Cowboys: Where the Quarterbacks Have No Name

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Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

I get it: it’s not comfortable talking about replacing Tony Romo.

Love or hate him, the truth is Tony Romo is responsible for this franchise resurgence. This era wouldn’t have a heartbeat without Tony. The Cowboys would still be lost on some island auditioning a carousel of quarterbacks — hoping one would be good enough to pilot the team out of hell.

You remember. Don’t you? Quarterback purgatory.

And with that in mind, I don’t understand why the quarterback position doesn’t sit at the top of the priority list. I don’t get it, I won’t get it, and I probably will never get it.

Tony Romo turns 34 this day in three months. True fact: Troy Aikman retired at the age of 34. And Tony Romo has had two back surgeries in less than a one year span.

But this predicament doesn’t suggest that Tony should throw in the towel. His quarterback play is a testament to the position, and the amount of respect it really deserves.

Ordering three quarterbacks since Troy Aikman in 1989 is malnutrition; it forces coaches and players to focus on healing plagues and cracks other teams don’t necessarily battle.

Tony doesn’t need to hear fat lady music. He needs to continue playing at a premium level while throwing a clipboard of education to the next quarterback watching on the sidelines.

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