With a contract extension looming Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo tossed five interceptions in a deflating 34-18 home defeat against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.
Bears fans know all too well how easy it is for a franchise quarterback to have a turnover plagued game in which almost everything seems to go wrong.
However after six years in the starting saddle should Romo's latest "bad game" be chalked up as yet another learning experience and simply swept under the rug?
Dallas' stubborn billionaire owner and general manager Jerry Jones thinks so.
"I like where we are with Romo at quarterback,” Jones said, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “No one learns more from his experiences than Tony. This time last year with Detroit in the fourth game, point noted. He came back and never played better."
Jones added, "I think the Detroit game had something to do with that. If we can get the same kind of response he had last year when he had a downer. If he can come back and do that we will be fine.”
With just one playoff win during Romo's entire tenure should Dallas fans be satisfied and settle for just "fine?" Once a perennial playoff powerhouse including three Super Bowl championships in the 1990's the Cowboys' obvious decline with Romo at the helm should have fed-up fans and players alike clamoring for a quarterback change.
Although talented NFL franchise QB types do not exactly grow on trees six seasons of decent stats and next to no postseason success should be a large enough sample size for Jerry Jones to pull the plug on the obviously fruitless Romo experiment.
Through 103 career games Tony Romo has completed 64.6 percent of his passes - 1,773 of 2,743 for 21,982 yards including 154 touchdowns and 80 interceptions. He has also been sacked 150 times losing 989 yards along the way. Throw in 45 fumbles, 21 of which were lost and Romo's recipe for mediocrity is complete.
While a professional football team's triumphs and failures cannot be entirely attributed to its quarterback's performance there has to be a time frame for a specific regime to achieve some sort of postseason success.
After suffering through more than half a decade of the obviously ineffective Tony Romo experiment it's time for Dallas to say "bon voyage" to the over-hyped and under-performing undrafted free agent.