Tough doesn’t necessarily mean clutch with Romo

Tough? We’ll give Cowboys QB Tony Romo that much. He proved, by playing through broken ribs and a punctured lung the previous two weeks, that he’s one tough SOB.

Clutch? Well, let’s not confuse tough for clutch. There’s a difference.

By throwing three second-half interceptions Sunday allowing the Lions to complete a 24-point comeback win, Romo proved once again that there’s still room for improvement in the clutch department. There’s something to be said for triggering the biggest collapse in the Cowboys’ illustrious history.

“The worst thing about him is, as I think of the quarterbacks I’ve played with, Brees and Brady, they all have short-term memories,” Heath Evans said Monday on “Around the League.” “They could make a mistake, and they would correct it the next time out. We saw back-to-back pick-sixes, and then we see the pick at the end of the game … You just can’t continue to do these things. You’ve got to let that stuff get out of your mind.”

Evans is pretty spot on. Dwelling on his mistakes has always been one of Romo’s biggest downfalls. The result: For every performance like the one in Week 2 against the 49ers, it feels like Romo delivers 10 times as many that are similar to Sunday against the Lions. So where does that leave Romo as a leader?

As NFL.com’s Steve Wyche put it, strap in, buy low and sell high.

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