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.
Time to see What Darius Jackson can do as Zeke’s Backup?
I hate to say it because I really like Rod Smith, but I think it may be time for the Dallas Cowboys to reevaluate the running back position as it pertains to Ezekiel Elliott's primary backup. Smith just hasn't been good this year, which is why I think it may be time to see what Darius Jackson can do if given the opportunity.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not suggesting the Dallas Cowboys move on from Rod Smith or demote him right now, but I would promote Darius Jackson from the practice squad to the active roster as insurance in case something were to happen to Zeke. It just seems the right time to make that move after #21's injury scare Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Eagles.
You may have forgotten, but Ezekiel Elliott had to spend some time in the medical tent Sunday against the Eagles. He was luckily able to return to the game not long after, but it did shine a spotlight on Rod Smith and the lack of depth behind him.
Despite how much I like Rod Smith, and I do, he just hasn't been the same player this season as he was last year as Zeke's fill-in. He is just not running with any kind of authority and has been too apt to run east and west instead of north and south. I think it's one of the reasons why the Cowboys have continued to give Zeke such a heavy workload, despite him being banged up.
Now, Rod Smith did look a little better against the Eagles, but I still believe it would be wise for the Cowboys to promote Darius Jackson to the active roster. Having more depth at such a physically demanding position is just smart football.
With the Dallas Cowboys playoff spot all but secured, it might be time to start thinking about lightening Ezekiel Elliott's workload just a little bit. Whether it's Rod Smith or Darius Jackson, the Cowboys have to find someone who can step in and be productive.
Rod Smith has had his opportunities this year, but hasn't really been able to capitalize like we believed he could. It might be time to turn to Darius Jackson, a fan favorite, who unfortunately just hasn't been able to prove what he can do as of yet in a meaningful game. I think it's time we change that.
As much as I like Rod Smith, I might like Darius Jackson just a little bit more. I think he is kind of like a poor man's Ezekiel Elliott. He is just as athletically gifted and can be a threat as both a runner and a receiver out of the backfield. He just needs the opportunity to prove it.
There's really no way of knowing if I'm right or wrong about this, but I believe he is worthy of a roster spot on game day if nothing else. I'd rather have him and not need him then need him and not have him.
Do you think it's time to see what Darius Jackson can do?
Cowboys Lassoing NFC East Title as NFC Dark Horse
Well don’t look now but the Dallas Cowboys are in control of their division and anything short of a catastrophic collapse will see them hosting the first round of the playoffs. Dallas strengthened their grip on the NFC East by knocking off a divisional rival and the reigning Super Bowl champions with a 29-23 overtime win over the Eagles.
Those who have a favorite online sportsbook and wagered on the Cowboys were ecstatic to see Dak Prescott hit Amari Cooper for a 15-yard touchdown pass in overtime, thus covering the 3 ½ point impost that oddsmakers hung on Dallas.
The Cowboys have now won five consecutive games, with three of those over divisional opponents Philadelphia (twice) and Washington. But before we celebrate, we must consider that there's still a mathematical possibility of either Philadelphia or Washington stealing the division crown away from the Cowboys.
The Giants' only hope is an outside shot at a wildcard berth if they win outright but they've been eliminated from contending for a division title due to their 1-4 record against NFC East teams.
Essentially, all the Cowboys must do is win one of their three remaining games in order to celebrate a division crown. If Philadelphia or Washington loses any of their three games they will be out due to tie breakers that go in the Cowboys’ favor.
As of this moment, the Redskins are a disaster with no one under center to captain their rudderless ship, and the Eagles must defeat the Rams in LA, which would be considered a stunning upset seeing as any reputable online sportsbook is offering the Rams as 9 ½ point favorites as of this writing; then they must win at home against Houston and on the road against the Redskins.
Of course, the Cowboys are counting only on themselves to reel in the division title and with games at Indianapolis, home against the Bucs, and wrapping their season in New Jersey against the Giants, at least one win seems likely.
The addition of Amari Cooper to the Dallas offensive arsenal has been a game-changer as the former Oakland Raider hauled in 10 of 13 targets for 217 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner last Sunday against Philadelphia. He was the top-tier receiver Prescott had been lacking and his presence on the field improves both the passing game and running game by virtue of his dynamic playmaking abilities. Ezekiel Elliott has eclipsed the century mark in rushing yards in four of the six games since Cooper has been on the Cowboys roster.
