connor William's with a swim move in 2v2s https://t.co/prL9GsG1rY

In the first video above, Collins gets a great burst off the line of scrimmage while he simultaneously gets his hands on Connor Williams first. He controls and pushes him right into Dak Prescott's face, forcing a throw out of bounds. On the next video, he again explodes off the ball and uses a great swim move to beat Williams again in 2 on 2 drills.


His dominance hasn't been limited to training camp practice, however, as evident in his performance this past Saturday in albeit a short amount of action.

These next two plays stand out for me specifically. In the first, he uses a very physical spin move that knocks the left guard off balance and puts him right in the quarterback's face. In a league that focuses on quarterbacks getting the ball out quickly, the sooner you can provide pressure from the interior the harder it is for a quarterback to stay in the pocket and throw effectively. In the next play, he utilizes a swim move after a quick jump off the line and is right in the face of the runner as he and Jaylon Smith combine for a TFL (tackle for loss).

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Beautiful TFL for Maliek Collins. Swims inside the LG on the zone concept to get penetration. Quickly flattens, latches onto Henderson's jersey and drags him to the ground. Outstanding grip strength #Cowboys. https://t.co/6ZnpKSVsRv

Collins performing at a high level in 2019 doesn't just benefit him but also rookie Defensive Tackle Trysten Hill. While he's still acquiring the tools needed for the pro level under the guidance of Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli he can watch and learn from Collins as he'll be right behind him as the team's backup 3-technique defensive tackle. Hill is probably still a year away from being a big contributor with Collins looking so refreshed and healthy so this is a great time to gain all the knowledge he can from a veteran. If that learning process comes along quickly, the Cowboys will have a very solid one-two punch alongside Antwaun Woods, the starter at the 1-technique.

Health, at least so far, seems to be on the side of Maliek Collins heading into the 2019 season, which is all he's ever lacked. Motivated by the opportunity to maximize his dollars for 2020, and a rookie being drafted at the same position, I look for Collins to not only have a breakout year but one that could garner a pro bowl nod, or at least be heavy in the conversation, which would mean great things for the Cowboys defensive front.


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Cowboys Nation Mailbag: What about Taco Charlton and Ezekiel Elliott?

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The 2019 regular season is now less than three weeks away and now is the time when we start getting down to the nitty-gritty. The "dress rehearsal" game is coming this Saturday as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Houston Texans and a lot of the 53-man roster will likely be decided after that game.

As we inch closer to the regular season, the contract status for the Dallas Cowboys' newest version of the triplets and the construction of the 53-man roster will have even greater emphasis in the news.

Thanks for your questions this week. Let's did into this week's Cowboys Nation Mailbag.

I guess it depends on what segment of Cowboys Twitter you're talking about.

Contract situations and hold outs always create some tension within the fanbase. They expect players to show up for work as they do. You hear people talk about Elliott fulfilling the agreement of his contract. But what people don't understand is that rookie contracts and the rookie salary scale was negotiated by players already in the league to avoid rookies making Sam Bradford type money. The veterans and to some extent the owners didn't like the idea that rookies could hold out of training camp to negotiate their first contract.

So, when Ezekiel Elliott was drafted fourth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, he was locked into a contract length (including a team option for a fifth season) and a salary and bonus for the length of that contract.

The other thing to consider is that Elliott is doing exactly what the collective bargaining agreement allows him to do. Though the Dallas Cowboys can fine him, Elliott is permitted by the CBA to seek a contract extension after the third season of his rookie contract, just like you saw Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints do earlier this summer.

I get that fans are frustrated by the idea of a player "not honoring his contract," but in the NFL, that's the way football goes. The owners don't always honor the contracts they've agreed to, cutting a player with guaranteed money left on his deal because his play might have dropped off or simply because he doesn't warrant the cap hit.

But as Mike Leslie of WFAA recently pointed out on Twitter, our jobs aren't like NFL jobs.


