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Quarterback Tony Romo is perhaps the most underrated quarterback ever to play in Dallas. I give a respectful nod to Danny White, but even he didn’t put up the numbers that Romo has in taking Dallas to three straight NFC championship games in the early 1980s.
I hear a lot of barking from time to time about how Romo is not a championship quarterback and it makes me chuckle at the naivety of some alleged football fans.
Let’s remember that all Romo did was lead the Cowboys to the playoffs in his first two seasons playing as a starter. In his first full season, he led Dallas to a 13-3 record, tying a franchise best en route to the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.
What I see in Romo is a quarterback who is similar to Steve Young during his days in San Francisco.
Both have mobility when needed and are fantastic at getting the ball deep down field to their cache of weapons in the passing game. Neither have that superior height you look for in franchise quarterbacks selected early in the NFL Draft, yet they find ways of seeing all they need to see.
You know what the difference was between Young in San Francisco and Young in Tampa Bay?
The 49ers were a much, much better football team.
Romo’s career stats are among the best of all time in terms of yards per completion. This stat alone does not make a Hall of Fame candidate, but you cannot deny that Romo has superior ability. If you dare try, I would guess that you weren’t around for Quincy Carter, Clint Stoerner, Anthony Wright, Chad Hutchinson, Ryan Leaf, Drew Henson, Vinny Testaverde and Drew Bledsoe—all following Troy Aikman last decade.
Had you been around for these years, you would recognize the clear difference between Romo and those others. Starting quarterbacks with game-winning ability do not grow on trees, and they certainly are not digital images you might toy with in games of Madden 2012.
They said that John Elway couldn’t win championships for any other reason than the fact that he lost three Super Bowls in four seasons to close out the 1980s.
Well, he pretty much shoved that up everyone’s rear not long after a running game showed up in the Mile High City—twice!
It could very well go the same way for Romo. Dallas has just enough time left to rebuild what was close in 2007, but then immediately began falling apart in following seasons.
Quarterbacks have to have talent surrounding them and until this happens, there will be interceptions, sacks, injuries and a whole lot of frustration.
Romo is going nowhere and Peyton Manning is not coming to Dallas. Enjoy having one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. They do not play forever—even in Madden 2012 franchise mode.