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Time for Romo to Step Up and Lead the Cowboys

Last season was a tough one for the Cowboys and their fans, as the team limped to a 1-7 start before Wade Phillips was dismissed and the team wrapped up the year 6-10 with a new coach and without their star QB.

Now it’s a fresh start with Jason Garrett and a QB in Tony Romo who comes into 2011 at 100 percent and newly married. Cowboys fans want to know the biggest question about Romo – can he rebound for what was a terrible 2010 and get back to Pro Bowl form?

Romo was having a rough season, and the team was 1-5 when he went down in week six against the New York Giants. Sure he had thrown for 1605 yards and 11 touchdowns and 7 picks when he was hurt, but make no mistake about it – Romo wasn’t having a good season when he went down.

He’s the starting QB of the team that will always have the focus of the NFL on it. He puts the focus on himself off the field, but some of that should go away since he’s now a married man.

If the Cowboys are going to get back to the form of being a playoff team like two seasons ago when Romo was at his best with 26 touchdowns and 9 picks, he needs to get more out of the run game, and also needs better protection from a team that allowed him to get sacked and pressured too often last year.

Stephen McGee and Jon Kitna helped the Cowboys win three of their last five games, and that was after a long season with a coaching change and a number of injuries. Now it’s Romo’s turn with a fresh start and a coach in Garrett who knows the offensive side of the ball and will give him every chance to be a Pro Bowl QB again.

The ball is in Romo’s court in 2011 – now it’s up to him to step up and run with it.

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