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"I don't know why on God's earth Tony Romo has been anointed a superstar in the National Football League," Dorsett told Fox Sports Radio this week. "Quarterbacks in the National Football League, most of them, go through this growing curve. He hasn't gone through that growing curve, but he was anointed this great player all of a sudden.
"Now he's having to live up to that. And obviously Tony has some deficiencies. ... I think the media has given him too much credit for doing nothing."
Former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman keeps a close eye on Romo as an analyst for Fox and as someone with close ties to the organization, including a strong relationship with Romo's boss, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. He also understands better than anyone the challenges that come with this job, perhaps the most-scrutinized in pro sports.
"Everyone overreacts to everything," Aikman said. "I know Tony understands that. So I don't question that he'll bounce back and he'll play well and he'll have a great year like we've seen from him so many other times. ...
"I always make the point that there's high expectations for this franchise, but this franchise wouldn't have those expectations if Tony Romo wasn't the quarterback. Prior to him taking over as quarterback, I don't know that the expectations were very high. I'm not saying that he or anyone else shouldn't be held accountable, but I think it speaks to what he's meant to this team."
As Romo's good friend, tight end Jason Witten knows how hard the quarterback has worked to improve. Everyone on the club has seen it, which is why Witten believes this locker room -- this T.O.-free locker room -- will give Romo the benefit of the doubt.
"To the guys in the room, it's not just talk," Witten said. "They really, really know it was just one game. You can tell the emphasis he's made and you know the abilities he has. ... I do believe everybody is behind him. Absolutely."
Of course, it comes down to more than beliefs. It's about performance, starting with another prime-time TV game at Cowboys Stadium, this time against Carolina on Monday night.
"Actions are going to speak louder than words," Witten said. "Hold that judgment and see where he's at four, five weeks from now."
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