All QBs face that scrutiny when they are talented, and have not won it all. John Elway did. Peyton Manning did. Aaron Rodgers did. Tony wouldn’t be in this discussion if he did not have talent similar to guys like that. That’s all the proof you need that he is good enough, actually. He’s in the conversation. You never heard that kind of talk about Jon Kitna, and Jon was a really good QB. You don’t hear it about Carson Palmer. You do about Matt Ryan. He and Tony are the guys in the bulls eye right now, about “why haven’t they won it all?”
Tony replaced a QB who was very good for a long time. Does anyone remember Drew Bledsoe? He is the best QB I could bring up to describe exactly why Tony Romo is an elite QB. For all his physical gifts Drew Bledsoe did not take his great New England Patriots teams to the promised land. They arrived there when he got hurt, and an unheralded guy from the 6th round out of Michigan, who sat behind Romo’s former teammate, Drew Henson, came in and took the Patriots to the glory.
Why couldn’t the number one overall pick in his Draft, Bledsoe, do it, but Tom Brady could? The answer is the very thing that makes Tony Romo an elite QB. All QBs have to read the play as it unfolds, and then they have to make a decision on how to attack and execute that play. If a QB is the least bit indecisive, he does not have what it takes. That is what was wrong with Drew Bledsoe. For all his unreal talent, and believe me he was talented, he was indecisive with the football too often for his team to succeed. Too often he dropped back and you’d see his left hand patting the football as he waited for something to happen, someone to come open. That is death in the NFL.
Tony Romo doesn’t wait for someone to come open. He throws them open. I love that phrase. A scout friend of mine introduced it to me a couple of years ago and ever since then I have been enamored with it. What it means is that Tony Romo can see where he can place the football that will take his target to an open place to make the catch, and he does it. This is a rare quality in a QB. It is not something that a ham and egger does naturally. The faster a QB can process his reads the more elite he is. That is why Tony Romo is elite, he processes plays fast and reacts.