For some Dallas Cowboy fans even the mere mention of replacing Tony Romo is sacrilege. Despite Romo having his best statistical season ever last year, if you asked the normal NFL fan who the better quarterback is, Peyton Manning or Tony Romo, most would respond Manning. So with the future Hall of Famer possibly hitting the free agent market soon, is the question in the title really that ridiculous?
We all know that the owner and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, is enamored with Romo and will most likely ride him until his arm falls off. So there is almost zero chance Jones will ever replace Romo, at least for a very long time (see Emmitt Smith). On top of that, Romo appears to be at the top of his game right now. And disregarding the mental breakdowns he had in the New York Jet and Detroit Lion games last season, Romo played remarkably well a majority of the year. And most fans agree it was Rob Ryan’s (lack of) defense, and not the quarterback play, that was the main reason for the Cowboys missing the playoffs in December.
But ask yourself this question and try to answer it without bias: Is Peyton Manning a better quarterback than Tony Romo? I think the answer has to be a resounding “yes”. Obviously, both quarterbacks bring something unique to the table. But Manning has the two things that continue to elude Romo: Playoff success and a Superbowl victory.
Manning has led his Colt’s teams to an AFC South division title seven of the last nine years. He’s earned four league MVP’s and two Superbowl appearances. Manning won his sole Lombardi Trophy back in 2006.
Romo has one playoff win. meh.
The “cons’ on Manning are age and injury. Manning will turn 36 this year and he’s coming off of multiple major neck surgeries. But if anyone can overcome injury to play well, you have to think it’s Peyton Manning.
Romo will turn 32 this year and he has a lot less “wear and tear” on him since he’s only really played six years. (As compared to Manning’s thirteen years) Romo is also a more mobile quarterback than Manning, which is a requirement with the Cowboys’ young offensive line. Romo was sacked 36 times this season, the most of his career.
Manning has a career passer rating of 94.9. Romo’s is 96.9. They both have a 64% career completion percentage. So they both actually have a lot in common statistically. But Manning has the hardware. And the window for Romo to earn his hardware before Father Time catches him is quickly closing.
Although signing Manning is a fun little idea to toss around, Romo winning a Superbowl in Dallas is the fairy tale ending all Cowboy fans would really love to read. And since Manning has “been there and done that”, it doesn’t have much mass fan appeal. But if winning now is the Cowboys’ front office motto, don’t you think they’d at least give it a thought? Yeah, me neither.