4. Tony Romo’s Back Injury
The way Romo plays at times, holding the ball too long and scrambling to extend plays, makes it surprising that he hasn’t missed more games due to injuries. But it appears those plays are now catching up to him as Romo had his second back surgery of 2013 in December. No one knows how this latest surgery will affect his future play, but most expect him to be the same player he was. But who knows for sure?
Romo’s age combined with these latest back issues are a red flag about his future. It would make sense for the Cowboys to start looking for a successor now especially considering their past history. Dallas struggled for years after the retirement of former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman. They were ill-prepared to lose the Hall of Famer in 2001 and never groomed a proper replacement. Instead, they toiled in mediocrity for five years until undrafted free agent quarterback Romo got his first start in 2006.
Although drafting Manziel would certainly solve your future quarterback problem, the demand for him to play immediately would mean Romo would have to be traded. But the move could help Dallas on defense if a viable trade partner could be found. Imagine the Cowboys trading Romo for a player like Houston’s J.J. Watt or St. Louis Robert Quinn? Yes, it’s a bit of a pipe dream but at least we can admit that there would be opportunities to improve our team in exchange for Romo.