Dallas Cowboys: Why Tony Romo Deserves to Be Cut After This Season

Matt SmithContributor IIINovember 22, 2011

SEATTLE - JANUARY 06:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys is taken down by Bryce Fisher #94 of the Seattle Seahawks near the Cowboys goal line in the second half of the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game on January 6, 2007 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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As of right now, the Dallas Cowboys, or America's Team as a few may call them, are feeling good and leading the NFC East due to the divisional record tiebreaker.

On top of all this, Tony Romo has played excellent the past three weeks, throwing eight touchdowns to zero interceptions.

These past three weeks have been enough for Cowboys fans to get onto the Tony Romo bandwagon.

However, they may not want to stay on there for too long. Remember, the Eastern Illinois product has had us fooled plenty of times before.

Despite his relatively good play this season, Romo should be cut after this season if the Cowboys accomplish anything less than an NFC Championship berth.

As previously mentioned, many times in his career Romo has had us fooled. He often seems primed to erase the doubts of him not being clutch, such as during this year's game against the 49ers and after his first playoff win against the Eagles back in 2009.

Despite seeming to have killed his un-clutch habits, Romo reverts to his old ways on occasion. That's how he's earned the nickname "The Romocoaster."

When defending Romo, many point to his career passer rating of over 95 and other stats such as passing yards, completion percentage and touchdowns.

Though his numbers look good when just looking at the overall season stats, Romo fanatics fail to point out a few key stats.

Of all four quarters, Romo has the lowest completion percentage during the fourth quarter. 

Many fail to point out the Cowboys QB as the source of Dallas' red-zone woes. Remember, the Cowboys have one of the worst red-zone offenses in the league.

Well, they're leading their division, so the Cowboys must be a great team, right? Not exactly.

If the Cowboys had their overall and division records in any other division in the NFL, the only one they would be leading would be the AFC West, the worst division in football.

And while some have started to point out this season that Romo has showed grit in coming back during the 49ers game, it does nothing to dispel the notion that he's injury-prone.

I admire his toughness, I truly do. But he's suffered four injuries during his football career, two to his ribs.

Add all this to a lack of playoff success, and he deserves to be cut after this year.

As of right now, there are around 10 quarterbacks I'd take over Tony Romo.

By cutting Romo, the Cowboys could start a younger, more athletic player in Stephen McGee.

If the coaches and front office aren't convinced McGee is the future, they could draft a developmental QB like Ryan Tannehill and while evaluating McGee as a starter.

How much longer can Jerry Jones believe that Romo is a franchise quarterback?

A 32-year-old quarterback who has proven he can't lead his team to big playoff success shouldn't be given another shot.

If Romo cannot lead his team to the NFC Championship game, he has no business being the QB in Big D.