Romo just not clutch

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw an interception late in the fourth quarter against the Jets...

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw an interception late in the fourth quarter against the Jets that cost Dallas the game on Sunday. (AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:08 AM ET

TORONTO - Tony Romo is starting to draw LeBron James comparisons.

And not in a good way.

Romo, like James, has ridiculous career numbers and once wasn’t bad in the clutch, but has emerged in recent years as a disaster waiting to happen in the fourth quarter.

He turned the ball over twice in the fourth as Dallas blew a 14-point lead over the New York Jets on Sunday. James was invisible as Miami collapsed against Dallas in the NBA final, a year after he disappeared while still toiling for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Dallas owner Jerry Jones isn’t piling on Romo. Instead, he’s going the other way.

“One of the best games I’ve ever seen him play,” Jones told espndallas.com of Sunday’s performance.

“You can make a big case that the way he played for three quarters was how we got there at the end and looked like for sure we were going to get the win. But he played outstanding.”

Romo lost a fumble at the two-yard-line and threw a crucial interception, but also passed for 342 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Romo’s 95.6 quarterback rating is the fourth-best of all time and he has thrown almost two touchdowns per interception over his career.

“He’s a winner,” Jones said. That said, Romo hasn’t really won much — other than the girlfriend lottery — and finished last season with one win in his final six starts.

Nobody questions his talent, but they do wonder about his lapses.

Not Jones though.

“We are going to rise and fall based on what Tony Romo’s about over the next several years, and I’m excited about that,” he said.

“We’ve got someone here that can, if we can get some other things together, we can have a team that gets us in position to have a shot.”

The trick now is to not blow those shots when Romo gets there.

So much for security

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, one would think security would be at an all-time high when the Jets took on the Cowboys on Sunday night.

Apparently not.

A 59-year-old man wearing a Cowboys jersey has been arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault and two weapons counts for using a stun gun.

Romo’s performance was upsetting for beleaguered Cowboys fans, but the man clearly took things way too far.

According to MetLife CEO Mark Lamping, fans were patted down and had bags checked, but somehow the Taser was missed.

Quick hits

Buffalo placed receiver Marcus Easley on injured reserve, ending his season before it even began. Easley has a heart condition, according to the Buffalo News ... Former Philadelphia Eagles star Brian Westbrook took to Twitter on Tuesday to reveal he worked out for the Dolphins. Westbrook said it went well, but later tweeted “They need some other players right now so I’m heading back to the farm!!” ... According to the New York Daily News, Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks’ knee is OK. It was thought he might be out for a while ... Buffalo has lost cornerback Terrence McGee for a few weeks due to a hamstring injuries, meaning Drayton Florence and Leodis McKelvin will start ... St. Louis cornerback Ronald Bartell broke a bone in his neck on Sunday and is out for the season, but has vowed his career is not finished ... Ravens rookie cornerback Jimmy Smith should miss a few weeks due to an ankle sprain ... Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano says Reggie Bush will continue to get the ball about 20 times a game, split between catching and receiving, as he did in Week 1 to mixed success ... It was thought that Houston wide receiver Kevin Walter had broken his shoulder and would miss up to three months, but an MRI has revealed it is just a badly bruised collarbone and Walter might only miss a game, at the most ... Patriots centre Dan Koppen hurt his ankle on Monday and there is no word on how long he will be out ... Pittsburgh has placed offensive tackle Willie Colon on the injured reserve and signed offensive tackle Jamon Meredith ... San Diego has signed kicker Nick Novak to a two-year contract, replacing Nate Kaeding, who was knocked out for the season when Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the year for a touchdown ... Cleveland punter Richmond McGee hurt his back before Sunday’s game even started and his agent is letting everyone know that’s why he averaged just 36 yards on his eight punts. On Tuesday, the news came down that McGee is done for the season. Brad Maynard will replace him ... Miami has released cornerback Benny Sapp, who was victimized on Wes Welker’s 99-yard touchdown catch on Monday night.

Orton or bust

Denver fans don’t seem to put much stock in the pre-season.

How else to explain how quickly they forgot about how strong Kyle Orton looked in the meaningless games?

Orton underwhelmed on Monday night (fumbling and throwing an interception), the team fell 23-20 to the much-maligned Oakland Raiders and Broncos fans chanted for Tim Tebow late.

Head coach John Fox says he didn’t hear them.

When asked if he had considered making a change at quarterback, Fox apparently ignored the question.

On Tuesday, after saying how he didn’t hear the fans, he said Orton remains his guy.

“Kyle’s our starting quarterback,” Fox said.

“I don’t think too many guys are firing their whole teams after one game because they happen to be in the half the teams in the league that lost in Week 1.”

True, but few NFL coaches have the pressure Fox has to deal with. Few think Tebow is a good quarterback at this point, but few players have ever had as many fans as he does before really doing anything in the league.

It says here Denver will have to fall out of the playoff race before Tebow takes over for Orton.


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