This is going to take some getting used to, Tony Romo leaving. He’s our quarterback. And he’s been our quarterback for a decade. Tony Romo took over for the Dallas Cowboys at a time when we needed someone – anyone – to take charge and he’s brought about an era for Cowboys fans that many of us believed could only end with Romo’s last snap, period.
Until this past year, I’m not sure most even considered the possibility that his last snap on a football field could be under another team’s helmet, and thankfully, we don’t have to worry about that.
It’s been a bittersweet couple of years for Tony and his fans. The repeated collarbone breaks in 2015 sucked the wind out of some mighty sales after the successes enjoyed during the 2014 campaign. But it opened some eyes and made us look further forward than just Romo.
We drafted Dak Prescott with the 135th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft with just that in mind, the future. The goal was to get a promising rookie behind Tony Romo to watch and learn from one of the game’s best, and before the season even began that plan had fallen to pieces.
Don’t get me wrong, nor any of us, really. We see Dak Prescott; we know who he is and what he means to this franchise. We saw it in week three of the 2016 preseason when he stepped in after Romo’s back injury, and we saw it during the second half comeback against the Packers in the playoffs. There is no denying that he is the future of this team, come what may.
But we’ve all got memories of Tony Romo doing something great with that star on his helmet, probably some of the stupid things he’s done as well.
Tony Romo was a long shot when we signed him undrafted out of Eastern Illinois, he was a long shot when he was thrown into his first game with virtually no chance of winning, and since that slippery ball slipped through his hands against Seattle, he’s been a long shot to see a Super Bowl from the field.
We aren’t holding any delusions about who or what Tony Romo is.
Now Tony is headed for a new career, replacing Phil Simms on the top CBS Sports broadcasting crew alongside Jim Nantz.
When I opened this blog in 2008, Tony Romo was already the starter. Seattle had already happened and Romo was already being dubbed a choke artist. I have fought against such monikers for as long as I’ve been blogging about the Cowboys, and now? Well, now that fight is over. Now I must listen to Tony a few times a year talking about the men he used to call teammates.
Tony Romo has meant so much to so very many of us fans, and our slogan here at Inside The Star is “Voices of a Nation” for a reason. So, the staff wanted to also share a few words about Romo’s departure.
Brian Martin (@bmart0204)
It is definitely bittersweet to see Tony Romo’s time with the Dallas Cowboys come to an end. I’ve been a fan since he first took over as the starting QB and hate to see that this is the way his career will end in Dallas.
Tony Romo has been a true professional both on and off the field, and you can’t deny how much he has given/meant to the organization. He put his mind, body, and soul on the line for his teammates and I wish him nothing but the best as he moves on from playing in the NFL. I don’t care what team he is playing for in 2017, the Cowboys or CBS. I will always be a fan and will root for him.
Mauricio Rodriguez (@PepoR99)
As a young fan, Tony Romo has been the guy, ever since I can remember. Literally. The memories he leaves Cowboys Nation are a lot. There's the loss against the Denver Broncos, the Washington game in 2013 when he played hurt, and of course, the Punctured Lung Game. There's even his last Touchdown pass as a Dallas Cowboy during a meaningless game versus the Eagles.
Number 9's journey in Dallas was a special one. Perhaps one in which neither the media or the fans were fair to him. From a Cowboys fan, I wish him the best and I invite you all to appreciate his greatness in Dallas. He gave this franchise his all. Every time.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you Tony.
Sean Martin (@ShoreSportsNJ)
Nobody needs me to describe the feeling of being a die-hard sports fan; we all know what it is like to live and die with a team, specifically the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have been my team since birth, and I've associated that with one man, QB Tony Romo.
When I prepared myself mentally and physically each week to not only watch, but invest my heart into the Cowboys, I invested into whatever amazing thing Tony Romo had in store for us. The only quarterback I've ever known, I defended Romo tirelessly through wins and losses, always appreciating the bond I had with fellow Tony supporters.
Now, I simply appreciate that the only team Tony Romo will know is my team, and that I got to watch a legend. What else can a sports fan ask for? Thank you for every single thing you meant to America's Team, Tony.
Kevin Brady (@KevinBrady88)
For us Cowboys fans born in the 1990s, Tony Romo is our quarterback. For much of my childhood the Cowboys were awful, their dynasty days behind them and seemingly nothing to look forward to on the horizon. Unable to replace Troy Aikman, the Cowboys tried a carousel of washed-up veterans and overlooked young players. Both failed.
