The Dallas Cowboys have moved to the Dak Prescott era. It’s more than likely that after this season is over they will ship the veteran quarterback out to another franchise; if Romo wants to continue his career. But, if tonight’s home game is the last time Dallas fans get to see Romo take a snap in a Dallas jersey, they should give him a hero’s send off.
Because, for the last decade he has been their careless whisper.
Romo and Cowboys fans have seen their fair share of ups-and-downs. From the four seasons of 30-plus passing touchdowns and over 4,000 passing yards. To the countless interceptions late in the game; or the dropped extra-point during Dallas Wild Card loss to Seattle.
During his tenure he’s had 25 fourth quarter comebacks; with an astonishing five in 2014 in which he led the Cowboys with 12 touchdowns to two interceptions. However, what will be remembered from that season will be a playoff loss in Green Bay where Romo played a very well; but one throw to Dez Bryant will be the signature for the failure to that promising season.
But now, much like in the late-great George Michael song “Carless Whisper” Romo is never going to dance again as a Cowboy. As the song goes so does Romo relationship with the team, and its fanbase.
“I’m never gonna dance again
Guilty feet have got no rhythm
Though it’s easy to pretend
I know your not a fool
Should’ve known better than to cheat a friend
And waste the chance that I’ve been given
So I’m never gonna dance again
The way I danced with you”
His guilty feet led him to scramble out of the pocket in Dallas’ preseason game in Seattle. There, Seahawks defensive lineman Cliff Avril tackled Romo, landing on his back and breaking a bone. This opened the door for Prescott to take over, and as they say, “The rest is history”.
It is easy to pretend that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is going to seep the former Pro Bowl quarterback around after this year. However, there isn’t a reason for Jones to waste a chance to get value out of him before he hits free agency after 2017.
“Tonight the music seems so loud
I wish that we could lose this crowd
Maybe it’s better this way
We’d hurt each other with the things we’d want to say
We could have been so good together
We could have lived this dance forever
But no one’s gonna dance with me
With the noise so loud around his future it looked as if Romo was reading from words that he might have not entirely meant at his press conference back in November. However, had he said the things he wanted to say, it more than likely would have caused a rift in the locker room and derailed this great season.
It’s a shame Romo had to get hurt before the year started. He could have had his best season ever behind this offensive line and with rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliot at running back. Romo and the Cowboys could have lived a few more seasons; if he had just thrown the ball away.
Now, it looks as if Romo is never going to dance again in a Cowboys jersey. He may join on with another team, next season. But, it won’t be the same as when he danced with you, Cowboys fans.
Rest in Peace, George Michael.
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