2011 Dallas Cowboys: What to Expect from QB Tony Romo This Season

Alex RhoadesContributor IIIJune 20, 2011

Tony Romo looks for an open receiver
Tony Romo looks for an open receiverJeff Gross/Getty Images

Tony Romo's 2010 campaign was derailed five-and-a-quarter games into the season. A blown assignment by fullback Chris Gronkowski led to Giants linebacker Michael Boley driving Romo into the turf, breaking his left collarbone on impact. This one missed assignment not only cost Tony Romo his season, but also cost the Cowboys a chance to rebound from a 1-4 start.

That was eight months ago.

Tony Romo is back throwing passes in the team practices he organizes during the lockout. Organizing practices shows leadership qualities, which Romo has been unfairly criticized about his entire career. This will be the year Romo rises up and takes the Cowboys to the next level.

Tony Romo statistically is one of the best quarterbacks of all time. His lowest QB rating ever is a very impressive 91.4 which occurred in 2008. His highest being a 97.6 in 2009 and all the other years fall in between. This ranks Tony Romo as the fourth best QB statistically of all time behind Aaron Rodgers, Phillip Rivers and Steve Young, and places Romo above names like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady

Romo has the stats and Pro Bowl honors that shows that he's an elite QB in the league, but he needs to put together elite performances when it matters the most, the playoffs. Romo handily beat the Eagles in his only playoff win, but a week later, was running for his life against the Vikings. Its not fair to assign wins and losses to one player in a team game, but that is how Romo is judged week in and week out.

2011 will be a different year for Tony Romo. Coming off a serious injury, which he never has, won't disrupt his play in the beginning stages of the season. If Dallas starts off in another 1-4 or 1-5 hole like last year, they will end in another extreme disappointment.

Romo will also have an elite set of receivers and tight ends to throw to, his best since starting on the Cowboys in 2006. With Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Roy Williams, Jason Witten, John Phillips and Martellus Bennett, Romo will be able to pick and choose which player is single covered and get them the ball.

Having Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten, all worthy of double-teams on the field at the same time, will make it easy for Romo to identify who's getting the ball and when. Felix Jones and DeMarco Murray are also good pass catchers out of the backfield, which opens up the offense as well.

Romo will answer the call as the leader and superstar quarterback the Dallas Cowboys need in the 2011-2012 season. Staying healthy will be the key for the Cowboys offense this season, and if they do, opposing defensive coordinators are going to have nightmares trying to stop Romo and the Cowboys.