Dear Tony Romo,
First and foremost I would like to wish you a speedy recovery for the sake of your personal health, your football career and the betterment of the Dallas Cowboys.
Staying true to his reputation, Jerry Jones has talked to the media about the status of your injury.
“He could very well play,” Jones said on 1310 The Ticket’s Dunham and Miller Show.
Subsequently, videos are now airing with your taking snaps in practice. They say your have taped your broken pinkie to its neighboring ring finger in order to stabilize the injured digit.
I, along with countless fans across the country, applaud your perseverance. It takes a strong person to play through the pain of a broken bone. The problem is, this might not be the best thing for the team.
As you very well know, Brad Johnson is a smart, veteran quarterback. He is the kind of player that can jump right into the leadership position with no gripes from fellow players. He is also the type of QB that is decisive with his throws and efficient on his check-downs. To spend a few games on the sideline watching Johnson play MIGHT not be a bad thing.
Here me out, Romo…
You’ve dropped the ball six times in six games. Playing with a broken pinkie will only give you less control in your hand, and that can’t be good for that stat.
You string out a lot of plays that end up with your threading passes into small gaps. Without your pinkie functioning properly your accuracy will not be what you’re used to. That could add to your 5 interceptions that you’ve thrown this season.
Also, you could learn a lot from watching a guy like Brad Johnson manage a game.
When you think about Johnson, two things come to mind: the Super Bowl he won five years ago, and his years with the Minnesota Vikings.
The 2002-03 season was trumped by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who were lead by BJ. That year Mr. Johnson was throwing to the likes of Keyshawn Johnson and Joe Jurevicius with the strong running and blocking game of Mike Alstott. Obviously he fared well in that situation.
When he was with the Vikings he was throwing to two of the best ever in Chris Carter and Randy Moss. Robert Smith was also supplying the tough runs for Minnesota.
Look at the comparison between those teams and the current Dallas Cowboys.
The vertical passing game will work perfectly with Terrell Owens, Patrick Crayton and the newly acquired Roy E. Williams.
Marion Barber III provides the punishing run game that will keep the defense on their heels. And Deon “Pitbull” Anderson is great at providing lead blocking for anyone in the backfield.
If that’s not enough to assuage the anxiety that relinquishing the helm gives you, how about you look at the schedule?
Should the second string quarterback start this weekend it will come against the St. Louis Rams. They are the second worst defense in the league. They give up an average of 400 yards of offense per game. The secondary surrenders 234 passing yards per game. That seems like it’s a good place to insert the backup.
I am asking you, Tony Romo, to sit out this game for your sake, the sake of the team and the sake of the fans. You will give your finger more time to heal, you will learn from Brad Johnson and you will be healthy for the end of the season. The team has not been playing well lately and this could be the perfect thing to shake up the system.
Am I the only person that feels this way or are other people happy to see Romo trying to play the week?