Then an undrafted quarterback out of Eastern Illinois, Tony Romo came in at halftime of a divisional loss to the hated Giants and dragged this franchise from the abyss.
Sure, Tony Romo never won a Super Bowl, and hell, he’s never even been past the Divisional Round. But there is something to be said about a quarterback who never had a losing season and kept this team afloat while the front office rebuilt the roster.
Now, the Cowboys look to be on the verge of a championship run. But this championship-ready team was built, quite literally, on the back of Tony Romo. So thank you, Tony Romo, for everything you’ve done, for the Dallas Cowboys and for my life as a football fan. I can’t wait to hear you call games every Sunday.
Jess Haynie (@CowboysAddicts)
Tony Romo is the first great Cowboys QB that I got to watch from beginning to end. From the thrill ride of his 2006 debut all the way through, Romo has been an incredible story and player to follow. Getting to follow every moment of that story as a live viewer gives him a special place in my heart.
Troy Aikman had already won his first Super Bowl when I was old enough to start really appreciating football. I didn't get to see his early struggles, be it a one-win season as a rookie or the early playoff exit in 1991. I got to come in on greatness already realized, rather than watch it develop.
The saddest thing for me about Tony Romo's exit is that his lack of postseason accomplishments will forever drag down his mainstream reputation. I wish so greatly that we could have seen him have the glory that his own individual play deserved. He was better than what so many people think
John Williams (@john9williams)
I entered Cowboys Nation in 2000. See, I grew up in California and followed the 49ers because they had my favorite player; Joe Montana. After moving to Texas in 1997 I was a Chiefs fan because of... Joe Montana. After he retired I hung in as a Chiefs fan but the allure of the Star grew deep inside me. My best friends were Cowboys fans.
Finally giving way in 2000, I watched a majority of the games and experienced Troy Aikman, until Troy Aikman got hurt and then retired. The next five plus seasons of quarterback play still haunt me.
It wasn't until the middle of the 2006 season, when Tony Romo entered the game, that I saw hope in the Dallas Cowboys' quarterbacking situation. The years that followed were certainly worthy of the "Romo-magic" and "Jedi" nicknames. The 4th quarter comebacks, the spin moves away from pass rushers, the "never say die" way he played the game; it was amazing to watch, and amazing to be a fan, and at the same time gut wrenching because only two or three times did he have a team around him that was capable of making a Super Bowl run.
I have only ever owned three football jerseys: Joe Montana, Darren Woodson, and Tony Romo. One is in the Hall of Fame, one will be, and the other most certainly should be despite the false narratives. The quarterback who was at the helm of my first fantasy football championship: Tony Romo.
While it's a bummer that you won't be a Cowboy, and won't be playing anymore, it's exciting that we are going to get to see you every NFL Sunday for a long time to come. You will be as great and magical talking about the game as you were playing it. Thank you, Tony!
Yesterday was a long time coming, yet that doesn’t make it any easier to digest.
Perhaps the only saving grace for those of us who supported Tony Romo throughout his career, often in the face of staunch opposition, is that he will not be playing for another team, and by extension, potentially playing against his Cowboys.
For me personally, I remember his heroics at the end of games. Sometimes we lost anyway, even by his doing, but when we won, his actions made even his detractors feel special for a day.
Perhaps my favorite memory of Tony Romo is the 2014 Texans game, when he avoided J.J. Watt with his signature spin-move and found WR Terrance Williams somewhat open in the endzone for a touchdown.
It was something he did countless times throughout his career, but on that day, it was special for another reason. That day, two lifelong Dallas Cowboys fans (Derek Maberry and Dezmond Scott) who had never been to a game before were in attendance at AT&T Stadium, and for the first time I was responsible. I've since sent several fans to games by way of a sponsorship between Inside The Star and Reliant Energy, but that was the first. It made the play that much more memorable to me.
So, as others have been doing for weeks now, I bid Tony Romo farewell with thanks for more than 100 games I will never forget, and the devotion with which he so often led this team.
P.S., It's not lost on me that the '14 Texans game aired on CBS Sports...
While Tony Romo may not file official retirement papers in time, making him a Dallas Cowboy for each day of his NFL career, that’s how he will be remembered.
