Tony Romo needs to snap out of it

October, 31, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo is in trouble.

The Dallas Cowboys can deny it all they want, but their quarterback is regressing.

Romo saved the Cowboys' season in 2006 when he took over for an aging Drew Bledsoe. It was the right decision by then-coach Bill Parcells, and Romo would emerge from that season to develop into one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

But the 2012 version of Romo is a mess. He's got nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions. You can blame some of the picks on his receivers not fighting for the ball or running bad routes, or even on Romo forcing the action when his team is behind. Only one other quarterback, the Kansas City Chiefs' Matt Cassel, has more total turnovers (16) than Romo's 15.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Romo has thrown an NFL-high six interceptions under duress. He threw three interceptions under duress the previous three seasons combined.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said it best: Turnovers are a team thing, but the man holding the ball after it is snapped is most responsible.

If the Cowboys are going to salvage their season, Romo has to get it together.

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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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