There are a lot of folks that understand that there is a business side to all of this. The players, the coaches, and a large segment of Cowboys Nation all understand where Ezekiel Elliott is coming from. Even the "running backs don't matter" truthers aren't throwing Ezekiel Elliott under the bus for holding out for a new contract.

As I've said before, don't get mad at Ezekiel Elliott or even the Dallas Cowboys for the current state of his contract negotiations. Get mad at the Los Angeles Rams for setting a precedent that Ezekiel Elliott is attempting to take advantage of.

Ezekiel Elliott is only doing what's permitted by the CBA. Though the negotiations continue to drag on, there's still three weeks left till the start of the regular season, which is plenty of time to get a deal done.

Until this holdout lasts until the regular season, you shouldn't worry.

Taco Charlton has done some nice things in the preseason thus far. He's been able to create pressure, and by Bobby Belt's splash metric, Taco Charlton is leading the team.

Obviously, this isn't the only way to evaluate talent, but it does give an indication that Taco Charlton has been good this preseason. I've long believed that Taco was going to make the 53-man roster for the sheer fact that he was a first-round draft pick. That may not be a good enough reason for some, but he's a player that the Dallas Cowboys won't give up on lightly. He's doing enough at this point in the preseason to warrant another year.

Cutting Taco Charlton in 2019 actually costs you money. It would cost the Dallas Cowboys roughly $3.5 million in 2019,  but they could save $1.3 million in 2020. It's not likely that the Cowboys will pick up his fifth-year rookie option, which would be for 2021. Financially, the only move that would make sense is a trade, which would cost the Dallas Cowboys only $1.3 million in dead money.

While I think Taco Charlton is a player that is destined for the 53-man roster, with reports that DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford are about to be activated from the physically unable to perform (P.U.P) list, it may come down to a numbers game at defensive end.

Players like Dorance Armstrong, Joe Jackson, Kerry Hyder, and even Jalen Jelks may have something to say about Taco Charlton's spot on the 53-man roster, but I believe they give him another year to prove he's worth retaining.


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PFF Ranks Dak Prescott As Tier 3, 17th Overall Quarterback

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Dak Prescott Clutch in 4th Quarter & OT in Win Over Eagles 3

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is the subject of constant debate around the football world. Now that it's getting time to pay him, those debates are even hotter.

As I discussed last week, Prescott has been much better than he's often given credit for, though the narrative continues to be that he is carried by his offensive line and rushing attack.

Pro Football Focus ranked all 32 starting quarterbacks heading into the 2019 season, placing them both in tiers, and in traditional order as well. Prescott clocked in at 17th overall on their list, listed as a tier 3 NFL starting quarterback.

"Tier 3: Volatile or conservative quarterbacks whose production will rely even more heavily on supporting cast and play calling. Tier 3 quarterbacks can post top-10 production in any given year in the right situation."

The other quarterbacks listed in Prescott's tier include Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson, Jared Goff, Kirk Cousins, Matthew Stafford, and Cam Newton, all ranked in front of him. Prescott is ahead of a couple of tier 3 passers as well, though, including Jimmy Garoppolo and Derek Carr.


"Even with his added rushing ability, Prescott has settled in as a mid-tier quarterback whose production is more dependent on his supporting cast, and this will be a big year to see if he can get back to his rookie levels of efficiency."

Personally, I'd rank Prescott ahead of a decent number of those tier 3 quarterbacks, such as Stafford and Cousins. Overall, though, it's tough to have too big an issue with their assessment of Prescott and the Cowboys offense. He has been somewhat up-and-down during his time as the Cowboys starter, and saw a big spike in his play when given Amari Cooper as a weapon in the passing game a year ago.

While the entire fanbase is hopeful that he will improve on his mechanics and decision making under new leadership on offense, we can't bank on that happening just yet.

Still, Dak Prescott has looked excellent this preseason, and should be poised for a career year in 2019. I think there's a good chance he finds himself closer to Wentz and Watson on these types of rankings than Carr and Stafford by this time next season.


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