Tony Romo Was Smiling After Botched Snap at end of Game

The Dallas Cowboys blew a 24-10 lead and lost to the New York Jets 27-24 Sunday night in their season opener. Not only were they up 24-10 in the fourth quarter, but they were also up 24-17 when quarterback Tony Romo lost a fumble at the Jets’ one-yard line. The Jets ended up returning a blocked punt for a touchdown to tie the game at 24.

With under a minute left, Romo’s first pass following the blocked punt was intercepted by Darrelle Revis. The Jets kicked the tie-breaking field goal shortly thereafter. With eight seconds left, the Cowboys snapped the ball before Romo was ready and he had to throw the ball away. After throwing the ball away, cameras caught him smiling. I couldn’t believe the reaction.

How could Romo be smiling after his team blew that lead? They were up 24-17 and all set to make it a two-score game when Romo fumbled. Then there was a blocked punt, interception, and botched snap all in the span of less than 10 minutes. I haven’t seen a bigger debacle since Sage Rosenfels went human helicopter against the Colts.

In the past I’ve defended Romo for his behavior, but I can’t defend this. There is something wrong with a guy who’s smiling when his team botches a snap during the desperate moments of a game. It reminds me a lot of the game in Denver two years ago when Romo had the downs wrong. Can you picture any other top quarterback in the league reacting to a botched play by smiling like that? Only one quarterback comes to mind, and he’s now a backup. That’s not good company for Romo.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Packed-Britches/100002923143075 Packed Britches

    In contrast to Romo, Mark Sanchez looked very upset with how things were going and maybe his performance, even after the Jets had the lead. Trust me, Dallas fans are sick of this guy and his happyass demeanor. The argument that it is just his personality does not hold water. Just out of respect for the situation, respect for your teammates and fans, you don’t grin in that situation. Does this guy laugh it up at funerals? He doesn’t have to slit his wrist over a football game, but he does have to follow the same general norms of human behavior. I don’t think Cowboy fans would want to hear this, and Romo might not even believe it himself, but the fans care more about this team winning or losing than he does.

  • Anonymous

    Tony Romo is the most overrated figure in worldwide sports, he should step aside, or have someone ask him to warm the bench… What a tool

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9377128 Scott Sommer

    seriously? people don’t realize that this was one of those “you’ve gotta be kidding me” type grins? man i knew cowboys fans were out of their minds but this is just looking for reasons to be pissed off. yeah romo sucked down the stretch of that game, but you really think that he’s smiling because he’s happy there? it’s a common reaction for people to laugh in disbelief when something ridiculous happens. get a dose of reality you idiots.

  • Anonymous

    Romo wasnt smiling because he doesnt care. The author of the article is an idiot.  I dont even like the Cowboys and could care less about Romo but clearly its a frustrated guy.  Jump on him for his propensity to blow plays late in games, but dont think for a minute that this guy doesnt care.

  • http://twitter.com/bucketbarfing bucket-barfing

    I agree with LB, it was pathetic that Romo found it so amusing.  Does he have any competitiveness?  Why would you not be upset (or at least expressionless) about a scenario like this.  He’s clearly not serious enough.  This isn’t flag football in the park.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    No, I never once said he was happy. I thought (and still feel) that it’s a strange reaction. I think guys like Peyton, Brady, Rivers and Brees would have had their teammates by the throat in the waning moments of a game. And I think that take charge attitude is one reason they’ve had more success.