It was another classic Tony Romo game on Sunday against the New York Jets -- and no, that isn't meant as a compliment.
Romo miraculously found new ways to break Cowboys fans' hearts and it could be only a matter of time before owner Jerry Jones decides enough is enough and moves on.
Romo had the wind at his back and looked destined to lead a banged-up Cowboys team to victory over the New York Jets on the emotional 9/11 anniversary.
But of course Romo's head had to get in the way, and the blunders quickly piled up.
First there was Romo's Brett Favre-esque dive towards the goal line only to fumble the ball and have the Jets recover. The play call was bad to begin with -- Felix Jones deserved the ball -- but even so, Romo had to exercise better judgment than diving without fully securing the ball.
But far worse was Romo's late game interception to Darrelle Revis that led to Nick Folk's game-winning field goal. Pressure forced Romo to roll out to his right, but in no way should Romo have thrown that ball.
It's clear that Dez Bryant was struggling with some sort of thigh injury -- plus, you had one of the league's best cornerbacks draped all over him. So why exactly did Romo feel the need to force that throw?
It's an issue that's plagued Romo his entire career. During big moments in big games, Romo continues to disappoint.
Whether it's the botched hold on a field goal against the Seahawks in the playoffs in 2006 or the embarrassing three-turnover performance against the Eagles in a 44-6 defacto playoff game in 2008, one thing is constant -- Romo doesn't win the big games.
It's one of the biggest clichés in all of sports, but it's practically invented to describe Romo. No one's questioning whether Romo is a passable quarterback or frankly, even a good quarterback -- most would admit that.
But Romo's never made the jump to elite status like Jerry Jones and others had hopes. Worse, unlike his counterpart Mark Sanchez, Romo's flaws are magnified tenfold in big situations. Sanchez in his third season in the NFL is by no means an elite quarterback, but somehow finds a way to gut out the tough wins for the Jets. He's essentially the anti-Romo.
And as Sanchez led his team to another close, come-from-behind victory, what do you think was going through Jerry Jones' mind?
After the game, Jones maintained his confidence in his quarterback but admitted to Yahoo sportswriter Dan Wetzel that he was just as exasperated as anyone standing or living.
The Arkansas oil magnate has invested a lot of money in Romo as his team's quarterback and leader, but this is also the same guy that dumped Jimmy Johnson after winning back-to-back Super Bowls.
Jones values winning supreme, but also is an acute businessman that maximizes the Cowboys' profits.
Romo up until this point, despite all of his failings, has been one of the Cowboys' most popular players. His No. 9 jersey remains one of if not the best-selling Cowboys jerseys, and Jones realizes this.
But the tides could be changing, and Jones will respond accordingly.
Jones is in that same vein as George Steinbrenner in his later years -- he still has that intense personality and extreme desire to win, but tries to show patience to prove his doubters wrong.
There's no other way to describe the Wade Phillips-era -- Jones showed extreme patience to try to prove to everyone he could change by letting the struggling Phillips remain as head coach, but in the end the losing ate at him too much and he had to get rid of his head coach.
That same exact scenario could play out if Romo's popularity and jersey sales slump at all in addition to his well-known struggles in big games.
Jones isn't going to cut Romo to hand the keys to journeyman Jon Kitna, but the team could make a move with a lot of cap room in 2012.
No one expects the Cowboys to be a player in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes, but who knows how poorly the rest of the season plays out.
Even without major options out there, Jones is going to make the move when he sees fit.
And with more and more hate headed Romo's way in Dallas, don't be surprised to see No. 9 on the way out soon.