Furthermore, Dallas has averaged 24.4 points per game over their last five wins with Cooper in the lineup, which is more than five points improved from where they were prior to their winning streak without him in a Dallas uniform.
In addition, Prescott has morphed from a game manager at 202 passing yards per game to a game breaker as evidenced by his 285.7 passing yard average in six games with his new target at his disposal.
Ultimately, the Cowboys will be tasked with turning all of this good mojo into a deep run into the postseason. We can now confidently say that there is one other team to consider besides the Rams, Bears, and Saints as this year’s NFC entrant into the Super Bowl. However, Dak Prescott will need to eliminate turnovers and interceptions if Dallas is truly going to contend against the powerhouses they will face in the playoffs.
Last Sunday, Prescott caught fire in the fourth quarter and ended with 455 yards passing, connecting on 42 of 54 passes with three touchdowns, but his two interceptions were converted into nine points by Philadelphia. As we move forward, Prescott will need to lead right from the get-go and understand that one poor decision can cost his team what is now a realistic shot at a championship season.
Cowboys en Español: Sí, Amari Cooper Lo Valió
Cuando los Dallas Cowboys sorprendieron a la NFL mandando una selección de primera ronda por el receptor Amari Cooper de los Oakland Raiders, la respuesta fue muy dividida. Al final de cuentas, Cooper estaba pasando por una temporada bastante mala junto a su equipo. Sus números iban en decline y muchos habían perdido la fe en la ex-estrella de la universidad de Alabama y cuarta selección global en el NFL Draft del 2015.
Pero sorpresa, sorpresa. Desde que se unió a las filas de los Dallas Cowboys, Amari Cooper ha demostrado que la decisión que tomaron los Jones fue una muy buena.
En esta liga, es muy complicado justificar el deshacerse de un pick de primera ronda.
Estamos hablando de la oportunidad de tomar a un novato joven con muchísimo potencial para convertirse en un jugador calibre All-Pro en algún punto de su carrera. No es fácil renunciar a una posibilidad así en esta liga. Sin embargo, Amari Cooper no ha hecho más que justificar el trade por parte de los Cowboys. Si continúa así, al final de la temporada podríamos estar hablando de que Dallas pagó de menos por él.
Es importante recalcar que Amari Cooper tiene 24 años de edad. Para el NFL Draft del 2019, los mejores prospectos en esta posición tienen a lo mucho cuatro años menos. A.J. Brown de Ole Miss tendrá 21 años cuando pise el emparrillado por primera vez en la NFL.
Y no, ninguno de estos receptores está cerca del nivel de talento con el que cuenta Cooper.
¿Qué tan grande ha sido el impacto de Amari Cooper?
Desde la semana 9, cuando los Cowboys consiguieron a Cooper, este ha tenido 30 recepciones. 23 de las cuales han resultado en un primer down o en un touchdown. Es el receptor con más atrapadas en tercera oportunidad. Podríamos hablar de las grandes estadísticas que el wide receiver ha conseguido vistiendo la estrella individualmente. Pero realmente, ha tenido un impacto en la ofensiva entera.
Desde su llegada, los Cowboys son el tercer mejor equipo en porcentaje de pases completos, el segundo en yardas después de la recepción y el tercero a la hora de convertir terceras oportunidades y mover las cadenas.
Simple y sencillamente, ha tenido un impacto que ningún otro novato del 2019 hubiera tenido en este equipo. Si, los Cowboys tendrán que pagarle una extensión cara en el futuro, pero cuando este sea el caso, lo habrá valido.
Amari Cooper es el ejemplo perfecto de porque la NFL es un deporte de equipo. Con los Raiders, todos lo tachaban como un jugador que ya no era bueno e iba para abajo. Pero bajo los Dallas Cowboys, se ve como un jugador que promete mucho para esta joven franquicia que necesitaba un verdadero #1 en la posición de wide receiver.
La ofensiva de los Cowboys tiene mucho talento. Es cuestión de mejorar en zona roja para que Dallas sea una amenaza bastante considerable en los playoffs de la NFL.
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