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Former Cowboy Chris Canty Says Romo's "Lack Of Clutch" Keeps Dallas From Winning

NFC East Offseason Battle: Shot Number Three Fired.

The evening that a Dallas media guy decided to throw a backhanded Happy Birthday to Eagle's quarterback Michael Vick; the franchise we know and love was slapped across the jaw by a player that used to call Valley Ranch home. Chris Canty, a former fourth-round pick of Dallas who moved on a few years ago to sign a contract with the rival Giants that Dallas never came close to matching, has made his declarative statement about what is holding back his former employers.

Tony Romo's clutch gene, or lack thereof, is the problem.

Speaking on ESPN's SportsNation, Canty informed viewers that Romo's inability to close games out is the main reason that the team hasn't kept up with the Giants recent run of season-ending victories.

"Romo’s a tremendous quarterback, statistically he’s a top five quarterback, that’s undeniable," Canty said Tuesday on ESPN’s SportsNation. "At the end of the day, in the clutch situations, he hasn’t performed as well as you would like him to. I think ultimately, that’s been the difference between their franchise and the Giants ability to be successful."

The 29-year-old, who was proudly sporting his recent Super Bowl ring, was then asked if he feels as if he can force Romo into mistakes when the Giants face the Cowboys.

"Absolutely. Absolutely," Canty responded. "Obviously, when you put pressure on any quarterback you can cause mistakes. I think Romo has been prone to make mistakes in the clutch situations and his team has not been able to be successful because of it."

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Of course, newly acquired CB Brandon Carr started the NFC East trash talking session when he declared that Victor Cruz wouldn't be revving up his salsa machine on Dallas in 2012. Unfortunately for Dallas, trash talking from the other two competitive division teams always seems to end with "scoreboard". The season can't get here quick enough.

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