Many people were worried about what the Dallas Cowboys might do at the quarterback position going into the 2014 NFL Draft. However, Tony Romo always had the confidence that he was the only option for the franchise. When asked about the situation Romo said, “There’s not anybody out there that can beat me out.”
I couldn’t agree with Romo more. For all the flack that Romo gets from fans, haters and media members, he remains one of the elite quarterbacks in the league. I’m a huge Romo supporter, even with his past mistakes. I’ve went as far as to put him in the Hall of Fame, assuming he plays out the rest of his contract. In my opinion, I don’t see a franchise QB in this year’s draft. You can throw out the names Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles, and I would take Romo over all of them.
Many would argue that we know what Romo is. He’s a guy that will have some great games but also contribute his share of blunders. He’s also made a few playoff appearances and has been knocking on the door of a few other playoff berths. The fact of the matter is that all of these rookies have yet to prove themselves. Who knows if they can even play in the league? Sure, they project well, but so did Ryan Leaf.
I’m happy that Romo has the confidence, or at least projects that attitude about his play. Jerry Jones reaffirmed to Romo that it was “still his team,” and that management still believed in him. He’s out to prove that he is still capable of being an elite quarterback. People want to write him off because of his age and recent back surgeries. These are valid issues, but Romo isn’t going to go down without a fight. Like him or not, Romo is a franchise quarterback.
I define that as somebody who can start week in and week out and have their team in playoff contention every year, and he has done that. Usually when you look for a franchise type guy, you want him to start for your team for a decade. Romo is entering his eighth season as the starter and has played extremely well over his tenure. Many people continue to deny his success, but if you ask fans if they would take Romo, it’s never a definitive “no.”
I think about 20 other teams would love to have him as their guy. I’m looking at you, Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals fans. Romo’s career will stack up favorably among the best in the history of the NFL. When it’s all said and done, his resume will be head and shoulders better than any quarterback drafted a week ago.