The Cowboys, as announced yesterday on InsideTheStar.com, have cut Tony Romo, designating him a post June 1 cut. The move adds a little space to the team’s salary cap space in 2017, which they’ll likely use to sign draft picks this summer.
For more on the Tony Romo updates and more, stay tuned to @TheStarPodcast in the next day as we’ll be discussing more Cowboys news with a fresh episode. Now that things have actually happened, a welcomed break from the speculation that has run rampant for these last three weeks.
Written by Bryson Treece.
Cowboys en Español: ¿Qué Safety Estará Ahí en el #58?
Por fin estamos a menos de una semana del NFL Draft 2019. El evento que define el futuro de las franquicias de la liga año tras año está a días de distancia y los rumores comienzan a tomar velocidad. Para los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys, la experiencia del Draft será un poco diferente ya que no cuentan con una selección de primera ronda. En vez de eso, tienen a Amari Cooper. ¿Lo vale? Sí. Pero, no se puede negar que el equipo estará en una posición complicada durante el Draft.
No sólo no hay un pick de primera ronda para los Cowboys, sino que no cuentan con uno dentro del Top 50. Estas son las selecciones con las que cuentan los Jones y compañía:
- Pick #58 (segunda ronda)
- Pick #91 (tercera ronda)
- Pick #129 (cuarta ronda)
- Pick #137 (cuarta ronda)
- Pick #166 (quinta ronda)
- Pick #243 (séptima ronda)
A menos que sean sorprendentemente agresivos, no habrá noticias sobre los Dallas Cowboys el próximo jueves. Más bien tendremos que esperar hasta el segundo día del Draft para ver que traman los Cowboys. ¿Qué podemos esperar sobre su primera selección?
En este momento, parece que no hay ninguna necesidad más fuerte que la de un safety. Y parece ser que el talento disponible en la segunda ronda podría beneficiar a los Cowboys. Como cada año, es difícil pronosticar quien estará en la tabla y quien no, pero hablemos de varios safeties que podrían solucionar los problemas de Dallas.
S Taylor Rapp, Washington
Algunos ven a Rapp como el mejor safety en la clase de novatos, mientras que otros están convencidos de que no podrá tener éxito en la NFL. La mayor preocupación en torno al producto de Washington es su velocidad. En las pruebas que realizó sus resultados no fueron nada satisfactorios. Sin embargo, ha probado en el campo que es bueno contra la corrida y se puede encargar de su trabajo en cobertura. Es bueno al tacklear, y podría ser justo lo que los Cowboys necesitan.
S Jonathan Abraham, Mississippi State
Abraham se proyecta como un strong safety, que es lo que los Cowboys necesitan. De todos los prospectos, parece que Abraham es el favorito a irse primero. Sin embargo, no es perfecto y sus defectos podrían costarle una caída hasta la segunda ronda. Abraham falla tackleadas ocasionalmente, pero su juego físico y agresivo lo puede compensar. Si cae hasta el #58, Abraham no puede ser ignorado.
S Juan Thornhill, Virginia
Thornhill no es mejor que los mencionados anteriormente, pero quizá sea más probable encontrarlo si los Cowboys se quedan en el pick #58. En Virginia, Thornhill tuvo tres temporadas donde fue titular en más de 10 partidos. Es todo un play-maker, consiguiendo 13 intercepciones en su carrera colegial. Lidero a su equipo en tackleadas. Puede jugar en varios puntos de la defensiva e incluso llegó a alinearse como linebacker. Dudo que eso pase en la NFL, pero podría ser un buen safety dentro de la caja y en cobertura.
S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida
Gardner-Johnson fue uno de los líderes en Florida durante toda su carrera. Jugó como safety y como cornerback, muchas veces actuando como "nickel." Chauncey no sería de mis opciones favoritas en este punto del Draft, pero es una que no se puede ignorar si los demás jugadores ya no están disponibles. Sabe romper jugadas y tiene potencial de convertirse en un titular a largo plazo.
S Amani Hooker, Iowa
En el escenario de que todos los mejores safeties ya hayan sido seleccionados y el equipo no prefiera atender otra necesidad, Amani Hooker merece un vistazo. En Iowa ganó el premio al mejor defensive back de su conferencia (Big Ten). Tuvo buenos números en sus pruebas y podría ser un buen strong safety dentro de la caja, donde se pone en posición constantemente para hacer jugadas.
