You can't fix Tony Romo

October, 5, 2011
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These talks we're having regarding the status of quarterback Tony Romo are rather silly. Can he be fixed?

Yeah, if you cut him. But that's not happening.

Romo is who he is at this stage of his career. If he doesn't know about protecting the ball in the late stages of games after starting in this league since 2006, then he never will.

Romo is a fantastic quarterback.

A man with 41 victories after 64 starts, which isn't better than Tom Brady (50), Ben Roethlisberger (46) or Phillip Rivers (46). Brady and Roethlisberger have Super Bowl rings to their credit, and Rivers is considered one of Romo's contemporaries. Romo is a top-15 quarterback, and most teams would love to have him on their roster.

He's got a strong arm, can make plays on the move, is tough and wins games. Winning games in the fourth quarter isn't an issue per se for Romo, who has done it before. He's led his team to 11 fourth-quarter comebacks and 12 game-winning drives. The problem for Romo is protecting the ball when the game is on the line. He's cost his team two games this season. Two.

That's not good for any quarterback.

Coach Jason Garrett says quarterbacks are judged on wins and losses. Romo has lost seven of his last ten games and more importantly he's only 20-22 in games decided by seven points or less with a 87.2 quarterback rating. Romo is also just 23-21 in December/January games with 10 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

If Romo is to take the Cowboys to the next level, meaning a deep playoff run, he must perform better late in the year. In 2009 he did that in leading the Cowboys to their first playoff victory and winning month of December in nearly a decade.

But Romo's body of work leads you to believe he can't be depended on to make plays late in games on a consistent basis.

To cut Romo is silly. To trade him is silly.

But drafting a quarterback in 2012 to replace Romo in two years?

That would be smart.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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