Football is a team sport, but one player always under scrutiny is the quarterback. An ability to win the biggest games is something they are judged on. Tony Romo, in the eyes of many, has a lot to prove. Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones recently signed his quarterback to a contract that will take him to age 40. On paper, it seems like he will be there for years to come.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean there will be a new starter under center in 2014. Statically, last year was tremendous with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In fact, as a whole, his 95.8 career passer rating indicates great success. Here are some troubling numbers though, that take some of this luster away.
One playoff victory speaks to an issue. Whether surrounding talent creates issues or Romo can’t handle pressure is up for debate. The last three seasons ended with losses in “Win or Go contests.” Last year’s contest against the Washington Redskins resulted in an interception that cost Dallas an NFC East title. Romo has several solid traits, like accuracy, arm strength, and an ability to buy time when plays break down.
Now there is a problem with health. Recent back surgery means recovery must take place. Kyle Orton did not do better in Dallas’ season ending loss, so it’s not as if a successor currently resides on this roster. If Jones wanted to be bold, he might be able to land in-state hero Johnny Manziel in this year’s Draft. Depth is so pronounced that they could also choose a quality future replacement later as well. Romo may be running out of time to improve upon his postseason legacy so he’s not just remembered for that botched hold. Talent is there with players like Demarco Murray and Dez Bryant, but he must stop the turnovers in pressure situations.