Tony Romo is coming off a major back surgery (herniated disc in the lower back). Romo, once again, played through the pain in week 15 against the Washington Redskins.
He can’t do that forever.
The Cowboys aren’t even sure he can do it for another five seasons. Nobody is. Including Tony Romo himself.
The Dallas Cowboys cannot address the future soon. The future must be addressed now.
Taking a page from the 2003 NFL Draft, the Cowboys may consider pulling a Sean Payton/Bill Parcells moment and dive back into the Eastern Illinois pool.
Tony Romo, out of Eastern Illinois, meet Jimmy Garoppolo, also from Eastern Illinois.
A bridge made in heaven? Some think so. It’s hard not to like the link between the two.
Like Tony Romo, Jimmy Garoppolo is not known for his elite arm or physical arm strength. He relies on smart decisions, his above average arm strength, and his fast reads and releases.
In his final season at Eastern Illinois, Garoppolo went on to pass many of Tony Romo’s passing records, and his breakout senior season landed him the 2013 Walter Payton Award.
Tony Romo received the same award in 2002.
In his senior year alone, Jimmy Garoppolo tossed 53 touchdowns along with 5,050 passing yards, and only 9 interceptions. That is not a typo.
His overall college career includes 13,156 passing yards, and 118 touchdown passes.
Why You Should Be Worried
Jimmy Garoppolo posted video game numbers at lower division level. His above average arm strength translated well at the NCAA Division I-AA level, but how about the NFL?
His success at the pro level could go either way. Garoppolo will need time to adjust. His success may depend on time, and what he can do with it as he develops and adjusts to the NFL. A mentor might be required for Garoppolo.
Why You Should Not Be Worried
Garoppolo has good size at 6-3, 225 pounds. He is known for making exact, quick throws. Like Tony Romo, Jimmy Garoppolo has a quick throwing motion.
He is coming from a pass happy offense, which should entice new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.
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