Claro que los Cowboys podrían tomar otra ruta y no seleccionar a un safety hasta más tarde. Sin embargo, considero que sería lo correcto. Incluso pienso que si Taylor Rapp o su prospecto favorito está disponible en un punto de la segunda ronda, Dallas estará dispuesto a hacer un trade para subir y alcanzarlo.
Sólo queda esperar este gran e impredecible evento. ¿Qué esperas del NFL Draft? Hazme saber en los comentarios o por medio de Twitter en @MauNFL.
Cowboys Look To Be In For Brutal December Slate In 2019
All sixteen regular season games count the same. A win in September means exactly the same as a win in December. Just as a touchdown in the first quarter counts for the same number of points as a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
While factually accurate, we know these statements aren't totally true. Championship teams often "hit their stride" in November and December, as they close out divisions, clinch playoff births, and prove they can stay cool and claim victory when the pressure mounts to its highest peak.
Under Jason Garrett, and Wade Phillips before him, the Cowboys have developed the reputation of not "winning the big one." In particular, they've been labeled as a team that "chokes" in December. Tony Romo dealt with his fair share of December/January demons during his career, but overcame them towards his final seasons. Dak Prescott has yet to advance past the Divisional Round of the postseason himself, but the narrative around the Cowboys has seemed to change.
Now, due to their late season run and victory over the Seattle Seahawks last season, people see Prescott and the Cowboys as a team that can find ways to win. A team, and a quarterback, who may not be as prolific as some of the other top squads in the conference, but one that you can never count out. I'd argue this has been the case with Dallas for quite some time under Garrett, but it is only now the narrative has changed.
Their late season fortitude will be tested again in 2019, however.
The NFL released the official schedule for the 2019 NFL season earlier this week, with the Cowboys getting some favorable (and some not-so-favorable) draws. What jumped off the page immediately to me, however, is how tough their final four games will be. And, of course, how critical victories in those games will be to gaining an NFC playoff spot.
Among those four December games are trips to Chicago and Philadelphia, two playoff teams a year ago who present problems in different ways. The Bears, known for their talented defense and innovative play-caller, and the Eagles, the always tough divisional foe.
Dallas also gets two home games during this stretch, hosting the Los Angeles Rams week 15, and finishing out the year against the Washington Redskins. The Rams, of course, eliminated the Cowboys from the postseason a year ago, and are expected to be one of the conference's best again.
The Cowboys will face a first-place schedule in 2019, and will have to prove that they are playoff-worthy down the stretch in December.
Dallas Cowboys: 3 Schedule Predictions Ahead Of Wednesday’s Release
Wednesday night the official 2019 NFL schedule will be released, and we will know the exact times and dates of each of the Cowboys' upcoming games.
We already know the opponents, however, and we know how the NFL typically likes to schedule games week to week. Based on both prior history and future opponents, here are 3 predictions for tonight's schedule release.
1. Cowboys Open Up With The Giants
I didn't say the predictions would be bold, did I?
The NFL loves to have the Cowboys open up against the New York Giants, and I see that being the case here again. Dallas/New York will always bring about solid ratings, but scheduling this game before the Giants (likely) fall out of contention is a smart move as well.
This game will be in Dallas at 4:25 eastern time, occupying that "America's Game of the Week" slot during the opening weekend. Because as much as everyone says they hate watching these NFC East games, the numbers bear out a different story.
2. Cowboys Play @ Saints Thursday After Thanksgiving
We know the Cowboys will play in an extra Thursday or Saturday night game this season. They always do.
Lately the league has liked to schedule them as the Thursday night game following Thanksgiving, and I don't see them breaking that trend this season. Dallas has played the Vikings, Redskins, and Saints in this game the last three years, with the Cowboys/Saints game being one of the best of last year's Thursday slate.
Why not run it back at the Superdome this November?
3. Cowboys Close The Season With A Brutal December
This is broad prediction, so let's narrow it down a bit. I think the Cowboys will play three critical NFC games in December, at the very least. These games will include NFC East battles with the Washington Redskins (week 17) and Philadelphia Eagles, as well as a game at Chicago to face the Bears.
It's likely the Cowboys, Bears, and Eagles will be fighting for playoff positioning (or playoff births) down the stretch in December. Plus, anytime a combination of these three teams play, ratings will be drawn. I think they'll have Prescott battle Mitchell Trubisky and Carson Wentz this December, as he and the Cowboys look to clinch a consecutive playoff birth.
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